Yukon Kicks Off the Christmas Season November 21
Yukon Kicks Off the Christmas Season November 21
Holiday excitement and free family fun are in store as this year’s City of Yukon holiday festivities begin on Saturday, November 21 at 6 p.m. Included are the grand opening of the 20th Anniversary of Christmas in the Park drive through Christmas lights tour, the annual Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run and the Jingle Walk. Other events are scheduled during the holiday season.
Christmas in the Park is Oklahoma’s premiere drive through Christmas lights tour. Motorists drive along miles of illuminated fun to enjoy a beautiful presentation of light, movement, and music. Included are over 425 lighted displays and 5 million Christmas lights twinkling across 100 acres of three interconnecting city parks. The tour is open from 6 to 11 p.m. each night from Saturday, November 22 through New Year’s Eve. The tour includes Yukon City Park, 2200 S Holly, Freedom Trail Playground, at 2101 S Holly and at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary, the City of Yukon is adding several new displays! You won’t be able to miss the colossal 15’ rocking horse swaying back and forth, or the bold new flying swans, bright red deer, or snowy Christmas trees! Young and old alike will love taking photos in the adorable Gingerbread Family Photo Cutouts, or by the massive Polar Bear! Various costumed Christmas characters are often in the parks and are happy to pose for photos.
There are also 2.2 miles of walking trails through the parks which many people enjoy viewing the lights on foot. Admission is free and donations that help support the annual event are merrily accepted at the Chisholm Trail Park exit.
Rides on the Santa Express Train are available for $2 per person at Chisholm Trail Park from 6 to 10 p.m. every night through New Year’s Eve, weather permitting. Children three and under ride for free. The train loops through the lights of Chisholm Trail Park and goes through an animated tunnel.
The Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Park on November 21. It is a certified course sanctioned by USATF Oklahoma. More than 500 runners are expected at the festive race this year. Runners follow a course that takes them along area streets and ultimately through the beautiful illuminated Christmas in the Park lights. They will hear Christmas Music played as they pass through the City Park. Up to the minute results will be posted on a large inflatable screen near the finish line. Register by November 6 to be guaranteed a tee shirt. Registration is available online at www.active.com or contact Tim Rhodes at 405-350-8920 or [email protected]
The Jingle Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Freedom Trail Playground, 2101 S Holly. It is a one mile fun walk that travels through City Park’s millions of glowing Christmas lights. On-site registration begins at 5 p.m. and the event is free. Tee shirts are available for $15 for participants that are pre-registered by November 7. For details, contact Dennis Warren at [email protected] or 350-8920.
Other City of Yukon sponsored Christmas events include:
The Mayor’s Christmas Party for Kids on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dale Robertson Center, Hwy 66 & Yukon Parkway. The ‘come and go’ party will include refreshments with several Christmas characters, including The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, Jinglesaurus, Rudolf and elves. There will also be face painting, storytelling and crafts. Students, along with their teachers, who entered the Mayor’s Essay Contest will be recognized at a 9:30 a.m. reception, and all are invited to stay for the party. Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners. Children in first through fifth grades are eligible to write an essay about “The Best Way to Decorate a Christmas Tree” and submit it to the Parks & Recreation office, 532 W Main, by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 30. Contact Jason Beal at [email protected] or call 350-8937 for details.
The “Sounds of the Seasons” holiday concert will be presented by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at the Fine Arts Auditorium, 850 Yukon Ave on Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $10 and go on sale November 19 at all YNB locations as well as the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly; Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E Main and the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore Drive. Reserved tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. November 19 at the Parks and Recreation office, 532 W. Main St., then continue Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket sales benefit The Foundation of Excellence.
For more information about the City of Yukon’s Christmas events, call 405-354-8442, 405-350-8937 or visit www.cityofyukonok.gov.
Christmas in Yukon is one of Yukon’s best attractions. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do. To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.cityofyukonok.gov or call 405-354-8442 or 405-350-8937.