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Christmas Light Displays Around Oklahoma 2022

There are a lot of places to go and celebrate Christmas around Oklahoma. No matter where you are in the state, you can find a light display. Check the websites for special events going on while the lights are on, some have train rides, or have vendors selling hot chocolate and food. Also be prepared to sit in traffic, I used to love visiting the Yukon lights, there was one year when Mae was little that we visited over 20 times. Not now, 1 trip is enough, just too many people. I haven’t been to Chickasha in years because of the same issue. Try to visit some of the light displays in other parts of the state, Woodward and Kingfisher have been great without the crowds. There is also the world’s largest Christmas tree is on display in Enid, I haven’t been, so I don’t know if there’s more than just the tree or if there are other activities as well.

Fantasy Land of Lights- Bartlesville Johnstone Park- Now- Dec 30th

Holiday in the Park- Lawton Elmer Thomas Park- Now- Jan 1st

Oklahoma City Zoo Safari Lights- Oklahoma City Zoo- Now- Jan 1st

Snowman Wonderland- Seminole Magnolia Park- Now- Dec 24th

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

Crystal Christmas- Woodward Crystal Beach Park- Now- Dec 31st

Christmas in the Park- Yukon City Park- Now- Dec 31st

Chickasha Festival of Light- Chickasha Shannon Springs Park- Now- Dec 31st

Festival of Lights- Ardmore Regional Park- Now- Dec 30th

Edmond Electric’s Luminance- Edmond Mitch Park- Nov 21st– Jan 1st

Lights from the Heart- Purcell Lake- Nov 23rd– Dec 31st

Garden of Lights- Muskogee Honor Heights Park- Nov 24th– Jan 1st

Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Tour- Afton Pine Lodge Resort- Nov 24th– Jan 1st

Twin Bridges Park of Lights- Fairland Twin Bridges Park- Nov 24th– Dec 30th

Rhema Christmas Lights- Broken Arrow Rhema Bible Church- Nov 24th– Jan 2nd

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

Downs Family Christmas Lights- Norman- Nov 24th– Jan 1st

Castle Christmas- Muskogee Castle of Muskogee- Nov 24th– Dec 31st

Union Station Illumination- Oklahoma City Scissortail Park- Nov 25th– Jan 1st

Lights on the Lake- Stillwater Lake McMurtry- Nov 25th– Dec 18th

Garden of Lights- Tulsa Botanic Garden- Nov 25th– Dec 30th

Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights- Bartlesville Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve- Nov 25th– Dec 18th

Kingfisher Winter Nights- Kingfisher City Park- Nov 26th– Dec 25th

Lights in Legion Park- El Reno Legion Park- Nov 26th– Dec 31st

Holiday Lights Spectacular- Midwest City Joe B Barnes Regional Park- Nov 30th– Dec 25th

Kringle’s Christmas Land- Jenks- Dec 1st– Dec 31st

Christmas in the Park- Elk City- Nov 25th– Dec 31st

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: November 22nd- November 27th

Thanksgiving this week, so not as much going on this weekend. Still a few Christmas parades and markets going on. Stay safe and have a good holiday!!!

Thanksgiving Eve Hayride- Wilburton Robbers Cave State Park- Nov 23rd

The Market Craft Show- Enid Stride Bank Center- Nov 25th– 26th

Stillwater Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration- Stillwater- Nov 25th

Enid Lights Up the Plains- Nov 25th

Christmas Parade- Elk City- Nov 26th

Lake Eufaula’s Lighted Boat Parade- Nov 26th

Festival of Light Parade- Pawnee- Nov 26th

Christmas in the Park- Prague City Park- Nov 26th

OKC Philharmonic presents: Home Alone in Concert- Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall- Nov 26th

Make Ready Market- Oklahoma City- Nov 26th

Annual Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Shops- Edmond Railyard- Nov 26th

Black Friday and Saturday at Magnolia Blossom Ranch- Newcastle- Nov 25th– 26th

Lights on Owasso- Owasso Redbud Festival Park- Nov 26th

Home for the Holidays Craft Show- Fairview Major County Fairgrounds- Nov 26th

Friends of the Bristow Public Library Book Sale- Bristow Public Library- Nov 26th

First Lady Nog and Glogg Off- Tulsa- Nov 27th

Rising Stars Calf Roping Finals- Guthrie lazy E Arena- Nov 24th– 27th

The Polar Express Train Ride- Oklahoma City Oklahoma Railway Museum- Nov 23rd– 27th

Daze in a Maze- Marshall- Now- Nov 27th

Christmas Parade of Lights- Sulphur- Nov 28th

Clinton Festival of Lights- Nov 29th

NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair Park- Nov 24th– Dec 3rd

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit- Oklahoma City- Now- Dec 4th

Turkeys in the wild out on a back road in Oklahoma.

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: November 18th- 20th

Week before Thanksgiving, some stuff going on. Lots of shopping opportunities and several tree lightings this weekend. Bedlam Saturday night will keep me in, but I’ll be out before the game.

Christmas in Broken Arrow- Nov 17th

Lights on Downtown Pryor- Nov 17th

Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival- Bricktown Mickey Mantle Plaza- Nov 17th

Lights on Eufaula- Nov 17th

UCO Department of Dance: Kaleidoscope Dance Company- Edmond Mitchell Hall Theater- Nov 17th– 19th

World Senior Professional Bull Riders Final- Duncan Stephens County Fairgrounds- Nov 17th– 19th

Stockyards City Tree Lighting Ceremony- Oklahoma City Stockyards City- Nov 18th

Bedlam Beats & Bites- Norman Riverwind Casino- Nov 18th

Kingfisher’s Mistletoe Shop and Hop- Kingfisher- Nov 18th

Magnolia Christmas Fest- Durant Choctaw Event Center- Nov 18th– 19th

Kickoff Classic- Tulsa Expo Square- Nov 18th– 19th

Dickens on the Boulevard- Claremore- Nov 18th– 19th

2 Friends & Junk Craft Show- El Reno Canadian County Expo & Event Center- Nov 18th– 19th

Holiday Stroll- Duncan- Nov 19th

Boare’s Heade Feaste- Muskogee The Castle- Nov 19th

Cruise in for Coffee- Midwest City- Nov 19th

The Oddities and Curiosities Expo- Oklahoma City Convention Center- Nov 19th

St Patrick’s Catholic Church Historic and Architectural Tour- Oklahoma City- Nov 19th

Historically Local Tour: Castle Falls- Oklahoma City- Nov 19th

American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Now- Nov 19th

The Polar Express Train Ride- Oklahoma City Oklahoma Railway Museum- Nov 18th– 20th

Barrel Racing Futurity World Championship- Guthrie Lazy E Arena- Nov 15th– Nov 20th

Hunter Jumper Exhibitors of Oklahoma Fall Finale- Tulsa Expo Square- Nov 17th– 20th

An Affair of the Heart- Tulsa Expo Square- Nov 18th– 20th

Craft Harvest Show- Lawton Comanche County Fairgrounds- Nov 18th– 20th

RetroMania Collectibles Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Nov 19th– 20th

Grand Reopening of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory- Oklahoma City Myriad Gardens- Nov 18th– 20th

Holiday Extravaganza- Edmond- Nov 19th– 20th

Luther Pecan Festival- Luther- Nov 19th– 20th

University of Science and Arts: Holiday Concert-Chickasha- Nov 20th

Daze in a Maze- Marshall- Now- Nov 27th

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit- Oklahoma City- Now- Dec 4th

What’s Going on in Oklahoma: November 11th- November 13th

Event season is slowing, still things to do. Lots of Christmas markets, plus many Holiday light displays are opening this weekend. As always, check on the status of an event, I’ve already seen cancellations (and yes they have been removed from the list). If you’re looking for Veterans Day activities, check my post from yesterday. I included several parades for the weekend but once again, check on their status as well since the weather will be bad.

Pauls Valley Arts Council Fifth Friday Art Walk- Pauls Valley Downtown- Nov 11th

2nd Friday Norman Art Walk- Norman Arts District- Nov 11th

LIVE on the Plaza- Oklahoma City Plaza District- Nov 11th

Dripping Springs Rendezvous- Okmulgee- Nov 11th– 12th

Museum Store Holiday Open House- Oklahoma City National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum- Nov 11th– 12th

Holiday Shopportunity- Purcell Multipurpose Center- Nov 12th

World’s Oldest Free Fly-In- Fairview Municipal Airport- Nov 12th

Second Saturday- Oklahoma City Oklahoma Contemporary- Nov 12th

Big Band Hangar Dance- Tulsa Tech- Riverside Campus- Nov 12th

Dancing Rabbit Music Festival- McAlester- Nov 12th

Holiday Marketplace- Enid Chisholm Trail Expo Center- Nov 12th

Holiday Craft Bazaar- Edmond Holy Trinity Family Life Center- Nov 12th

All is Bright Christmas Market- Grove- Nov 12th

Christmas Holiday Market- Poteau Donald W Reynolds Community Center- Nov 12th

Harvest Festival- Nowata County Fairgrounds- Nov 12th

Vintage by the Creek- Grove- Now 12th

Asian District Cultural & Culinary Tour- Oklahoma City Asian District- Nov 12th

Second Saturdays- Stillwater Oklahoma State University Museum of Art- Nov 12th

Second Saturday Architecture Tour: Cathedral District- Tulsa- Nov 12th

Holy Spirit Craft Fair- Mustang- Nov 12th

Color Breed Congress- Tulsa Expo Square- Now- 12th

Fall Festival at the Orr Family Farm- Oklahoma City Orr Family Farm- Now- Nov 12th

Oklahoma Christmas Show- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Nov 11th– 13th

Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show- Broken Bow Beavers Bend State Park- Nov 11th – 12th

HOYRA Youth Rodeo- Duncan Stephens County Fairgrounds- Nov 12th– 13th

The Polar Express Train Ride- Oklahoma City Oklahoma Railway Museum- Nov 11th– 13th

Chester Fall Festival- Chester Downtown- Nov 12th– 13th

Oklahoma Blastoff Alpaca Show- Chickasha Grady County Fairgrounds- Nov 12th– 13th

Round Barn Rendezvous- Arcadia Round Barn- Nov 13th

Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch- Arcadia- Now- Nov 13th

American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show- Oklahoma City State Fair Park- Now- Nov 19th

Daze in a Maze- Marshall- Now- Nov 27th

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit- Oklahoma City- Now- Dec 4th

PAMBE Ghana’s Global Market- Oklahoma City Northpark Mall- Now- Dec 24th

Fantasy Land of Lights- Bartlesville Johnstone Park- Nov 11th– Dec 30th

Holiday in the Park- Lawton Elmer Thomas Park- Nov 12th– Jan 1st

OKC Zoo Safari Lights- Oklahoma City Zoo- Nov 12th– Jan 1st

Route 66 Christmas Chute- Sapulpa- Now- Jan 1st

BA Ice Rink- Broken Arrow- Nov 11th– Jan 2nd

Crest on Ice- Norman- Nov 11th– Jan 8th

Edmond Ice Rink- Edmond Mitch Park- Now- Jan 15th

Devon Ice Rink- Oklahoma City Myriad Botanical Gardens- Nov 13th– Jan 29th

Downtown in December- Oklahoma City Downtown- Now- Jan 27th

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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