Christmas corral 

Oklahoma Gazette’s holiday roundup of local festive events to keep the holiday cheer going all season.

click to enlarge Oklahoma City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Dec. 10-18  at Civic Center Music Hall.

Janna Carson / provided

Oklahoma City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Dec. 10-18 at Civic Center Music Hall.

click to enlarge Oklahoma City’s annual Tree Lighting Festival celebrates the kickoff to the holiday season Nov. 17 in Bricktown - DOWNTOWN OKC / PROVIDED
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  • Oklahoma City’s annual Tree Lighting Festival celebrates the kickoff to the holiday season Nov. 17 in Bricktown

Downtown in December

Nov. 3 - Jan. 29

Downtown OKC

Various Locations

downtownindecember.com | 405-235-3500


Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown OKC with an assortment of events and attractions from the annual Tree Lighting Festival to the Devon Ice Rink, holiday pop-up shops to snow tubing at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Lights on Broadway and visits with Santa there is something for everyone to help make the season merry and bright.



click to enlarge Safari Lights features wildlife themed illuminated lantern light displays Nov. 12-Jan.1 at The Oklahoma City Zoo. - WHITNEY BLACK / PROVIDED
  • Whitney Black / provided
  • Safari Lights features wildlife themed illuminated lantern light displays Nov. 12-Jan.1 at The Oklahoma City Zoo.

Safari Lights

5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 12 - Jan. 1

The Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th St.

okczoo.org | 405-424-3344

$15-$65


Walk or drive through this mesmerizing larger-than-life illuminated lantern light display featuring wildlife themed sculptures and animated displays showcasing sea turtles, pandas, peacocks and dinosaurs to name a few, along with a musical light show, interactive exhibits, festive treats and more.


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‘Tis the Season at Scissortail Park

Nov.25-Jan. 1

Scissortail Park

300 SW 7th St.

scissortailpark.org | 405-445-6277


Explore Scissortail Park all season long with holiday lights throughout the park including a 40-foot tree, a giant menorah and the Union Station Illumination synchronized music and light display, as well as the Cocoa Cottage, which will be serving up coffee, hot cocoa and other sweet treats, along with a holiday market on Dec. 3 filled with local business and artisans along with other various holiday festivities and activities.



Coming Home for Christmas

8 p.m. Dec. 2; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 3

Civic Center Music Hall

201 N. Walker Ave.

okcphil.org | 405-842-5387

$27-$90


Enjoy an all-new festive program with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as they perform holiday favorites with Grammy and Emmy nominee Michael Feinstein and special guest Susan Powell, a former Miss America and Oklahoma native, to bring the sounds of the season and lead us home for the holidays.



RACE Dance Company’s Hip-Hop Nutcracker

7 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 2 p.m. Dec. 10-11

Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater

Oklahoma City Community College

7777 S. May Ave.

racedance.com | 405-259-5050

$23-$28


Back for its tenth season, this remastered production of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet has been brought to the modern age by Executive Director Hui Cha Poos through updated choreography, soundtrack and cast of dancers to tell the coming-of-age story of Carlos on his journey of self-discovery and purpose as he learns how love comes from the diverse community that surrounds him.



Braum’s Holiday River Parade

6-8 p.m. Dec. 3

OKC Riversport

800 Riversport Dr.

riversportokc.org | 405-552-4040

Free


Start the holidays off enjoying an evening in the Boathouse District with family and friends to watch boats decked out in festive decor and water skiing elves travel the Oklahoma River with a firework show to wrap the show up in a nice bow; for those wanting to partake in ice skating, snowboarding, skiing and more, come early for Riversport’s Nordic holiday experience, Winter Glow.


click to enlarge Canterbury Voices presents their annual holiday show, Canterbury Christmas 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Civic Center Music Hall. | - TAPESTRY PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOY NEEL / PROVIDED
  • Tapestry Photographs by Joy Neel / provided
  • Canterbury Voices presents their annual holiday show, Canterbury Christmas 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Civic Center Music Hall. |

Canterbury Christmas

7 p.m., Dec. 4

Civic Center Music Hall

201 N. Walker Ave.

canterburyokc.com | 405-232-7464

$23-$70


Canterbury Voices comes a-Wassailing with their annual holiday performance with an evening of holiday carols and traditional choral staples, beginning with the Canterbury Youth Voices caroling in the lobby before leading to the main event led by Artistic Director, Dr. Radni Van Ellefson, featuring Rutter’s Gloria, an expanded arrangement of Stroope’s Hodie and even a sing-along for the entire auditorium to join in on the season’s festivities.



Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker

Dec. 9-11, 15-18, 21-23

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park

2920 Paseo St.

okshakes.org | 405-235-3700

$12


Adapted from the works of Jane Austen by Erin Woods, this interactive play encourages the audience to socialize and celebrate the holiday season with Austen and some of her cherished characters through dancing, singing, and sweet treat eating. Patrons are welcome to come dressed in their period-appropriate attire.



click to enlarge Oklahoma City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Dec. 10-18  at Civic Center Music Hall. - JANNA CARSON / PROVIDED
  • Janna Carson / provided
  • Oklahoma City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Dec. 10-18 at Civic Center Music Hall.

Oklahoma City Ballet’s The Nutcracker

2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 10 and 17; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; 6 p.m. Dec. 15; 7 p.m., Dec. 16

Civic Center Music Hall

201 N. Walker Ave.

okcballet.org | 405-848-8637

$38-$100


An American holiday classic that tells the story of young Clara as she is taken on a magical journey by the Nutcracker Prince to The Land of Snow and The Land of Sweets after helping defeat the Mouse King and saving the Nutcracker army, featuring all new choreography by Artistic Director, Rayn Jolicoeur-Nye and students from the OKC Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School accompanied by live music from the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Canterbury Voices.


click to enlarge Lyric’s A Christmas Carol cast performs on outdoor stage Dec. 16-23 at Harn Homestead. - MIKI GALLOWAY / PROVIDED
  • Miki Galloway / provided
  • Lyric’s A Christmas Carol cast performs on outdoor stage Dec. 16-23 at Harn Homestead.

Lyric Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

Dec. 16-23

Harn Homestead

1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.

lyrictheatreokc.com | 405-524-9312

$40-$65


Experience the Charles Dickens holiday classic in a thrilling way this season as Lyric Theatre returns to Harn Homestead for an outdoor performance under the stars, where patrons are guided from scene to scene to see the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge unfold as he is visited by three ghost that take him on an adventure to his past, present and future to warn of what his life holds if he does not change his ways.



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