With Christmas falling on a Monday this year, much of the world will be back to business as usual on Tuesday, but if you’re one of the lucky ones who still has time off, there are activities for the whole family around Oklahoma City.
Traditionally, December 26 is a top-five shopping day in terms of people, not sales. That’s because people are spending the gift cards they received or returning the not-so-funny tee shirt. Savvy shoppers know that the day after Christmas is the best day to buy holiday decorations at ridiculously good prices, as well as holiday-themed treats, like boxed chocolates. Outerwear is also super cheap right before the first of the year. Head to Penn Square Mall, Classen Curve, and local hobby stores to take advantage of big savings.
If you’re exhausted with the shopping crowds, there is still time to see “Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age.” This amazing collection at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is only here until January 21, and it’s the first time the collection has traveled outside Great Britain. Noted artists like Rembrandt, Rubens, and van Dyck are featured, including rough sketches of some of their famous works. It’s a fascinating peek into the creative process of some of history’s greatest artists. There are hands-on activities for budding artists of all ages, too.
The week after Christmas is the last for Downtown in December, an annual series of events all over downtown, including the Myriad Gardens. The Devon Ice Rink is open, so take the family for a spin around the ice, and then head over to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for snow tubing! The manmade slopes are open at noon, 2pm and 4pm, and each session lasts two hours.
For one last dose of Christmas magic, tickets are still available for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Civic Center Music Hall, beginning at 7:30pm. Grammy winner Chip Davis has put together a show that includes Mannheim Steamroller music, as well as his own original compositions.
After dark, there is still time to catch the beautiful light display in Automobile Alley. The striking installations include more than 180,000 LED lights strung from the buildings in the historic district. Grab some sushi at Yuzo, a drink or dinner (or both) at Broadway 10 Chophouse, or pizza at a genuine Oklahoma icon, Hideaway Pizza.
On the other side of downtown, in Film Row, you can check out the art gallery at 21C Museum Hotel, and dine at Mary Eddy’s, which features one of our city’s best chefs, Jason Campbell. The Gulf States chef specializes in seafood, and the bar is exceptional. Feel free to take your drink with you while you walk through the amazing collection of modern art.