Holiday Happenings in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country

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Holiday Happenings in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country

CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – This holiday season, the 12 central counties of Oklahoma, known as Frontier Country, offers several spectacular outdoor light displays, theater performances, music events and other one-of-a-kind holiday activities to entertain the whole family.

“Located in the center of the state, Frontier Country is the ideal place to visit for quick trips and activities that the whole family can enjoy this holiday season,” said Sherri Rogers, Executive Director of Frontier Country Marketing Association. “There are many events and attractions to choose from all over central Oklahoma that won’t break the bank during the holidays.”

Light Displays
Midwest City is home to the Holiday Lights Spectacular. With more than 1.5 million twinkling lights, the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park is transformed into a winter wonderland to drive through nightly now through Dec. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. This free holiday attraction features more than 100 dazzling displays, including the majestic 118-foot Christmas tree lit with 9,000 bulbs.

The City of Yukon’s Christmas in the Park is an illuminated, self-guided tour of over 4 million twinkling lights, 400 lighted displays. The 55-foot Colossal Christmas Tree is the feature with more than 12,000 multi-colored lights at City Park. Walk, drive or ride the Santa Express Train through nearly three miles of colorful lights. Christmas in the Park is free and runs now through Dec. 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly.

In its 23rd year, the Festival of Light in Chickasha is one of the top-rated light displays in the region and brings in more than 250,000 visitors from across the United States each year. Only 35 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, the 43-acre Shannon Springs Park can be toured for free by car, carriage ride or by foot along paved trails now through Dec. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The Festival of Light features 3.5 million lights, hundreds of displays with music and movement, live nativity and warm gift shop with homemade cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate, gifts and more.

Seminole is home to the 3rd annual Snowman Wonderland this year at Magnolia Park. Ride the free tram or walk through over 120 light displays that circle the pond at the park. There are displays on both the land and the water. Now through Dec. 31 head to Seminole for this fun light display. If you stop by on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, take part in their activity nights. You could see Santa, hear choirs singing and much more.

Other Can’t-Miss Holiday Events
Visit Edmond for a variety of holiday festivities like the Edmond Outdoor Ice Skating Rink at Festival Market Place in downtown now through Jan. 8. Edmond offers many holiday attractions such as their Holiday Light Displays, Boys Ranch Town Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant, Edmond Electric Parade of Lights and so much more.

Explore downtown Oklahoma City this the holiday season during the annual Downtown in December winter celebration. Downtown in December features an abundance of holiday activities including an outdoor ice skating rink at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, snow tubing at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, a Segway Santa, holiday pop-up shops, Water Taxi rides along the beautifully-lit Bricktown Canal and much more.

The Territorial Christmas Celebration in Guthrie offers a variety of events that express the traditional holidays with Twenty-First Century excitement. Tour the historic homes and buildings that make Guthrie so unique, and walk the Victorian streets. Victorian Walk evenings take place Dec. 10 and 17 beginning at 5 p.m. with music and carolers as you stroll along the lighted streets of historic downtown Guthrie to see live window scenes with patrons in territorial dress and shop for Christmas gifts in the specialty stores.

Frontier Country Marketing Association, a 501-c6 organization, promotes the economic growth of the tourism industry in the 12 central counties of Oklahoma. For more information about these events in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country or to request literature and coupons, visit oktourism.com or call (405) 232-6552 or 1-800-FUN-OKLA (386-6552).

Published December 11, 2016

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