The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! It’s the time to bundle up in winter coats, sip on hot chocolate and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season. Every winter there are many festive things happening around Tulsa to add to the excitement of the holidays, so today we wanted to share five of our favorite!
Every year Utica Square extends its hours and adorns its trees with over 700,000 Christmas lights in order to make the holiday season even more magical. Sip on a cup of cocoa from Starbuck’s, snap a photo with Santa at the Santa House, dine at a yummy restaurant or shop for those much needed Christmas gifts all while at Utica Square. Basically, Utica Square is a one-stop shop for the whole family now until Christmas Eve. Hours of shops and restaurants vary, but the Santa House is open until 9pm Monday through Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.
Do you enjoy seeing Christmas lights around the holiday season? Every year Rhema Bible Church hosts a spectacular lighting event located in Broken Arrow, and it is expected to draw more than 200,000 visitors this year alone! Filled with over two million lights and dating back to 1982, Rhema Christmas Lights admission is free and visitors can enjoy warm concessions, live music and carriage rides. The lights turn on at 5:30 pm every evening and shut down at 11:30 pm. The event runs now through January 1.
Looking to enjoy the storybook festivities this holiday season? Look no further than Winterfest in downtown Tulsa next to the BOK center. Sponsored by Arvest, Winterfest is home to Oklahoma’s largest outdoor Christmas tree. While at Winterfest, you can enjoy hot chocolate and concessions with the family, ice skate on the 9000 square foot ice skating rink, take carriage rides with a loved one or listen to live entertainment. Ice skating is $10 for adults and $5 for children three and under. Winterfest runs now through January 15.
Participate in a Tulsa tradition by attending the Tulsa Christmas Parade. The parade, which dates back to 1926, features holiday themed floats by local businesses and offers awards for the best and most creative float. This year the parade’s theme is Christmas Cheer of Yesteryear: Celebrating Nine Decades in Tulsa. The event starts at 6pm on Saturday December 10th in downtown Tulsa. Be sure to be there!
Every year the Tulsa Ballet puts together a magical production of The Nutcracker, a classic Christmas story about a young girl’s imagination in bringing her toys to life and the epic battle between Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King. Performances begin on December 10th and run at various times through December 23. The Tulsa Ballet offers general tickets starting at $25 and VIP tickets for $105, but be sure to get tickets soon because they are already selling out!
And there you have it! Just five of the many things to do in Tulsa this holiday season, all of which make living in Tulsa more magical. Take advantage of all Tulsa has to offer and explore the wonder of the holiday season with family and friends. Happy Holidays!