Green Country's Top Christmas Light Displays
If you’ve been waiting all year for the holidays to roll around, Green Country has a huge array of winter holiday festivals and events for you! Pay us a visit to find everything from massive drive- and walk-through lights displays to old-fashioned fun like ice skating rinks and visits from Santa. Whether you're looking for sights to make your family's eyes wide with wonder or a magical setting for a romantic date night, these can't-miss Christmas light displays are all great options. Explore Tulsa suburbs and charming rural hometowns across the Green Country region that roll out the red carpet for visitors to enjoy their holiday light displays. From Bartlesville to Broken Arrow and Ponca City to Muskogee, there are so many glittering holiday light displays to explore that the hardest part will be picking out which one to visit first!
One of the biggest lights displays in the entire state can be found at Rhema Christmas Lights. Located on the campus of Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, this free annual extravaganza draws nearly 500,000 visitors each year. Experience more than 100 acres of magical lighted displays including a 50-figure nativity scene, synchronized musical spectaculars, and much more. Let your holiday spirits rise as you stroll among the brilliant lights to snap some selfies while sipping hot cocoa or snuggle up for a horse-drawn carriage ride through the enchanted grounds. You'll find delicious concessions on site like hot apple cider, hot cocoa and funnel cakes to complete the experience.
Head to the Castle of Muskogee for some medieval fun at Castle Christmas! Enjoy a free drive around Castleton Village to take in the thousands of shimmering lights and decorations, then park and roam the castle grounds to find tasty treats, shopping from unique merchants and vendors, and family fun like holiday hayrides, trips on the Castleton train, and even camel rides around the village center on Cletus the Camel. Santa will be in attendance on weekend evenings, so bring the little ones to this great Muskogee event and don’t forget the camera to snap some golden family memories!
The historic country retreat of Phillips Petroleum Company founder Frank Phillips, Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve near Bartlesville is now one of Green Country’s most beloved attractions. Every weekend through December 18th, Woolaroc’s beautiful grounds will be transformed into the Wonderland of Lights, sporting more than 750,000 lights in a variety of fantastic displays. The normal drive-through route will be reversed to provide guests with a unique view of the grounds, and Santa will be on hand inside the museum collecting wish lists and providing photo ops.
Experience a new holiday tradition with a visit to downtown Sapulpa to see the Route 66 Christmas Chute. Starting in early November, several blocks of the city’s stretch of Route 66 will be blocked off and adorned with magnificent canopies decked out with lights, giant ornaments, and other seasonal decor. Bring the family out to explore the 10 distinctively themed areas, and browse the local shops lining the street to score some unique gifts for those hard-to-shop-for names on your gift list. Once you’re ready for a break, relax and grab a bite to eat in a heated domed igloo, or enjoy a carriage ride for up to four (igloos and carriage rides can be reserved in advance online).
See the natural treasure of the Tulsa Botanic Garden brightened with all the trappings of the season during the Botanic Garden of Lights. On select nights through the end of December, these two-acre gardens in Tulsa are set aglow with stunning lighted displays, and a range of special holiday activities are offered. Bring the camera to snap some pictures of the kids meeting Botanical Saint Nick and having a blast on the children’s train rides, or invite some friends out for an elegant evening of cocktails and jazz - and don’t forget to grab a s'mores kit to make some sweet treats over one of the on-site firepits! Timed entry tickets are required, so reserving your group’s spot in advance through the Botanic Garden’s website is recommended.
On weekends and other select evenings through Christmas Eve, one of the Tulsa area’s most beautiful historic homes comes to life with holiday cheer during the Philbrook Festival. Housed in a 1927 Italian-style villa which served as the home of oil magnate Waite Phillips, the Philbrook Museum of Art is now home to a one-of-a-kind collection of art and artifacts from all over the world, from Italian Renaissance paintings to Native American basketry and beadwork. Explore some of the Philbrook’s marvelous galleries, let the kids say “hi” to Santa, then head out to the gardens to admire all the gorgeous decorations on display there and take in a musical light show. Advance timed entry tickets are required and can be reserved through the Philbrook’s website.
Through the end of December, enjoy a holiday spectacular like no other at the Fantasy Land of Lights in Bartlesville. Each winter, Johnstone Park is transformed with thousands of lights and animated exhibitions, including a tunnel of lights synchronized to Christmas music and unique displays like a Bartles Mill nativity scene and Santa flying a biplane. The Fantasy Land of Lights is open every night through December 30th, and admission is free (although donations are much appreciated).
For a dazzling spectacle the whole family will love, head to Muskogee’s Honor Heights Park for the Garden of Lights. Visitors to this beautiful Muskogee park will find more than 100 acres of shimmering holiday lights in a drive-through wonderland, as well as a walkable area on the shores of the pond. Garden of Lights recreates the vibrant colors of the park's famous azalea gardens in the spring with dazzling Christmas lights along with other lighted displays. Seasonal goodies like hot cocoa, sweet treats and popcorn will be available from a concession stand on the park’s north pavilion. Admission is free on Mondays, and only $5 per car on other nights, with season passes good for unlimited re-entry available for $20.
If you’re searching for a fun activity on one of those chilly Oklahoma winter evenings, warm up the car, grab a couple of blankets, and make your way to Ponca City to enjoy a wintertime tradition at the Festival of Angels. This extensive exhibit winds throughout the town and the surrounding area, from the Pioneer Woman Museum to the Cann Memorial Gardens, to a mile of glowing angels on the shore of Ponca Lake reflecting in the water.
Green Country is chock full of great ways for families to celebrate the holidays and all the winter fun that comes with them. From Christmas light displays and parades to ice skating and winter festivals, Green Country offers so many opportunities for winter holiday fun. Stroll through a tunnel of Christmas lights while sipping hot cocoa, drive through brilliant displays or snuggle up for a horse-drawn carriage ride through the sparkling lights. Find more Winter Holiday Festivals and ideas for Family Activities to make your holidays more fun!