Frontier Country’s Christmas Lights Complete the Holiday Season
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA - Glimmering and twinkling Christmas lights will illuminate central Oklahoma and make Frontier Country a spectacular location to celebrate the holiday season with your family.
Several communities in Frontier Country have unique opportunities for viewing holiday light displays whether by foot, carriage, automobile, train or even by boat.
Yukon's Christmas in the Park is an illuminated, self-guided drive-through tour of more than one million twinkling lights, 150 displays, music and movement spanning 100-acres of three interconnecting parks. Train and horse-drawn wagon rides are available on select nights. Christmas in the Park begins Saturday, Nov. 22 and runs through Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 10 each night. Admission is free and donations are encouraged. The 13th annual event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a Kris Kringle Karnival Nov. 22 with live holiday music, pictures with Santa and much more festive fun.
Midwest City is home to Oklahoma's largest animated drive-through light display called the Holiday Lights Spectacular. With more than one million twinkling lights, the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park is transformed into a winter wonderland from Nov. 21 to Dec. 30. This holiday attraction features 80 dazzling displays, including the majestic 118-foot Christmas tree lit with 9,000 bulbs and a new tunnel of lights that reaches 17 feet high and stretches 22 feet wide. Delight your loved ones with a horse-drawn carriage ride on Fridays through Sundays. The lights shine 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Downtown in December
Spend the holidays exploring downtown Oklahoma City during the seventh annual Downtown in December winter celebration happening Nov. 28 through Jan. 1, 2009. The event includes outdoor ice skating, exhilarating snow tubing rides and more opportunities to see dazzling light displays for free.
As Downtown in December kickoff, families will enjoy a new twist on Christmas lights during the River Parade on the Oklahoma River 6 p.m. Nov. 28. The event features a magnificent nighttime parade of illuminated boats of every shape and size followed by a fireworks show. The river procession is easily viewed from the Wiley Post Park and Regatta Park.
You can see more holiday lights on a boat during the Holidays on the Canal with the Bricktown Water Taxi. Narrated cruises are free 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. And nearby, thousands of lights mingle together to create a dramatic, holiday atmosphere during the Garden Lights at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Guests can stroll through the glowing 17-acre gardens or venture to a festive and warm indoors at the Tropical Bridge Conservatory, which is free from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
The Festival of Light in Chickasha is one of the top 10 nationally rated Christmas light displays and brings in more than 300,000 visitors from across the United States. Only 35 miles, southwest of Oklahoma City, Shannon Springs Park can be toured by car or by strolling along paved trails. This year, three carriages are available Friday through Sunday nights holding six, 12 and 20 riders. Also, children can take photos with Santa 6 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The 43-acre park is filled with 3.5 million lights from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31.
Orr Family Farm
Beginning Nov. 28, Orr Family Farm's Jupiter Christmas Express train will take guests around the farm to see beautiful animated scenes. The 25-minute train ride will take patrons past animated displays, through the Tunnel Forgiveness and to a 60-foot Nativity scene. Then, children can take photos with Santa at the Old-Fashioned Photo Gallery for $5. The farm is open 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 28 through Dec. 13. In addition, the farm will be open 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 16 to 20, with the grand finale is 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 23. Admission is free for children under 2.
Central Oklahoma's Frontier Country is full of holiday events and activities. For a complete list and to request a free 2009 regional travel guide, visit www.oktourism.com or call (800) FUN-OKLA.
For Immediate Release: Nov. 21, 2008
Contact: Emily Reagan, public relations director
E-mail: [email protected]