By: Christy Stephens | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: December 2021
Photos courtesy of Gathering Place.
With winter comes the holiday season – and in very few places is this more apparent than in Tulsa’s own Gathering place. The globally recognized, award winning park has been a sensation since the first day it opened, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors in the spring and summer months. The magical beauty of Gathering Place has continued throughout the fall; and from Dec. 17, 2021, through Dec. 26, the park is transformed into a veritable fairyland, filled with lights, music, performances, a holiday market and more.
Presented by American Airlines, Tulsa’s Gathering Place Winter Wonderland delights everyone who visits.
“Guests can stroll through thousands of lights on the QuikTrip Great Lawn, listen to live music, join an elf dance party, shop for holiday gifts at our winter market (featuring local vendors), drink hot cocoa and eat sweet treats!” says Heather Alexander, Vice President of Programming. “Guests can also head to ONEOK Boathouse to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and engage in hands-on activities at the Winter Wonderland workshop for kids of all ages. Williams Lodge will be open for guests to relax in front of our warm fireplaces and to grab seasonal delights from Redbud Café.”
Gathering Place staffers and workers are committed to producing an outstanding light display, and attention to detail is a priority.
“We begin preparing for Winter Wonderland every year in November,” states Alexander. “Our lighting company begins installing lights on the trees throughout the event footprint and outside Williams Lodge before Thanksgiving. Organizing and executing events at Gathering Place is a team effort. All departments work closely together on the operations, production, marketing, safety procedures, culinary, and beyond to ensure guests have an exceptional experience.”
The Winter Wonderland has already become a tradition for many families in the Tulsa community, according to Alexander. “The pure joy, peace and magic that Winter Wonderland brings to families is beyond imagination.
“One of my favorite features of Winter Wonderland is the park being illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights, pop-up local holiday performances, festive market vendors, and the pathways filled with holiday cheer.”
Winter Wonderland activities begins evenings 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., nightly from Dec. 17 thru Dec. 26. This is a special opportunity to visit Tulsa’s Gathering Place in its entire winter splendor!
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