Merry & Bright: Holidays at the Myriad Gardens!

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Devon Ice Rink
Devon Ice Rink
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Myriad Gardens Christmas lights

Merry & Bright: Holidays at the Myriad Gardens!

By Mindy Ragan Wood

It’s time for the magic of Christmas and hope for a New Year at the Myriad Gardens. The international award winning complex will be brimming with holiday cheer and twinkling with romance. December and January events are sure to make this year merry and bright for the whole family, from decoration crafts and pop-up shops to ice skating and caroling.

The Rink

If you didn’t dare attempt ice skating last year, get your skates out for lessons. Learn to skate with instructors on December 7, 10, 21 at 7 p.m. and glide with the graceful. The ice rink, sponsored by Devon and Downtown Oklahoma Inc. will have recurring events. Every Friday in December is Rock ‘N Skate. A DJ will spin the best of all genres in music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Country, new pop, jazz, disco, and more will keep skaters rocking into the night. Every Saturday at 11 a.m. kids can skate with their favorite cartoon characters.

The rink is open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday until 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the holiday break, the rink will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, noon to 6 p.m. Christmas and for even more fun from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve.

This is the fifth annual skating season and its popularity has grown each year for families and love birds. “It’s almost everyone’s favorite attraction,” said Leslie Spears, marketing director for the Myriad Gardens. “We’ve had quite a few proposals out there too. Every hour the rink is shut down to resurface it and that’s usually when a couple skates onto the ice and he proposes.”

The Gardens

There’s plenty of romance on the grounds as well. Thousands of shimmering lights are strung around the grounds. The Crystal Bridge is cheery with evergreens and an extravagant red poinsettias display.

Families love the craft projects, visits with Santa and posing for their annual holiday photos. Carolers will sing the songs of the season to warm hearts. Wednesdays kids will enjoy a story time from 10 a.m. to 10:30 followed with December Drop-Ins for nature themed ornament crafts and hot chocolate. Twigs, fruit, acorns, pinecones and evergreens pair with craft materials for ornaments to hang on your tree or use as gifts from little hands to big hearts.

Some crafts are better to eat. Saturdays with Santa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. kids will learn the art of edible crafts like Hershey bar reindeers, ice cookies, and gingerbread houses.

Fun for Grownups

Kids won’t have all the fun this year. Adults will enjoy succulent wreath making classes, gift craft projects, and handcrafted therapeutic gift baskets. “These are very classy gift baskets,” said Spears, “they’re perfect for door prizes and holiday party gifts.” It’s wise to pre-register as some of these class times are already booked.

Shopping and dining is also a favorite experience. Courtesy of Prodigal, Winter Shoppes is back this year, from known vendors who just want a downtown presence to privately owned businesses. Clothing, accessories, holiday gifts, sweets and more will be available near the Crystal Bridge. This year the roster includes Anabelle’s, Calamity Jane, Learning Tree, Sweets & Spurs, Live Boho, and several others. Shops will be open only on weekends from Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Food and drink will be served near the rink or dine inside at the Park House daily for lunch or dinner.
The fun continues in January as the rink will remain open through the 31st. January 18 the annual Martin Luther King celebration will again include gospel choirs from area universities.

For Oklahomans who love the gardens, it’s always a treat, but during the holidays it is a must for the whole family. For a complete list of events, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com

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