TULSA HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST
The holiday season in Tulsa is magical, memorable, and absolutely dreamy with unique traditions and entertaining activities for you and your loved ones. Fill your season with holiday cheer this year and check out our list of some of the merriest happenings around town. We have scouted some of Tulsa’s seasonal favorites that will surely make your holidays be merry and bright! Happy Scouting!
STROLL THROUGH RHEMA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Over the river and through the woods to Rhema Christmas Lights we go! Frolic down the paths and across the bridges of Rhema’s 110-acre campus covered in more lights than you can even count! You’ll create unforgettable memories as you enjoy a 50-figure nativity scene, take photos of Noah’s ark and animals, watch a synchronized musical display, and listen to Christmas music!
Winterfest offers a 9,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink, one of the state’s tallest Christmas trees (decorated with more than 35,000 lights), live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, and the Winterfest Express train. Time to to bundle up, head downtown, and enjoy the magical spirit of another season of holiday fun!
DINE AT ROOSEVELT’S GASTROPUB
Let’s make going to Roosevelt’s Gastropub a holiday tradition! Every year, this restaurant goes above and beyond to showcase their meticulous decorating skills, glittery decor, and astounding array of hanging lights and ornaments, which truly make it feel as though you’re in a Winter Wonderland!
VISIT SANTA AT UTICA SQUARE
Utica Square is the perfect spot to pop over to at this time of year because it has something for everyone! Whether you decide to go to find a present for each person on your list, you are interested in the “Lights On” lighting event, which takes place on Thanksgiving night and celebrates the lighting of over 700,000 lights strung throughout the square, or you are on a mission to meet Santa, you’ve come to the right place!
SEND OUT YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS
Prioritize sending family, friends, and neighbors a personalized holiday card this year! Fill everyone’s mailboxes with season’s greetings and merriments with the help of The Inviting Place!
Philbrook Museum’s annual festival includes fun for everyone all throughout the day! Here, you will be able to sip cocoa by the fire, say hello to Santa, and marvel at the thousands of twinkling lights adorning the stunning gardens! Make sure to pop by at some point between November 24th and December 30th to get a glimpse of the museum’s Christmas magic!
WATCH THE TULSA CHRISTMAS PARADE
The Tulsa Christmas Parade has entertained thousands year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Tulsa. On Saturday, December 9th at 11am, plan to delight in this festive parade while admiring the beautifully ornate floats and balloons that will be designed with the theme, “Have A Holly Berry Christmas”, in mind. Join in on the fun as you watch the parade, try out various food trucks, and spend time with the family!
GET SOME HOLIDAY SHOPPING DONE
Tulsa has a plethora of boutiques, shops, and markets that will satisfy every item on your Christmas wish-list! Our Tulsa-based businesses have it all, whether you are on the prowl for a gift for your mother-in-law, who would love to unwrap something from Willamina, Platinum Style or Ribbons, looking for something for your husband, who would appreciate anything from Travers Mahan or Diamond Cellar, need something for your kiddos, who might like a gift from The Lolly Garden or Spirit Society, or are desperate for a last-minute gift card from any of our scouted businesses for the Secret Santa party that you forgot about! Happy shopping!
TULSA BOTANIC GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Purchase your tickets here for the Tulsa Botanic Garden of Lights! Reconnect with loved ones as you stroll through the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Get ready to make s’mores over fire pits, meet your friends at the snowball pit, test out your skills on the craft nights, tap your toe along to the music on live jazz Sundays, and take pictures at the photo stops!
ATTEND THE NUTCRACKER
The Tulsa Ballet will be delighting Tulsa audiences of all ages with a production of, “The Nutcracker”, from December 9th through the 23rd! This story of a young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve is colorful, energetic, and rightfully deserving of being known as a holiday classic! See you there!
TAKE YOUR HOLIDAY PHOTOS
While the whole family is in town, plan to capture the moment with some beautiful photographs that will last a lifetime! Reach out to Chloe Reed or Abby Graves to create classic portraits, capture life’s most joyous moments, and generate photos that will serve as a reminder of the sweet moments that pass by so quickly in life!
WOOLAROC WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS
The Wonderland of Lights holiday tradition is back at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve! The grounds and buildings of Woolaroc will be covered with over 750,000 lights in an attempt to make you feel as though you have been transported to the North Pole! The lights will be turned on Friday, November 24th and will be on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 5-9 p.m., through December 17th!
CHECK OUT THE HOLIDAY LASER LIGHT SHOW
Mark your calendars! From December 2nd through December 30th, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium will be hosting “Holiday Laser and Music Shows” at 3pm each day! Click here for additional details regarding the event as well as ticket information!
MAKE A HOMEMADE GIFT
Enlist your kids’ help in making an extra-special gift this year! No matter the age of your little one, creating handprint artwork can be so memorable, appreciated, and treasured for years to come! The Handprint Studio will make memories to last a lifetime through ceramic impressions done in clay and turned into ornaments and plates! Remember – those tiny hands and feet will never be this size again!
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Come enjoy the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience amidst the gentle glow of candlelight. This Candlelight Christmas Concert series, taking place from December 13th through the 22nd, will showcase many of the essential holiday anthems, including “Deck the Halls”, “Joy to the World”, and various medleys from “The Nutcracker”. Purchase your ticket here and witness how candlelight concerts bring holiday music to life!