[dropcap]Since[/dropcap] 2002, Oklahoma City has been the host of Oklahoma’s largest Christmas spectacular. Presented by Devon Energy, the 14th annual Downtown in December celebration features an array of holiday activities, from ice skating in the Myriad Botanical Gardens and zip-lining at the Oklahoma River, to free water taxi rides on the Bricktown Canal and a Santa run.
This month-long, family-friendly adventure attracts thousands to the city’s 10-block polar playground. In its inception, the festival started off small, with just a couple of light displays, an ice rink and snow tubing. Now the festival boasts 25 holiday-themed events that are sure to get attendees in the holiday spirit.
Saturday, Dec. 12, put on a white beard, running shoes and Santa hat for the SandRidge Santa Run. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., runners can prance around downtown Oklahoma City in the 5k race. Registration is $35 and includes a costume contest with a grand prize of $150.
When looking for a thrill, the Snow Tubing Winter Festival is just the right speed. The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark houses Downtown in December’s gigantic snow tubing slope. Starting from the upper level behind first base and landing near second base, this winter slide is an adventure that you don’t want to miss.
In the spirit of competition? Zip-line while dropping presents into chimney targets, climb to the North Pole and then zoom down a 72-foot slide.
In its fifth season at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the Devon Ice Rink is open seven days a week and offers a chance to channel your inner Dorothy Hamill.
Champagne, cocktail dresses and glitter are de rigueur at the annual Glitter Ball at Dunlap Codding in historic Film Row. The gala features a variety of live performances, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a premium bar and more surprises. The event will also feature an art auction to benefit the Oklahoma City Girls Art School. Tickets for the whimsical ball are $100 for general admission and $200 for VIP admission and can be purchased online at www.kindtevents.com.
Whether you are looking for a traditional family holiday outing or wanting to indulge in the party scene, be assured that Downtown in December has it all.