It’s the most wonderful time of year!
If you’re like me, you wait all year for the Christmas fun to begin. It seems like the 11 months leading up to the holidays drag on and on, but December flies by. With so many events to attend during December, I’ve made this quick guide of the best ways to celebrate Christmas in Chickasaw Country.
One of the best parts of the holidays is bundling up and looking at Christmas lights! South-central Oklahoma is home to many light displays including the Chickasha Festival of Light, Ardmore Festival of Lights, Trail of Lights in Wintersmith Park in Ada, and the 12thAnnual Lights from the Heart in Purcell. Want to learn more? Read this blog for a guide to the Christmas lights in Chickasaw Country.
Homemade floats, meeting Santa - there’s nothing like a small-town Christmas celebration! December 6 is a busy day in south-central Oklahoma. Make plans to check out one of the following parades: Christmas in Davis, Christmas in the Heartland Parade in Purcell, Chickasha Christmas Parade, and Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights in Ada. December 15 is also a busy day with Christmas on Main in Blanchard and Johnston County Christmas Parade in Tishomingo.
If you’ve never experienced Classic Christmas at the Artesian Hotel in downtown Sulphur, then you’re missing out! A month-long series of events and experiences, visit the Artesian by December 26 for fun for the whole family.
Carriage Ride Light Tour: Every Friday and Saturday you can take a ride in the horse-drawn carriage and experience the beautiful Christmas lights in downtown Sulphur.
Classic Carolers: On December 7, 8, 14, and 15 you can listen to Christmas carols performed by carolers in Victorian period dress.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus: Cozy up and listen to Mrs. Claus read a Christmas book around the fireplace at the Artesian on December 7, 8, 14, and 15.
Breakfast with Santa: Meet Santa on December 8 or December 15 for a hot breakfast at the Artesian Hotel. Call the Artesian Hotel at 855-455-5255 to make a reservation for the event.
Live reindeer at the Artesian: You won’t want to miss out on meeting Santa’s reindeer!
Christmas Ball at the Artesian: Celebrate Christmas in style at the Christmas Ball on December 22. You can dance the night away in the Artesian ballroom.
You won’t want to forget about the other holiday events around Chickasaw Country:
- Pauls Valley Ice Skating until January 3
- A Festival of Trees and Light Celebration until December 31
- Purcell Holiday Market on December 6
- Night on the Polar Express on December 7
- Christmas Celebration and Holiday Art Market on December 8
- Breakfast with Santa and Candy Cane Scramble on December 8
- Breakfast with Santa in Newcastle on December 15
- Home for the Holidays in Ardmore on December 15
- It’s a Wonderful Life at McSwain Theatre on December 20
- Christmas Buffet and Festivities on December 25
New Year’s Activities
Kick-off 2019 by getting active! The Day 1 Run in Pauls Valley is a great way to run off the extra holiday pounds. If running isn’t your kind of activity, get outside and go for a hike and participate in First Day Hike! South-central Oklahoma is home to many different hiking locations. Just remember to bundle up.
I hope you make memories have fun with your family and friends during the holiday season! Don’t forget to tag us in your picture by using #routecc while you’re attending Christmas events.