Holidays in Chickasaw Country

‘Tis the season to be jolly – and to see all the Christmas lights! Chickasaw Country has plenty of opportunities to see lights whether by car, by carriage or on foot. We have rounded up four holiday light displays that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

The first opportunities for meandering through thousands of twinkling lights will be at the Chickasha Festival of Light and Ardmore’s Festival of Lights. Both events kick off Saturday, November 19 and continue through the end of December.

Ferris wheel at Chickasha Festival of Light

In Chickasha, you can walk or drive through 3.5 million lights. Or if you want a more romantic transport, hop on the horse and carriage tour! Stop by the ice-skating rink, ferris wheel and carousel for fun, family-friendly activities. The event is FREE to walk or drive through.

*While in Chickasha, check out the new permanent Leg Lamp installation, next to the Rock Island Depot in downtown, and the Red Ryder BB Gun exhibit at the Depot during the holidays.

Just one of the many displays to see at Ardmore's Festival of Lights

You will want to pack some hot chocolate and tune up the Christmas songs for the 1.5-mile drive through more than 125 animated light displays in Ardmore’s Regional Park. This is one of the largest holiday light displays in southern Oklahoma.

*For a special experience in Ardmore, purchase tickets to ride the Jolly Trolley running December 5-8. While aboard the Jolly Trolley, you will ride through the Festival of Lights with holiday storytelling along the way.

So many great photo opportunities at the Trail of Lights in Wintersmith Park

Beginning November 21, Ada will light the Trail of Lights in Wintersmith Park through New Year’s Eve. Drive or walk through brilliantly lit displays and note the Forest of Lights on the east side when you first drive in. Now boasting 13 trees in 2022, the Forest of Lights is a featured area on the Trail. Another notable display is the blue Memory Tree. This tree is the only blue lights in the park and is accompanied by a sign listing the names of loved ones memorialized throughout the tree.

*Pair an outing at the Trail of Lights in Ada with the McSwain Theatre’s annual Christmas Spectacular on Dec. 17 to hear Jae L. Stilwell and the Crossover Band, and numerous guest performers, present an evening of your favorite Christmas music and Country classics!

The young and the young at heart will enjoy a leisurely drive through Purcell's Lights from the Heart

Meet the man of the hour during Purcell’s Lights from the Heart. Santa will be available for photos on Saturdays in December until Christmas. Take a leisurely two-mile drive around Purcell City Lake to see more than 190 animated displays featuring more than 650,000 lights.

*Stop by Pride Popcorn in Purcell before driving the light trail to pick up gourmet popcorn, novelty candy and sodas to snack on while you view the lights.

And here are a few more light displays and activities to keep you in the spirit all holiday season!

Christmas Lights at the Capitol
November 17-December 31, 2022
Tishomingo, OK

Ardmore Festival of Lights
November 19-December 30, 2022
Ardmore, OK

Chickasha Festival of Light
November 19-December 31, 2022
Chickasha, OK

Trail of Lights in Wintersmith Park
November 21-December 31, 2022
Ada, OK

Purcell’s Lights from the Heart
November 23-December 31, 2022
Purcell, OK

Celebration of Lights at the Chickasaw Cultural Center
November 26-December 31, 2022
Sulphur, OK

Classic Christmas at The Artesian
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 2022
Sulphur, OK

Christmas at the Fort
December 3, 2022
Durant, OK

Christmas in the Valley
December 3, 2022
Pauls Valley, OK

Duncan Christmas Parade
December 3, 2022
Duncan, OK

Christmas Glow & Open House at The Foreman Prairie House
December 2, 2022
Duncan, OK

Santa’s Workshop at the Clubhouse
December 2, 2022
Ardmore, OK

Minco Honey Festival
December 3, 2022
Minco, OK

Newcastle Christmas in the Park & Parade
December 3, 2022
Newcastle, OK

Wynnewood Christmas Parade and Celebration
December 7, 2022
Wynnewood, OK

Christmas Hoopla
December 9, 2022
Ardmore, OK

Elmore City Parade of Lights
December 10, 2022
Elmore, OK

Waurika Christmas Parade
December 10, 2022
Waurika, OK

Make sure to check Chickasaw Country's events listings for more events throughout the season!


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