Photo courtesy Utica Square

After the epic, post-feast nap common to many Thanksgiving schedules, burn off the calories by taking an outdoor trip to a holiday light show, marking true entry into Christmas season.

Utica Square is celebrating its 50th anniversary of the Lights On tradition this year (

“We have a great show, with Grady Nichols and the Tulsa Youth Cabaret Premier performing,” says Cassandra Montray, the Utica Square property manager. “It’s a great way to end your family Thanksgiving celebration.”

Oklahoma City continues the festivities Nov. 25 as Mayor Mick Cornett (and Santa) light up a tree at the Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark ( This event is one of many in Downtown OKC’s Downtown in December holiday events, which run through January and include ice skating and water taxi rides.

The rest of the state has a bevy of light shows – from Lights on the Island in Wister from Nov. 18 to Dec. 25 ( to the Ardmore Festival of Lights at Regional Park from Nov. 18 to Dec. 30 (

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