By: John Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010
The Castle of Muskogee’s Christmas Kingdom is filled with over 2,000 spectacular inflatable displays.
The largest free display of holiday spirit in Northeast Oklahoma can be found in Muskogee. At the Castle’s Christmas Kingdom, you can take a slow drive through a Christmas wonderland filled with thousands of lights plus more than 2,000 lighted inflatable displays, with many new ones for 2010. In nearby Honor Heights Park, the Garden of Lights has been a popular event, attracting thousands of viewers to enjoy over a million lights displayed throughout the park. Both events are free.
For a change of pace, you can choose to view the Christmas Kingdom from a horse-drawn carriage ride, which travels through a very special part of the village that is not accessible to cars. Old-fashioned tractor drawn hayrides are another option; you will see special scenes that you would not get to see on the normal routes via car or carriage.
Santa’s Workshop gives children an opportunity make small gifts. The Garden Room is open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. where you can find those one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments for your own display. Cookies, hot chocolate and more are available nightly from 6 to 10, as well as self-guided tours of the Castle. Some of the area’s finest artisans will be showing unique hand-made gifts. In the gift shop, a wide assortment of Castle merchandise and inflatables are available.
Guests inside the Castle may also visit with Father Christmas – there is no cost to talk to Father Christmas, but pictures will be available for a nominal fee.
Inside events are not open on November 29-30, December 6-7 and 13-14.
The 2010 Christmas Kingdom displays range from four feet in height to a towering 20 feet tall. You’ll see all of your favorite Christmas characters including Santa, the elves, many snowmen, reindeer, penguins, polar bears, and more. Also you will see many of your favorite fun characters including Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, Scooby Doo, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, the Grinch, Elmo, Frosty the Snowman, Homer and Bart Simpson, plus many more. This is the world’s largest display of inflatables. Admission to the Christmas Kingdom is free, but donations are accepted.
The Garden of Lights celebration includes a free drive-through display of over a million shimmering lights displayed throughout the park. Honor Heights Park, internationally known for its Azalea Festival, draws up to a half million visitors annually. The park’s 122 acres 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 5:30 nightly.