[dropcap]With[/dropcap] Thanksgiving only a few hours away and the promise of a three-day weekend awaiting you, don’t spend your free time becoming one with the couch while munching on leftovers. Instead, head to events around the state that will help you make the most of this extended holiday weekend.


Lights On at Utica Square – Nov. 24 – Utica Square
Lights on at Utica Square in Tulsa has been ringing in the holidays on Thanksgiving Day for over 40 years. With hot chocolate, carols and the lighting of 700,000 bulbs on over 150 trees, it’s the perfect start to the season of giving. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit uticasquare.com for more information.

BMX Grand Nationals – Nov. 25-27 – River Spirit Expo
The BMX Grand Nationals come to Tulsa on Friday, where competitors will race on a 1,100-foot-long course, filled with obstacles of varying degrees of difficulty. The event runs through Sunday evening. Visit usabmx.com for scheduling and more information.

Philbrook Festival – Through Dec. 31 – Philbrook Museum
Head to one of the prettiest spots in Tulsa to experience beautiful lights, decor and events like live music and a walking tour of the gorgeous grounds. This event runs through Dec. 31 with varying hours. Visit festival.philbrook.org for details.


Carrie Underwood – Nov. 23 – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Kick off your long weekend with Oklahoma-native country singer Carrie Underwood, who stops in at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight. For details, visit chesapeakearena.com.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Nov. 25 – Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center
Just in time for the holiday season, Moscow Ballet presents the beloved story of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Great Russian Nutcracker. This event takes place for one night only at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25. For tickets, visit okcciviccenter.com for details.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Nov. 27 – Chesapeake Energy Arena
For a rockin’ good time that celebrates holiday favorites, you can’t miss the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, coming to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Nov. 27. For details, visit chesapeakearena.com.

Around the State:

Enid Lights Up the Plain – Nov. 25 – Main Street, Enid
Kick off the Christmas season on Main Street in Enid to enjoy beautiful light displays along with fireworks, food trucks, musicians and much more. Visit mainstreetenid.org for details.

Reba McEntire – Nov. 26 – Choctaw Casino and Resort
Actress, singer, producer, author: Reba McEntire does it all. For a chance to see her live, head to the Choctaw Grand Theater on Nov. 26 to hear McEntire play old favorites and tunes from her newest record, Love Somebody. For more information, visit choctawcasinos.com.

Lights on the Island – Through Dec. 25 – Quarry Island, Poteau
Join the people of Poteau for a drive-through light display that lets you can stay warm and cozy in your car while enjoying the beautiful spectacle of lights prepared for you. Visit poteauchamber.com for details.

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