By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: Other | Issue: December 2007
Christmas Kingdom has been featured on HGTV for its impressive display of Christmas inflatables.
Looking for things to do to get you in the holiday spirit? Look no further. The following is a compilation of fun, enjoyable, family- friendly events.
Castle of Muskogee Christmas Kingdom
Nov. 22; 6 p.m. to midnight
Over 1,000 inflatables and Christmas lights will be on display at Christmas Kingdom, located at the Castle of Muskogee. Ranging from four to 20 feet tall, the inflatables will feature such characters as Frosty the Snowman, Snoopy, the Grinch, Elmo and more. Other activities will include horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts in Santa’s workshop, cookies and hot chocolate and dozens of artisans. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Castle of Muskogee at (918) 687-3625 or visit www.okcastle.com.
Christmas Lights at Rhema Bible Church
Daily; 6 p.m. to midnight
Lighted scenes and more than two million lights will be on display at Rhema Bible Church, located at 1025 W. Kenosha St. in Broken Arrow, throughout the holiday season. Admission is free, and spectators can either drive or walk through the campus to view lights. Paid tours will also be available. For more information, call (918) 258-1588.
OCR’s Angel Giving Trees
Get into the Christmas spirit this year by helping others. Owasso Community Resources will have its Angel Giving Trees at F&M Bank on 96th Street, RCB Bank on 86th Street and at The Market on 86th and 129th Streets. People can “adopt” local children from Owasso and Collinsville and shop from their Christmas wish lists. No time to shop? OCR will accept donations of $75 to shop, wrap and deliver gifts to children in need. Also always accepted are food pantry items to help less fortunate families during the holiday season. For more information about OCR, call (918) 272-4969, visit www.owassohelps.com or stop by the organization at 109 N. Birch, Suite 109, in Owasso.
Salvation Army Christmas Projects
The Angel Tree Program will be up and running this year at Woodland Hills Mall and Eastland Mall. Shoppers can pick out children, disabled adults and senior citizens for which to buy gifts from their wish lists. Unwrapped gifts should be returned to the mall for distribution by The Salvation Army to the Christmas Center.
The Salvation Army Toy Drive allows shoppers to donate new, unwrapped toys to be added to The Salvation Army Toy Shop inventory. Donations can be dropped off at any Bank of Oklahoma location and will be given to needy children. Visit www.salvationarmytulsa.org for additional projects and information.
Ninth Annual “Christkindlmarkt”
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Held at the German-American Society of Tulsa, Christkindlmarkt will feature handcrafted merchandise, German imports and foods, authentic music, appearances by St. Nikolaus, puppet shows and more. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visit www.gastulsa.org for more information.
Philbrook’s Festival of Trees
Nov. 16 – Dec. 2
As Philbrook Museum of Art’s annual holiday fundraiser, Festival of Trees will celebrate the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright and the House Beautiful exhibition. Visit www.philbrook.org for more information and a complete listing of Festival of Trees events.
Carols and Crumpets
Dec. 1; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Held at the Tulsa Garden Center, this event will host minstrel carolers, as well as vendors from four states offering herbal holiday gifts. Admission is free. For more information, contact Patsy Wynn at (918) 496-8019 or visit www.tulsaherb.com.
Pictures with Santa
Dec. 1-23; noon to 5 p.m.
Children will have the opportunity to take pictures at Bass Pro Shops with Santa Claus. The event will take place every Saturday and Sunday from December 1 through 23.
Broken Arrow Civitan Christmas Parade
Dec. 1; 9:30 a.m.
“Little Drummer Boy,” the theme for this year’s parade, will be reflected in the dozens of floats, marching bands, entertainment groups and horses that will take to the streets of downtown Broken Arrow. The parade will start at Main and College and will continue south on Main to Central Park. For more information, call (918) 258-6681.
Holiday Magic Show
Dec. 1; 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Jay Exon, master illusionist and magician, will give a one-of-a-kind performance for people of all ages. The show will be held at Zarrow Regional Library, located at 2224 W. 51st St. in Tulsa. For more information, call (918) 591-4366.
Sapulpa Winterfest Parade
Dec. 1; 6 p.m.
Held annually in Sapulpa, the Winterfest parade will begin this year at Taft and Main Streets, proceed to Dewey and continue east to Mission. Over 85 parade entries are expected, and awards will be given in three categories. For more information, contact the Sapulpa Chamber at (918) 224-0170 or online at www.sapulpachamber.com.
Claremore Annual Christmas Parade
Dec. 1; 6 p.m.
Held in downtown Claremore, this event is expected to attract over 4,000 spectators. The parade will allow for a great view of Claremore’s Christmas lights and will host more than 200 participant entries. For more information or parade applications, call the Claremore Chamber at (918) 341-2818.
25th Annual Cascia Christmas Walk
Dec. 2; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event, which benefits Cascia Hall Preparatory School, will offer tours of four beautifully-decorated homes owned by Cascia alumni and parents. The Cascia Gift Boutique will have gift items from over 50 vendors. Lunch will be available at Cascia Café, and live entertainment will be held at the school’s new performing arts center. For more information, call (918) 746-2600 or visit www.casciahall.com.
Jenks Vocal Music Holiday Home Tour
Dec. 2; 1 to 5 p.m.
The Jenks High School Vocal Music Department will host its 16th Annual Holiday Home Tour. Four homes in the Belmont, Wenmoor and Waterstone neighborhoods will be delightfully decorated for Christmas. Live musical entertainment will be provided at each home. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 or at the event for $15. A shuttle bus will be available. For more information, visit www.jenksvocal.com or call Kathy at (918) 857-1693 or Kelly at (918) 447-0744.
TU Festival of Lessons and Carols
Dec. 2; 7:30 p.m.
University of Tulsa’s School of Music presents this traditional Christmastime worship service. Nine short Bible readings will be read, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns. Featured will be the TU Cappella Chamber Singers. The event will be held at Sharp Chapel, located at 600 S. College Ave. For more information, visit www.cas.utulsa.edu/music.
Christmas Around the World
Dec. 8; 2 to 4 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m.
A variety of cultures will be represented at Christmas Around the World. Dances, music, customs, foods, language and more from different nations will be showcased. The event will be held at Victory Christian Center, located at 7700 S. Lewis Ave. in Tulsa. Call Henry Bartlett at (918) 491-7830 for more information.
PSO Parade of Lights
Dec. 8; 6 p.m.
As Tulsa’s largest parade, the PSO Parade of Lights will feature helium balloons, dog squads, dance and drill teams and light-adorned floats. Miss America 2007, Lauren Nelson, will serve as grand marshal. Although it will still take place in downtown Tulsa, the parade will have a new route this year. For more information, contact Downtown Tulsa Unlimited at (918) 583-2617 or visit www.tulsadowntown.org.
Holiday Carriage Rides
Dec. 14-22; 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Tulsa Garden Center will offer 30-minute carriage rides this holiday season. Beginning nightly at 5:30 in the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens, each excursion will continue through Terwilleger Park. The last ride of the night will begin at 9. A donation of $100 will accommodate a carriage ride for up to four adults, as well as complimentary beverages and pictorial mementos. Call Tulsa Garden Center at (918) 746-5125 or visit www.tulsagardencenter.com for more information.
Jingle Bell Sweepstakes
Dec. 15; 1 p.m.
The drawing will be held at the Creek County Courthouse in Sapulpa. Shoppers must be present to win.
Dec. 17; 6 p.m.
The drawing for $10,000 will be held at Citizens Bank at 148th and Memorial. Shoppers do not need to be present to win, but the winning ticket must be claimed within three days.
Buy Broken Arrow
Dec. 18; 3 p.m.
The winner of $10,000 will be announced at the BA Chamber. Shoppers need not be present to win.
Dec. 22; 10 a.m.
The three winners will be named at Lantow Field on Sioux Avenue in Claremore. Shoppers must be present to win.
Dec. 27; 7 to 9 p.m.
Sponsored by the African-American Resource Center and the Tulsa Library Trust, the Kwanzaa celebration will feature African dancers, performers and poets. People of all ages are invited to learn about this African-American tradition. The event will be held at Rudisill Regional Library, located at 1520 N. Hartford in Tulsa. For more information, call (918) 596-7280.