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Lights and sights in Tulsa


Tulsa has officially embraced the holiday season, so don’t miss out on these festive citywide events.


Rhema Lights

When: Through Dec. 31

Where: Rhema Bible Church, 1025 W. Kenosha, Broken Arrow

The annual Rhema Christmas light display is a local favorite. Featuring over 100,000 light bulbs synchronized to music, this display is fun to walk, or even drive through. Concessions sell hot chocolate, coffee and apple cider to keep you warm as you walk. The display is free to attend.

Philbrook Festival

When: Through Dec. 31

Where: Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, Tulsa

See one of the most beautiful art museums in Oklahoma decked out in winter style. Wander through the halls of the Philbrook to view priceless artworks and special Christmas displays. Stroll in the gardens to see the Christmas lights. During the Christmas season, the Philbrook host festival nights for only five dollars per person. Go during the day and get in free with a student ID. See the Philbrook Facebook page for specific events.

Activities and Events

Free Movies at Warren Theater

When: Dec. 3 and 10 at 10 a.m.

Where: Warren Theater, 1700 W. Aspen Creek Dr., Broken Arrow

Get into the Christmas spirit with some free Christmas movies at Warren Theater. Showings include Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Tickets are free, but a limited number are available. Pick up your tickets in advance at the box office starting the Tuesday before the movie.


When: Through Jan. 7

Where: BOK Center, 200 S Denver Ave W, Tulsa

Celebrate the winter season with ice skating in one of the nation’s largest outdoor ice skating rinks. The BOK’s Winterfest is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Have fun “skating beneath the skyline” or order some hot chocolate from the concessions and warm up underneath the giant Christmas tree. General admission is 12 dollars.

Music and Performances

Nutcracker Ballet

When: Dec. 9-23

Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Tulsa Ballet is putting on a magical performance of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s score, The Nutcracker ballet features Marie, the Nutcracker Prince and 100 children who help to fight in the Mouse-King’s army. General tickets are 25 dollars.

Parades and Runs

Ugly Sweater Run

When: Dec. 2, 3:30-6 p.m.

Where: RiverTrail Plaza, 41st and Riverside, Tulsa

Bundle up in your ugliest Christmas apparel and participate in the Ugly Sweater Run. It is free to sign up for the 5k or Fun Run. There will also be a photo booth and an ugly Christmas sweater contest.

Tulsa Christmas Parade

When: Dec. 10, 6 p.m.

Where: Downtown Tulsa, 602 S. Boston Ave.

Experience a wonderful annual holiday tradition at the Tulsa Christmas Parade. Since 1926, this parade has been entertaining citizens of Tulsa and surrounding cities. Sign up online ( for seating to watch the floats go by, or sign up to become a volunteer and help this Christmas “miracle” come to pass.