Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The holidays in downtown Oklahoma City are one of my favorite times.
The lights and decorations brighten up the downtown buildings. The events and festivities encourage people to play, discover more about our city, and visit local retail stores and restaurants. The season also highlights the support of numerous business partners to showcase our city and encourage the spirit of community. Most of these festivities couldn’t happen without their support.
Downtown in December, presented by Devon, starts Friday and runs through Jan. 2. This series of holiday events and attractions features outdoor ice skating, a tree lighting festival, afternoon visits with Santa Claus, a festive holiday run, snow tubing, free water taxi excursions, performing arts, shopping, and parties.
Automobile Alley turns on the twinkle on Nov. 18, during the annual Lights on Broadway. The occasion starts with an open house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Broadway Avenue between NW Fourth and 10th streets and adjacent streets. There will be complimentary carriage rides, visits with Santa, live performances, a s’more station and shopping.
The Bricktown Tree Lighting is Nov. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Presented by Sonic, the event includes a live band, food trucks, face painting and visits with Santa.
The Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown showcase 35 Oklahoma-owned shops and an urban Christmas tree lot. The shops rotate weekly from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The geodesic domes, at NW 10th and Hudson, are beautifully lit in the evenings.
Opening Night rings in the new year with performing arts, fireworks, and children’s activities located throughout the downtown area. This Oklahoma City tradition marks the end of the year and a reason to celebrate in a huge, family-friendly party.
There are many other winter events and activities in downtown Oklahoma City. You’ll find holiday concerts and performances at the Civic Center, Chesapeake Arena and Cox Convention Center every weekend. Myriad Gardens will be decorated for the holidays and offer free Sunday nights in December, sponsored by OG&E. Visit downtownindecember.com for more. Thanks to the support of corporate sponsors and partners and the efforts of organizations such as the Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership and the Downtown Business Improvement District, many of the events are free of charge and open to the public.
Cathy O’Connor is president of the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City.