Many metro area families build their holiday traditions around trips to see Christmas lights in and around Oklahoma City. Beautiful and elaborate, many of the events and displays will fill you with the spirit of the season and probably force out a few "Oh's" and "Ah's." Whether you want to make it a memorable holiday event or just want to drive by and give them a quick look, there are a few excellent opportunities around OKC. Here are the Oklahoma City holiday lights you can't afford to miss, along with information on the additional activities at each.
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The Downtown in December festival of events is certainly Oklahoma City's top holiday destination. From late November to early January, there are so many things to enjoy for the season, from ice skating to shopping. And one of the Downtown in December highlights is wide array of magical holiday lights. What better way to see them than aboard a water taxi on the Bricktown canal? Bring a coat and stare in awe as they twinkle off the water. When you're finished, enjoy more lights on the streets of Automobile Alley or at the Myriad Gardens.
Information: Ride the water taxis free from 6-9:30 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays.
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Since 1995, Yukon's Christmas in the Park has only continued to get better and better. Drive over three miles through 100 acres along Jim Watson Drive and see more than 300 incredible light displays from your car.
Information: Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the end of the drive-through. Event runs through Dec. 31st in Yukon City Park from 6-11 p.m. Get more information from Yukon's event, so you can get just a taste of what's there.
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It's more than just lights at Midwest City's Holiday Lights Spectacular. The Joe B. Barnes Regional Park becomes an extravaganza with a 118 foot Christmas tree, stretches and stretches of static and animated lighting displays and more.
Information: Event open through Dec. 30th, Sunday through Thursday from 6-10 p.m. and Friday/Saturday from 6-11 p.m. Get more information, and see a gallery of images from Midwest City's event.
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Alright, I'm cheating a bit on this one. But if you want fantastic Christmas lights, take the 45 minute or so drive south to Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha. It will be well worth it. First started in 1992, the Chickasha Festival of Light attracts visitors from all over the nation and includes an animated, musically-choreographed show. Enjoy hot chocolate, camel rides and more, or just walk around the pond, taking in the atmosphere.
Information: This free event runs to Dec. 31st. Bus tours, carriage rides and photos with Santa are available for a charge. Get more information on the Chickasha event.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Neighborhood / Private Displays
In addition to the big, professionally-organized displays above, don't miss out on some of the local favorites, the private and neighborhood holiday lighting displays around the Oklahoma City metro area. Technology has come so far, and many of them are as good as anything done professionally. For example, the Downs Family Christmas display in Norman is outstanding, as is the multi-house display on Markwell Avenue in OKC, just off NW 20th.