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Downtown in December 2012 schedule
SandRidge Christmas Tree Lighting Festival: Help kick off the holiday season with Mayor Mick Cornett and Santa Claus as they light the SandRidge Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Friday on the Bricktown Canal off Mickey Mantle Drive. The lighting ceremony officially begins downtown Oklahoma City's monthlong holiday celebration. It will include live music by Banana Seat, family-friendly activities, hot chocolate, cookies from Nonna's, popcorn from Harkins Bricktown Theatres, free pictures with Santa, live ice sculpting and more. Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens: The Devon Ice Rink is expected to attract more than 30,000 skaters beginning Friday and will offer live entertainment and special guests on the weekends. On Friday nights, a live DJ heats up the ice with popular and holiday musical favorites. Special guests and local radio personalities will take to the ice as they broadcast live from the rink Saturday nights. Admission is $10 per person, including skate rental. The rink is open through Feb. 3. Go to www.DowntownInDecember.com for dates and hours.
Devon's Saturdays with Santa: Children of all ages are invited to meet Santa and enjoy a festive theme each week: “Toyland” (Saturday), “The North Pole” (Dec. 1), “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 8), “Whoville” (Dec. 15) and “Let it Snow” (Dec. 22). Attendees can write letters to Santa, take pictures in St. Nick's sleigh and visit the arts and crafts table. Saturdays with Santa will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays in the Devon Rotunda, 333 W Sheridan.
Chesapeake Energy Snow Tubing: Cruise down the nation's largest man-made snow tubing slope at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Presented by Chesapeake Energy, snow tubing sessions run Saturdays and Sundays starting Saturday. Hours vary. Between Dec. 20 and Jan. 5, tubing is open seven days a week except Christmas. Admission is $10 for each 90-minute session. Private parties and groups sales are available by calling 218-1000. For session times, dates and to buy tickets online, go to www.DowntownInDecember.com.
SandRidge Santa Run: Whether running or walking, skipping or hopping, the entire family can get in on the fun Dec. 8. The event includes a 5k run that begins at 9 a.m. at Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson, followed by a one-mile Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. and the Santa Claus Kid's Dash at 10 a.m. Registration is open now through race day. Preregister before Nov. 30 for $35. After Nov. 30, register for $40 at the packet pick up, on Dec. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. at Schlegel's Bicycles, 900 N Broadway Ave., or on race day at Leadership Square between 7 and 8:30 a.m. The one-mile Fun Run is $10. There is no charge for the Kid's Dash for children ages 8 or younger. Participants can register online at www.DowntownInDecember.com. There will be cash prizes for competitors in costume, along with healthy giveaways.
Free Water Taxi Rides: All ages are welcome to take a fun-filled float down the beautifully adorned Bricktown Canal free of charge, courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. Guests can board the boats on Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, just west of the third-base entrance. Water Taxi rides are free from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays throughout December.
Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway: From Friday through Jan. 1, some of downtown's most historic buildings will be draped in colorful lights between NW 4 and NW 10 streets along Broadway Avenue.
OG&E Garden Lights: The renovated Myriad Botanical Gardens will be festively illuminated each night during Downtown in December. This year's display begins Friday and will last through New Year's Day. Admission is free. Guests may also want to time their visit to coincide with Free Crystal Bridge Sundays.
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Downtown in December
When: Friday through Jan. 1. (Some attractions will be open longer.)
Where: Various locations in downtown Oklahoma City.