By: Beki Akins | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: December 2019
Castle Christmas and Garden of Lights events are open nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Castle’s additional events are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8, Nightly Dec. 13-Dec. 31. Please check the Calendar at okcastle.com for a detailed schedule of each night’s activities.
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 of 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. Also in the Village area, the little ones may ride the cutest holiday ponies in town! For a taller vantage point, Cletus the Camel will be here to provide rides 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 Rudolph’s Cafe for a light supper or snack, hot chocolate and treats! Sit and enjoy complimentary holiday movies for the entire family. Visit okcastle.com for a complete schedule of nightly activities.
In nearby Honor Heights Park, the “Garden of Lights” attracts thousands of visitors. The celebration includes a 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 5 p.m. nightly, and the event is free on Mondays and $5 per vehicle Tuesday- Sunday.
Castle Christmas and Garden of Lights event hours and prices:
Drive through the lights at both locations. The Castle drive-through is complimentary; however we do appreciate donations. Honor Heights has a fee of $5 with both cards and cash accepted. If you would like information on a season pass, please contact the Parks Department. Both drive-through events are open nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Holiday Activities outside in The Castle’s Village
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 $1. Fri, Sat, Sun*
Castle Train – Enjoy the lights with a tour from the conductor himself! $5 per passenger. Kids under 1 are free. Thanksgiving – Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8, Nightly Dec 13-Dec. 25, Dec. 27-29*. If you would like to book the train throughout the week, please call 918.687.3625 or email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 to reserve. Group rates available.
Pony rides – A holiday favorite! $5 per child. Fri, Sat, Sun*. The cutest Christmas ponies in town!
Camel rides – Live like a Wise Man. Camel rides $5. This is for both the young as well as the young at heart.
Holiday Activities inside The Castle
The Castle’s additional events are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8, Nightly Dec. 13-Dec. 31. Please check the Calendar at okcastle.com for a detailed schedule of each night’s activities.
Gift Shops – A wide assortment of holiday merchandise, inflatables and much more.
Rudolph’s 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 crafts people.
Visit with Saint Nicholas –There is no cost to talk to Saint Nicholas, and pictures will be available for donations.
Fireworks – Stock up for New Year’s in the Christmas Shoppe – Dec. 15 – NYE.
For more information, please visit okcastle.com or www.cityofmuskogee.com
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