Editor's note: Inclement weather may postpone or cancel some of this weekend's events. Please contact the venue before venturing out, and check NewsOK.com for updated weather information.
Bridge into paradise
1.The chill in the air is here to stay for the winter. If summer is more your speed, check out the tropical paradise inside the festively lit Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Every Sunday in December, enjoy free entry from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 445-7080 or go to myriadgardens.org.
Twist and shout
2.Twisted Root Gallery, 3012 N Walker Ave., will celebrate its second birthday Saturday. The party starts at 4 p.m. with a lineup of local musicians including Carlton Dorsey, Feathered Rabbit, Bowlsey and Josh Sallee. Along with great tunes and live art, expect yummy food from several food trucks.
A $5 ticket covers the whole event, and 100 percent of proceeds go toward funding the Spring Tour. For more information, call 208-4288 or go to twistedrootgallery.com.
Walk this way
3.Paseo's beloved First Friday Gallery Walk takes place come rain, shine or snow. From 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, join the Paseo Arts District for its holiday celebrations.
This year's display will feature light-pole garlands and a tree created by sculptor (and Paseo Pottery owner) Collin Rosebrook.
There will be live music from jazz musician Justin Young and carolers from the Canterbury Choral Society. For families, artist Erin Latham will offer an ornament-making workshop at no cost.
For more information, call 525-2688 or go to thepaseo.com.
4.Get music and drinks Friday at Belle Isle Restaurant and Brewery, 1900 Northwest Expressway. This local brewer provides locally made on-tap specials and live music. This Friday, catch Renmar and Aluma. For more information, go to belleislerestaurant.com.
5.EDMOND — From noon to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, let your kiddos get Zen in yoga class at the Multi-Activity Center, also known as the MAC, in Mitch Park, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive. Class is $9 per child (ages 6 to 12 suggested), and registration is required. For more information, call 359-4630 or go to edmondparks.com.
6.EDMOND — Have your own style? Why not create your own garments to prove it. If you are 18 or older, you can learn the basics of sewing and cutting out patterns from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the MAC (see No. 5). Classes are $24 each, and preregistration is required.
For more information, call 359-4630 or go to edmondparks.com.
Spiritual side of Christmas
7.“Songs of Comfort and Joy” will resonate as Oklahoma City University singers and orchestral musicians present the annual Christmas Vespers performances Friday and Saturday. The University Singers, Ad Astra Women's Chorus, the University Men's Chorus and the Chamber Choir will sing. An instrumental prelude, spotlighting the OCU Symphony Orchestra, organ students and the Graduate Flute Quartet, begins 30 minutes before each performance. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday in OCU's Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, NW 27 and Blackwelder. For tickets, call 208-5227 or go to www.okcu.edu/tickets.
L, M, N, O, chickpea
8.Eat, drink and be merry at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 4130 Northwest Expressway, for its first anniversary. Expect food, drink and food giveaways. Got questions? Call 254-5055 or go to eatgarbanzo.com.
Home for the holidays
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.