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Christmas Light Displays Around Oklahoma

Get out and enjoy some Christmas cheer. Here is a list of light displays around the state for everyone’s enjoyment.

Christmas Lights by City-

Ardmore- Festival of Lights, Ardmore Regional Park- Nov 20th– Dec 30th.

Bartlesville- Fantasy Land of Lights, Johnstone Park- Nov 20th– Dec 30th.

Bartlesville- Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights, Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve- Nov 26th– Dec 19th.

Broken Arrow- Rhema Christmas Lights, Rhema Park- Nov 24th– Jan 2nd.

Chickasha- Chickasha Festival of Light, Shannon Springs Park- Nov 20th– Dec 31st.

Edmond- Edmond’s Electric Luminance An Enchanted Stroll, Mitch Park- Nov 20th– Jan 2nd.

Enid- Christmas in the Park, Meadowlake Park – Nov 27th, Dec 4th, Dec 11th, and Dec 18th.

Elk City- Christmas in the Park, Ackley Park – Nov 26th– Dec 18th.

Fairland- Twin Bridges Park of Lights, Grand Lake State Park- Nov 25th– Dec 30th.

Ketchum- Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Tour, Grand Lake, Pine Lodge Resort- Nov 25th– Jan 1st.

Kingfisher- Kingfisher Winter Nights, Kingfisher Park- Nov 27th– Dec 26th.

Lawton- Holiday in the Park, Elmer Thomas Park- Nov 20th– Dec 31st.

Midwest City- Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular, Joe B Barnes Regional Park- Dec 1st– Dec 25th.

Muskogee- Castle Christmas, The Castle- Nov 25th– Dec 31st.

Muskogee- Garden of Lights, Honor Heights Park- Nov 25th– Jan 1st.

Oklahoma City- Holiday in the Park, Frontier City – Nov 20th– Jan 3rd.

Oklahoma City- Union Station Illumination, Scissortail Park- Nov 26th– Jan 6th.

Oklahoma City- Safari Lights, Oklahoma City Zoo- Now until Jan 9th.

Purcell- Lights from the Heart, Purcell City Lake- Nov 25th– Dec 31st.

Ponca City- Festival of Angels, Several locations, pick up map at Pioneer Woman Statue- Nov 24th– Dec 30th.

Seminole- Snowman Wonderland, Magnolia Park- Nov 18th– Jan 3rd.

Tulsa- Garden of Lights, Tulsa Botanic Garden- Nov 26th– Jan 2nd.

Wister- Lights on the Island, Lake Wister State Park – Now- Dec 25th.

Woodward- Crystal Christmas, Crystal Beach Park- Nov 19th– Dec 31st.

Yukon- Christmas in the Park, Yukon City Park- Nov 20th– Dec 31st.

Christmas Events in Oklahoma 2021

Here is my comprehensive list of events occurring in Oklahoma for the 2021 Holiday Season. Once again please check on the events through their various websites- I know of a few that have been cancelled already (they were removed from the list). Other than that have a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!!

Christmas Events 2021

Shawnee Christmas Tree Lighting, Shawnee- Nov 19th.

Stockyards City Tree Lighting Ceremony, Oklahoma City- Nov 19th.

Magnolia Christmas Fest, Duncan- Nov 19th– 20th.

The Santa Market, Oklahoma City Fairgrounds- Nov 19th– Nov 20th.

An Affair of the Heart, Tulsa- Nov 19th– 21st.

Enid Lights up the Plains, Enid- Nov 26th.

Coweta Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony, Coweta- Nov 27th.

Candy Cane Cotton Candy with Santa, Mollycoddled Hash Slinger, Oklahoma City- Nov 27th.

Cashion Holiday Parade, Cashion- Nov 27th.

Lights on Owasso, Owasso- Nov 27th.

Christmas in the Park, Prague- Nov 27th.

Festival of Light Parade, Pawnee- Nov 27th.

Clinton Festival of Lights, Clinton- Nov 30th.

Ardmore Parade of Lights, Ardmore- Nov 30th.

Light the City, Midwest City- Dec 1st.

Tuttle Festival of Lights Parade, Tuttle- Dec 2nd.

Christmas Extravaganza Parade, Okemah- Dec 2nd.

Shawnee Christmas Parade of Lights, Shawnee- Dec 2nd.

Pryor Christmas Parade of Lights, Pryor- Dec 2nd.

Christmas Parade of Lights, Stillwater- Dec 2nd.

Country Christmas in the Park, Cordell- Dec 2nd.

Home for the Holidays, Tuttle- Dec 2nd.

Will’s Country Christmas, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, Oologah- Dec 3rd– Dec 4th.

Santa’s Workshop, Ardmore- Dec 3rd– Dec 4th.

Luther Pecan Festival, Luther- Dec 3rd– Dec 4th.

Thompson House Victorian Christmas, Thompson House, Tahlequah- Dec 3rd– Dec 5th.

Christkindlmarkt, Tulsa- Dec 3rd– Dec 5th.

Santa’s Village and Holiday Bazaar, Watonga- Dec 4th.

Tipton Christmas Parade, Tipton- Dec 4th.

Norman Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade, Norman- Dec 4th.

Salina Christmas Parade, Salina- Dec 4th.

Checotah Christmas Parade, Checotah- Dec 4th.

Christmas Parade, Eufaula- Dec 4th.

Pawhuska Christmas Parade of Lights, Pawhuska- Dec 4th.

Sapulpa Christmas Parade, Sapulpa- Dec 4th.

Minco Honey Festival, Minco- Dec 4th.

Poteau Christmas Parade, Poteau- Dec 4th.

Lighted Christmas Parade and Fireworks, Kingfisher- Dec 4th.

Miami Route 66 Christmas Parade, Miami- Dec 4th

Lighted Holiday Parade, Fairview- Dec 4th.

Heartland Bazaar’s Santa Land, Eufaula- Dec 4th.

Newcastle Christmas Parade, Newcastle- Dec 4th.

Cowboy Christmas Parade, Stockyard City, Oklahoma City- Dec 4th.

Duncan Christmas Parade, Duncan- Dec 4th.

Chickasha Main Street Christmas Parade, Chickasha- Dec 4th.

Victorian Homes Tour, Guthrie- Dec 4th.

Christmas Parade of Lights, Pauls Valley- Dec 6th.

Durant Christmas Parade, Durant- Dec 7th.

Downtown Christmas Parade and Celebration, Wynnewood- Dec 8th.

Festival of Lights Parade, Okmulgee- Dec 9th.

Lights on the Lake Christmas Parade, Grove- Dec 11th.

Cache Christmas Parade, Cache- Dec 11th.

Christmas on Main, Blanchard- Dec 11th.

Santa’s Workshop and Christmas Parade, Skiatook- Dec 11th.

Owasso Christmas Parade, Owasso- Dec 11th.

Home for the Holidays, Altus- Dec 11th.

Tulsa Christmas Parade, Tulsa- Dec 11th.

Jay Christmas Parade, Jay- Dec 11th.

Johnston County Christmas Parade, Tishomingo- Dec 11th.

A Territorial Christmas Celebration, Guthrie- Nov 27th– Dec 11th.

Holdenville Christmas Parade, Holdenville- Dec 13th.

Medicine Park Christmas Parade and Carnival, Medicine Park- Dec 18th.

Christmas in the Park, Elk City- Nov 26th– Dec 18th.

Christmas in the Park, Enid- Nov 27th– Dec 18th.

Merry Main Street, Stillwater- Nov 26th– Dec 19th.

Holiday Pop-Up Shops, Oklahoma City- Nov 26th– Dec 19th.

Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights, Bartlesville- Nov 26th– Dec 19th.

Winter Solstice Walks, Spiro Mounds, Spiro- Dec 21st.

Creepy Christmas Light Tour, Tulsa- Dec 10th– Dec 23rd.

PAMBE Ghana World Market, Oklahoma City- Now until Dec 24th.

Lights on the Island, Lake Wister State Park- Now until Dec 25th.

Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular, Midwest City- Dec 1st– Dec 25th.

Kingfisher Winter Nights, Kingfisher- Nov 27th– Dec 26th.

Winter Wonderland, Gathering Place, Tulsa- Dec 17th– Dec 26th.

Okemah Holiday House, Okemah- Now until Dec 30th.

Fantasy Land of Lights, Bartlesville- Nov 20th– Dec 30th.

Festival of Angels, Ponca City- Nov 24th– Dec 30th.

Twin Bridges Park of Lights, Grand Lake State Park, Fairland- Nov 25th– Dec 30th.

Festival of Lights, Ardmore- Nov 20th– Dec 30th.

Opening Night, Oklahoma City- Dec 31st.

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on the Square, Pawnee- Dec 31st.

New Year’s Eve Gala, Enid- Dec 31st.

Christmas in the Park, Yukon- Nov 20th– Dec 31st.

Holiday in the Park, Lawton- Nov 20th– Dec 31st.

Festival of Lights, Sand Springs- Now until Dec 31st.

The Polar Express, Oklahoma Railway Museum, Oklahoma City- Now until Dec 31st.

Woolaroc Retrospective Exhibit and Sale- Now until Dec 31st.

Crystal Christmas, Woodward- Nov 19th– Dec 31st.

Chickasha Festival of Light, Chickasha- Nov 20th– Dec 31st.

Lights from the Heart, Purcell- Nov 25th– Dec 31st.

Castle Christmas, Muskogee- Nov 25th– Dec 31st.

Garden of Lights, Muskogee- Nov 25th– Jan 1st.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Tour, Ketchum- Nov 25th– Jan 1st.

Yukon Ice Rink, Yukon- Nov 20th– Jan 2nd.

Christmas in the Ville, Bartlesville- Dec 3rd– Jan 2nd.

Rhema Christmas Lights, Broken Arrow- Nov 24th– Jan 2nd.

Edmond’s Electric Luminance An Enchanted Stroll, Mitch park, Edmond- Nov 20th– Jan 2nd.

Holidays on Ice, Enid- Nov 19th– Jan 2nd.

Garden of Lights, Tulsa- Nov 26th– Jan 2nd.

Holiday in the Park, Frontier City, Oklahoma City- Nov 20th– Jan 3rd.

Broken Arrow Ice Rink, Broken Arrow- Now until Jan 3rd.

Edmond Ice Rink, Edmond- Now until Jan 3rd.

Snowman Wonderland, Seminole- Nov 18th– Jan 3rd.

Crest on Ice, Norman- Nov 19th– Jan 3rd.

Winterfest, Tulsa- Nov 19th– Jan 3rd.

Union Station Illumination- Nov 26th– Jan 6th.

Safari Lights, Oklahoma City Zoo- Now until Jan 9th.

Devon Ice Rink, Oklahoma City- Nov 19th– Jan 30th.

The Santa in the Window

Santa in the WindowChristmas is all about tradition.  Every year you get out the decorations that you’ve had forever and you get together with family.  The Farley family is all about tradition- we’ve done the same thing for Christmas since before I was here.  The whole family would gather at Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Tipton on Christmas Eve, they would eat fried oysters and chocolate cake, then open the presents piled around the tree.

This is the environment I was born into, as long as I can remember my dad would load up the car with luggage and presents for the two hour drive from Oklahoma City to Tipton.  As much as my dad loved Christmas, he never started shopping until December 24th.  He thought that’s when you got the best deals, so that whole day he would be gone, not coming back home until almost 6p.  My mother hated that, all the last minute rushing around, hoping that we had everything.  Truthfully, it really was kind of annoying but that’s just how the old man was- cheap.  After he was home we would drive down H.E. Bailey to Lawton.  It was in Lawton that the K-Mart would still be open- he would stop and run around the store chasing the blue light specials, no matter what it was that was just put on sale.  Somehow my mom would drag him out and we would continue the journey on Highway 62.  It was always the darkest here, just south of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.  This is when I would lay with my head against the window, looking out for the flashing red nose of Rudolph, hoping that Santa would remember that we would be back home the next night for him to visit us.

Once we got to Tipton, we would slowly drive through town until we got to Grandma and Grandpa’s house where we would park in the circle drive.  As we got out of the car I would always see the little plastic light up Santa Claus that Grandpa put in the front window.  Don’t know when or where Grandpa got it but as far back as I can remember seeing that Santa meant Christmas was here and that after we were filled up on Grandma’s fried oysters, the fun was going to begin.  Once we were inside, everyone was running around putting the final presents around the tree.  For some reason, my uncle Joe was always last to wrap his gifts, so he would be in a bedroom, shouting for my aunts to come help him.  Present opening would begin around 11p.  My Grandpa and dad had a running joke about dust busters, everyone would laugh at uncle Joe because he bought Hanukkah paper again (he liked it because it was blue, he ignored the Menorah’s on it) and there would always be a wrapping paper ball fight.

This is how every Christmas was for the first 16 years of my life, then the tradition changed.  Grandpa was sick, so they moved to Oklahoma City into apartments.  Some things stayed the same but there was no long drive to Tipton, no looking out for Rudolph and no Santa sitting in the window.  After Grandpa was gone, Christmas changed again- no more fried oysters, now we enjoyed barbeque that my dad picked up from some restaurant.  We were also now in Norman at my aunts’ house and the family was changing- adding more members, first spouses, then kids.  So we had some new traditions, but still kept some of the old.  We were still waiting for uncle Joe to wrap presents, there was still chocolate cake but there was also something missing.  Not just being in Tipton and Grandpa but my mother stopped coming after divorcing my dad, then last year after losing both Grandma and my dad, I knew that Christmas would never be the same.  You just can’t lose two members of the family and act like nothing happened.  Now not only were the traditions mostly gone but so were three members of my family.  I almost didn’t even want to go be with the rest of the Farley’s.  It’s really just not the same at all but I still have my memories of how it used to be.

So what happened to the little plastic light up Santa Claus- after Grandpa died, Grandma sold the house in Tipton and my dad went down to help clean it out.  He stopped at my house with a pickup truck full of stuff that he had taken, wanted to know if there was anything I wanted.  Thrown into the back to the truck was that Santa Claus, I grabbed it with the declaration, “This is mine”.  I cleaned Santa up, now every Christmas I carry on my Grandpa’s tradition and that little plastic light up Santa Claus sits in my front window to remind me that no matter what has changed, it’s Christmas.



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