The holiday spirit transcends the boundaries of geography, a palpable mood permeating the frosty air come December. Like a seasonal collective language, we understand it simply and fully, no matter where we’re from.
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.– Laura Ingalls Wilder
Choose to spend this precious stretch in Oklahoma, and you’ll be in for a treat. Here, the holidays of yore meet 21st century pomp and circumstance, where a universal world full of tinsel, holly and lights creates a feeling only found on Adventure Road. Simpler times and joyful days are here again.
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'– Lewis Carroll
Warm up in a downtown restaurant after Downtown in December festivities like ice skating at Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Hit the road, and spread some holiday cheer along the way.
Enjoy this four-story, 81-room boutique hotel that blends all the modern amenities with the charm and character of the original Artesian, a popular tourism destination from 1906 until 1962, when it burned to the ground. Rebuilt in 2013, the new and improved Artesian offers a full-service spa, an indoor/outdoor pool and bath house, a casino and several unique shops.
Built in 1929 in the Spanish Gothic style, the Sooner Theatre in downtown Norman plays hosts to events year-round, ranging from musicals and plays to concerts and performing arts classes. Sooner Theatre is a fun place to enjoy a live show in a historic, quaint atmosphere.
If it's entertainment you're looking for, then there's no better place than Bricktown. This former warehouse district now features the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, a mile-long canal with water taxis and dozens of restaurants, clubs and venues.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens act as a lush, landscaped oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. The recently remodeled gardens’ 17 acres draw everyone from concert goers to families to those just looking to enjoy the natural environment.
Downtown Oklahoma City continues to thrive and evolve. This walkable urban area includes everything from museums, parks, shops and restaurants to sports, festivals and water adventures. Explore the uniqueness of each of its seven districts.
September through May is Philharmonic season on Adventure Road! The OKC Philharmonic presents a series of eight Classics concerts and six pairs of Pops concerts each season for orchestral fans from all over to enjoy. Holiday performances of “The Christmas Show!”, the July 3rd Independence Day concert in Oklahoma City, the July 4th concert in Yukon, OK, and the annual Labor Day concert presented at the Oklahoma City Community College have become family traditions for thousands in Central Oklahoma and beyond.
Constructed in 1937 in an art deco style, the Civic Center Music Hall is now Oklahoma City's premier performing arts facility. The building features three theatres, a grand reception hall and multiple suites. Whether you're interested in opera, comedy, the symphony, musical theater or ballet, the Civic Center has a show for you.
Located just north of downtown Oklahoma City, Midtown is home to a diverse collection of restaurants, residences, businesses and more. It’s one of the coolest places in the city to live, work and play, with new offerings popping up often.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Neighborhoods, Automobile Alley, once known for its abundance of car dealerships, is now an upscale, urban district featuring one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shops and more.
Established in 1962, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is now a nationally recognized theatre company, putting on countless Broadway-caliber shows each year. Lyric also provides community arts outreach and hosts an artistic academy to nurture young talent. If you're interested in the performance arts, then you've got to see one of Lyric Theatre's high-quality shows the next time you're in Oklahoma City.
Located just minutes from I-35, the Oklahoma Railway Museum is a fun, outdoor attraction for locomotive lovers of all ages. Featuring freight cars, passenger cars, a real steam engine and a variety of railroad equipment and memorabilia, there's something for everyone at this free museum.
The Oklahoma City Ballet's roots lie in 1963, when Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancers Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov founded the Oklahoma City Civic Ballet company. Today, the Oklahoma City Ballet's repertory includes both the classics and numerous works by 20th century masters. If you're in town during December, check out the Ballet's impressive annual production of a classic, "The Nutcracker."
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