15 of Oklahoma's Best Winter Activities!

Oklahoma isn’t exactly known for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, but don’t worry, there is still fun to be had in the Sooner State when the cold season arrives. From dazzling light displays during the holidays to outdoor ice skating rinks for the kids to burn off some energy. Here are our 15 favorite winter activities to do in Oklahoma.

1. Winterfest, Tulsa, OK

This seasonal winter celebration offers 52 days of fun. The ice skating rink is bigger than the one in Rockefeller Center. Enjoy special events, such as breakfast with Santa. Check the website for special rates and the schedule. 

2. Fantastic Oyster Fry and Craft Show, Frederick, OK

Held on the second Saturday of February annually, this event is a favorite. The committee members drive to the Texas coast and load up on fresh oysters to bring back to the town. They use the same recipe they have since the 1950s to bread and cook the oysters, and they’ve never run out.

3. Living Nativity, Claremore, OK

This annual event is a great way to build memories with your family. The nativity scene is housed indoors, but you can visit the farm and watch the shepherds tending the flocks by night. It’s also pecan and black walnut season. Make sure to take some home with you for cooking. 

4. “A Christmas Carol,” Guthrie, OK

Guthrie offers several great holiday events and shopping, but the one that’s most loved is the annual retelling of “A Christmas Carol.” It’s a family-friendly theater event that dazzles audiences. 

5. Chickasha Festival of Light, Chickasha, OK

The Festival of Lights runs every year, and it’s probably the biggest light display in Oklahoma. Plan to spend the evening and take a carriage ride, shop in the gift shop and stroll among the lights. 

6. Downtown in December, Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City hosts ice skating, snow tubing and Christmas shows. Enjoy the OKC Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” or shop at Mistletoe Market for some innovative gifts. Enjoy dinner at one of the Bricktown restaurants instead of cooking at home.

7. Snowflake Winter Festival Ice Skating, Tahlequah, OK

Skate on a 7,000 square-foot rink that’s open through the weekend following New Year’s Day. Shop in downtown Tahlequah for unique gifts. Open daily for open skating, but also offers private sessions. 

8. Opening Night, Oklahoma City, OK

Imagine 25,000 of your closest friends having a New Year’s Eve party. That’s Opening Night. Oklahoma City opens downtown to a host of special events and concerts. Check out some of the best food trucks for some excellent eats. Children even have a special area at the Civic Center.

9. Water-Zoo Indoor Water Park, Clinton, OK

If you can’t make it to the Caribbean for your winter break, you can go swimming at Water-Zoo. It’s open weekends throughout the winter months, as well as daily during the Christmas Break. 

10. Garden of Lights, Muskogee, OK

The Garden of Lights features holiday lights that emphasize the natural beauty of Honor Park. Turn your radio to the right station and you’ll enjoy a multi-sensory drive through the park. Ice skating is available in the middle of the park. If you have time, check out the kid-friendly light display at The Castle of Muskogee. 

11. Owasso Tree Farm, Owasso, OK

Start a new tradition and cut down a fresh Christmas tree this season.  Pick up some evergreen decorations to complete your holiday décor while you’re at the farm.

12. Christmas in the Park, Elk City, OK

Enjoy Christmas lights, a carousel and shopping at this holiday light display in Western Oklahoma. You might even want to take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park to appreciate the lights in a whole new way. 

13. Catch an Oklahoma City Thunder game

If you love fast and exciting sports, the OKC Thunder aims to please. One of the best teams in the nation plays its home games right in the heart of the state. It’s one of the most popular ways to spend a winter evening. 

14. Firehouse Art Center, Norman, OK

The Chocolate Festival is a much-anticipated event that raises money for the art center. Some of the best chefs in the state come to prepare special delicacies for the patrons. Shop at the Gift Gallery to pick up some interesting gifts for your friends. 

15. Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights, Bartlesville, OK

Located north of Tulsa, the Woolaroc holiday light display is a special treat. Santa Claus hangs out in the museum, live entertainment is on site, and enjoy a wagon ride. Warm up with some hot chocolate or apple cider from the gift store. 

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