By: Sarah Gile | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2016
Santa at the Castle of Muskogee
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, you can take a hayride, hop aboard the Castle Train, or ride the ponies through the Village area. Venture inside The Castle for family holiday activities: bring your kids to make ornaments in Santa’s workshop, warm up by the fireplace, and plan your visit with Father Christmas. Shop local! Discover handmade creations for all of the special people on your holiday list. You can also purchase Fireworks for New Year’s Eve celebrations and items from The Christmas Shoppe for your own holiday displays. Go in the Castle Cafe for a light supper or snack, hot chocolate and treats, and great company! Sit and enjoy complimentary holiday movies for the whole family.
“We’ve set everything up for families to have some down time,” said Jeffrey Hiller, Castle of Muskogee Owner. “We all tend to get lost in the Christmas rush, so our goal is for the families to spend some quality time together. The results we’ve seen have been incredible.”
The Christmas festivities at the castle draw more merchants each year.
“We’ve been able to put at least 20 shops inside for the whole family to enjoy,” he said. “It’s neat to see how it’s continued to grow.”
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. Internationally known for its Azalea Festival, Honor Heights Park draws up to a half million annual visitors to its scenic hilltop drive, which encompasses nearly 30,000 azalea bushes and thousands of trees. 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 6:00pm 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, 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
Holiday Activities at The Castle
The Castle’s additional events are open November 24-27, December 1-4, 8-11, and every night December 15th through December 31st. Please check the calendar at our website for a detailed schedule of each night’s activities. For a full schedule of activities, visit the Castle of Muskogee’s website.
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.
Castle Train – Enjoy the lights with a tour from the conductor himself! $5 per passenger. Kids 2 & Under are free.
Pony rides – A holiday favorite! $5 per child.
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.
Visit with Father Christmas – Father Christmas will be at the Castle on Dec 3-4, 10-11,17-18th 6:30-9:00pm. There is no cost to talk to Father Christmas, and pictures will be available for a nominal fee.
(918) 687-3625 | 800-439-0658
3400 W Fern Mountain Rd | Muskogee, OK 74401
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