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 21 to select days through the new year, 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 throughout November and December, 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. This holiday season, head to Penn Square Mall for the new Oklahoma City Zoo Pop-Up Shop where you'll discover wild gift ideas for all on your list. Shoppers can purchase Zoo memberships, premium Visit the Zoo gift boxes and a must-have stocking stuffer, OKC Zoo Poo. Located in the center of the mall by Santa, the Zoo’s Pop-Up Shop will be open during regular mall hours.
5. Cruise down historic Automobile Alley for the district’s holiday open house for the 5th 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. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, from 4-8 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. Bring the Christmas spirit to the comfort of your home this year with the virtual Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival. The program will feature many beloved festivities and holiday tunes. Host a watch party or enjoy a casual night in with hot cocoa and cheer, and kick off the holiday season with a virtual community across the city.
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. Beaux Arts at 75 explores everything from idyllic summer landscapes by a master abstract expressionist to 1980s kitschy inspired pieces. The Shared Lives, Distances Places exhibition provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of people, conflicts, and historical events around the world at various moments in time and explores the working process of six contemporary photographers.
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. West: The American Cowboy, Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature, Liichokoshkomo’ and Wild Wooley Western Wildlife in 3D are all new exhibits at the museum that you won't want to miss.
13. Head off to the races at Remington Park. 2020 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. If you haven't explored the American Banjo Museum yet, 'tis the season! The museum debuted a new exhibit this summer, Women of the Banjo, that highlights the contributions of women to the colorful past, present and future of the banjo. From prominent contemporary performers such as Alison Brown and Rhiannon Giddens to pop icons Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton, historic insights, instruments, stage attire and fashion trends all help tell the story of the banjo in history.
15. Spend the day outdoors at the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden!
16. 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. It serves as a place of quiet reflection to learn, remember and share the dream of a world without violence and terrorism.
18. Saint's Santa Run is coming to you this year! The virtual run allows you to run or walk the 5K at your leisure. The race can be completed on a treadmill from the comfort of your home, around your neighborhood, on the suggested route in Midtown (more info coming soon), before or after a giant Thanksgiving meal—the choice is yours. Costumes are encouraged.
Check out this blog for recommendations on ways to spend 48 hours in Oklahoma City.