There’s no shortage of things to do with the children and family this month as venues offer many activities that everyone can enjoy. You can’t go wrong with a parade, and the month has several big ones, including the Cowboy Christmas Parade (Dec. 1) in Oklahoma City’s historic Stockyards City District and the 2012 Tulsa Christmas Parade and Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights, both taking place Dec. 8 in Tulsa. Colorful lights are on everywhere (see calendar listings) inviting everyone to enjoy glowing silhouettes of reindeer, holly and other outlines of the season. You’ll find much of that along with ice-skating, music and a host of other attractions at two big festivals running through the holidays. Downtown in December is located in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown and runs through Dec. 31. You’ll find plenty of hot chocolate at the BOK Center and WinterFest. Whether you’re taking in special holiday shows like Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells from Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (through Dec. 16) and Playhouse Tulsa’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, enjoying the sounds (Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Ball on Dec. 14) or decking the halls in prehistoric fashion (Holiday Happening at the Sam Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on Dec. 6), make sure its time shared with all. See the “Family” listing and more in the calendar for details on these events.