Like so many people, I love the holiday season. Although I do admit that holiday season seems to be getting longer and longer with every passing year. It is not unusual anymore to see holiday decorations in stores before Halloween. But in trying to think on the positive side, that can mean spending more fun family time enjoying the holidays and doing things together.
So, here is a list of various holiday activities throughout our state to take in the sights and sounds and create family memories! Through Dec. 30, you can enjoy Fantasy Land of Lights, the Christmas light show at Johnstone Park in Bartlesville. This drive-through experience is perfect for families as you can enjoy the animated displays, a synchronized lighted tunnel, music and thousands of lights!
One of the largest drive-through animated Christmas light displays is Ponca City’s Festival of Angels. One can delight in the colorful exhibits, animated shows and lighted displays through Dec. 30.
One thing several Christmas and holiday events have in common is light. That is certainly the case for OKC Zoo’s Safari Lights featuring a larger-than-life light display with dozens of wildlife-themed light sculptures that can be seen on a driving tour through the zoo. This will run through Jan. 9.
The family will certainly enjoy a fun afternoon at the Land Run Alpaca Ranch in Agra through Dec. 5. Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance, and you can take your family photos with a festively dressed alpaca, but you can also interact with other animals all the while surrounded by Christmas music and lights.
Lights on the Island at Lake Wister State Park has turned into an enormously popular event through the years! The entire island is covered with over 300 light displays with several animated displays.
Looking to combine holiday art and do a little shopping? That can be done at the Duncan Holiday Art Show and Sale at the CTAC Art Gallery. This runs through Dec. 16. You will find beautiful paintings, photography, sculpture and other art mediums. This holiday show has local and regional artists displaying their work for the public to see and for a chance at prizes in different categories.
Another fun activity during the holidays is to go ice skating! One place you can do that is Holidays on Ice in Enid, which runs through Jan. 2. You can skate under festive twinkle lights at this outdoor ice rink located near a beautiful outdoor sculpture called “Under Her Wings Was the Universe.” The Enid Lights Up The Plains ceremony, Friday, Nov. 21, has become a rather large attraction where they will be lighting “The World’s Largest Fresh-Cut Christmas Tree.” This 140-foot tree was shipped from northern California.
Holiday family activities often times revolve around tradition, and one of those traditions for many is attending “Pollard Theatre Presents: It’s a Wonderful Life” in Guthrie. This year the show runs through Dec. 23. And in keeping that theme of “seeing a show,” you won’t want to miss “Lyric Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol” at the Harn Homestead in Oklahoma City. This is the 11th anniversary of the show as the Harn Homestead will be reimagined as the Victorian era setting for Ebenezer Scrooge. But please note, the venue does not have seating and requires patrons to walk from scene to scene during the 75-minute production.
For a complete listing of all Christmas and holiday events, go to travelok.com.
Dino Lalli is the producer, co-host and one of the reporters for the weekly television travel show Discover Oklahoma.