Many metro-area families build their holiday traditions around trips to see Christmas lights in and around Oklahoma City. Each year, the area comes to life with hundreds of brilliant displays from November through early January.
From exploring downtown Oklahoma City's many public and private lighting displays to driving through festively decorated neighborhoods, you're sure to discover something fun for the whole family in central Oklahoma this holiday season.
For the 2020 holiday season, some holiday events around Oklahoma City have been scaled back or canceled. Be sure to confirm the latest details with event organizers.
The Downtown in December Festival in Oklahoma City provides plenty of opportunities to see dazzling light displays and take part in classic holiday traditions. While many of the typical activities are canceled in December 2020, such as the Devon Outdoor Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens, the holiday lights are on display across town.
For a special view of the downtown neighborhood's many Christmas decorations, walk along the decorated Bricktown Canal (the water taxis are not running their holiday service in 2020). When you're finished, enjoy even more lights on the streets of Automobile Alley, with free carriage rides available every Saturday from November 21 to December 12, 2020.
Located in the northwestern corner of the OKC metropolitan area, Yukon has become known as one of the most festive suburbs of Oklahoma City. Each year, the city's Chisholm Trail Park hosts a drive-through Christmas wonderland from the Saturday before Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve.
Since 1995, Yukon's Christmas in the Park has only continued to grow and expand, now featuring more than 425 incredible light displays stretching three miles and 100 acres near downtown Yukon. Admission to this brilliant lighting display is free, but donations are accepted at the end of the drive-through. New in 2020 is the Yukon Ice Rink, which is open nightly from 6–11 p.m. during Christmas in the Park.
A little more than 45 minutes south of the city, Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha is certainly worth the trip during the holiday season when you can experience the annual Festival of Light. First started in 1992, the Chickasha Festival of Light attracts visitors from across the country and features an animated, musically choreographed light show. There are also food trucks on-site for ordering hot chocolate, kettle corn, and other snacks.
This event runs from the weekend before Thanksgiving through the end of December, and it's free to stroll around and look at the lights. However, some activities have an extra cost, such as carriage rides, the Ferris wheel, and ice skating. In 2020, blankets are not provided for the carriage, so be sure to pack one with you so you can snuggle up during your ride.
Neighborhood and Private Displays
In addition to the big, professionally organized displays such as Christmas in the Park, spend the evening cruising around the neighborhoods and suburbs of Oklahoma City. Among the local favorites is the Downs Family Christmas display in Norman just off NW 20th Street, which is like going to a drive-in movie. This free display at their home is an event that you park your car, turn on your radio to the designated station, and watch the light show unfold before you
Most of these home displays officially launch around the Thanksgiving holiday and go nightly through Christmas or New Year's Day. And even though these displays were installed and programmed by community members, they often rival the professional displays around the city.
The Holiday Lights Spectacular is canceled in 2020.
Also known as Illumination Celebration, the Holiday Lights Spectacular of Midwest City has become one of the region's favorite holiday destinations.
Although it started small in 1995 with just 44 displays, Illumination Celebration has expanded to become the largest in the region with more than 100 animated lighting displays, more than one million lights, and a 118-foot-tall Christmas tree all found in Joe B. Barnes Regional Park.
The Holiday Lights Spectacular is usually open from the weekend before Thanksgiving through the end of December. Admission is free.