Downtown in December, presented by Devon, is a series of holiday events and attractions in the heart of Oklahoma City starting Nov. 15. It’s a one-ofa-kind winter experience that features thrilling outdoor ice skating, snow tube rides down a 150-foot slope, afternoon visits with Santa Claus, a festive 5K run, free water taxi excursions, and a 2-day winter market, all surrounded by twinkling holiday lights. Most events are free of charge, and there is an open invitation for all to attend.
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DEVON ICE RINK AT THE MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS
The Devon Ice Rink returns for its third season at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Join us for another great winter of outdoor ice skating at Downtown in December's premier attraction. Open seven days a week, the Devon Ice Rink hosts daily public skating, private parties and special events all winter long. The rink provides friends and families with a unique annual tradition that creates memories to last a lifetime. RATES: › $10 per person for all ages, includes skates › $7 for guests who bring their own skates HOURS OF OPERATION: Nov. 15 to Feb. 2 › Monday-Thursday: 3-9 p.m. › Friday: 3-11 p.m. › Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. › Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Devon Ice Rink is in the Myriad Botanical Gardens at the corner of S. Robinson and W. Sheridan avenues. Private parties and gift certificates are available. Call (405) 708-6499 to schedule your event.
DEVON'S SATURDAYS WITH SANTA
Visit Devon Energy Center, 333 W. Sheridan, this holiday season during Devon’s Saturdays with Santa. The company, in partnership with Downtown in December, will offer free holiday entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday beginning Nov. 30 through Dec. 21. Admission is free. Meet Santa and his crew, write letters to the North Pole, create your own holiday crafts and enjoy holiday musical entertainment. On one special Saturday, a few of Santa’s live reindeer will even join the fun. Bring your camera and take free photos with Santa every week. Food and drink will be available for purchase at Aravalli inside the Devon Rotunda.
GINGERBREAD LAND Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. WHOVILLE Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. NORTH POLE Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. POLAR EXPRESS Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CHESAPEAKE SNOW TUBING
Cruise down one of the country’s largest man-made snow-tubing slopes at Chesapeake Energy’s Snow Tubing at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. This snowy adventure is one of the most popular events during Downtown in December. “Over the field we go” will have new meaning as riders slide from the ballpark’s upper deck all the way down to the field on a hill of manmade snow – even in sunny weather! For those seeking less of an adrenaline rush, a second, smaller slide will have children and moderate thrill-seekers dashing through the snow. RATES: $10 for a 90-minute session. Purchase your tickets at the door or online at Ticketmaster.com HOURS OF OPERATION: › Sessions begin every 2 hours: noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
› Open Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 23 through Dec. 15.
› Open daily Dec. 19 through Jan. 4. (Closed Christmas Day.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark ticket office at (405) 218-1000.
SANDRIDGE TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL
Join us at the SandRidge Tree Lighting Festival from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. Guests will enjoy live music, food and fun as Mayor Mick Cornett lights the tree for the season. Santa will be at the festival to take free professional photos with the kids, which are printed on-site immediately. Local band Banana Seat will provide live music for the evening as guests snack on free popcorn. There will even be a face painter for the kids! This event is free and open to the public. The SandRidge Christmas Tree serves as the centerpiece for Downtown in December. It will be on display on Mickey Mantle Drive, outside the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, until Jan. 1. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (405) 235-3500.
SANDRIDGE SANTA RUN
Jingle all the way through the streets of downtown Oklahoma City in the SandRidge Santa Run on Saturday, Dec. 14. As part of Downtown in December, the SandRidge Santa Run includes a 5K race, a one-mile fun run and a free kid’s dash, plus a warm-up with Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls. All runs begin and end at Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the 5k. The top three male and female finishers in each five-year age bracket will receive a medal. All runners are invited to dress up in their most festive holiday costumes for the races. Registered 5k runners who dress up in holiday costumes may qualify for the costume contest. After the race, show off your costumes to the SandRidge Santa Run panel of judges, and the top three picks will win cash prizes. HOURS: › 9 a.m.: 5k run › 9:30 a.m.: 1-mile fun run › 10 a.m.: kids’ dash REGISTRATION FEES: › 5k: $35 › One-mile Fun Run: $20 › Kids’ Dash: free (Ages 8 and under. No registration required.) Registration is now open, so sign up online today at DowntownInDecember.com. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (405) 235-3500.
AUTOMOBILE ALLEY'S LIGHTS ON BROADWAY
See the historic buildings of Automobile Alley in a whole new light! More than 180,000 colorful LED lights will drape the buildings along eight blocks of N. Broadway, making for a magical holiday wonderland. It’s free of charge and open to the public. LOCATION: N.W. 4th to N.W. 11th streets on Broadway Ave HOURS OF OPERATION: Nov. 21-Jan. 1, dusk to dawn.
ONEMAIN FINANCIAL'S BRICKTOWN CANAL LIGHTS
OneMain Financial’s Bricktown Canal Lights will brighten your Bricktown experience from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. As you stroll the canal, enjoy the dining and shopping along downtown OKC's premier entertainment district under the gorgeous holiday lights. The display is free to the public every night from dusk until dawn. Also, check out the free Bricktown Water Taxi rides on select nights of the week throughout the season.
FREE WATER TAXI RIDES
All aboard for an adventure cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi. On designated evenings during December, all ages are welcome to enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully adorned Bricktown canal free of charge, courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. Guests can board the boats on Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, just west of the third-base entrance. HOURS OF OPERATION: Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 29 - Dec. 29 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving night.)
DELUXE WINTER MARKET
On Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1, the Deluxe Winter Market will take place in the Chevy Bricktown Events Center. This event will offer an opportunity for guests to do their holiday shopping at more than 40 vendor booths. Featuring only local and handmade goods, crafts, home decor, art, food and other specialty items, the market will be sure to have that perfect, unique gift. In addition to an abundance of holiday shopping opportunities, the market will feature food trucks and music.
HOURS: Saturday, Nov. 30: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. LOCATION: Chevy Bricktown Events Center 429 E. California FOR MORE INFORMATION: visit deluxeok.net
SONIC SEGWAY SANTA
Keep an eye out for Santa as he tours downtown OKC on his Segway and delivers goodies for both kids and adults. You never know when Santa might be just around the corner with special holiday giveaways and treats, including Sonic, America’s Drive-In gift cards! Follow @ downtownokcinc on Twitter to learn when and where Santa will be cruising around downtown.
CONTINENTAL'S FREE MOVIE MONDAYS
Continental Resources will get you into the holiday spirit by screening free movies every Monday night, Dec. 2-30 at Harkins Bricktown Theatres, 150 E. Reno. Dec. 2: A Christmas Story Dec. 9: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Dec. 16: Elf Dec. 23: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Dec. 30: White Christmas To attend a free movie, guests must register two weeks in advance at DowntownInDecember.com.
A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS ON FILM ROW
Presented by Dunlap Codding, A Vintage Christmas will feature 1950s-style holiday décor along W. Sheridan Avenue in downtown’s historic Film Row district. The decorations will be up all season long, but come visit on Friday, Dec. 20 for the Premiere on Film Row event, featuring live music, performances, food trucks, restaurant and retail specials, gallery openings and more
LITTLE WILLIE'S TRIPLE DOG DARE
Back for its second year, Little Willie's Triple Dog Dare is a stair climb like no other! Scheduled for 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, this stair-climbing event is open to all ages. It even includes a 'Puppy Dog' division for kids under 16 (based on age at race day) and a firefighters’ division. DARE: Climb Leadership Square North Tower’s 22 floors DOUBLE DOG DARE: Climb Leadership Square North Tower’s 22 floors plus Oklahoma Tower’s 31 floors TRIPLE DOG DARE: Climb Leadership Square North Tower’s 22 floors, Oklahoma Tower’s 31 floors plus Leadership Square South Tower’s 16 floors! NEW THIS YEAR: DO THE TRIPLE DOG DARE X2: Do the Triple Dog Dare twice! Remember you have to come down each tower, too! This is a timed event by DG Productions. Athletes will start in a “time trial” format with climbers being sent every five seconds. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female participants, as well as age-group divisions. LOCATION: Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson For more information: Visit LittleWilliesTripleDogDare.com
SANTA'S ADVENTURE ON THE OKLAHOMA RIVER