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Enjoy holiday highlights around Oklahoma

Dino Lalli gives some ideas for finding holiday fun all around Oklahoma.
BY DINO LALLI, For The Oklahoman Published: December 7, 2013

We are past Thanksgiving now, and the real countdown to Christmas has begun. With that, here are some things you can do to put you in that holiday mood.

Let's begin in Claremore at the Belvidere Mansion. The beautiful Victorian mansion, built in 1907, could be the perfect Christmas card cover as holiday decorations abound. Pretty Christmas trees decorated by area civic groups are displayed, and food, gift items and collectibles are for sale. This might be the perfect place to pick up a gift for your crafty friend. Special group tours are available. Admission is by donation.

Are you interested in any of the holiday festivals taking place in many of Oklahoma's small towns? You can find a complete listing of events by going to You'll find numerous cities and towns and their holiday activities including Christmas parades and celebrations taking place across the state. Santa's schedule really kicks into high gear as he has that amazing ability to make it to several of those downtown Main Street parades!

There's nothing like a great Christmas light display to get you in the holiday mood, and the Rhema Bible College's display is one of the best in Green Country. You don't even have to get out of your car to enjoy it, and there is no admission charge. It's at 1025 W Kenosha, Broken Arrow. The good news is if you get even remotely near it, you won't be able to miss it.

There's something about going to the various light displays that solidifies the traditions in which many families participate. My kids are 17, 14 and 13, and on at least a couple of nights, we take the time to make some hot chocolate, pack up some homemade cookies or muffins and select an area and go in search of holiday lights. And yes, we even play Christmas music in our minivan.

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