Holiday Cheer: Downtown in December transforms OKC into a holiday hotspot with dozens of events

Friday, November 17, 2017

by Jeremy Martin

Oklahoma Gazette

Beginning as a tree-lighting ceremony in 2001, Downtown in December has since expanded to brighten Bricktown throughout the holiday season.

“I think my favorite part of Downtown in December would have to be the light displays,” said Riley Cole, Downtown OKC Inc.’s events coordinator. “So whether that’s the Bricktown Canal lights or the Automobile Alley light displays, I think that in itself is a destination. It just creates a good environment to stroll around and go into different businesses, and it makes the holiday experience just even better.”

Despite its name, Downtown in December — produced with funding from the Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership, Downtown Business Improvement District, Devon Energy and other corporate sponsors — actually begins 4 p.m. Saturday with the second annual Lights on Broadway event. Businesses along Broadway Avenue between NW Fourth and 10th streets will be lit up, and some will feature holiday-themed window displays, activities, specials and giveaways. RCB Bank will host an outdoor screening of holiday films including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Jack Frost.

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