Photo courtesy Downtown in December

Ice rinks, pop-up shops, tree lightings and Santa sightings can only mean … it’s Christmas time. The OKC and Tulsa metro areas have a plethora of holiday-themed activities to get you in a merry mood.

Downtown in December, Oklahoma City’s November-January holiday extravaganza, continues its traditions through Jan. 28.

“Of course, there’s the crowd favorites, which include Devon Ice Rink, Holiday Pop-Up Shops, Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival presented by Sonic, annual Lights On Broadway event and Devon’s Saturdays with Santa,” says Riley Cole, events coordinator at the Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership.

There are a handful of new events this year, including the Santa Fe Open House on Dec. 9. Guests can interact with 1930s characters, sip on hot cocoa and explore the newly renovated Santa Fe train station. Patrons can enjoy Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Civic Center Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26. For a full listing of events, visit

Arvest Winterfest, Tulsa’s holiday celebration, commemorates 10 years inside and outside the BOK Center this year. Enjoy the ice rink, Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 10, and holiday shows, including Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith on Dec. 1 at the BOK Center and Tommy Emmanuel on Dec. 9 at the Cox Business Center. Visit for details.

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