By: Sarah Gile | Category: Special Interest | Issue: December 2017
Celebrate the best of family holiday traditions at The Castle of Muskogee! Take a leisurely drive through the Castleton Village, which is filled with thousands of holiday lights and displays. The drive through is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. Outside The Castle, guests may enjoy rides on an old fashioned hayride or the festive Castle Train, both of which provide visitors with a unique experience through the Castle displays.
“We’ll have the train running every night, even when the inside isn’t open, so you’ll always have something to do at the Castle,” said Matt Hiller, Owner of the Castle of Muskogee. “Three big holiday events are going on at the same time in Muskogee, but be sure to start off at the Castle because we’re ready to go at dusk.”
Also in the Village area, the little ones may ride the cutest holiday ponies in town! For a different vantage point, Eli’s Camels will be returning to provide rides to all ages around the Village area. Just want to hang out and snap photos? Grab a bag of Kettle Corn and enjoy the festive environment of the Castle gates before you head inside.
Once inside The Castle, guests may warm up and enjoy a variety of family holiday activities: Crafting ornaments in Santa’s workshop, Wax Hands and Make Your Own Candle, Stuff it Up – Plush Adoptions, Face painting .. and so much more! Shop local! Discover handmade creations for the special people on your holiday list. You can also purchase items from The Christmas Shoppe or the Castle Gift Shop for your own holiday displays or holiday keepsakes. Join us in the Castle Cafe for a light supper or snack, hot chocolate and treats! Sit and enjoy complimentary holiday movies for the whole family. Visit the Castle’s website for a complete schedule of nightly activities.
In nearby Honor Heights Park, the “Garden of Lights” attracts thousands of visitors. The celebration includes a free drive-through display of over a million shimmering lights exhibited throughout the park. Christmas lights are placed on trees, bushes and structures throughout the park to enhance the natural beauty of the gardens, waterfalls and ponds. Gates open at 6 p.m. nightly, and the event is free.
Drive through the lights at both locations - free admission, donations accepted. Both drive-through events are open nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Castle’s additional events are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday - November 24th through December 10th,
and every night from December 15th through December 31st. Please check the calendar at our website for a detailed schedule of each night’s activities.
Tractor-drawn Hayrides - This ride starts in the parking lot of The Castle and travels through the village on a different route from the car drive-through. Departs every half hour. Cost is $5.00 per person, children 12 and under are free. Fri, Sat, Sun*
Castle Train – Enjoy the lights with a tour from the conductor himself! $5 per passenger. KIDS UNDER 1 are free. Nightly - Nov 23- Dec 31st*
Pony rides – A holiday favorite! $5 per child. Fri, Sat, Sun*
Gift Shops – A wide assortment of holiday merchandise, inflatables and much more.
Castle Cafe - Treat yourself to soups, sandwiches, cookies, hot chocolate, and more.
Chalice Hall - Enjoy watching holiday movies for the whole family or sit and warm up by the fire.
Christmas Merchants – Find unique and handcrafted items from a variety of craftspeople.
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