With Christmas quickly approaching, holiday festivities are on the brain. The Talon has compiled the top locations to view Christmas lights and decorations this holiday season.
What started as a family tradition in 1995, Midwest City’s Holiday Lights Spectacular, also known as the Illumination Celebration, has grown from a modest 44-display event into one of the largest light showcases in a five-state region.
The 1.5 mile drive through Joe B. Barnes recreational park presents over 100 light displays and over a million individual light bulbs. It plays host to a 118-foot Christmas tree, a premiere light tunnel and a variety of audio-synced arrangements.
The Illumination Celebration opens its doors Sunday through Thursday from 6-10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 6-11 p.m. This event is free and will remain open for the entire month of December.
Christmas in the Park
Yukon, located on the west side of the Oklahoma City area, is gaining traction as one of the most festive suburbs in Oklahoma. The city’s Chisholm Trail Park provides a fully drivable light show open until Dec. 31.
The event has seen consistent growth since it was first established in 1995. The park spans over 100 acres and stretches for over three miles, holding roughly 425 light displays.
Admission to Christmas in the Park is free, but donations are accepted upon completion of the drive-through. A small fee is charged if one elects to take a trip on the Santa Express Trail train provided by the Chisholm Trail train depot.
Chickasha’s Festival of Light
First opening its doors in 1992, Chickasha’s Festival of Light attracts visitors from all across the country and works to amplify the winter holiday experience.
The event consists of a musically choreographed light show, hot chocolate, camel rides, an ice skating rink and an open park for those who prefer the casual stroll.
Chickasha’s Festival of Lights is now open and will remain open throughout December running from 6-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Chickasha is located about an hour southwest of downtown Oklahoma City.
Downs Family Christmas Display
The Edmond-Oklahoma City area features many active neighborhoods and private light displays sprinkled across the metropolitan region.
Located in Norman, the Downs Family Christmas Display is one of the most elite, personally owned light shows in Oklahoma.
Driven by religious values and holiday spirit, the display shares a resemblance to an old school drive-in movie theater. Viewers can drive alongside a field adjacent to the light show, park and tune into a local radio station to enjoy the audio accompanying the production.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted with all of the proceeds going directly to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The light show will have extended dates of operation this year due to prior weather cancellations—they will remain open until Thursday, Jan. 2.
Downtown in December
Starting with the opening of the Devon Outdoor Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens earlier this November, Oklahoma City’s Downtown in December supplies locals the opportunity to see the city’s winter light displays.
From Thursday to Sunday evenings, free water taxis on the Bricktown Canal will take community members throughout the city’s many decorative light locations.
Events will be periodically scheduled throughout December and will headline festivities like the lighting of the Christmas tree ceremony, the Winter Market and the SandRidge Santa Run.