Holiday lights are a time honored tradition that bring joy to many and signal the start of the holiday season. Bundle up the family and and take a drive to these mesmerizing places— you'll be making memories for a lifetime.  

Chickasha Festival of Light— Recognized as one of the top ten holiday light shows in the nation and featuring over 3.5 million twinkling lights, the Chickasha Festival of Lights has been a popular attraction for years. Drive through Shannon Springs Park in your car and gaze in wonder at more than one hundred dazzling light scenes, animated displays and a computer animated light show synchronized to favorite holiday tunes. The centerpiece of the Chickasha Festival of Light is the iconic 172-ft tall Christmas tree that can be seen for miles around. This attraction is more than just a drive-thru experience. Get out of the car and experience a thrilling view from a horse-drawn carriage on a magical ride through this park of lights. The kids will enjoy having their photo made with Santa Claus, and everyone will want to visit the gift shop and snack stand for hot cocoa, delicious cinnamon rolls, candied nuts and more. Chickasha truly offers holiday spirit with the Festival of Lights. 

Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular— Celebrate the magic of theseason as over one million lightstransform Joe B. Barnes Regional Park into a twinkling winter wonderland at the Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular. Observe 90 dazzling displays including the majestic 118-foot Christmas tree lit with 9,000 bulbs and topped with an 8-foot star. As one of Oklahoma’s largest animated drive-thru light displays, you and your family will want to make this an annual tradition for years to come. 

Be sure to indulge in a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride to delight your loved ones, or simply tour the 1.5 mile drive of shimmering lights and relax as you circle back through a quiet wooded area. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available Thursday through Sunday. Join in the Christmas tradition or start one of your own by embracing the warmth of the season at the Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular. 

Christmas in the Park— Yukon’s Christmas in the Park offers a beautiful lighted drive through three interconnecting parks. Yukon’s Chisholm Trail, Freedom Trail and city parks make up over 100 acres of Christmas cheer that include over 425 displays and five million lights. This attraction boasts a 50-ft, multi-colored lit Christmas tree, and a Santa Express Train that provides rides through the illuminated winter wonderland. Yukon’s Christmas in the Park began as a short holiday drive through a handful of colorful exhibits and has grown to acres of bright scenes and millions of twinkling lights. Now considered a favorite holiday stop among residents of central Oklahoma, Christmas in the Park has secured its place as a top holiday tradition in the state.  

The Downs Family Christmas Lights— The Downs Family Christmas Lights in Norman is one of the most spectacular light displays at a private residence in Oklahoma. Each year since 2007, nearly two months of work have gone into creating a wonderful display with two “mega trees” that are 70 feet tall, ten mini trees and 20-foot long arches, all created out of over 280,000 lights. Each strand of lights is synchronized to a specific playlist of cheerful Christmas songs. Drive through this display with your radio set to 107.1 to see the show in action. Previous years have included Christmas songs by Go Fish, Trans Siberian Orchestra, the cast of “Glee” and Relient K. With no professional help in setting up or breaking down the display, this family’s house and surrounding land that shines with over 5,600 strings of lights will get you in the Christmas spirit. 

Emily Orcuttnorth edmond