A Complete Guide To An Edmond Christmas
The holiday season in Edmond, Oklahoma is one of our favorite times of the year. From the lights and carols, to the town’s good cheer, the Edmond community is known for its sparkling Christmas spirit. As you and your family settle into the holiday season, join us in exploring all Edmond has to offer during the month of December!
(We will be updating this list throughout the holiday season so be sure to check back often for updates.)
HOPE Center of Edmond – The HOPE Center of Edmond is always looking for volunteers and has plenty of opportunities for the community to serve. They are currently taking applications for their Adopt a Family program, which matches sponsors with families who need assistance with Christmas, including purchasing gifts for their children and groceries for the family Christmas meal. In addition, the program operates a clothing and food pantry, and is always in need of warm clothes (including coats for children), and non-perishable food items like peanut butter, canned meals, “hearty” soups, and canned meats.
Sorghum Mill Christmas Tree and Blackberry Farm – If your family cannot resist the smell of a fresh Christmas tree, head out to Sorghum Mill and pick your own tree! There are three options for you to choose from:
Choose and Harvest: Virginia Pine, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Blue Ice, Carolina Sapphire, Leyland Cypress, and Austrian Pine.
Pre-Harvested: Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Fraser Fire, and Nordman Fir.
Live Christmas Trees: White Pine, Scotch Pine, Loblolly Pine, Austrian Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Fat Albert, Deadora Cedar, Blue Atlas Cedar.
Open the day after Thanksgiving until December 23, from 1 – 7 p.m., Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
While it’s important to keep your eyes open for beautiful lights all over the city, be sure to stop by the following locations for a few of our favorite displays!
Spring Creek Plaza
“Spring Creek Plaza is a Community Lifestyle Center and so we work to make it an asset to the community. One of the ways we do this is with our Christmas Lights Display. It is our contribution to help foster that Christmas Spirit here in Edmond.” Amanda Ward-Neikirk, Co-Owner of Spring Creek Plaza
University of Central Oklahoma Campus
From the lights shimmering around Broncho Lake to the sparkling President’s Christmas tree, take a stroll through the UCO campus this December for a dose of beautiful holiday cheer.
Oklahoma Christian University Campus
After the traditional “Lighting of the Commons” event, the OCU campus is filled with twinkling lights and beautiful displays for the community to enjoy.
Musical Theatre Holiday Show: “Naughty, Nice and a Little Bit Nuts”
UCO School of Music – UCO Jazz Lab
December 3 – 5 & December 10 – 12
Sure to get you in the holiday spirit, come join a festivity-filled evening of holiday favorite tunes sung by some of Central’s finest musical theatre vocalists. Reservations strongly recommended. For tickets, visitwww.ucojazzlab.com call (405) 359-7989.
“Exultations on a Winter’s Night” featuring the UCO Wind Symphony
Mitchell Hall Theatre
According to Dr. Brian Lamb, the conductor and director of the UCO School of Music, “The UCO Wind Symphony presents: “Exultations on a Winter’s Night.” Listen to the first exciting flourish of Sam Hazo’s Exultate through the intensely reflective moods of David Maslanka’s A Tuning Piece. Next is the downhill energy of Carter Pann’s Slalom and John Mackey’s monumental tone poem, The Frozen Cathedral. This concert promises to be a great way to spend ‘A Winter Night’ in preparation for a glorious holiday season, so come spend it with the nationally recognized UCO Wind Symphony.”
If that doesn’t convince you to attend, student Kimberly Boross adds, “I’m excited that I get to play in the UCO wind symphony winter concert. Our concert pieces will take the audience on a magical journey through a glistening winter wonderland. Sounds of blustery wind, moose calls, and chirping birds will be audible within the pieces. Theses sounds will bring feelings of serenity, magic and excitement to the audience. Put on your favorite fuzzy Christmas socks and attend this thrilling concert!”
For tickets, go online at www.mitchellhalltheatre.com or call (405) 974-3375.
Boys Ranch Town Christmas Pageant
7 – 9 p.m.
December 4 – 6
5100 E. 33rd
The Boys Ranch Town Drive Thru Living Christmas Pageant is a not-to-miss tradition for many Edmond families. “For many people, the Boys Ranch Town Drive Thru Living Christmas Pageant is the beginning of their Christmas season. Visitors tell us over and over that the pageant is a part of their family’s tradition every year. It pleases us so much to hear that the boys’ efforts mean “Christmas” to so many…after all the real meaning of Christmas is found in Christ and it’s His story we seek to tell,” said Brent Thackerson, administrator for the Edmond location. The pageant features live animals (including camels), music, and actors from the Boys Ranch Town community. This event is free to the public.
Parade of Lights and Mayor’s Park Lighting
Edmond Electric’s Annual Parade of Lights and Mayor’s Tree Lighting is the perfect event to get you in the spirit of the holidays. At 6:45 p.m., the parade will step off from the UCO campus and stroll through the beautifully lit downtown Edmond. To keep with the theme, each entry is required to have lights adorning their float. According to Jessica Lyle, the Community Relations Coordinator for Edmond Electric, “We’ve had many exciting entries over the past couple of years and we look forward to seeing what’s in store for this year’s holiday tradition in Edmond.” This year is sure to be another spectacular year for the Parade of Lights, an event not to be missed!
As UCO celebrates their 18th Annual WinterGlow, guests are invited to gather together on the UCO campus and celebrate the holidays! The ceremonial lighting of Old North is a community favorite event, followed by UCO’s annual winter carnival in the Nigh University Center. This event is free of charge and the community is invited to attend.
Downtown Edmond Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. & 6 – 8 p.m.
December 5, 12, & 19
Experience Christmas in downtown Edmond with a beautiful horse drawn carriage ride! For more information, call: 405-249-9391
A Winter’s Night at the Safety Village
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
5300 E. Covell Rd
The Edmond Fire Department is presenting a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to take pictures with Santa on a 1929 Fire Truck, as well as enjoy a Santa’s Workshop event sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement. This event is free for the whole family to attend, but they do ask that you bring your own camera for your picture with Santa. In the spirit of the season of giving, participants are encouraged to bring a canned good, which will be donating to The Hope Center in Edmond.
Cops and Clause
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
100 East First Street
Still need to take your yearly picture with Santa Clause? The Edmond Police Department is hosting the Cops and Clause event where you can take your picture with Santa, as well as local Police Officers! Each child will receive a complimentary photo with Santa, while additional photos may be downloaded from the OKC Finest Photobooth Facebook page (free of charge). For additional information please contact the Edmond Police Department at (405) 359-4420.
The Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink at Mitch Park
Experience the fun of an outdoor skating rink close to home!
November 20 – December 20 & January 2 –10
Mon-Thur: 3 – 9 p.m.
Fri: 3 – 10 p.m.
Sat: Noon to 10 p.m.
Sun: Noon to 9 p.m.
December 21 – January 1
Every day: Noon – 10 p.m.
November 25: Noon to 10 p.m.
November 26: 1 – 6 p.m.
November 27: Noon to 10 p.m.
December 24: Noon – 5 p.m.
Ugly Holiday Light Run
With the goal to be Edmond’s premier holiday destination, the Mitch Park team has gone above and beyond to create dazzling light displays and bring an outdoor ice skating rink to the park during the holiday season. In order to fund these expansions, the park is celebrating its 2nd year hosting the Ugly Holiday Light Run. Melissa Myers, the Recreation Program Coordinator for the City of Edmond Parks and Recreation team, has announced that there will be prizes based on the ugly, uglier, and ugliest sweaters, and the whole family is invited to participate in a 1 mile fun run or 5K race.
The Holiday Hustle
Oklahoma Christian University
Start your holiday season off on the right foot, or feet, with a beautiful 5k or 10k run! The Holiday Hustle will take you through the Oklahoma Christian University campus and brand new Eagle Trail. Hosted by the OC Cross Country teams (OCXC), the proceeds of this event benefit the OCXC as well as the TeamOKC Fitness and Wellness program.
If you’re craving a sweet holiday treat, be sure to stop by one of Edmond’s local bakeries!
Cupcakes to Go Go – Offering freshly baked cupcakes and cookies daily, a few of the popular Christmas flavors include red velvet, pumpkin, chocolate peppermint, sugar cookie, mint chocolate, and cranberry orange cupcakes. If you’d rather nibble on a cookie, Cupcakes to Go Go also bakes fresh gingerbread and sugar cookies for the holidays.
Uptown Bakery – If you are looking for a delicious delicacy to adorn your table during the holidays, then Uptown Grocery Company is the right place for you! With a huge selection of pies, breads, cakes, pastries and more, their custom desserts or breads are the perfect addition to make your holiday memorable. They specialize in all natural, high quality artisan breads, rolls, cakes, natural fruit pies, and pumpkin or pecan pies for holiday events.
Santa’s Art Workshop
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fine Arts Institute – 27. E Edwards
The elves are arriving at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute with fun holiday activities planned for the whole family. With two holiday art projects, Mrs. Claus’ cookies, cocoa & story time, and a special time with Santa Claus & his elves, the kids will love visiting one of these workshop sessions!
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Create ornaments out of clay to hang on your tree at home or give as a gift. Visits required: One to make, one to paint, one to pick up.
Ages: 6 – 12
Woven Christmas Ornaments
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
These ornaments will look great on your tree or as decorations on holiday packages.
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Paint two very special ornaments to hang on the tree this season. Required visits: One to glaze and one to pick up.
4:30 – 5:20 p.m.
Design and create a nutcracker figure out of paper towel rolls.
Ages: 6 – 12
Wood Burned Ornaments
6 – 8 p.m.
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Personalize your tree by burning your family name or cool designs into wooden ornaments.
Ages: 18 and up
Cookies for Santa Bisque Set
10 a.m. – Noon
Paint a plate, bowl and mug set to leave for Santa’s Christmas Eve treat. Required visits: One to glaze and one to pick up.
$20/family for one set
Popsicle Stick Ornaments
10 – 11 a.m.
Create a variety of ornaments utilizing Popsicle sticks, glue, and paint.
Duct Tape Christmas Stockings
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Duct tape isn’t just for fixing things. Create a one-of-a-kind stocking out of the coolest duct tape you have ever seen!
Christmas Ribbon Tree Shirt
10 – 11 a.m.
O Christmas Tree! We will glue ribbon strips in the shape of a tree onto a shirt for you to keep. Ages: 2-5
Holly Market Basket
8:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This basket is great for all of the holiday goodies you take back and forth to places or even as a gift.
Holiday Ornaments and Cards
10 a.m. – Noon
Make a variety of felt ornaments and handmade holiday cards, using felt, ribbon, yarn, beads, sequins, buttons, and more!
Snowman Kit – Who needs snow?
3 – 4 p.m.
Create all of the parts you need to build your own snowman out of air dry clay and dowel rods (snow not included.)
There are two ways to register for the classes listed above: Register online or register in person at Mitch Park, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive.