the Devon Ice Rink
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.”