Opens Friday, Nov. 23

“Winter people” seem to be a rarity these days as many Okies enjoy the milder months by the lake, at backyard barbecues and in rolling green parks. Yet, it’s undeniable how reassuring it can be to pull on that wool pea coat for the first time again or to slip into a pair of warm knit socks or to hear the crackle of lit kindling in the once dark fireplace. Winterfest beckons to all beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, when the ice rink opens on Second Street between Denver and Frisco avenues. Live entertainment is scheduled for the weekends, and carriage rides are available most evenings from 6-9 p.m. Refreshments such as hot cocoa and coffee will be on hand. No wonder Segway Santa plans to make so many trips. The lights of Winterfest, as well as the soaring tree, remain on through Jan. 6, which means there’s plenty of time to be part of one of Tulsa’s newest seasonal traditions. Go to for details and a complete schedule of activities and Santa appearances.

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