CITYSCAPES AND WILD BEAUTY Oklahoma
Take in town and nature on a Sooner State escape. Urban lights burn bright with attractions at Christmas and beyond, while state parks offer peaceful post-holiday havens.
OKLAHOMA CITY WONDERS Downtown in December keeps the heart of Oklahoma’s capital city pulsing with festive fun. Be dazzled by the Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival (November 23), skate outdoors at Devon Ice Rink (November 10–January 27), find unique gifts at holiday pop-up shops in Midtown (November 23–December 23), prance at your pace in the Sandridge Santa Run (December 1) and take a magical water taxi ride on the Bricktown Canal (November 23– December 30). Most events are free, and all take place in the glow of holiday lights.
TULSA HOT SPOTS
T-town beckons with world-class culture like Oklahoma Aquarium (in nearby Jenks), the Gilcrease Museum, the Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. The Blue Dome Entertainment District downtown offers a rich array of attractions, nightlife and restaurants, including the namesake Blue Dome building (a 1920s oil station) and Dilly Diner, famous for breakfast favorites served all day.
WHERE TO WATCH EAGLES Oklahoma’s eagle-watching season peaks in January and February, when as many as 2,000 of the magnificent birds call the state home for the winter. See them at state parks, including Sequoyah State Park (about an hour southeast of Tulsa), Keystone State Park (about 20 minutes west of Tulsa) and Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman.
OKLAHOMA AQUARIUM, JENKS
DILLY DINER, TULSA