Whether you already live in Tulsa or are looking to make a move in the coming months, there’s no better time to appreciate this city and the surrounding areas than the holiday season. Holidays are easy to celebrate in Tulsa with a variety of events, attractions and activities for family members of all ages. Enjoy your immediate family, create a fun holiday itinerary for visiting friends or plan a festive date night with the help of the team at Homes by Taber.
No matter what your preferred holiday activities are—ice skating, themed provisions, shopping, light displays or meeting Santa—you’ll find plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit this year.
Although nationally recognized Gathering Place is a must-visit attraction year round, there’s something especially magical about going during the holiday season. In the month of December, Gathering Place transforms into Winter Wonderland—featuring an ice rink, decorative lights, themed performances, festive food and the opportunity to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. On December 17th, guests can also shop at the winter market stocked with holiday gifts made by talented local vendors.
Named by People Magazine as the top holiday destination in the state, carve out some time in your busy schedule to visit Winterfest in downtown Tulsa. This annual event includes activities and events for the whole family to enjoy, including a 9,000 square foot ice skating rink, various events and the opportunity to give back to community nonprofits. For some budget-friendly weeknight fun, visit on a Monday for half-price admission with the donation of a perishable canned good, or Wednesdays with the donation of a new or gently used blanket, scarf or pair of gloves.
Nothing gets people in the holiday spirit quite like an over-the-top light display. With both walk-thru and drive-thru options in the greater Tulsa area, there are endless ways to appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating a beautiful, festive light display.
Plants and greenery are brought to life at the Tulsa Botanic Garden of Lights, featuring live music, seasonal beverages, kids train rides and more. Utica Square is Santa’s unofficial home away from home, with a monthlong chance for your kids to meet Santa, sit in his sleigh and pose for photos amongst glowing lights and a festive atmosphere. Enjoy thousands of lights illuminating Guthrie Green, an inviting green space located in the heart of Tulsa’s Arts District. The treasured Philbrook Museum of Art transforms under thousands of spectacular lights, featuring musical light shows, take-home art projects for the kids, visits with Santa and sips of hot cocoa.
See how local businesses celebrate the holiday season by cruising along the Twinkle Tour Route. The Tulsa Route 66 Commission created an easy-to-follow map so people can take in the holiday decorations, festive lights and vibrant neon signage along 28 miles of Route 66.
Just outside Tulsa in Broken Arrow is the annual Rhema Christmas Light Extravaganza. Nearly three million lights adorn a 110-acre campus to highlight the Christmas tree forest, life-size nativity scene, 3D holiday characters and countless photo opportunities throughout. View the lights on foot, from your car or in a horse-drawn carriage.
Another immersive light experience outside city limits can be found at The Castle in Muskogee. Castle Christmas is open nightly, allowing guests to drive their way through holiday villages and take a train ride or hayride. With over 2,000 holiday displays and thousands of colorful lights, the Castle Chrstimas experience is one you won’t soon forget.
Looking to sip on some seasonal cocktails? Cheers to the holidays with friends and family at Roosevelt’s on historic Cherry Street. While the restaurant is known for its enticing atmosphere and delicious menu every month of the year, they really go all out during the weeks leading up to Christmas. The restaurant is absolutely covered, from floor to ceiling, in Christmas decor—garland, ornaments and lights abound.
For a unique outdoor dining and drinking experience, Tulsa residents and visitors alike love spending an evening at Iglootown on Welltown Brewing’s rooftop in downtown Tulsa. The plastic, domed igloos are complete with heaters, lights, warm blankets, speakers and breathtaking views of downtown. The igloos are rentable and perfect for a holiday happy hour, Secret Santa exchange or just a fun weekend activity.
Hark back on childhood memories and help your family make new ones by seeing the classics come to life on stage. Tulsa Ballet’s newly choreographed production of The Nutcracker is on stage through December 19th at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. At the same venue, kids can learn the true meaning of Christmas by seeing A Chrstimas Carol—which has been a seasonal Tulsa tradition for more than 40 years. For a less formal performance or a kids-free night, head to historic Cain’s Ballroom for the annual Red Dirt Christmas celebration.
While many of the seasonal holiday markets are hosted in November, there’s still ample ways to shop local and support small businesses while you finish buying gifts for loved ones. One of the easiest ways to see a variety of products in one place is by visiting the Shops at Mother Road Market. Here, you’ll find gifts for kids, pets, significant others, siblings, coworkers—just about anyone.
The holidays are a special time for many—but it can be hard to get into the seasonal spirit if you don’t love the home or rental you’re currently living in. If you’re ready to stop settling and hope to host your family’s holiday celebrations by this time next year, the Homes by Taber team is here to help.
After over 20 years of building the most sought-after neighborhoods in Oklahoma City, we announced our expansion into the greater Tulsa area in 2021—and there’s so much more on the horizon in 2022. Want to spend the next holiday season in Bixby Village, or another upcoming Tulsa area community? Contact our team online or give us a call at (405) 285-5105. We’re ready to bring the holiday cheer to your family with an expertly designed new-construction home.