"Stay & Play in OKC for the Holidays"
Red Earth Art Center celebrates the holidays with a Native twist; Offers ‘Stay & Play in OKC’ getaway discounts Oklahoma City’s Red Earth Art Center offers a Stay & Play holiday package designed to create special memories with family and friends including Native Culture, discounts on lodging, dining, shopping and tickets to two of Oklahoma City’s most popular annual family holiday stage productions.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – This holiday season Oklahoma City’s non-profit Native art center invites the public to Stay & Play in OKC during the fourth annual Red Earth Treefest celebration. The Red Earth Art Center will celebrate the Christmas season with a decidedly Native twist this year when Treefest opens free to the public for a seven-week run November 19 through January 4, 2019 in downtown Oklahoma City.
Red Earth Treefest features 20 Native Tribes from throughout Oklahoma invited to create handmade art objects and ornaments for Christmas Trees that highlight their distinctive tribal cultures. The exhibition showcases the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. For those traveling to Oklahoma City for the holidays, Red Earth offers a Stay & Play holiday package designed to create special memories with family and friends including Native Culture, discounts on lodging, dining, shopping and tickets to two of Oklahoma City’s most popular annual family holiday stage productions.
Wyndham Garden Hotel located just minutes from the Red Earth Art Center offers a $79 room rate during the seven-week Red Earth Treefest exhibition. Included in the hotel package are two full breakfast coupons per night, discount coupons book to Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City and discounts to area restaurants.
The Red Earth Treefest Stay & Play package also includes discounts to two of the city’s most popular holiday events:
The Oklahoma City Ballet offers 15% off each advance ticket to the Dec 14-16 and Dec. 21-23 performances of The Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall. Tchaikovsky’s familiar score and Artistic Director Robert Mills’ delightful staging of The Nutcracker will fill your heart with the spirit of the season as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince return to enchant both the young and the young at heart.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic and students from the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School join with our professional company dancers to present an experience your whole family will remember for years to come. While the Oklahoma City Philharmonic offers a 20% discount off each advance ticket purchase to the Nov 29 – Dec 1 performances of The Christmas Show at Civic Center Music Hall. Bring the whole family as the OKC Phil kicks off the holiday season and make meaningful memories with this stunning musical holiday celebration. Featuring Broadway star Nikki Renee Daniels along with The Philharmonic Pops Chorale, the Mistletoes, the OKC Philharmonic and of course everyone’s favorite, Santa. Share laughter, joy and maybe even a sentimental tear with the whole family as we delight in music that celebrates the spirit of the Christmas season.
“Treefest is our family-friendly Christmas gift to the state. Last year we welcomed thousands to our annual event - and the public loved it,” said Lona Barrick, president of the Red Earth board of directors. “Red Earth Treefest appeals to not only little children, but the child in all of us, and we’re happy to offer our event as a gift to the people of Oklahoma.”
Thirty-nine Native tribes are headquartered in Oklahoma, giving the state more tribal headquarters than any other. Nearly every Oklahoma tribe has homelands in other parts of the country – from the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Everglades – creating a diverse tribal palette unique to the state. Oklahoma Native Tribes participating in the 2018 Treefest include the Absentee Shawnee, Caddo, Cherokee, Cheyenne & Arapaho, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche, Delaware, Kaw, Osage, Sac & Fox, Seminole, Kiowa, Otoe Missouria, Ponca and Pawnee. Each tribal organization has been hard at work for several months creating their handmade ornaments with exhibit copy explaining how select ornaments tell their cultural story. Additional Christmas Trees on display at the Red Earth Art Center include the Red Earth docent tree with hundreds of handmade ornaments including beaded corn, dreamcatchers, mini tipis, drums and parfleche bags, and a tree featuring hundreds of ornaments created by Oklahoma Native artists available for sale.
“We are thrilled to carry on this tradition with the addition of the Stay & Play in OKC holiday package,” said Barrick. “I know our guests will thoroughly enjoy the Christmas trees featured at Treefest, adorned with beautiful ornaments that represent our tribal cultures so well. And, again this year, many of the tribes have created additional ornaments available for sale to the public.”
Red Earth Treefest is presented 10-5 pm Monday through Friday, Nov 19 through Jan 4, 2019.
To take advantage of the Red Earth Treefest Stay & Play holiday package including discounts on hotel lodging and tickets to the Oklahoma City Ballet production of The Nutcracker and The OKC PHIL’S Christmas Show visit www.RedEarth.org.
The Red Earth Art Center is located at 6 Santa Fe Plaza in the heart downtown Oklahoma City. Visit www.RedEarth.org or call (405) 427-5228 for information. Red Earth, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets. Red Earth Treefest is sponsored, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Oklahoma’s News 4.