The holiday spirit transcends the boundaries of geography, a palpable mood permeating the frosty air come December. Like a seasonal collective language, we understand it simply and fully, no matter where we’re from.
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.– Laura Ingalls Wilder
Choose to spend this precious stretch in Oklahoma, and you’ll be in for a treat. Here, the holidays of yore meet 21st century pomp and circumstance, where a universal world full of tinsel, holly and lights creates a feeling only found on Adventure Road. Simpler times and joyful days are here again.
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'– Lewis Carroll
Hit the road, and spread some holiday cheer along the way.
Chosen CNN’s top travel destination for Oklahoma in 2014, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is one of the largest, most comprehensive tribal cultural centers in the United States. Come celebrate, embrace and share the heritage that binds the Chickasaw Nation together.
Enjoy this four-story, 81-room boutique hotel that blends all the modern amenities with the charm and character of the original Artesian, a popular tourism destination from 1906 until 1962, when it burned to the ground. Rebuilt in 2013, the new and improved Artesian offers a full-service spa, an indoor/outdoor pool and bath house, a casino and several unique shops.
Built in 1920 as a home for silent films and vaudeville acts, the McSwain Theatre in Ada, Oklahoma, has been a diverse entertainment venue for years. Today, the historic structure plays hosts to concerts, movies and more.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens act as a lush, landscaped oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. The recently remodeled gardens’ 17 acres draw everyone from concert goers to families to those just looking to enjoy the natural environment.
Red Earth is home to an impressive permanent collection of over 1,400 objects of Native American fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork. Each June, Oklahoma City welcomes the Red Earth Festival, featuring hundreds of award-winning Native artists and dancers who celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world.
Downtown Oklahoma City continues to thrive and evolve. This walkable urban area includes everything from museums, parks, shops and restaurants to sports, festivals and water adventures. Explore the uniqueness of each of its seven districts.
Constructed in 1937 in an art deco style, the Civic Center Music Hall is now Oklahoma City's premier performing arts facility. The building features three theatres, a grand reception hall and multiple suites. Whether you're interested in opera, comedy, the symphony, musical theater or ballet, the Civic Center has a show for you.
Located just north of downtown Oklahoma City, Midtown is home to a diverse collection of restaurants, residences, businesses and more. It’s one of the coolest places in the city to live, work and play, with new offerings popping up often.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Neighborhoods, Automobile Alley, once known for its abundance of car dealerships, is now an upscale, urban district featuring one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shops and more. Be sure to visit on the third Thursday of the month for Auto Alley Shop Hop, Automobile Alley’s monthly street festival.
Established in 1962, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is now a nationally recognized theatre company, putting on countless Broadway-caliber shows each year. Lyric also provides community arts outreach and hosts an artistic academy to nurture young talent. If you're interested in the performance arts, then you've got to see one of Lyric Theatre's high-quality shows the next time you're in Oklahoma City.
Located just minutes from I-35, the Oklahoma Railway Museum is a fun, outdoor attraction for locomotive lovers of all ages. Featuring freight cars, passenger cars, a real steam engine and a variety of railroad equipment and memorabilia, there's something for everyone at this free museum.
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