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Dashing to the Show

Whether totally tacky or spectacularly beautiful, light displays are a true sign of the holiday season. The entire family is sure to enjoy an evening viewing these lavish spectacles.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
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Posted
November 29, 2017

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a magical time for many reasons, promising hints of snow, hot chocolate, warm cider, pumpkin pies and other tasty treats, presents beneath trees, lit menorahs, and a whole host of other special holiday traditions that people all over the world embrace.

But there is perhaps no other better tradition than the stringing of lights, display of wreaths, hung ribbons, glowing candles in windows, and all the other trappings of holiday decorations for us to enjoy. Whether you want to put up a display at your own home, or whether you prefer to drive through and walk by the elaborate decorations created by others, holiday lights are so much fun. You really can’t have the holiday season without them.

It’s perhaps not surprising, then, that Green Country offers an impressive array of holiday lights displays, enough to keep you and your family busy viewing them every weekend between now and Dec. 31. Take a limo ride to view these lights, splurge on a helicopter light tour, or do it on the cheap by gathering homemade popcorn, travel mugs filled with hot chocolate, and pile into your car to cruise to the displays listed here.

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Lights On
Utica Square | Tulsa
For over 40 years, premier shopping center Utica Square has illuminated their outdoor walkways and trees to add elegant festivity to the holiday season. With 700,000 lights adorning 175 trees, you’re assured a brilliant display while you shop. The display is free to view, though what you spend in the stores while you’re there is between you and your credit card.

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Wonderland of Lights
Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve | Bartlesville
Take a drive to the stellar Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve to view the magical wonderland that results when you light a historic ranch and property with over 750,000 lights. Enjoy wagon rides, live entertainment, a visit with Santa in the museum, hot cider and chocolate in the lodge, and maybe see the Holiday Horsemen as they ride the grounds. Woolaroc’s lights are lit Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5-9 p.m., through Dec. 23. Admission is $4 for adults, $1 for children 11 and under.

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Castle Christmas
Castle of Muskogee | Muskogee
During the holidays, the Castle of Muskogee transforms itself into a festive delight. The grounds feature over 2,000 holiday displays and thousands of colorful lights. Open every evening from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 6-10 p.m., the Castle’s light display is free to drive through, though donations are encouraged. Also, check out the train ride, pony rides, Father Christmas and his elves, snacks in the Cafe, and Christmas Shoppe with many local crafters selling gift-worthy items. Visit the Castle’s website for details about times that the Christmas Shoppe, Cafe, Santa, wagon and pony rides are available.

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Philbrook Festival
Philbrook Museum of Art | Tulsa
Through Dec. 31, the Philbrook transforms into a decked-out wonderland with festive décor and thousands of lights reflecting the spirit of the season. Inside, artistic trees are on display. On Friday nights throughout December and Christmas Eve, visitors can enjoy a walkthrough of Philbrook’s gardens, which are lit with tens of thousands of lights. Hot cocoa, a cash bar, live performances and more are also available, and the museum’s delicious La Villa restaurant is open to diners.

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Fantasy Land of Lights
Johnstone Park | Bartlesville
This annual display of lights at Bartlesville’s Johnstone Park is a treat to behold. This grand holiday tradition honors both the spirit of the season and historic features in a large scene, complete with moving water wheel and running stream. Drive through the park with your radio tuned to the park’s holiday station to enjoy festive music while you view the creative light displays. The display is free to view, though donations are encouraged.

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Garden of Lights
Honor Heights Park | Muskogee
A beautiful outdoor park holiday display can be found at the Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park in Muskogee. With over 1 million lights decorating the park’s lush trees, bushes and walkways, the park sparkles and enchants. Visitors can drive through the park, listening to timed holiday music that flows in conjunction with the display. Or walk the park until you reach the ice rink for some skating. Refreshments and gift shop are also available. And the display is open nightly 6-10 p.m.

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Rhema Christmas Lights
Rhema Bible Church | Broken Arrow
Since 1982, Rhema Bible Church has been treating area residents to an impressive expanse of lights around its campus and park area. The more than 2 million lights on display, including the walkable lit bridge timed to holiday music, draw over 200,000 visitors a year. Visitors can drive the display or walk it, sipping hot drinks and snacking on funnel cakes. The well-loved Christmas tree forest features a 22-foot tree topped with a five-foot star, surrounded by smaller, beautifully lit metal trees. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated.

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Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Tour
Pine Lodge Resort | Ketchum
If you enjoy the thought of a weekend getaway in a lakeside cabin, the Pine Lodge Resort is a popular choice in Ketchum by Grand Lake. Whether you stay overnight or not, you can certainly enjoy their Christmas display of over 400,000 lights. Cabins, trees and grounds are decorated for a delightful evening you won’t soon forget. The drive-thru tour is free and open 5-10 p.m. until Jan. 1.

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River Lights
41st and Riverside | Tulsa
Enjoy holiday lights along the scenic Arkansas River with a visit to the River Lights. Lit daily through December, the park dazzles with glittering holiday beauty. Walk the trails and take in the brisk weather and beauty of nature anytime. The lights reflect on the river’s water for a breathtaking display of man-made and natural creations come together in celebration of the season.

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Holiday Lights on the Hill
Chandler Park | Tulsa
In a long-standing tradition, Tulsa’s Chandler Park will be ablaze with the sights and sounds of the holidays through Dec. 24. You’ll be dazzled by 4 miles of holiday lights and whimsical displays, featuring over a million lights to highlight the wonders of Christmas. Be sure to check out the Cecil and Sons Tires tree, made from — you guessed it — used tires. Entry to the park is free, though donations are appreciated. Horse and carriage rides are available as well, and you can call the park for prices.

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Paragon Industries
3378 W. Oklahoma 117 | Sapulpa
Along a near-mile stretch of highway 117 from I-75 toward Sapulpa, those driving during the holiday season will be dazzled by the outside lights display put on by Paragon Industries. Close to 2 million lights are strung along the trees and bushes along the road for your enjoyment, delighting you with roadside sparkle as you go about your shopping and holiday visiting.

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Glow on the Green
Guthrie Green | Tulsa
During December, any trip you make to downtown Tulsa in the evenings should include a drive by or walk through Guthrie Green, where the trellises are decked out with holiday lights. Guthrie Green is also a popular site for outdoor concerts, craft fairs, movies on the lawn, food trucks and more, so you never know what you might find when you visit.

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Rose District
Main St. | Broken Arrow
A great place to shop local for the holidays, Main Street in Broken Arrow also features delightfully lit stores, lamps and trees throughout the holiday season. Walk the broad sidewalks as you window shop, stop for hot chocolate at Nouveau Atelier De Chocolat or grab pizza at Andolini’s, and check out the lit Christmas tree at Centennial Park

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