By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2015
Plan your visit with Father Christmas at The Castle of Muskogee.
Celebrate the best of family holiday traditions at The Castle of Muskogee. Take a leisurely drive through Castleton Village, 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 or a carriage ride through the Village, or ride the ponies or the camel. Come inside The Castle for old-fashioned 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.
Horse-drawn carriage rides start in the parking lot of The Castle and travel through a part of the village that is not accessible to cars, so you will see different displays than on the drive-through route. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child, or take advantage of the Family Pack, $30 for up to four people.
Tractor-drawn hayrides start in the parking lot of The Castle and also travel through the village on a different route than the car drive-through. These depart every half hour. Cost is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.
Pony rides are a holiday favorite and cost $5 per child. Pony rides are available Thursdays through Sundays, November 26-December 27.
Camel rides are an exotic dromedary that you can take a ride on this Christmas season and experience it just like Three Kings for $5 per person.
Shop local while at The Castle. Stop in for some holiday shopping with our merchants and find something unique for yourself and your loved ones. You can also get fireworks for New Year’s Eve celebrations December 15-31 only and items from The Christmas Shoppe for your own holiday displays.
Be sure to have some fun with Santa’s best (and worst) elves! Make ornaments to take home and decorate your own tree – available every night The Castle is open inside, through December 24. Cost is $1 for each ornament.
Father Christmas will be at the Castle, too! There is no cost to talk to Father Christmas. Tell him your holiday wishes and visit with the elves. Have your annual photo taken: $10 for a 4×6 print taken by the official photographer or $7 to take your own photo.
Be sure to stop into the Royal Garden Cafe for a light supper or snack, hot chocolate and treats, and great company. Sit and enjoy holiday movies for the whole family in Chalice Hall. The lighted displays at The Castle run from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 6 to 10 p.m. each night. The Castle’s additional events are open November 26-29, December 3-6, 10-13, and every night December 17-31.
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 displayed throughout the park. Internationally known for its Azalea Festival, Honor Heights Park draws up to a half million visitors annually to its 122 acres, which are planted with more than 30,000 azalea bushes and thousands of trees, beautifully situated among the park’s scenic hilltop drive. 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.
Children enjoy joining Santa’s Elves in the Castle Workshop and creating ornaments for their Christmas tree.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.
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