Are you looking for winter fun that doesn’t break the bank? We have a list of ten FREE things to do in Oklahoma City this winter. Whether you are traveling solo, visiting with family, or call OKC home, these free activities will provide great opportunities for winter fun.
1. Oklahoma Railway Museum
Plan a visit to this free outside museum dedicated to trains and railroad memorabilia. Visitors to the Oklahoma Railway Museum can explore the grounds to see steam engines, passenger cars, locomotives, freight cars, and railroad equipment displays. Open Thursday through Saturday 9am to 5pm.
2. Red Earth Treefest and Red Earth Art Center
Visit the Red Earth Art Center's permanent Native art collection of 1000+ traditional and contemporary pieces and visiting exhibits. For the holidays, the annual Red Earth Treefest invites 20 Oklahoma Native Tribes to create handmade ornaments and art pieces. View the 25 Christmas Trees on display Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm.
3. Factory Obscura presents SHIFT at Current Studio
Use your senses to experience art in a fully-immersive way. SHIFT at Current Studio is a large-scale art installation presented by local artist collective, Factory Obscura. This experimental project invites visitors of all ages to come and explore the exhibit. Open Thursday through Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Donations accepted.
4. Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides along the Bricktown Canal
Enjoy a cruise along the Bricktown Canal for a holiday themed tour with Bricktown Water Taxi. The free 20-30 minute guided tour is a local favorite. Take in the views of Bricktown with all its holiday lights and decorations. Available 6-9pm Thursday through Sunday.
5. Martin Nature Park
Go for a nature walk or easy hike through 2.5 miles of woodland trails in NW Oklahoma City. Stop in at the Martin Nature Park visitor center to see their live animals and learn more about the area’s wildlife. Kids will enjoy playing on their nature-themed outdoor playground. Check the website’s schedule for guided hikes and special programs.
6. Tour the 45th Infantry Division Museum
Visit one of the largest military history museums in the country. Explore indoor exhibits including World War II artifacts and the nation’s largest collection of military firearms. Head outdoors to the Thunderbird Park to view aircraft, tanks, and other large military equipment. Open Tuesday through Friday 9am to 4:15pm, Saturday 10am to 4:15pm and Sunday 1pm to 4:15pm. Donations accepted.
7. Enjoy the holiday light displays around Oklahoma City.
Downtown Oklahoma City and surrounding areas are aglow with twinkling holiday light displays and decorations this time of year. Tour the different displays at Devon Energy Center and along Film Row, Automobile Alley, and Bricktown.
8. Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (thru Dec 24)
Be sure to take your photo with Santa and enjoy free holiday activities. The Christmas Village at Bass Pro Shops offers holiday crafts, a foam toy arcade, RC trucks, Lincoln Log building area, and more. While there be sure to write your letter to Santa.
9. Holiday Pop Up Shops at Midtown
Each week at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown, you’ll find new local vendors with unique products you won’t find anywhere else. The shops are free and open to the public. Delight in live music, food trucks, and visits from Santa on select days. Open Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
10. 21c Museum
Showcasing contemporary art, the 21c Museum Hotel has over 14,000 square feet of exhibition space. Exhibits rotate often and admission is always free. Take a self-guided tour or plan to attend a docent-led tour on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 pm.