If you have family in town for the holiday or are just looking for fun activities that will keep the family safe, these activities range from free outdoor fun to ticketed events that will help you ring in the holiday season.
Starting on Black Friday and continuing through the weekend, we’ve highlighted a stocking full of memorable family-friendly experiences that are sure to cure the most stubbornly bored. Check out the events calendar for more fun ideas to help you customize a special holiday adventure!
2. Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday in the Park at Frontier City. From November 20 on weekends and select days through January 3, the twinkling lights, enchanting holiday entertainment, exciting thrill coasters and festive treats are sure to have you in the holiday spirit.
3. The Holiday Pop-Up shops take place on select dates starting November 26 through December 19, featuring local shops that rotate weekly. Keep your eye on this page for a full schedule and complete roster of local shops. When you've had your fill of shopping, grab a bite from nearby restaurants.
4. Explore the OKC Zoo’s Safari Lights, a festive, new event featuring more than 50 larger-than-life light sculptures and displays all viewable on a driving tour through the Zoo. After the 20–30-minute driving tour, guests can park and re-enter the Zoo to continue on an immersive walking tour of the entry plaza with an original musical light performance.
5. Cruise down historic Automobile Alley for the district’s holiday open house for the annual Lights On Broadway event. To make the event as safe as possible and decrease crowd congestion, the event will be spread out over 4 Saturdays this season: Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, from 4-7 p.m. Various retail shops and restaurants will be featuring buzz-worthy holiday window displays in addition to family-friendly activities, special promotions and giveaways.
6. Lyric Theatre’s holiday tradition returns with an all-new outdoor production of the classic “A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. This production will whisk audiences away to a magical holiday village nestled in the heart of Oklahoma City, Harn Homestead. Patrons will follow Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of transformation and redemption, as they are guided from scene to scene at the homestead.
7. Energize your Saturday naturally at the Myriad Botanical Gardens on a free guided walking tour from 10-11 a.m., then localize your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday with excursions to a charming array of local, independent shops in Paseo and Plaza Districts, Automobile Alley, Western Avenue, and Midtown.
8. Take in Oklahoma Contemporary’s new exhibition by renowned sculpture artist Chakaia Booker in Campbell Art Park. Since the early 1990s, Booker has famously made energetic abstractions out of interwoven beams upholstered with discarded tires. Her sculptures are meticulously constructed from salvaged pieces of rubber fragments into wondrous works of art. Have a video gamer in your family? They’ll love the Open World exhibit featuring nearly 70 works across both traditional and digital disciplines that engage gamers and pop culture enthusiasts. Reserve your free timed ticket before you go.
9. Whether you’re planning a fun night out with friends or a family adventure, Ride OKC offers a variety of bike tours and rentals that make it easy to sightsee around downtown Oklahoma City. Their rentable three-speed bikes include locks, lights, helmets and even roadside assistance. Kid bike trailers or attachable co-pilot bikes (recommended for children ages 4-9) are also available. Guided bike tours range from history, art and architecture themes to local food and craft beer.
10. Spend a day checking out the hands-on exhibits throughout Science Museum Oklahoma. Head to CurioCity where you'll find eight whimsical neighborhoods made for children, with several interactive activities that encourage learning through play.
11. Take in the new exhibits at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. There’s a wide range of art showing currently, ranging from Fritz Scholder’s radical new imagery of Indigenous life to From Heroes to Immortals which explores Classical mythology, plus the Dale Chihuly, Kehinde Wiley and other striking pieces that are always worth visiting from the OKCMOA’s permanent collection.
12. Featuring one of the most comprehensive collections of Western art in the world, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum depicts the rugged spirit and rich influences of cowboy culture. Their latest outdoor expansion likely opened since the last time your family was in town. Liichokoshkomo’ is more than 100,000 square feet dedicated to learning and family fun. The replica Kiowa Tipi, Puebloan Cliff Dwellings, Prairie Sod House and many other interactive experiences bring stories of the West to life.
13. Head off to the races at Remington Park. 2021 Thoroughbred season is in full swing with races a few times a week that are always free to attend. While the casino is for adults only, the whole family can enjoy a selection of on-site restaurants, concessions, bars and racing action.
14. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a symbol of enduring strength, hope and understanding to all visitors. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is open 24 hours a day year-round and always free. The Museum offers timed ticketing which you can reserve online, plus free parking. It serves as a place of quiet reflection to learn, remember and share the dream of a world without violence and terrorism.
15. If you haven't visited the First Americans Museum yet, it’s a can’t-miss experience. This world-class venue showcases state-of-the-art exhibitions in First American history, culture and art; live public and educational programs; a full-service restaurant presenting unique Native-inspired cuisine; and a museum store featuring authentic one-of-a-kind hand-made items or products by premiere First American artists. It’s the only place where you can learn the collective histories of 39 distinctive First American Nations.
16. Don’t leave your furry family members out of the fun! We’ve gathered up a guide to the best pet-friendly spots around OKC.
17. Cheer on the OKC Thunder! They have home games against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 24 and take on the Washington Wizards Nov. 26 at the Paycom Center.
18. OKC offers a variety of ways to play outside. Take advantage of the sunshine to work off that Thanksgiving meal at one of our many urban parks & trails.
Check out this blog for recommendations on ways to spend 48 hours in Oklahoma City.