The Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest City features one of the best holiday lighting displays in the metro area. Held each year since 1995 at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, the event offers a mile and a half drive or walk-through wonderland of Christmas spirit that includes a 118 foot Christmas tree, a tunnel of lights, over 100 lighting displays with over a million individual lights, a waterfall, dancing lights set to FM broadcast Christmas music, and many, many animated displays.
2018 Dates and Times
In 2018, Midwest City's Holiday Lights Spectacular begins on Friday before Thanksgiving on November 16 and runs through December 25. The display is open each evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Like last year, visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the display during the opening night celebration on November 15 from 6-8 p.m. The special one-night walk-through, which features Christmas carols and hot chocolate, requires a $5 donation; children 12 and under walk through for free.
An opening night ceremony takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 17. The mayor will be on hand, and there will be live music, hot air balloons, hot chocolate and more to celebrate the beginning of another year of holiday cheer in Midwest City. The lights will open for vehicles at 6 p.m.
If you wish to go on Christmas Eve, start early. That, of course, is a popular night, and the car line will be quite long.
Location and Directions
The Holiday Lights Spectacular event takes place in Midwest City's Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, located at 8700 E. Reno Ave.
From I-40, exit northbound on Douglas Boulevard and follow the snowflakes heading west on SE 15th. From I-35, take eastbound SE 15th exit. And if in the metro, go south of Reno Avenue on SE 15th. The entrance is marked by an animated toy soldier.
Admission is absolutely free, thanks to a number of sponsors such as First National Bank, Midwest Regional Medical Center, Rose State College, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Wal-Mart, City of Midwest City, Midwest City Optimist Club, Midwest City Chamber of Commerce and St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.
What to See
There are an estimated 1055 displays as part of Midwest City's Holiday Lights Spectacular. Among the highlights:
- 118 foot Christmas tree illuminated with 9,000 bulbs
- A drive-through tunnel of lights
- Whimsical displays that children will love such as a bear on a snowmobile, Santa in a helicopter, a carousel, bears throwing snowballs, a sea creature in the pond wearing a Santa hat, animated candy cane factory, animated waterfall display, and more
Volunteering and Sponsorship
To inquire about volunteering or donating for the Midwest City event, call (405) 739-1293 or fill out the online form. For $1000, you can also sponsor one of the event trees, perhaps to memorialize a loved one on a sign. Fill out the online form with your personal information and message and return it with payment to the city.