the Devon Ice Rink
1.Move over, Bryant Park. You got nothin' on Oklahoma City. OKC's bustling downtown area welcomes the season of cheer with the Devon Ice Rink, now it its third season.
For those nostalgic about the couple skating days at traditional skate arenas, go from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and boogie to the DJ who hosts Rock N Skate each Friday.
The rink is at the corner of Reno and Robinson. Skaters from all levels are encouraged to attempt a holiday expression of their own whirling dervish. Skate seven days a week, 3 to 9 p.m., through Feb. 2.
The space can be used for group parties, as well. For more information, call 708-6499.
2.As of today, there are 32 shopping days left to find the perfect gift, wrap it and have it settled under the carefully decorated tree.
Don't panic. Skate it out at the Devon Rink, then head over to Winter Shops at Myriad Gardens.
Hosted by Prodigal Marketing, this seasonal pop-up shopping experience features local retailers who've filled the specially-designed chalets for this event (and many more to come).
The shops are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. For a full holiday schedule, as well as participating shops, go to oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.
Got the blues?
3.Rhythm and blues, that is. Poteet Theatre, 222 NW 15, gets groovy with its rendition of “Dreamgirls.”
This sensational look into the 1960s music industry explores music, performance art and an in-depth take on culture during the time period. Though Beyonce won't be in a starring role at the local theater, you can expect A-level talent assuming the soulful roles and belting out the award-winning score. Catch a showing at 8 p.m. Saturday or 3 p.m. Sunday. The show runs through Dec. 8.
Tickets are $20. For more information, call 609-1023 or go to poteettheatre.com.
North Pole, err, Edmond
4.EDMOND — Downtown OKC isn't the only place in a festive mood. Friday, join the city of Edmond in welcoming its Outdoor Skating Rink.
This new holiday tradition encourages families to come to Festival Market Place, 30 W 1 from noon to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 5. Rent skates and a general session for $10.
For more information, call 274-1638 or go to expressice.com.
Santa is comin' to town
5.EDMOND — By Saturday, there will be 31 shopping days until Christmas. Fill up those stockings with locally crafted goodness and home decor from The Santa Market, 28 E Main. With more than 90 vendors participating, it's the epitome of one-stop shopping. Join in on the fun from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, so don't miss The Reindeer Room, The Elf Room and The Snowman Room, all chock full of holiday wonder.
For more information, call 314-1033.
6.EDMOND — Get the blood flowing and sweat glands working with a 5k on Thanksgiving. The Edmond Turkey Trot is at 8 a.m. Thursday in downtown Edmond. Registration costs $10 to $26, and all are welcome, including friendly, leashed dogs. For more information, go to edmondturkeytrot.com.
Mr. Jones and me
7.NORMAN — Check out the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art for free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, with a concert at noon.
The museum is at 555 Elm Ave. For more information, go to ou.edu/fjjma.
8.Before Thanksgiving and the brunt of holiday shopping, why not take a second to get Zen? Become one with the bustling, festive downtown area with a Downward Dog during an all-levels class in the Botanical Gardens Pavillion from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
If the weather isn't agreeable, the class will be moved inside the Crystal Bridge, 115 S Hudson Ave. Bring a mat, water, a towel and yourself and prepare for a centering, de-stressing Vinyasa-style class.
It'll cost $10 if you aren't a member. But really, what's ten bucks in comparison to sanity? For more information, go to oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.
9.Geek alert! For those Whovians out there, prepare for a time travel of 50 years at noon Saturday. The Paramount OKC, 701 W Sheridan Ave., will host a screening of “The Day of the Doctor.”
At 8 p.m., local band Dr. Pants will take the stage and play some nerdy rock, including a single inspired by the Doctor and his Tardis titled “It's Bigger on the Inside.”
The concert portion is $5. For more information, call 517-0787 or go to theparamountokc.com.
Short and sweet
10.EDMOND — On Friday and Saturday, don't miss your chance to view the UCO Short Play Festival. At 7:30 each night in the Pegasus Theatre on campus, get nine plays for the price of one. Each short runs about 10 minutes, and they range from comedy to drama. Best of all, admission is free. For more information, go to uco.edu.
1.BARTLESVILLE — Having trouble getting into the spirit of the season? Get out of town and exchange the city lights for Christmas lights.
At Johnstone Park, enjoy music and a synchronized light tunnel during its first weekend open. Fill up the tank and pack some snacks, because getting out of the car isn't necessary for this holiday adventure. The light show will be on display through Dec. 30.
2.TAHLEQUAH — Hey, the metro isn't the only place with a few ice-skating rinks. This weekend, celebrate the opening of Snowflake Winter Festival, in Norris Park. General admission is $10, and group rates are available, as well. Go to snowflakewinterfest.com.
Bright lights, old city
3.KETCHUM — With a built-in background of Grand Lake and idyllic antique cabins, it's easy to see why the Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Tour of Pine Ridge Resorts is a holiday favorite. Catch it through Dec. 30. Admission is free, and why not make a weekend out of it with a rental or eating at a local restaurant? For details, go to pinelodgeresort.com/attractions.
A POP of color
4.DUNCAN — Four times a year, Dreamer Concept Studios of Norman hosts a Pop-Up Gallery in a city somewhere in Oklahoma.
Today and tomorrow, catch the pop-up experience in the Chisholm Mall, 1206 U.S. 81.
Catch the fun from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Exhibitions from local visual artists as well as performance artists will be displayed. The event features 2-D and 3-D pieces, along with jewelry, literature and short films.
Wine and palette sessions are available for $20 throughout the weekend. For more information, call 701-0048 or go to dreamerconcepts.org/pop-up-gallery.
OK has heart
5.TULSA — Miss the metro Affair of the Heart? Don't fret! Tulsa will welcome you with open arms at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square Friday through Sunday.
What you can expect is an incredible variety of boutiques showcasing arts and crafts from Tulsa's finest.
It'll cost you $7 for entry. Friday and Saturday the market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to theartoftulsa.com.
Different kind of Thunder
6.CATOOSA — Celtic Thunder is a traveling Irish singing group best-known for its PBS specials. At 8 p.m. Thursday, the crew will present a musical spectacular with its Christmas-themed performance at Hard Rock Casino, 777 W Cherokee. Tickets are $60 to $75. For more information, call (800) 760-6700 or go to tickets.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.
7.ENID — If holiday hubbub is too much to digest, just wiggle your nose and believe in magic.
Friday and Saturday, escape to the Phoenix Quest Harry Potter Convention, 200 E Maple.
Start the journey at the train station, at Maple and Grand avenues, where housing will be established. A magic ball will conclude Friday evening, in preparation for Saturday's adventures of trivia contests, horcrux hunt and costume contests. Tickets are $10 to $40.
For more information, call (580) 402-6732 or go to iloveenid.com.
8.CHICKASHA — No matter where you are in Oklahoma, you may think you can see the 172-foot Christmas tree that is the centerpiece of the Chickasha Festival of Lights.
If you'd like a closer look, or a picture in the iconic lighted tunnel, head to the opening night of the festival Friday. The Festival of Lights ranks as one of the top holiday light events in the nation. Admission is free, but donations are always accepted. That electric bill can't be cheap.
The festival opens for the season 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and will be open through the holidays. For more information, call (405) 224-9627 or go to chickashafestivaloflight.com.
A royal affair
9.MUSKOGEE — Dinner in a castle? Doth sound like sweet music to thine ears, no?
From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, feast like a king or queen at The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W Fern Mountain.
Step back in time and celebrate English royalty with an evening featuring King Henry VIII and Queen Margaret for the Boare's Heade Feaste.
The event features a four-course meal and entertainment by a host of jesters and belly dancers.
Reservations are required. For more information, go to okcastle.com.
Let it Rain
10.BROKEN ARROW — There aren't a ton of artists who evoke toe-tapping and medley humming across generations, but The Beatles happen to be one of them.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, be a part of Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles.
The performance at the Performing Arts Center includes a live version of the iconic discography that includes “Hey Jude,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and many more. Tickets cost $20 to $60 and can be purchased online at brokenarrowpac.com.