9.The American Spirit Dance Company's “Home for the Holidays” will take the stage at Oklahoma City University's Kirkpatrick Auditorium, NW 27 and Blackwelder. Under the direction of OCU professor Jo Rowan, American Spirit will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call 208-5227 or go to www.okcu.edu/tickets.
10.It's time for full-throttle holiday celebrating, and a good way to achieve seasonal nirvana is by attending “The Christmas Show” featuring the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. Catch the show at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $65 for this Broadway-style musical full of holiday favorites. For more information, go to okcphilharmonic.org.
Tell a story
1.STILLWATER — For those inclined to jot down a few thoughts from time to time, consider putting them in order and creating a work of art. Attend the Just Fiction II: Advance Novel Building Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Stillwater Public Library, 1107 S Duck Ave. The workshop will be run by The New York Times best-selling author William Bernhardt. Each session is $89. For more information, call (405) 744-8459 or go to justfiction.okstate.edu.
Not that far to Bethlehem
2.TULSA — If a classic Christmas experience is on your wish list, witness one of the most classic accounts of the Christmas story with the Bethlehem Walk, set for Friday through Sunday at Christview Christian Church, 2525 S Garnett. Church members comprise the cast. A detailed set that includes livestock and scene changes adds to the ambience. The walk is free and includes a living nativity scene.
For more information, call (918) 232-3587.
Barrel of fun
3.TULSA — Heat things up with a fast-paced barrel-racing competition at the Tulsa Expo Square, 4145 E 21 St.
On Friday through Sunday, the site will be packed full of barrel racing, family events and shopping opportunities. For more information, call (918) 617-0660 or go to bonusracefinals.com.
4.SHAWNEE — If you find yourself outside the metro but still craving an artistic adventure, attend Shawnee's First Friday. Expect art, music and games at the monthly happening. Go to downtownartsok.com for details.
5.ATOKA — A handmade gift is from the heart and more meaningful than anything you can grab off the shelf. If Pinterest projects never end up looking quite right, just pick up something at the Atoka Craft Show, 204 N Delaware Ave., this Friday through Saturday. Purchase a variety of gifts such as home decor, jewelry and much more. Call (580) 889-7337 for details.
6.MEDICINE PARK — Be one with nature. Take a hike through the trails and then strike a pose with a yoga class set against the backdrop of the Wichita Mountains. Start classes this Friday or catch one next Monday through Thursday. For times, go to medicinepark.com/yoga.jpg.
Five-eight-oh light show
7.LAWTON — Walk, ride or drive, depending on the weather, through Holiday in the Park at Elmer Thomas Park, Third and Ferris Avenues. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy warm beverages and other treats. For more information, call (580) 351-4173.
8.POCOLA — Enjoy the holidays on the wild side of things. And, no, that doesn't mean marathon shopping adventures or going on an African safari. Keep it close to home at Wild Things Farm, 700 Beaty Ave. From Friday through Sunday, you can take a sleigh ride, pony ride or a train ride filled with elves. Bring your Christmas list, because you'll have the chance to meet Santa himself. For more information, call (918) 626-4053 or go to wildthingsfarm.com.
Aw honey, honey
9.MINCO — On Saturday, keep things naturally sweet with the 23rd annual Minco Honey Festival in downtown Minco. The bees aren't the only things that have been busy. The festival has grown to include a tractor pull, craft show and, of course, the largest selection of natural, local honey. For more information, go to minco-ok.com/minco/festival.htm.
10.ADA — View the Christmas classic “The Polar Express” at 2 p.m. Thursday. The movie follows the storyline of a boy who finds himself on a magical train headed for the North Pole. Tickets are $2 to $5. For more information, tickets or directions to the McSwain Theatre, go to mcswaintheatre.com.