Downtown in December brings holiday excitement to Oklahoma City

What started nine years ago as nothing but an outdoor ice rink downtown has exploded into one of the city's most popular holiday traditions.
By John Estus Published: August 22, 2010
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What started nine years ago as nothing but an outdoor ice rink downtown has exploded into one of the city's most popular holiday traditions.

Downtown in December now draws thousands of families to 10 attractions scattered throughout downtown during the holiday season.


You can ice skate at the Devon Ice Rink between City Hall and Civic Center Music Hall or head to Bricktown Ballpark for Chesapeake Snow Tubing at the Brick.

Christmas lights adorn trees for Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s Garden Lights at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and buildings for Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway.

Christmas lights are also aplenty thanks to one of downtown's newest tenants, SandRidge Energy, which lights up a Christmas tree in front of its headquarters.

If you want to stay inside, head to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for Oklahoma City Community Foundation Free Museum Sundays.

There are also water-related activities — on boats, of course: Wimgo Holidays on the Canal takes visitors through Bricktown's waterways, and Oklahoma River Holiday Cruises takes them down the fast-developing Oklahoma River.

And of course, there's old Saint Nick. Sonic Segway Santa is often seen rolling through the streets, and thousands of red-velvet clad souls run in the SandRidge Santa Run.


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