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Sarah Taylor–Publisher Hannah Schmitt–Managing Editor Lindsay Cuomo–Assistant Editor Heather Davis, Lindsay Cuomo–Contributing Writers Emily Hart and Mark Doescher– Contributing Photographers Brittany Viklund–Contributing Illustrator

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HOLIDAY BAKING Make the cookies on our cover with an exclusive recipe from Sweets on the Side.



SANTA FE CHRISTMAS Discover five reasons to travel to Santa Fe with your kids this holiday season.


MEET WHITNEY ENGLISH This Edmond mom designed a popular daily planner.

8 Editor's Picks: Top Spots for Holiday Tea 14 Mom Humor: Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree!

16 Parenthood Simplified: Family Goal-Setting for the New Year

28 Holiday Gift Guide 50 Expert Panel: Teaching responsibility


This month, we highlight the best holiday experiences OKC has to offer, inspire you to go on a Santa Fe adventure & point you to perfect winter events. Of all the months, December feels like one perpetual Friday to me. Parties and vacations and special coffee dates and gifts and cards and festive decorations everywhere you turn can be a lot of fun. But just like Fridays can be sometimes, December can get loaded up with obligations and commitments that make time go in warp speed. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve can pass in an instant if you're not careful. This month, we've dedicated our entire issue to holiday fun that's meant to be savored with your whole family. Whether you want to stay in Oklahoma City all month or maybe get away for a little family adventure, we've got you covered. Flip to page 10 for our Christmas Bucket List full of ideas to make holiday memories that will last for years to come. On page 22 find mom-approved ideas and activities to spend your holiday in festive Santa Fe. Even if you can only spare a moment this month, you have time for a hot tea date at one of our family-friendly tea shops

r u O r e t En ! s t s e t n o C 12 Days of December Giveaway It’s back! One of our readers' most popular MetroFamily projects, this contest provides you with the opportunity to win one of 12 fun prize packages awarded every day between Dec. 1 and 12. Enter every day and Happy Holidays from MetroFamily!

Papa Murphy’s Pizza for a Year Giveaway Want to win pizza from Papa of December Murphy’s Pizza every week for a year? It’s possible! And by voting, you could also benefit your favorite local charity. Here’s how it works: Vote up to once a day between 12 local nonprofits that serve children and families. The top four vote-getting organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds on certain 2017 give-back days at Papa Murphy’s and, each time you vote, you’ll be entered to win the pizza for a year prize. Deadline is Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m.

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on page 8. In our Parenthood Simplified column on page 16, read about how to set new year goals as a family—and why that can transform your family life. So forget some of your commitments. Politely turn down some of the requests that will bring you stress. Decide now to be present this month in a way you never have before. We know you'll find a lot more satisfaction in spending time with the people you love than spending the extra time to get their gifts perfectly wrapped. Hannah Schmitt Editor

Family Favorites Contest Vote between the Family Favorite finalists and for your efforts, you could win a fabulous holiday weekend at the Gaylord Texan, a $900 value. Details on page 7. Find out more and enter today at Sponsored Content: Does your child have or do you suspect that your child may have an autoimmune disease? Andrea L. Sestak, MD/PhD, of the Oklahoma Institute of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, is the only pediatric rheumatologist in the state. We recently interviewed her to ask about signs that your child may be living with an autoimmune disease such as juvenile arthritis and lupus and what you can do as a parent. www. metrofamilymagazine. com/autoimmune. THIS MONTH’S COVER:


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Our cover this month features Cover Kids Search winner Nora with some festive cookies prepared and decorated by local mom Lan McCabe, owner of Sweets on the Side in Edmond. In addition to baking sweet treats for others, one of Lan's favorite pastimes is sharing her craft with others. So gather up the whole family and follow these recipes for her sugar cookies and frosting to create timeless memories at home this holiday season.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients: • 2 cups unsalted butter (at room temperature) • 2 cups sugar • 2 large eggs • 2 tsp almond flavoring (or what you like) • 5 cups all-purpose flour • 1 tsp baking powder (optional) • 1 tsp salt Instructions: • Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer on low to medium speed. (Use the paddle attachment) Over mixing the butter and sugar in this step will cause too much air to be incorporated into the dough. If you’d like a light and fluffy cookie, that’s ideal. However the dough will spread more during baking; not ideal if you’d like the cookie to hold its shape. • Add eggs slowly and mix. Scrape down the bowl with your spatula at least once and mix again. • Add flavoring.

• Preheat your oven to 350°F. • Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes or until the edges become golden brown. The baking time will depend on the size and thickness of your cookie. • Let cookies cool to room temperature and decorate.

Royal Icing Recipe

Ingredients: • 6 oz of warm water • 1 tsp of almond flavoring (or whatever you like) • 5 Tbs meringue powder • 1 tsp cream of tartar • 2 pounds of powdered sugar • 1 tsp of glycerin or 1 Tbs of corn syrup Instructions: • Place meringue powder in mixer.

• Combine dry ingredients together. (Flour, baking powder and salt).

• Add warm water & flavoring and beat with a whisk for about 30 seconds.

• Add all of the flour mixture to the bowl. It’s also important at this stage not to over-mix the dough (the glutens in the flour develop and the dough can become tough).

• Add cream of tartar and whisk for another 30 seconds.

• Refrigerate dough overnight. • Roll out the dough and cut out cookie shapes, using your favorite shapes. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Re-roll scraps and repeat. • Put cookie dough shapes back into the fridge for 10 minutes to one hour to chill. They will hold their shape better when baked.

• Add all of the powdered sugar and place mixer bowl onto stand. With a paddle attachment, mix icing for 10 minutes. This will be very thick. • Add glycerin or corn syrup and beat for another two or three minutes. Again, icing will be very thick. • Add 6-10 tablespoons of water to thin out the icing. Icing will be ready when you draw a line through the icing with a knife and the line disappears.




• Separate icing to different bowls and mix your holiday colors. • Place into a piping bag or individual bowls with spoons and get ready to decorate. • Put out all kinds of sprinkles, dots and sanding sugars. • Place a napkin or placemat at each child’s station. This will help when it’s time to clean up. • Have the children flood/spread the icing onto the cookies. • Let them adorn their cookies immediately with the sprinkles, dots and sanding sugars. [Editor's Note: Recipe and photos courtesy of Lan McCabe of Sweets on the Side. For more information, visit www.]

Family Favorites Your opinions, please!

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Each fall for the last five years, our readers have nominated the “best of the best” in local businesses that serve families. From favorite restaurants, shops and party venues to physicians and family services, we ask for your help to name which in the OKC area deserve to be our Family Favorites for the coming year. This list then helps thousands of local families discover the best resources in central Oklahoma.

Here are just some of the dozens of categories in our Family Favorites campaign: restaurants, birthday party venues, car dealerships, camps, schools, places and events, after-school activities, parks and local shopping. We're proud to recognize local business owners for their service to the Oklahoma City community. You’ve selected the finalists in the first round of voting last month. Now it’s time to vote between the finalists to determine the winners. Vote every day between Dec. 1 - 12.

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In addition to contributing to an important list to reference throughout the year, when you vote, you'll be eligible to win a holiday trip to the Gaylord Texan worth more than $900! To be eligible for the prize, we ask that you at least vote in at least 10 of the 85 categories. Let us know about your favorite local businesses by visiting familyfavoritesokc.





editor’s picks

Great Places for Holiday Drinks A favorite holiday pastime is sipping a hot beverage and visiting a quaint coffee or tea shop is something the whole family can do together this month. We've hand-picked some of Oklahoma City's best coffee and tea shops for families with kids of all ages. Make a new family tradition this year to have a holiday tea with your kids at one of these spirited shops. Cuppies & Joe

727 N.W. 23rd St. Why We Love It: Along with the rest of the shops along 23rd Street, Cuppies & Joe comes alive with holiday spirit each year. Adults are lured to this shop for the excellent espresso and tea beverages and kids love it for the delectable cupcakes located in a case right at their eye level. Enjoy both when you visit or try the hot chocolate, another crowd favorite.

District House

1755 N.W. 16th St. Why We Love It: This Plaza District shop welcomes families with large tables and kid-friendly menu items. Stroll 16th Street and check out all the holiday lights before settling in the cozy shop. Favorite drinks for kids include hot cider or a steamer and adults

can enjoy anything from traditional coffees and teas to an assortment of beer or wine.

Junction Coffee

Mobile service Why We Love It: There is not a more festive place to sip a holiday drink than the top level of this quaint double-decker bus straight from London. Your kids will be thrilled to order a cocoa or tea and climb the bus steps to the upper level of the bus to watch holiday traffic pass below. To really make the experience, this London doubledecker serves a pot of authentic English tea to serve the whole family. Check website and social media for daily locations.

Okay Yeah Co.

705 W. Sheridan Ave. Why We Love It: Located just on the fringe of downtown on Film Row, Okay




Yeah's location is ideal for a stop after a Downtown in December activity. Step inside and warm up in their spacious shop where you'll find beverages ranging from espresso to almond tea. Large windows overlooking downtown set the perfect scene for viewing holiday lights and planning more Christmas adventures.

Park Avenue Grill at Skirvin Hilton 1 Park Ave.

Why We Love It: If you're looking to splurge on a very special Christmas experience, the Holiday High Tea at Park Avenue Grill is it. Reservations are required for this formal experience that includes assorted teas, tea sandwiches, scones, crumpets and other bite-sized treats. Your kids will love to soak up the elaborate holiday decorations inside the hotel while you sip and dine on festive flavors. High tea times this year are Dec. 3, 10 & 17 from 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Christmas Bucket List


The magic of the holidays comes from the sweet memories of time spent together experiencing all the family fun that the Oklahoma City metro has to offer. Make this holiday one to remember with our Holiday Bucket List packed with 10 must-do festive adventures.

Celebrate all season long with Downtown in December Downtown Oklahoma City rolls out the holiday red carpet to celebrate the season. Attend a festive tree lighting festival, experience holiday lights aboard a free water taxi, hang out with Santa, Mrs. Claus and a few elves at Devon’s Saturdays with Santa, shop for unique gifts at one of the many temporary markets around town and so much more. And the best part, many of the activities are completely free! Learn more at

Take in a cheerful holiday stage performance. Experience a classic Christmas story in a new way! Christmas classics like Oklahoma City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” and “Elf the Musical” presented by OKC Broadway come to life on stage welcoming all ages to the theater. Oklahoma City even has a few traditions that offer a local twist like The Pollard Theatre’s “A Territorial Christmas.” Whatever your family’s favorite, these merry tales are sure to awaken your holiday spirit. Find more information about these performances and other live stage events at holiday-performance.

Tour a holiday light display. Hop in the car with hot cocoa and your favorite holiday treats to tour a holiday light display or two. Just about every community has one but some of our favorites are the Downs Family Lights, which was featured in ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” Yukon’s Christmas in the Park and Automobile Alley’s light display. Find a complete list of displays at www.metrofamilymagazine. com/winter-fun-guides.

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Explore Christmas of the past at A Territorial Christmas Celebration. Travel back to Christmases of the past at Guthrie’s annual holiday celebration. Tour historic homes dressed for the season and learn about Oklahoma’s First Capitol. Stroll the city’s brick streets during the Victorian Walk as local businesses host carolers, living window displays and re-enactors in period costumes. The whole city is aglow with the historic ambiance of Oklahoma’s past. This year’s event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17.

Catch some speed at the Snow Tubing Winter Festival. Oklahoma’s winter precipitation can be hit and miss. Some years we have a Christmas Eve blizzard that piles a few inches of snow on our doorsteps and others there’s not a flake to be

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Take in a holiday parade riverside. Saturdays for Kids – Holidays at the Museum December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free drop-in crafts, first Saturday of every month

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Even the waters of the Oklahoma River get into the holiday spirit! Scope out your spot on the banks and enjoy a fun “Elf” ski show, a river parade and fireworks display on Dec. 18. Local businesses and community groups craft the floats and Santa himself will conclude the parade with a brightly lit, floating sleigh. Activities begin at 6 p.m. and are completely free to enjoy!

Challenge your family to a jovial jog at a festive 5K. Inspired by a common goal, your family can bond as you gear up with training sessions and crafting fun matching outfits in preparation for the challenge together. And, come race day, it will be easy to get the holiday spirit pumping as you push toward the finish line together. Whether through the streets of downtown or through a local light display, several festive runs are happening all across the metro, including the Ugly Holiday Lights Run at Mitch Park in Edmond and the Sandridge Santa Run at Leadership Square in Oklahoma City. Find information about these and other family fitness events at holiday-fitness.

Catch a classic holiday flick at Harkins Theatre. Kick back together and enjoy your family’s favorite holiday film as it was meant to be seen on the big screen. On Tuesdays throughout December, Harkins Theatre will show classic flicks including Elf and A Christmas Story for only $5 a person. Add to the fun and stroll about the downtown lights on your way to the 7 p.m. screening.

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Bundle up for a chilly spin around a local outdoor ice rink. Edmond’s Mitch Park and Myriad Gardens welcome winter fun at their seasonal outdoor rinks. Both are open into the new year so your family has plenty of time to enjoy a twirl or two around the ice. See our winter fun guides ( winter-fun-guides) for hours and pricing information.




Ring in the New Year at OKC Arts Council’s Opening Night Celebrate the New Year at this annual tradition designed especially for families. With both indoor and outdoor activities, Opening Night has something for everyone. The night starts off with the Finale 5K and finishes with a bang from the fireworks extravaganza. Local bands and entertainers perform at several venues across the city throughout the night. Kids will especially enjoy the children’s area inside the Civic Center’s Hall of Mirrors where they can get their faces painted, take part in an interactive art project and watch their own lively musical performances. Fuel up on food truck fare at Finale Alley where several of the city’s best food trucks will congregate and then head over to Finale Stage at Bicentennial Park for the countdown celebration at midnight. And, perhaps, the best part is that the

proceeds from all this fun benefits local art programming provided by Arts Council Oklahoma City. Discounts on Opening Night wristbands are available at several metro merchants. To find a location near you, visit [Editor's Note: Our Winter Fun Guides outline more details about all these experiences plus others like Christmas Eve candlelight services, holiday craft shows, Santa sightings and winter break camps. Find all the guides at www.]




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Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree!



s soon as the turkey-ingested tryptophan wears off and the Thanksgiving nap has been had, we begin digging out the Christmas decorations. We have the nativity scenes, the dancing Santas, the snowman countdown calendar, all the traditional decorations are present. But the thing I love the most about our holiday decorations is the tree.

Since my husband and I were married, we’ve exchanged Christmas ornaments on Christmas Eve. When our older daughter was born, just a week before Thanksgiving, we were inundated with Baby’s First Christmas ornaments. I saved every one of them. We included her and



eventually her sister in our Christmas Eve ornament exchange. When my mom moved in with us following her stroke, she became a part of our tradition as well. Once the tree is up, I hand the girls their ornament boxes. This is my favorite part. I love watching them giggle about the Blues Clues ornaments and remember the time they tried body surfing at Galveston, memorialized by the surfing Santa ornament. My older daughter has a Washington DC ornament, commemorating her first plane ride and her first trip without us. My younger daughter giggles at the softball-playing snowman, marking her first year to play the sport she loves. It never lasts long enough. And then in a twinkling, the tree is decorated, our daughters retreat to their rooms and I’m typically left alone in our living room, looking at the well-lit tree that represents our lives.



Always, I am overwhelmed with the memory that each ornament brings. Every year, I am overcome with gratitude for the life we get to share with each other. I stand before our family Christmas tree and look at each ornament ... and I listen as each one speaks to me and reminds me of the story of our lives. This ornament, a clay representation of a house with four-square windows and a white picket fence, tells of the new home The Dad and I bought together when we had been married almost two years. We were living in Muskogee and moved in just two days before Thanksgiving of that year. While it wasn’t our very first ornament, it signifies that we were ready to settle down. We were ready to become a family. The leg-lamp ornament tells of The Dad's love for the movie “A Christmas Story.” And by "love" I mean absolute disdain. I’m certain he’s the only person who gets grumpier after watching this holiday must-see. I’m also certain he blocks the channel that plays it 24-hours on Thanksgiving day, but he’ll never admit to that. The next year, The Dad got me this "Psychiatric Help" ornament, with Lucy

sitting behind her little make-shift desk. I think there's a hidden meaning to it. Again, if there is, he’ll never admit to it. These jolly Santas buried in the snow next to evergreen trees recall our daughters’ first trips to the mountains. We went in July, drove up to the peaks and let the girls, in their shorts, jump into the snow, burying themselves up to their chests. The ballerina snowman reminds us of our oldest daughter’s very first dance recital. She was 4 and was to use a teddy bear prop. Midway through the performance, she and a fellow little ballerina got their bears confused. This led to the first ever wrestlingmatch for her dance company. She’s always been more of an interpretive dancer anyway. This sweet grouping of ornaments takes us through the first years of our daughters’ lives: There’s a First Christmas Waterford rocking horse ornament, Barney cradling a baby ornament that kinda creeps me out. But it reminds me that the purple dinosaur, even though it drove us crazy, captivated our older daughter’s attention long enough for me to change the laundry. Then there’s the Rudolph ornament, the first ornament that same

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daughter "made" at preschool. Even at the age of 2, she was an artistic genius. Some ornaments bring a touch of melancholy. The First Christmas ornament next to the ornament for my own daddy, who died when our oldest daughter was just 6 months old: these can summon a lump to my throat with just a glance. There’s not one thing on this tree that doesn’t take me to a point on my own life’s map. If ever archeologists were to study our Christmas tree, they’d find everything they need to know about our life. Everything. Because there's this: A live, purring cat, batting at the glass ornament that we got after our first trip to New Orleans. And a dirty sock. A dirty sock on my Christmas tree. Right next to that cat. I have no explanation. But, this does represent our life. Heather Davis is an Oklahoma momma and a writer. You can contact her through her website,

Parenthood Simplified 4 Steps to Goal-Setting as a Family in the New Year


We are quickly approaching the new year, which can mean a year of thoughtful change for your family and the start of a new direction. Let go of the perceived failures and letdowns of the past year and instead embrace the hope of new beginnings. You’re familiar with New Year’s resolutions, but we want to encourage you to instead imagine a more purposeful direction for your whole family. While it’s valuable to strive for personal change and growth, we’ve seen firsthand the positive outcomes of a family united behind a common plan for the future. When you have a goal in mind as a family, decisions become easier, there is less anxiety and stress and thoughtful and compassionate teamwork among your family members will become the norm. Creating a family philosophy statement is the key to making those changes stick, so read on for our favorite tips. Here’s how:

Call a Family Meeting

Arrange a time for the whole family to sit down together and discuss your family’s direction and goals. Assign someone to take notes. Everyone in the family should have the opportunity to voice his or her opinion, even the littlest ones. If all family members feel like they are important, then you are more likely to have a cooperative, positive experience. Working as a team also sets a framework for the rest of the year and helps ensure you’ll follow through as a family on your goals.

Make a List of Goals

Discuss what you would like to accomplish as a family this year. Perhaps you want to travel more, save money for something the whole family needs or serve together in your community. Write down all your family’s ideas and then narrow the list down to three. Depending on time and financial limitations for the year, you might need to narrow that list down to one major goal. A family vote is the best way to ensure fairness and that everyone is on board.

Design a Family Mission Statement

From that list of goals, write a family mission statement for the year. This statement should be specific and measurable. For example, if your family decided to serve at a local homeless shelter, you might write a statement such as: “We will joyfully serve at the homeless shelter one day per week, unless we are traveling or sick. We will also give five percent of our net income to the shelter monthly.” Or perhaps your family really wants to foster community and build connections around the dinner table. So your statement might read, “We will welcome another family into our home for dinner two times a month. We will cook the entire meal, engage in thoughtful conversation and be sensitive to others’ needs. We will set aside $100/month to pay for the dinners.”




The family statement is not a straitjacket for the year but a guiding light for when times are tough and you want to give up on your goal.

Give it Visibility

Place the statement and your goals in a prominent place in your home where everyone can see it. Some families type it up and frame it, others write it on a chalkboard wall and some leave it in a few places around the house so that it’s always visible. Do what makes the most sense for your family and refer to it often. You will want to review your family mission statement and goals from time to time. Are they still motivating? Are they reasonable for the amount of time and financial resources at your disposal? Remember, the goal is not to burden or guilt your family with an impossible goal but to inspire and encourage. The more often you goal-set as a family, the easier it will become and the stronger your family unit will grow. Cheers to a new year and new direction as a family! Kate Saffle and Melissa Risenhoover, two best friends who met as neighbors in Oklahoma City’s Belle Isle neighborhood, share a passion for guiding families toward stress-free parenting through simplifying. They host the Cohesive Home Podcast as well as offer resources for crafting a happier, values-driven home. Find out more on their website and connect on Instagram @cohesive_home.

At Home With

Whitney English


hitney English is an Edmond mom of three and the creator of Day Designer, a day planner she developed out of her own need to find daily focus and intention. Whitney and her husband David are parents to 6-year-old Birch, 5-year-old Truitt and 3-yearold Charley. MFM: What led you to create Day Designer? WE: I had a company I started when I was 22 but because of a multitude of factors, it ended up failing. I was in a dark spot in life. I was pregnant, preparing to have three kids under 3 years old



and my company was dissolving before my eyes. I went looking for what went wrong. Yes, there were external factors. But I'm not the kind of person to go through something like that and not try to improve personally. My desk was a mess so I started thinking personal disorganization might have played a role. I struggled with ADD and mild depression and I didn't know at the time those things were keeping me from success. All I knew was that my desk was overflowing with sticky notes and I never felt like I had a handle on my goals and to-do list. I found I worked best if I carried around a spiral bound notebook with my schedule on one side and my to-do list on the other. There wasn't a planner on the market that offered me that. It was in that space that I finished product development and launched Day Designer in July of 2012.





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MFM: What's been the feedback you've received from Day Designer? WE: What I love about entrepreneurship is that something in life creates a problem and as an entrepreneur that's this white space to get creative, go to work and find something that's useful. When a consumer catches onto it, there's so much fulfillment in that. When I brought this to market there was nothing like it. Now it's of course been knocked off but as a creative person I am proud to have made something that fulfilled a unique need and that I hear from other people is helping them achieve goals and be more organized, just like it did for me. MFM: Has it been a challenge to run a business and raise three young children? WE: I have to define what's enough rather than what's success. Success says you have to always reach a new level of grandeur. I aim to do the best with what I've been given and stop stressing out about becoming an Instagram celebrity. MFM: Why does the Day Designer work? WE: I've tried using the calendar tools on my phone. But I'm a big believer in not looking at my phone first thing in the morning. When I wake up in the morning and look at the intentional list I put down on paper the day before, my day is controlled so much differently. Studies show you process things differently when you write them on paper than when you type them and I see in my own life how writing my schedule and my to-do list makes me perform differently. MFM: What's a typical day at home like? WE: My husband's also self-employed, so we spend a lot of time at home together. He's into coffee, I'm into carbs, so that's where we go first. We let our kids watch a little TV in the morning, but it's off by 9 a.m. We do a homeschool program that's a blended model of home-based study and part-time school. I'm not one of those extremely nurturing moms. I was the mom who wasn't afraid of child care. But the older they got, the more time I wanted to spend with them. It's important to me not to use school as a tool for getting my own things done. I felt like I should sacrifice some personal time to spend with them. MFM: Do you think it impacts your kids to see you start and run your own business? WE: I don't know if it's impacted them much yet because they're so young. I want them to understand that we all have choices in life and it's actually our choices that determine where we end up. It's our personal responsibility to manage those choices. METROFAMILY MAGAZINE



Growing up, my dad really showed me the ropes of being an entrepreneur. He'd say, "Whitney, you can make your own salsa and sell it. You could start a postcard business and sell postcards if you want." I also nannied for an entrepreneurial family so I was very influenced by independent thinkers. I hope my kids are influenced by my husband and I being independent thinkers, too. MFM: Tell us about your home. WE: We live in a small house in Edmond, but where we really relax and let loose is at our family's lake house at Carlton Landing. We go out there three days a week. When we're in the city, life is just go, go, go. At the lake, it's very community-oriented and we hang out on the porch and visit with friends. The lake allows us to enjoy being a family together. I grew up going out to the lake and some of my fondest memories are shelling of peas with my grandmother and pulling peaches off the trees. I wanted my kids to have that. MFM: Tell us about some of your parenting philosophies. WE: One thing I've been trying to push lately is humility. I've got this 6-year-old who's always saying he's first and we're really working on how life isn't about being first. I have a friend who has spent his life modeling Matthew's example of following Jesus to minister to the lonely, poor, imprisoned people of the world. It's been amazing to see the life he has led and that's what I want to show my kids. It's nice to make money and have fun with money but that's not what life is about. It's so easy to

be selfish but I want my kids to explore the world and love on other people. MFM: What are the best and worst parts of motherhood? WE: You love the baby stage but you're so glad it's over. I love the toddler stage but there are hard things about that, too. They're at this stage now where they're starting to use new words every week and they're just so funny and smart. My 5-year-old keeps saying "oh my gracious" and the other day he told me a banana was too crunchy for him. They're just fun to be around. The worst part is discipline. It's sometimes hard to teach them about consequences. MFM: There's a lot of talk among moms about balance. What is it and how do you achieve it? WE: Albert Einstein said life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balance you have to keep moving. When I was teaching my kids to ride a bike, they realized if they looked at the pedals they would sway. If they looked at an object in front of them and moved toward it, they were steady. That's an important metaphor for me. You can't have balance without focus or objective. Sometimes it's really easy in the hustle and bustle to lose sight of that. Honestly, it's been Day Designer that's helped me feel more balanced. I put in what I call Purpose Pages, they're effective goalsetting tools to help you find that focus and objective and make small steps toward that. [Editor's Note: This interview was edited for style and clarity. Day Designer can be purchased locally at Chirps & Cheers.]




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AintoWinter's Journey Another World BY LINDSAY CUOMO



s the oldest state capital in the country, Santa Fe, New Mexico has managed to hold on to its unique identity, as if unchanged by time. The traditional adobe buildings and narrow streets are constant reminders of the city’s 400-year-old history and continue to stamp out any inkling of Santa Fe’s modern growth into a bustling city. The strong influences and appreciation of the region’s rich history and cultural complexities embody the state’s pseudonym as the Land of Enchantment.

The allure and mystique of Santa Fe is only intensified by the community’s distinctive holiday traditions. The juxtaposition of the late year’s low desert sun and the area’s propensity for plentiful snowfall only heightens the holiday magic as shades of orange and white dance throughout the season. In addition to the city’s close proximity to the Oklahoma City metro, here are five reasons why Santa Fe makes a fun family holiday travel destination.

Ski Santa Fe

The Rocky Mountains and its sub-ranges are popular destinations for winter sport enthusiasts. Nestled in the most southern tip of the Rockies in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and just an eight-hour drive from Oklahoma City, Santa Fe’s peaks and dry climate combine to offer visitors a yearly average of nearly 300 inches of perfect powder on abundant trails. There are 79 trails in fact, ranging from easy to expert including The Bone Yard, a freestyle terrain park that amps up the action with rails, logslides and tree-rides. Atop the Santa Fe National Forest, Ski Santa Fe is a quick and picturesque 16-mile drive outside the heart of the city, allowing travelers to enjoy skiing as just one part of their vacation. There is a shuttle service that will take visitors from the city up into the mountains right to the ski park. The resort’s all-inclusive approach has something for everyone in the family from traditional lessons to the Burton Learn to Ride Center

and an adaptive ski program, as well as Chipmunk Corner for young skiers. While parents and older siblings enjoy the slopes, kids as young as 3 years old get to learn the ropes with instruction and exploration on a kids-only slope complete with a conveyor lift. Chipmunk Corner’s full service learning complex includes a lesson, rentals and lunch, with half-day and full-day options. They also offer a Snow Play option for those not quite ready to ski and day care option for kids under 3. Ski Santa Fe also has two lodges. The La Casa Lodge Complex houses the rental and sports shop, a food court and more, providing a starting point with easy access to all you need to enjoy a day on the slopes. Totemoff’s Bar & Grill sits mid-way up the mountain offering guests a cozy place to warm up with hot food, beverages and on occasion, live entertainment, all while enjoying a beautiful view of the upper mountain. Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., skiing typically starts in late fall and continues until early spring. During peak times, Ski Santa Fe, especially Chipmunk Corner, fills up fast so make reservations early. And if possible, beat the rush by securing your lift tickets and rentals the day before you are scheduled to ski. Lift tickets start at just $38 and multi-day tickets also are available. To learn more about Ski Santa Fe, visit or call 580982-4429.

The Canyon Road Farolito Walk

Canyon Road’s Farolito Walk is nothing short of magical. Santa Fe’s rich Spanish heritage, quite literally, glows brightly each holiday season with a beloved and one-ofa-kind holiday tradition. Unlike a typical Christmas light experience, Santa Fe lines its buildings, streets and walkways with small paper lanterns called farolitos that, as the sun sets, cast a magical glow on the warm adobe cityscape. Starting around dusk on Christmas Eve, roving musicians and carolers gather around small bonfires called luminaries to sing seasonal music as thousands of festival attendees mill about the promenade along the famous halfmile path. The procession becomes a true community experience while the culture of Santa Fe is on full display. Merchants and galleries of this old-world-meets-new district stay open late, serving hot drinks and snacks in celebration of the season.




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Well known for its artisanal chocolates, there is no better way to experience the unique history of Santa Fe than through a glass of hot chocolate, or better known as elixirs at the Kakawa Chocolate House. The perfect finish to a day of skiing or a chilly, winter walk down Canyon Road is a decadent cup of hot cocoa. Kakawa’s elixirs and chocolate creations draw on the long history of the cacao bean, using inspirations from Mesoamerican, European and Colonial recipes to create unique flavors you are likely to have not experienced before. Infused with spicy chili, citrus, lavender or a variety of other herbs, your drink or treat becomes an experience of its own. Expand your chocolate horizon with Visit Santa Fe’s Chocolate Trail, which leads you on a seven stop adventure to some of the top chocolatiers in the city, including Kakawa Chocolate House. For all the trail details, visit

GLOW Winter Lights

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is a relatively new venue. Open since 2013 to showcase the biodiversity of

the region, the garden transforms into a twinkling winter wonderland each December. Among the Welcome Ramada, the Orchard Garden and the garden’s mixes of hardscape and landscaping, soft lights, glowing orbs and illuminated geodesic domes become the enchanting backdrop for festive food, drinks and music. The lighting is designed in such a way to highlight the plants, landscaping and artwork in the garden, creating a fantasy feel. The solar-powered, lit igloos and laser lighting emphasizes nature’s beauty while allowing the experience to change organically throughout the season. Even the smoke from the luminaries play a part in the experience, creating lighted clouds framing the garden. Kids can wander the illuminated pathways, enjoy fun activities and even visit with Santa. With the completion of a new area of the garden, GLOW will be twice as big as past years. The festival is open on Friday & Saturday nights from early December to early January. For information on performances and special activities, visit

Unique shopping

The city takes great pride in the area’s fame as both muse and hub for modern and

traditional artists. The town itself reflects this as the quaint city streets are lined with boutiques and specialty markets offering contemporary and traditional art, home décor, weavings, pottery, jewelry, clothing, trinkets, books, gourmet food, wines and more. It’s like looking for treasure as you wind your way through the beautiful adobe lined streets lit with the farolitos. There are a multitude of parks and town squares along the way to stop and enjoy some time together in the bustling city center. The Palace of the Governors hosts an outdoor market, inviting local native artisans to sell their authentic handmade goods just outside the historic building.


Complete your families’ winter fun experience at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center’s indoor ice rink during their open skate sessions. Or for an unexpected way to burn off some energy, take a dip in the center’s indoor leisure pool or drop in for a kayaking class! The city’s largest recreation facility offers affordable day rates and drop-in fees for many of their activities.

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Things to do year-round in Santa Fe Can't visit Santa Fe this month? Here are seven additional activities you can check out year-round.

Meow Wolf

Recently opened in March, 2016, the Meow Wolf Art Complex is not easily described by words alone. Along the lines of a chooseyour-own-adventure storybook meets children’s museum housed in an immersive art exhibit, the Meow Wolf’s main attraction, The House of Eternal Return, is something families must experience. As visitors enter, they’re given a small snippet of information about a family. Something mysterious has happened. And, then you are off to explore and investigate as you walk, climb and crawl through a fantasy world in search of answers. Keep in mind, solving the mystery might very well leave you with as many questions as you had in the beginning. For hours of operation and pricing, visit

Santa Fe Children’s Museum The newly-renovated Santa Fe Children’s Museum is a definite must-do for families with young kids. While somewhat short on square footage, the children’s museum

is jam-packed with engaging, interactive exhibits. Indoors, kids can take center stage in a Kindie rock band, star in an original puppet show and explore the scientific principles of magnets, motion and more. The water play and bubble area are popular hangouts, as well. Playing on a child’s natural sense of joy and discovery, there is even more fun outside. From the gigantic Rubik's Cube, a spacious sand play area, Whisper Dishes and a wooden ship, families can play together, exploring the arts, sciences and humanities. For hours of operation, pricing and special programs, visit

Museum Hill Museum Hill is home to four museums, a café and a botanical garden, all cozily hidden in a natural setting. To out-of-towners, the secluded location may seem barren at first. However, visitors soon figure out that the area has much to discover. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture shares the history and contemporary life of the Pueblo, Navajo, Apache and other indigenous cultures of the Southwest. The Museum of International






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Folk Art houses Alexander Girard’s lively collection of folk art. The displays have viewing windows of all shapes, sizes and heights, allowing guests of all ages and sizes a variety of ways to view the eclectic vignettes. Kids will especially enjoy a stop at the Tree of Life children’s play area.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum While an art museum might not immediately seem family-friendly, the Georgia O’Keeff Museum is quite the family experience. The staff takes extra care to ensure guests of all ages enjoy the remarkable work and life of Georgia O’Keeffe. Young children are given a picture book creating an engaging and age-appropriate way to explore the iconic work of the famed artist. Older kids enter armed with a sketch book and the simple instructions to draw what inspires them. The museum’s manageable size also lends to its accessibility, creating a less intimidating and interactive way for kids to explore modern art. To learn more about Georgia O’Keeffe and the museum, visit www.okeeffemuseum. org.

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Just outside Santa Fe in Los Alamos, New Mexico is Bandelier National Monument. While hitting the history books might seem mundane to some, walking amongst it is an entirely different experience. At Bandelier National Monument, you can get an upclose look at what life was like for ancestral Pueblo people. Explore petroglyphs and dwellings carved into the cliffs, amongst ancient structural ruins that still stand in the valley by the bubbling stream. The 33,000-acre park is teeming with a diverse ecosystem. Paved and dirt pathways, rocky stairs and wooden ladders take visitors on a guided exploration of the park’s most popular features including the ancient dwellings, falls, archeological sites, canyons and more. Visitors can even climb into some of the cliff dwellings, offering an exciting look into the past. The climb to The Alcove House, which sits about 140-feet above the canyon floor, entices visitors to climb four wooden ladders and many stone stairs to walk inside the ancient home. The park’s Junior Ranger program brings the thousands of years of history into an age-appropriate adventure that is rewarded with an official Junior Ranger badge to honor the accomplishment. Stop by the park office before and after your adventures to pick up your booklet and badge! Find all the information you need for your visit at

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The Railyard District In the height of train travel, Santa Fe was a key interchange between three railroads. The Railyard, once an epicenter of transportation, is now a gathering place for fun. Bustling with food, shopping, art and one of the largest farmers’ markets in the country, the Santa Fe Railyard is a cultural hub brimming with family fun. In the Railyard Plaza, walk along the tracks and browse locally-grown produce and artisan creations. Take in a movie at Violet Crown Cinemas. Play in Railyard Park designed to embrace the areas natural beauty. This unique park has shady groves, droughtresistant plants, picnic areas, an outdoor performance space and a creative children’s play area with natural and constructed structures to climb, slide and play on.

The Cuisine Food is an important part of travel and Santa Fe does not disappoint. Spicy green chilies, rich chocolate and delicious beef are prominent local ingredients. Indulge in fluffy sopapillas, juicy green chili cheeseburgers, spicy barbeque, decadent chocolate treats and so much more. Cowgirl BBQ is a great family restaurant with its family style seating, fun outdoor play area and the famous ice cream baked potato. Travelers looking to experience New Mexican cuisine favor Tomasita's while locals prefer the authentic flavors at La Choza. No matter when you travel to Santa Fe, you're bound to find an activity that everyone will enjoy.


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The Vintage Pearl

The “rectangle names with love” necklace is the perfect customized gift for anyone. Made of sterling silver, rectangle charms are hand stamped with any names, words or dates in your choice of any font. A cute silver or bronze heart charm hangs alongside! These are then hung on a sterling chain with a freshwater pearl. Get yours ordered today at 15th and Bryant in Edmond. 330-0100,


The Museum Store at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Take a piece of “home” wherever you roam with Oklahoma Map Jewelry from The Museum Store. Designed and crafted in the US, these special pieces let you wear a little Oklahoma spirit no matter how far you venture. Shop necklaces, earrings and bracelets in store or online today! Find them at 1700 N.E. 63rd St. in Oklahoma City. 478-2250, ext. 228,

Oklahoma History Center

This Oklahoma tea towel from Catstudio ($17) makes a great gift for visitors and Oklahomans, and for many different occasions! Find this and many other great gifts at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. in Oklahoma City. 522-2214,




Cadence Equestrian

Give your child the gift of a new skill this season with horseback riding lessons. Eight lessons for the special price of $295.Located at 14150 S. Pine St., Edmond. 348-7469,

The Meat House

Create custom gift baskets featuring Made in Oklahoma products, grilling accessories and gift cards for world-class meats, cheeses, and desserts from upscale boutique butcher and grocer, The Meat House. Pricing options range from budget-friendly to spoil-themrotten. Call to order or come by 2249 W. Danforth Rd., Edmond, 509-2900,

Paint ’N Station

Hand-print plates, platters and mugs are perfect gifts for grandparents. Customize for yourself, a friend or even Santa. He needs his own cookie plate, too! To paint your unique gifts, head to 7906 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City. 842-7770,

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American made from 100% hard rock maple, Swurfer’s unique curved shape allows you to sit or stand up—providing more moves, more range of motion and more fun as you glide through the air! Swurfer reinvents the tree swing by combining the elements of board sports with one of kids’ favorite pastimes, hanging out in trees. Check out all of learning tree’s gift ideas by viewing their holiday catalogue on their website. 7638 N. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. 848-1415,


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Play this fun timed game called makemaki where you use your chopstick skills to put wooden sushi rolls together as fast as you can. Designed for ages 6 to 99 and priced at $35.95, this game is available at the Museum Store, 415 Couch Dr., Oklahoma City. 278-8233,

Scissortail Gifts at Myriad Gardens

Swing by Scissortail Gifts at Myriad Gardens to pick up this colorful canvas print! The Oklahoma City skyline canvas comes in four sizes ranging from 12x18 to 32x48, great for home or office. Scissortail Gifts features Oklahoma-made and Oklahoma-inspired gifts and is found inside Myriad Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. in downtown OKC. 604-0041,

Green Bambino

Moms and Dads need love, too, and Green Bambino has just the right thing. Check out the cool features of this messenger style bag: interior insulated bottle pockets, adjustable messenger strap, changing pad and more, all packaged in a sophisticated, hip look. Find these and other gifts at 5120 N. Shartel Ave. in Oklahoma City. 848-2330,

University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball

The Oklahoma Women’s Basketball team hosts seven non-conference games in the Lloyd Noble Center throughout November and December! For $5 tickets, visit and enter FAMILY.

Unpluggits Playstudio

Have a Dr. Who fan in the family? Paint a TARDIS bank for them. What's a TARDIS you ask? Dah...its only a big blue box that holds all of time and space. It’s the perfect present for your special Whovian. $20 at Unpluggits, 575 Enterprise Dr., Edmond. 340-7584,

Skate Galaxy OKC

This season, give the gift of roller skating! Gift certificates for admission and skate purchases are available to meet all gift giving needs. Skates in stock start at $99; child and adult sizes available. 5800 N.W. 36th St. in Oklahoma City. 605-2758,


Sam Noble Museum

Jump into the past and discover a world of dinosaurs when you excavate your own dinosaur skull with a digging tool and brush, just like real paleontologists! Unearth your treasure and display it for all the world to see. Find this kit (priced at $15.95) and other great gift ideas at the gift shop within Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman. 325-4712,

Once Upon A Child

This second-hand shop carries the latest in new and gently-used brand name clothes, toys, books and furniture. Visit them at 13801 N. Pennsylvania, Ste. G. in Oklahoma City. 286-3114,




Skeletons: Museum of Osteology

These Metal Earth models are amazingly detailed, etched models that are fun to assemble. Each model starts out as four inch square metal sheets and you simply pop out the pieces using wire cutters and follow the included directions to assemble your model. Over 15 different models available. Recommended for ages 14 and up and found at the museum's gift shop, 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd. in Oklahoma City. 814-0006,

My Venture Pass

This special card provides 12 months of free fun at Frontier City, White Water Bay and six other area family fun attractions, all for just $99.99 each. It’s the perfect gift for everyone! Find out the details and order at

Keep it Local Oklahoma

Get rewarded for buying, shopping, and playing local! The Keep It Local Card gives you incentives for shopping at over 300 local & independent Oklahoma businesses. At only $15, the cards make great stocking stuffers, teacher gifts and holiday party gifts! Find cards at most KILO partner businesses or online. 760-3732,

Oklahoma Contemporary

Shop local at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Annual Ceramics Sale, held every November and December. The one-of-a-kind handmade pieces, made by artists in their studios, are restocked regularly, so there’s something new to find each day! From functional to whimsical, sculpture to dinnerware, the artworks make great holiday gifts or additions to your own home. Proceeds benefit Oklahoma Contemporary’s Ceramics Program. Find them at 3000 General Pershing Blvd., OKC. 951-0000, www.








Find all these December events and hundreds more at



FREE Red Earth Treefest at the Red Earth Art Center from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oklahoma Youth Orchestras at the Nancy O’ Brian Center at 2 p.m.

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Two for One Tuesdays at the OKC Zoo from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m

FREE Boys Ranch Town Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant in Edmond from 7 – 9 p.m.

FREE Santa's Wonderland Tuesday Night Holiday at Bass Pro Shops from Movies at Harkins 5 – 8 p.m. at 7 p.m.





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FREE Christmas Guns Celebration at Fort Reno from 2 – 4 p.m.

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Junie B. in Jingle Bells Santa Delivers at the OKC Batman Smells at the Zoo from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Oklahoma Children's Theatre FREE Art Adventures at at 11 a.m. the Fred Jones’ Jr. Museum of Art at 10:30

Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall at 7 p.m.

FREE Holiday River Parade on the Oklahoma River from 6 – 8 p.m.

Tiny Tuesdays at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art from 10 a.m. – noon.

Merry & Bright: FREE Sunday Evenings at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory from 6 – 9 p.m.



Snow Tubing Winter Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark from noon – 8 p.m.



Elf The Musical at Civic Center Music Hall at 7:30 p.m.

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Territorial Christmas at Harn Homestead from 6 – 8 p.m.

UCO WinterGlow from 6 – 9 p.m.


FREE Reading FREE Holiday Happening Wednesdays Story Time at Sam Noble Museum from at Myriad Gardens from 10 – 5 – 8 p.m. 10:30 a.m. FREE "One Incredible Moment" Production at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond at 7:30 p.m.



FREE Storyland Christmas in Midwest City

Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

December Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


FREE First Day of Winter Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma from 10 – 11 a.m.


FREE Third Thursdays at Gaylord-Pickens Museum at 10 a.m.

22 Winter Break All-Night Skate at Skate Galaxy from 8 p.m. – 8 a.m.


OKC Philharmonic Christmas Show at the Civic Center Music Hall at 8 p.m.


FREE Holiday Water Taxi Rides in Bricktown from 6 – 9 p.m.

FREE “The Night Before Christmas” Handbell Concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m.




Donuts with Santa at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from 9 – 11 a.m.

FREE Cowboy Christmas Celebration at Stockyard City from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


SandRidge Santa Run in Downtown OKC at 8:45 a.m. Edmond Ugly Holiday Lights Run at Mitch Park at 2 p.m.


Winter Shoppes at Myriad FREE Saturdays with Gardens from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Santa at Devon Tower from Michael Martin Murphey's 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cowboy Christmas Ball at FREE Eagle Watch at Lake National Cowboy & Western Thunderbird from 1 – 4 p.m. Heritage Museum at 7 p.m.


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FREE Live Nativity at Edmond First United Methodist Church from 6 – 7 p.m.

Museum Films presents New Year’s Eve’s Eve A Very Wes Anderson Concert & Auction at Christmas at the Oklahoma Centennial Rodeo Opry's City Museum of Art at at 7:30 p.m. 5:30 - 8 p.m.




Carol at Civic Center Music Hall at 2 p.m.

FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Party at Moore Public Library from 11 a.m. – noon Opening Night 2017 at Bicentennial Park from 7 p.m. - midnight




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THROUGH DEC 3 NRHA Futurity Championship at State Fair Park (333 Gordon Cooper Blvd) features more than 700 three-year-old horses competing for the title of champion, horse sales, Freestyle reining, a horsemanship clinic and a trade show. $10-$14. 8am-6pm.

DEC 1 FREE Cocoa and Carols at Oklahoma Christian’s Hardemann Auditorium (2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features a night of yuletide spirit complete with Christmas carols and hot drinks. 3-9pm. 425-5530,




NOV. 26 - DEC. 31

FREE A Dog Day in December at Midtown Mutts Dog Park (1171 N Hudson Ave) features a pet-friendly holiday party with music, food trucks, pet photos with Santa and treats for pets and their owners. 6-8pm. Territorial Christmas at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd) features hay rides, holiday crafts, Harn House tours and a chance to meet Santa. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. 6-8pm. 235-4058, Holiday Wine-Down at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a painting class with instruction from Wine & Palette. Preregister. Members, $40; nonmembers, $45. 6-9pm. 478-2250, Museum Store Holiday Open House at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Shop apparel and jewelry for men and women, toys and books for the wee ones and unique home and kitchen items with a Western flair. Enjoy light refreshments, warm cider, FREE gift wrapping and a raffle. FREE to attend. 6-9pm. 478-2250, FREE Christmas on the Western Frontier in Downtown El Reno (Main St, El Reno) features an old-fashioned Christmas parade along with trolley rides, storytelling, Santa's workshop, strolling carolers, children's craft projects and the lighting of the city Christmas tree. 6-9pm. 262-8888, FREE Heart of Oklahoma Parade of Lights in Downtown Purcell (Main St, Purcell) features bands, dancing groups, tractors, horses and decorated floats. 6-9pm. 527-3093,


FREE Main Street Christmas Parade in Downtown Chickasha (100 Chickasha Ave, Chickasha) features marching bands, antique cars, horses and more. 7-9pm. 224-0386,




FREE Shawnee Christmas Parade in Downtown Shawnee (Main St, Shawnee) features Santa as he leads his team of eight reindeer down Main Street, floats and lively dancers. If inclement weather, parade will be move to Dec. 8. 7pm. Turtle Island Quartet at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond) features a performance by the Grammy Award winning classical crossover quartet including an improvisation of A Love Supreme. $23-$48. 7:30pm. 285-1010,

DEC 1 – 3 OKC Philharmonic Christmas Show at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features Kelli O'Hara, Santa and his tap-dancing kickline, Maestro Levine and the entire Philharmonic as they perform fresh interpretations of holiday favorites. $19 & up. Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm. 842-5387,

DEC 1 – 4 Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features local vendors with a variety of gifts for sale and the Bishop John Carroll School Christmas Tree Lot. Thursday-Saturday, 10am–9pm; Sunday, 10am–6pm. Also held Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-18 & 22.

DEC 1 - 18 A Tuna Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the Tony Award nominated sequel about the third smallest town in Texas. Two comic actors play all the denizens of the small town for a laugh-a-minute, quick change, comic tour de force. $40. Thursday Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 1:30pm. 297-2264,

DEC 2 FREE Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Party for Kids at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features donuts, crafts, games and more. 9:30-noon. 350-8937, FREE Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony at Andrews Park (201 Daws St, Norman) features a festive celebration with FREE hot chocolate & cookies, moon bounces, musical entertainment and photos with Santa (bring your own camera). 5:30-7pm. 366-5470, FREE Holiday Gala at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore) features music, refreshments, crafts, the chance to meet Santa and activities

for the whole family. No registration required, all ages welcome. 5:30-7:30pm. 793-4349, FREE Holiday Open House at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features music, crafts and refreshments for the entire family. 6-8pm. 701-2620, FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in Paseo District (NW 30th & 27th St, Walker & Hudson Ave) feature local artists, special themed exhibits, refreshments, live music and food trucks. 6-10pm. 525-2688, UCO WinterGlow at Nigh University Center (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features a ceremonial lighting of campus as well as a winter carnival with a craft area, trackless train rides and inflatables. Bring a toy and receive a FREE photo with Santa. 6-9pm. 974-2363, Oklahoma City Blue vs the Texas Legends at Cox Convention Center (2 Myriad Gardens). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 12/6 vs Austin; 12/10 vs Westchester, 12/20 & 12/30 vs Rio Grande, 12/28 vs Reno. 602-8500, oklahomacity. FREE The Night Before Christmas Handbell Concert at The McGranahan Barn (12310 NW Expressway, Yukon) features Mrs. Claus as she reads the beloved children’s story while musicians ring, swing, pluck and mart more than 525 lbs. of bronze and aluminum. Children under the age of 6 get a special gift while supplies last. FREE but donations encouraged. 7:30-8:30pm. 757-4643, Jeff Dunham at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features the Perfectly Unbalanced Tour and his cast of hilarious characters. $48.50. 8pm. 602-8700, Christmas in the Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (507 S 4th St, Enid) features a Victorian Christmas village with crafts, a children’s choir, treats and a visit from Santa. $6; kids (5&under), FREE. 5-8pm. 580-237-1907,

DEC 2 & 3 Sassafras Shopping Event at Heart of Oklahoma Expo Convention Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features vendors from all over the state and surrounding area. Friday, 5-9pm; Satuday, 9am-6pm. 664-1361,

DEC 2-4 Winter Shoppes at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a selection of boutique-style vendors in a festive holiday atmosphere complete with lights, ice skating and more. 11am-6pm. Also held Dec. 2-4, 9-10 & 16-18. 218-0300, FREE Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant at Boys Ranch Town (5100 SE 33rd St, Edmond) features


a living nativity with live animals from the ranch depicting the life of Jesus Christ including his birth, death and resurrection. 7-9pm. 341-3606, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Oklahoma City University Burg Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a holiday stage performance of the quintessential Christmas story. The story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life on a fateful Christmas Eve. $15. 8pm. Also held: Dec. 8-10. 208-5227,

DEC 2 – 11 Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol at Rose State College (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City) features the classic tale of the mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. $5. See website for show times. 736-0364,

DEC 2 – 17 Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a magical journey through time, back to the elegance and society of a Regency Christmas Ball, complete with sweets, treats, caroling and, best of all, an entire cast of characters from Jane Austen's world. Regency costumes are encouraged. Best suited for ages 7 and up. $18-$28. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 297-2264,

The lights shine brightly each night, beginning the Friday before Thanksgiving and shine through December 30.


DEC 3 Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson Ave) features a stair climbing event. Racers will climb 138 floors in three buildings combined. Single and relay options available. Benefits Homeless Alliance & SaBaR Youth Triathlon. $45 & up. 8am. Holiday Hustle 5K at Oklahoma Christian (2501 E Memorial Rd) features a 5K, kids’ run, pancake breakfast, live Christmas music and local high school mascots. $10 & up. 8:45am. 425-1854, Faerie Gingerbread House Decorating at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Learn how to make a twist on the classic gingerbread house. Supplies provided. Preregister, space is limited. All ages welcome. $35 per house. 9am-noon. 297-1392, Christmas at the Lodge at the Mustang Masonic Lodge (406 E State Hwy 152, Mustang) features handcrafted, vintage and re-purposed treasures. Donations of unwrapped toys are welcome. Kids can meet Santa & Mrs. Claus and pose for pictures. Free to attend. 9am-3pm. www.facebook. com/ChristmasAtTheLodge


his family tradition began in 1995 with just 44 displays and has grown to be the largest animated lights display in a five state region with more than 100 animated light displays. The 1.5 mile long drive boasts over one million lights in the heart of Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Enjoy the amazing 118 foot Christmas tree illuminated with over 9,000 LED bulbs, the impressive tunnel of lights, Santa fly fishing in a 15 foot waterfall, elves baking in the candy factory and so much more!

FREE OKC Hot Wheels Association Show at The Crown Center (13300 S Western Ave) features 40 plus tables of collectables for sale or trade, raffles, pizza and more. 9am-3pm.




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Donuts with Santa at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features food, activities and a chance to meet Santa. Kids, $15; adults, $5. 9-11am. 478-2250,

meet Santa. Visits with Santa are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should bring their own camera and register upon arrival. 10am-4pm. Also held: Dec. 10 & 17.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Skirvin Hilton (1 Park Ave) features breakfast and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Reservations required. Adults, $24.95; kids, $15.95. 9:30-11:30am. Also held: Dec. 10 & 17. 702-8542,

FREE Hippo Sing-a-long with Gayla Peevey at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features an "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" sing-a-long with Gayla Peevey via Skype. Gayla will also share memories of growing up in Oklahoma and singing this famous holiday song. No registration required. 11am. 425-0262,

Deck the Hall Celebration at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features the Santas of the World Tour, ornament crafts and a Christmas card making for soldiers unable to come home for the holidays. FREE with admission. 10am-noon. 522-0765, Breakfast with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features a pancake breakfast, story time, craft making and carols with Santa as well as a train and carousel ride. Kids will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa. Bring your own camera. Preregister. $17.50. 10am-noon. Also held: Dec. 10 & 17. 799-3276, Gingerbread House Workshop at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Create your own fragrant masterpiece. All supplies provided including gingerbread structure, frosting, candies for decorating and a little help if needed. All ages welcome. Kids under 8 need a guardian. Preregister. Members, $30; nonmembers, $35. 10am-noon. 445-7080,

Join our teaching artists every Saturday from 1-4 pm as they interact with families to create extraordinary works of art inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and special occasions.

FREE Cowboy Christmas at Stockyard City (1305 S Agnew Ave) features a stampede of longhorn steers and floats, holiday music, candy for children, FREE carriage rides, a Guthrie Gunfighters street show and more. Kids can meet Santa at the Centennial Rodeo Opry. 10am-1pm. 235-7267, FREE Saturdays for Kids: Holidays at the Museum at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of holiday family fun activities including Western-inspired ornament making, a scavenger hunt, face painting and special appearances by Santa and Western historical figures Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea, and Annie Oakley. Designed for children ages 4-12. Preregister. 10am-2pm. 478-2250, FREE Saturdays with Santa at Devon Energy (333 W Sheridan Ave) features holiday crafts, live entertainment, Devon’s Polar Express train ride, holiday characters and the chance to




FREE Harry Potter Party at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Choose a wand, create your own Sorcerer's Stone, Pygmy Puff races, make a dragon's egg and nargles and more. Preregister. 1-4pm. 701-2644, FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress appropriately. Preregister, space is limited. 1-4pm. 321-4633 FREE Family Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features a Snowman Snow Globe art making using plastic cups, pom-poms, glue, glitter and lots of fake snow to create a festive piece. 1-4pm. 951-0000, FREE Apple Pie Time at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake. Preregister, space is limited. Best suited for ages 9 and up. 2-3pm. 843-9601, WinterFest Games at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features festive games including a Sleigh Relay, Festive Lights Tangle and Winter Dress Relay as well as a popcorn and cranberry garland craft. Preregister. Best suited for ages 6 & up. $5. 2-4pm. 297-1429, FREE Stories from World War II at the Midwest City Library (8143 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features living history performer, Sarah Dumas as she reenacts the story of a World War II nurse, sharing about women’s lives during the war. 2-3pm. 732-4828, Holiday High Tea at the Skirvin Hilton (1 Park Ave) features teas and an array of sandwiches, scones, crumpets and other bite-sized treats. Reservations are required. Also held: Dec. 10 & 17. Adults, $24.95; kids, $18.95. 2:30-4pm. 272-3040,

CLASSIC MAC & CHEESE O’Christmas Sea Party at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features an ugly sweater competition, holiday games and photo opportunities with a sea lion. Must be 21 & older to attend. Members, $25; nonmembers, $30. 6-8pm. 425-0218, FREE Edmond Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights in Downtown Edmond (various locations) features a tree lighting ceremony at Shannon Miller Park and lighted parade starting at UCO’s campus. 6pm. 216-7729, Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball vs the University of Georgia at Gallagher-Iba Arena (1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater). Prices vary. TBD. Also held: 12/11 vs UT Rio Grande Valley, 12/29 vs Iowa State. 744-5745, Christmas in Downtown Edmond (various locations) features free carriage rides, historic tours, the chance to meet Santa and musical entertainment. 11am-4pm. Also held: Dec. 10, 17 & 24. 249-9391,

DEC 3 & 4 Oklahoma City Train Show at State Fair Park Cox Pavilion (3212 Wichita Walk) features operating model train displays, workshops and clinics, vendors, exhibitors and manufacturers offering railroad memorabilia, toy trains, scale model trains and an assortment of railroad items. Adults, $12; kids (12&under), FREE. Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. 842-4846,

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DEC 4 Caring Santa at Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a sensory-friendly environment for families of children with special needs to meet Santa, prior to mall opening. Guests can register in advance. Photo prices vary. 10:30amnoon. 841-2696, Downtown Oklahoma City Historic Church Tour begins at Good Shepherd Ministries (222 NW 12th St) features a self-guided tour through Oklahoma City’s most historic and breathtaking churches. Benefits Good Shepherd Ministries. $20. 1-5:30pm. 232-8631, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras Winter Concerts at the Nancy O’Brian Center (131 S Flood Ave, Norman) features a holiday performance headlined by the organization’s two string orchestras as well as the youth philharmonic. All ages welcome. Individuals, $5; families, $10. 2pm. 232-1199, University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball vs Oral Roberts University at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 2pm. Also held: 12/8 vs Texas Rio Grande Valley, 12/11 vs Tulsa & 1/1 vs Texas Christian. 325-4666,





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FREE Holiday Crafts & Tree Trimming at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave) features holiday crafts and a chance to help trim the library's Christmas tree. Best suited for ages 3 & up. 3-4pm. 631-4468,

Participants can choose to play individually or on teams of up to 5 people. 7-8:30pm. 701-2620,


Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 6pm. Also held: 12/9 vs Houston, 12/11 vs Boston, 12/17 vs Phoenix, 12/19 vs Atlanta, 12/25 vs Minnesota, 12/31 vs Los Angeles. 602-8700,

FREE Holiday Happening at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features family-friendly activities, festive entertainment, seasonal stories, a chance to meet Santa and discounts at the museum store. 5-8pm. 325-4712,

Canterbury Christmas Concert at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday performance with carol sing-a-longs and Santa and Mrs. Claus. $15-$60. 7pm. 232-7464,

Jake’s Jingle Jam at Riverwind Casino (1544 Stat Hwy 9, Norman) feature The Band Perry and Luke Combs. $20-$40. 7pm. 322-6000,

DEC 6 FREE Tinkergarten Trail Class at Pat Murphy Park (4500 W Hefner Rd) features a circle time with songs and a story, as well as one of a variety of play-based learning activities. For kids ages 18 mos - 5 years. Preregister, space is limited. 1011:15am. 837-4014, FREE Navidad Celebration at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany). Learn about Christmas traditions from Mexico through stories and songs, a piñata and holiday treats. 6:30-7:15pm. 789-8363,

DEC 6 & 7 FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at the LEGO Store in Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a LEGO Present build for kids ages 6 -14 who are LEGO VIP members. Membership is FREE. Preregister, quantities are limited. 5pm. 840-9993, Minibuild-Registration

DEC 7 December Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a holiday craft time with music and hot chocolate. Children can make ornaments to take home for tree decoration or gifts using natural items like twigs, dried seeds, fruits, acorns, evergreen cuttings, pine cones and craft decorations. Best suited for ages 2 - 5. $2. 10:30-11:30am. Also held: Dec. 14. 445-7080, FREE Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Trivia at Norman Central Library (225 N Webster, Norman) features a friendly trivia competition with questions about your favorite holiday movies and TV specials. Refreshments provided.




FREE One Incredible Moment at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond (1001 S Rankin St, Edmond) features a musical drama production of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection brought to life by an inter-generational cast of 100 people. Childcare will be available. 7:30-8:30pm. 341-3602,

DEC 8 – 11 Home for the Holidays at Oklahoma City University’s Kirkpatrick Auditorium (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a Broadway-style dance extravaganza with rocking swing numbers, hundreds of colorful costumes and a Nativity of Christ’s birth. $29.85, Thursday-Saturday 8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2pm. 208-5227, www.okcu. edu/dance/performance/homeholidays/

DEC 9 FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (downtown Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6-9pm. Star Wars Science Overnight at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) explores how aspects of the Star Wars universe compare to our own. Members, $35; nonmembers, $45, non-participating adults, $25. 6pm-7:30am. 602-3760, LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. Artists of all ages and skill sets are welcome to participate in the 6x6 on 16th Group Art Show by purchasing a 6in x 6in canvas for $5. Plaza District Association will have paint on hand for artists. 7-11pm.

The Night Before Christmas Handbell Concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1800 NW 36th St) features Mrs. Claus as she reads the beloved children’s story while musicians ring, swing, pluck and mart more than 525 lbs. of bronze and aluminum. Children under the age of 6 get a special gift, while supplies last. FREE but donations encouraged. 7:30-8:30pm. 757-4643, LuLaRoe Holiday Extravaganza at the Oklahoma City Farmers Market (311 S Klein Ave) features shopping, a fashion show, food trucks, a chance to meet Santa and more. FREE to attend. 5-10pm. 818-7059, events/226406577775148/?active_tab=discussion

DEC 9 – 18 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Sooner Theatre (101 E Main St, Norman) features a community theater production of the animated feature with songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. $28-$33. Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2 & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. 321-9600,

DEC 10 Breakfast with Santa at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features breakfast, holiday crafts and a chance to meet Santa. Professional photographer available, personal cameras welcome. Best suited for kids ages 2 - 8. $10. 8-10am. 793-5090, centralpark. Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma’s Snow Tubing Extravaganza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features snow tubing, a cookie party, princesses, games and more, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of girls selling cookies. Preregister. Riders, $15; non-riders, FREE. 8am-1:30pm. 1-800-698-0022, SandRidge Santa Run at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson Ave) features a 5K race, a one-mile Fun Run and a free Santa Claus Kids' Dash, plus a warm-up with Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls. 5K, $35; fun run, $20; kids’ dash, FREE. 8:45-11am. 235-4789, Learn to Curl at Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the basic rules and etiquette of curling from The Oklahoma Curling Club. Dress warm and wear rubber soled shoes. All other equipment will be provided by the Oklahoma Curling Club. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 9-10:30am. 445-7080, Brunch with Santa at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features breakfast, art projects and a chance to meet Santa. Best suited for ages 2 – 12. Preregister by Dec. 5; $10. 9-11am. 359-4630,

Norman) features a wide variety of hand-crafted and market items from various vendors around the region. FREE to attend. 9am-4pm. 360-4721, FREE Norman Christmas Parade in Downtown Norman (Main St from Pickard Ave to Crawford Ave, Norman) features decorative floats, marching bands and an appearance by Santa. 10am. 366-5406, Santa’s Art Workshop at Edmond Fine Arts Institute (27 E Edwards, Edmond). Kids rotate through special holiday experiences including art projects, cookies & hot cocoa, storytelling with Mrs. Claus and the chance to meet with Santa. Preregister. $15. 10am-3pm. 340-4481, FREE Holiday Open House at Tony's Tree Plantation (3801 S Post Rd, Midwest City) features craft projects, food and the chance for kids and pets to meet Santa. 10am-3pm. 455-7700, Heart of Christmas Craft Fair at Events at 10 West (10 W Main St, Yukon) features over 50 local vendors with unique Christmas gift ideas, food trucks and an auction. Benefits ALS research. FREE to attend. 10am-4pm. 924-9315, Indie Trunk Show at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features over 200 local artists, crafters, makers and boutiques from Oklahoma. $5. 10am-5pm. 640-3964, The PreTend Friends Show at District House (1755 NW 16th St) features a 40-minute puppet show that introduces kids to the art of live theater with classic tales and silly riddles. $5. 11am. 242-3546, Mini Kids’ Wreath Class at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Create a mini wreath with a collection of greens and berries collected on a winter walk. Preregister. All ages welcome. $7 per wreath. Noon-2pm. 297-1392, Holidays on the Paseo in the Paseo Arts District (N Paseo Dr). Find unique holiday gifts or make your own in the shops and galleries. Santa will be walking around passing out candy and taking photos. FREE to attend. Noon-7pm; Santa, 1-3pm. 525-2688, FREE Holly Jolly Holiday Party at the Ralph Ellison Library (2000 NE 23rd St) features winter crafts, holiday treats, a free gift (while supplies last) and more. All ages welcome. 1-3pm. 4241437, FREE Family Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features an Evergreen Prints art making project. Participants will create a winter-scene printing plate using textured paper, foam sheets and bubble wrap to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind print. 1-4pm. 951-0000,

Cleveland County Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson Ave,




Oklahoma Association of Youth Services foster care is working to improve the quality of life for all of Oklahoma’s foster children!

If not YOU... then WHO? You may not be called to Foster a child; however, we are all called to care for God’s children. Foster-Sponsor-VolunteerDonate-Advocate-Educate Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:2 Two OKC Metro Youth Services Agencies are now providing foster services: Mid-Del Youth and Family Services 405- 733-5437 Tri City Youth and Family Services 405-390-8131

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FREE Holiday Party at the SOKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features a come-&-go holiday extravaganza with Christmas-themed crafts, activities, a photo booth and face painting. All ages welcome. No registration required. 2-3:30pm. 979-2200, Edmond Ugly Holiday Light Run at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features an ugly Christmas sweater themed 5K and one mile fun run. Benefits the holiday light display in Mitch Park. $25. 2pm. 359-4630, Cookies & Milk Story Time with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features cookies, milk and a story time and photos with Santa. Bring your own camera. $10. 2-3:30pm. 799-3276, Pizza PJ Party with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features pizza, photos with Santa and more. Bring your own camera. $17.50. 5-6:30pm. 799-3276, Holiday Lights Spectacular Nightlight Run in Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features an evening 5K run through the holiday light display. Benefits the Holiday Lights Spectacular Fund. $30 in advance; $35 day of. 5:45pm. 739-1293, FREE St. Stephen’s Handball Choirs Concert at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a holiday performance by the children's and adult handbell choirs directed by Venita MacGorman. 6:30-8pm. 701-2644, FREE The Night Before Christmas Handbell Concert at Chapel of Southern Hills Baptist Church (8601 S Pennsylvania Ave) features Mrs. Claus as she reads the beloved children’s story while musicians ring, swing, pluck and mart more than 525 lbs. of bronze and aluminum. Children under the age of 6 get a special gift, while supplies last. FREE but donations encouraged. 7:30-8:30pm. 757-4643, FREE Holiday Extravaganza at Uptown Kids (5840 N Classen Blvd Ste 3) features Spaghetti Eddie and a chance to meet Santa. Bring in an unwrapped toy to donate to the Red Andrews Christmas dinner and receive 15% off clothing, shoes and candy purchases. 10am-1pm. 418-8881,




DEC. 10 – 20 The Nutcracker at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the story of Clara, her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy performed by the Oklahoma City Ballet with the OKC Philharmonic. $15-$60. Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2 & 7 pm; Sunday, 2pm. 846-8637,

DEC 11 FREE Christmas Guns Celebration at Historic Fort Reno (7107 W Cheyenne, El Reno) features an old-fashion celebration with cannons and guns, honoring a German and American folklore tradition. Festivities also including snacks, storytelling and the chance to meet Santa. 2-4pm. 262-3987, FREE Christmas at Westminster Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church (4400 N Shartel) features a special church service including beloved holiday favorites and spoken word, starring the Westminster Presbyterian Choirs, Matin Ringers Handbell Choir and Westminster Brass. 7-8pm. 524-2204, FREE Christmas Celebration at Crossing Community Church (14600 N Portland Ave, OKC & 1500 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a special church service with Christmas carols, a devotional and performances by the worship team. Services begin at 8:15, 9:15 & 10:45am. crossings. church/christmas FREE Journey of Faith: A Musical for Christmas at Metropolitan Baptist Church (7201 W Britton Rd) features a holiday musical performance by the Christmas choir and orchestra as well as the children's choir. 6pm. 722-2550, FREE Sensitive Santa at Uptown Kids (5840 N Classen Blvd Ste 3) features a special time to meet Santa, reserved just for children with autism. Preregister. 1-3pm. 418-8881,

DEC 13 Santa Delivers at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Santa will stop by the Zoo to deliver treats to animals in the Children’s Zoo Barnyard area. Families can enjoy free hot chocolate and doughnuts (while supplies last) and have the chance to meet Santa afterward in the Canopy Restaurant. Bring your cameras. FREE with admission. 10:30-11:30am. 425-0262,

DEC 14 Oklahoma State University Men's Basketball vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Gallagher-Iba Arena (1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater). Prices vary. 6pm. Also held: 12/22 vs Texas A&MCorpus Christi 744-5745,

DEC 15 FREE Third Thursdays at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features a Holiday Fun themed story and coordinating craft time as well as FREE museum admission. 10am. 235-4458, FREE Kids' Holiday Shoppe at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Kids ages 12 & under can choose two small gifts for family members with the help of library staff and volunteers. Registration is required to sign up for a specific time slot. 2:30-4:30pm. 631-4468, Sounds of the Season Concert at the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium (850 Yukon Ave, Yukon) features a holiday performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. $10. 7:30-9:30pm. 350-8937, Cookies with Santa at the Park House Event Center (301 W Reno Ave) features holiday crafts, cookie decorating and a chance to meet Santa. Admission and skate rental to the Devon Ice Rink are included. Members: adults, $6; kids, $12; nonmembers, $15. 6-7:30pm 445-7080,

DEC 16 Michael Martin Muphey’s Cowboy Christmas Ball at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features an evening of entertainment for the whole family including music, dancing, buffet and a visit from Santa. Preregister. Members, $70; nonmembers, $85; kids (12 & under), $25. 7pm. 478-2250, Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas From The Fam-O-Lee at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City) features a festive humorous concert by Robert Earl Keen and Hot Club of Cowtown. $22-$53. 7:30pm. 297-2264,

DEC 17 FREE Christmas Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features Christmas films, Santa, special activities in the traditional village and a Native American ornament workshop. Admissin required for some activities. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, Swim with Santa at Foster Indoor Pool (614 NE 4th St) features holiday water games along with music, prizes and a chance to meet Santa. $10. 10am-2pm. 297-1424,

Kids’ Winter Art Workshop at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features local artist, Jeanne Parkhurst, as she leads an educational, handson art workshop. A variety of age-appropriate materials will be provided to create small works of art, gifts and cards. Best suited for kids ages 6 – 10. Preregister. Members, $12; nonmembers, $15. 10-11:30am. 445-7080, FREE Faerie Discovery Tour at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Learn about trees and plants as you search for magical sprites. Preregister. 11am-noon. 297-1392, University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball vs the University of Memphis at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 7:30pm. Also held: 12/30 vs Baylor. 325-4666, FREE Family Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features a Collage Paper penguin art making using and array of materials to create an original masterpiece. 1-4pm. 951-0000,

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Christmas Jingle Jam Mini Camp at Velocity Dance Center (11122 N Rockwell Ave) features a mini dance camp for kids ages 3-6. $25; series, $90. 1:30-3pm. 721-8807, FREE Holidays at Hogwarts Make & Take at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features enchanted make and take crafts from the magical world of Harry Potter. 2-3pm. 843-9601, Hip Hop Nutcracker at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) follows the journey of a young man who seeks to find something missing from his life. $20. 2 & 7:30pm. Snow Ball Home School Holiday Dance at Ain't Misbehavin Christian Dance Center (351 N Air Depot Ste GG, Midwest City) features a dance for home school high school students in grades 9 - 12. Finger foods will be served. $10. 7-11pm. 822-3825, KLOVE Christmas Concert at Council Road Baptist Church (2900 N Council Rd, Bethany) features a special Christmas concert from contemporary artists Crowder, Mac Powell of Third Day and Unspoken. $25 & up. 7-10pm.

DEC 17 & 18 Christmas Train at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features a 40-minute holiday train ride with hot chocolate, carols and a reading of Christmas stories. $15, Kids (under 3), FREE. See website for departure schedule. 424-8222,

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DEC 21

FREE Hanukkah Tunes at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a holiday performance from the Temple B’nai Israel Youth Choir. 2:30-3:30pm. 701-2644,

FREE First Day of Winter Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) celebrates the change of the season with cultural demonstrations, traditional games, storytelling, stomp dancing and more. Admission applies to the exhibit center. 10am-5pm. 580-6227130,

FREE Holiday River Parade on the Oklahoma River (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features a holiday ski show and a floating parade with an appearance by Santa, followed by a fireworks show. 6-8pm.

DEC 20 Tiny Tuesdays at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a come-&-go, open-ended snowflake hand-print art making experience geared for kids ages 5 & under and a care giver. Dress for a mess! No advance registration is required. 10am-noon. 236-3100,

FREE Cupcake Wars at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Fight the clock to create the most delicious, literary-inspired cupcakes possible. All supplies are provided. Preregister. Best suited for ages 13 & up. 2-3:30pm. 701-2644,

DEC 22 FREE Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features a scavenger hunt with the Gingerbread Man to explore the library's shelves full of interesting

characters and a tasty gingerbread craft. Best suited for ages 3 & up. 2-3:30pm. 606-3575, FREE Family Game Night at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave) features a variety of different games like Monopoly, card games, Ping Pong and more. No registration required. All ages welcome. Kids under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30-9:30pm. 793-5090, Winter Break All-Night Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features an overnight skate. $20. 8pm-8am. 605-2758,

DEC 22 & 23 Winter Break Day Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features special skating hours during winter break. $6. 1-4pm. Also held: Dec. 28-30. 605-2758,

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Shen Yun at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdropstogether creating one spectacular performance. $70-$150. Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 2pm. 509-8809,

DEC 23 FREE Live Nativity and Christmas Service at Edmond First United Methodist Church (305 E Hurd, Edmond) features all the traditional figures, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds and the wise men as well as live stable animals including a cow, donkey, sheep and goats. Families can walk though the scene and enjoy petting the animals while seeing the Christmas story come to life. Refreshments are provided. 6-7pm. 341-0107,

DEC 23 & 24 FREE Christmas at Crossings Candlelight Services (14600 N Portland Ave, OKC & 1500 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features several traditional candlelight church services. Childcare available for newborns to 3-year olds at all services, except the 7 p.m. service on Dec. 24. OKC Campus: Friday, 5, 7 & 8pm; Saturday, noon, 2, 4, 6 & 7pm; Edmond Campus: Saturday, 3 & 5pm.

DEC 24 FREE Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service at Edmond’s First Baptist Church (1300 E 33rd St, Edmond) features a traditional candlelight church service with Christmas Carols and special music. 5-6pm. 341-0253, FREE Christmas Eve Service at Westminter Presbyterian Church (4400 N Shartel Ave) features three church services on Christmas Eve, one designed especially for children and families and two traditional candlelight worship services. 5, 8 & 11 p.m. 524-2204, FREE Christmas Eve Worship Services at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (222 NW 12th St, OKC & 900 N Sooner Rd, Edmond) features family worship church services as well as communion and traditional services. Each child attending will receive a special gift. OKC: 1, 3, 5 & 7 p.m.; Edmond: 4, 6 & 8pm. FREE Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services at New Covenant United Methodist Church (2700 S Boulevard, Edmond) features Christmas festivities and a candlelight communion service. Childcare available. 3, 5, & 7pm. 562-3200, FREE Christmas Eve Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church (4400 N Shartel Ave) features three church services on Christmas Eve. The 5pm service is designed for children and families and the 8 & 11pm are traditional

candlelight worship services. 524-2204,

DEC 27 - 31 Elf The Musical at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. $23.84 - $94.29. TuesdayThursday, 7:30pm; Friday & Saturday, 2 & 7:30pm. 602-3760,

DEC 29 FREE Winter Science Extravaganza at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Create a snowstorm in a jar, grow your own crystal snowflakes, discover how arctic animals stay warm, and experience the science of ice. No registration required. All materials provided and activities are come & go. 701-2644, FREE Teen Game Night at Mustang Public Library (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang). Teens may bring their own games or play some of the library's games. No registration is required. 6-8pm. 376-2226,

DEC 30 New Year’s Eve’s Eve Concert & Auction at the Centennial Rodeo Opry (2221 Exchange Ave) features the the musical talents of locally renowned Oklahoma artists. $20-$40. 7:30pm. 297-9773,

DEC 31 FREE Happy Noon Year Celebration at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features games, party hat crafts and a practice countdown. Best suited for kids 12 & under. 11am-noon. 606-3575, FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features games, crafts, music and more to celebrate the last noon of 2016. 11am-noon. 793-4347, Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features a festive 5K, live music and costume contest. Neon, glitter, capes and costumes are welcome as the most festively dressed wins an original piece of art. $35. 4pm. 270-4848, Opening Night 2017 at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features evening of music, comedy, magic, children’s area, food trucks and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year. $8 in advance, $10 at the event. 7pm-midnight. 2704848, New Year’s Eve Bash at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features an all ages skate party to celebrate the new year. $15. 7pm-1am. 605-2758,




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JAN 3 FREE Tinkergarten Trail Class at Pat Murphy Park (4500 W Hefner Rd) features a circle time with songs and a story, as well as one of a variety of play-based learning activities. For kids ages 18 mos - 5 years. Preregister, space is limited. 10-11:15am. 837-4014,

JAN 6-8 Eagle Watch at Arcadia Lake (9000 E 2nd St, Edmond). See majestic eagles in their natural habitat. Begin at the Arcadia Lake Park office for information about where the eagles can be spotted and check out the raptor wingspan display. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. $3 per vehicle. 8am4pm. 216-7471,

Oklahoma Winter Bead & Jewelry Show at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features beading supplies, pearls, silver, fine minerals, demonstrations and more. $5. Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. 504-265-8830,

63rd St) features New Year’s Saddle Bag craft to hold a bucket list of family fun ideas for the new year. For kids ages 4-12. Preregister. 10am-noon. 478-2250,

Izumicon at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) is a three-day comic and entertainment convention featuring well known actors and voice actors from your favorite shows and series, panels, video games, table top gaming, dances, cosplay, Dealer's room, artist alley and more. $30-$50. See website for a complete schedule of events.

FREE Parenting Conference at Metropolitan Baptist Church features Dr. Kevin Leman, bestselling author and parenting expert, presenting his program, “Have a New Kid by Friday.” Register for one of these identical programs presented Friday, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturday, 9am-noon and 6-9pm. Dr. Leman will also provide a different message in Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 and 11am. Must preregister. 7201 W. Britton Road, OKC. 722-2550,

JAN 7 FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE




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Light Displays in OKC THROUGH DEC 30


FREE Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave). Sunday-Thursday, 6-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 6-11pm through Dec. 30.

FREE Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway Ave (NW 4th to 10th St. on Broadway Ave). Open dusk to dawn.

THROUGH DEC 31 FREE Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon). Open seven days a week from 6-10pm. FREE Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park (2400 S 9th St, Chickasha). Sunday-Thursday, 6 -10pm, Friday-Saturday, 6 -11pm.

FREE Bricktown Canal Lights Display (Mickey Mantle Dr & Reno Ave). Open daily at dusk through Jan. 1. Enjoy FREE water taxi rides certain nights of the week. FREE Holiday Lights Display on Film Row (Sheridan Ave). Open daily at dusk.

THROUGH JAN 2 FREE Downs Family Christmas Lights (2900 72nd Ave SE, Norman). Bring a canned good or monetary donation to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Open seven days a week from 6-10pm.

Beyond the metro THROUGH DEC 23 FREE Christmas in the Park at Elk City’s Ackley Park (Hwy 66 & Pioneer Rd, Elk City). Open Friday & Saturday from 6-9pm. Wonderland of Lights at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville). Adults, $4; kids, (11 & under) $1. Open Friday – Sunday, 5 – 9pm.

THROUGH DEC 26 FREE Lights on the Hill in Tulsa’s Chandler Park (6500 W 21st St, Tulsa).

THROUGH DEC 30 FREE Festival of Lights in Ardmore’s Regional Park (2704 N Rockford Rd, Ardmore). Open seven days a week from 6-10pm. FREE Fantasy Land of Lights in Bartlesville’s Johnstone Park (100 N

Cherokee, Bartlesville). Open seven days a week from 6-10pm.

THROUGH DEC 31 FREE Crystal Christmas in Woodward’s Crystal Beach Park (108 Temple Houston Dr, Woodward). Open seven days a week from 6-10pm. FREE Garden of Lights in Muskogee’s Honor Heights Park (1400 Honor Heights Dr, Muskogee). Open Sunday - Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm.

THROUGH DEC 31 FREE Celebration of Lights at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur). Open 6-9pm nightly.


Dress warmly and bring your binoculars. Begin at the Arcadia Lake Park Office to receive information about where the eagles can be spotted. The park office has a raptor wingspan display, videos and other great eagle info. January 6, 7 and 8

8am - 4pm

Arcadia Lake Park Office 9000 E 2nd Street (approximately 3 1/2 miles east of I-35 on Rt. 66.) $3 per vehicle (Half-Price Park Entry) For more info call 216-7471.

FREE Rhema Christmas Lights at Rhema Bible Church (1025 W Kenosha St, Broken Arrow). Open 5:30-11:30pm nightly.

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DEC 2 - 18 FREE Storyland Christmas at Charles J Johnson Central Park (29th St, Midwest City) features hand-painted murals, epicting scenes from Christmas stories all centered around a 30-foot Christmas tree covered in 6,000 lights, ornaments and snowflakes. Visitors can also enjoy readings of the stories, classic Christmas movies and a chance to see Santa. See website for a complete schedule of events. 739-1293,

THROUGH DEC 23 The Polar Express at the Eastern Flyer Railroad Station (401 W 9th St, Stillwater) offers families a magical holiday train experience that recreates the sights and sounds of the original story, complete with cocoa and cookies, a visit from Santa and a train full of excited kids in their pajamas. $22-$82. Train departs 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5:30pm & 7:30pm on select dates. 855-4871430, A Classic Christmas at the Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa (1001 W 1st St, Sulphur) features lavish decorations, carolers, carriage rides, reindeer, gingerbread house decorating, a breakfast with Santa and more. See website for a complete schedule of events. 855-4555255, Christmas Unwrapped in Bristow (1 Burlington Northern Railroad, Bristow) features an interactive tram ride that takes an up-close, behind the scenes look at the North Pole Christmas preparations and a mysterious adventure to help save Christmas. Families will have the opportunity to take a photo with a live reindeer and Santa's sleigh. $25. See website for hours of operation. 918-367-5151,

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Pictures with Santa at Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway). Kids can meet Santa to share their wishes and take a photo. Reservations can be made at www.simon. Photo prices vary. 841-2696, Pictures with Santa at Sooner Mall (3301 W Main St, Norman). Kids can meet Santa to share their wishes and take a photo. Reservations can be made on the mall’s web site. Photo prices vary. 360-0360, Pictures with Santa at Quail Springs Mall (2501 W Memorial Rd). Kids can meet Santa to share their wishes and take a photo. Reservations can be made on the mall’s web site. Photo prices vary. 755-6530, A Christmas Carol at Lyric Theatre (1727 NW 16th St). Take a magical journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. $31 & up. See website for a full schedule of performances. 524-9312, FREE Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (200 Bass Pro Dr) features giveaways, crafts, activities and the chance to meet Santa. Guests receive one FREE photo print, additional photos available for purchase. Weekdays, 5-8p.m.; Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 218-5200,


North Pole Adventure at Plaza Mayor (7000 Plaza Mayor Blvd) is a one-of-a-kind interactive Christmas attraction featuring a life-sized replica of the North Pole including Santa’s post office, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, a reindeer barn and more. Each building offers hands-on activities including writing letters to Santa, making toys and more. Adults, $6; kids, $14. Monday-Friday, 5:30-8:30pm; Saturday, 10am-8:30pm; Sunday, noon-8pm. 605-6123,

PAMBE Ghana Global Market (6516 N Ollie) is a seasonal fair trade shop offering unique gifts, including a wide selection of folk art from around the world and more. All proceeds benefit PAMBE Ghana's La'Angum Learning Center in northern Ghana. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6pm; Thursdays, noon-7pm. FREE to attend. 249-2314,

A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (various locations) features Victorian Christmas celebrations, historic home tours, theater performances of A Territorial Christmas Carol and a lighted parade with Santa as the parade marshal. Most activities are FREE. See website for a complete schedule of events. 412-4132,




WE MAKE YOUR SMART KID EVEN SMARTER! FREE Melvin Edwards at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features the work of a pioneer in the history of contemporary African-American art and sculpture, including some new pieces that use objects found at Oklahoma scrap yards. Monday-Thursday, 9am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. 951-0000,


THROUGH JAN 1 Snow Tubing Winter Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features two gigantic snow tubing slopes, one for thriller seekers and one for those wanting a moderate thrill, and Santa’s workshop with a children’s train and sparkling holiday décor. Sessions are 90 minutes long and riders must be 48” tall. Riders, $14; non-riders, $3. See website for hours of operation. 218-1000,

THROUGH JAN 2 When the Earth Shakes at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) is a special exhibit sponsored by Love's. Adults, $8; seniors, $6; children 4-17, $5. Kids under 3 are free. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm. 325-4712,

THROUGH JAN 8 Da Vinci: The Genius at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) is an interactive experience that immerses guests in da Vinci’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of the mastermind’s inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art. Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific

Sacred Words: The Saint John’s Bible and the Art of Illumination at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) includes seventy selected folios from The Saint John’s Bible as well as other historical illuminated manuscripts, including a Book of Hours, Quran pages and Torah scrolls. Free with admission. Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 236-3100, Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond). Families can enjoy ice skating, holiday music and food concessions. $10 with skate rental, $7 without, kids (under 5), $5. Monday-Thursday, 3-9pm; Friday, 3-10pm; Saturday & Sunday, noon-10pm; Nov. 23-25, noon - 10 p.m. 274-1638,

THROUGH JAN 13 FREE Red Earth Treefest at the Red Earth Art Center (6 Santa Fe Plaza) features Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments that showcase the diverse Native cultures in Oklahoma. Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Dec. 3,10 & 17, 10am-3pm. 427-5228,

THROUGH JAN 16 Mystery of the Mayan Medallion at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) transports you to Palenque, Mexico, where an archaeological team has mysteriously disappeared from a dig site while investigating rumors of a priceless jade medallion. Follow the clues the team left behind to locate the precious medallion while avoiding the dangers lurking in the ruins. Adults, $8; seniors, $6; children 4-17, $5. Kids under 3 are free. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712,

THROUGH JAN 29 Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Enjoy another winter of outdoor ice skating. $12, $8 without skates; members, $7. Monday-Thursday 3-9pm; Friday 3-11pm; Saturday 11a –11pm; Sunday 11am–7pm. See website for extended hours of operation and special events. 445-7080,



FREE Picturing Indian Territory, 18191907 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) explores Oklahoma history through art and reveals what outsiders to Oklahoma either witnessed in person, heard about through local stories or decided was interesting or important enough to report back to the rest of the nation during the transition from Indian Territory to Oklahoma Territory to Oklahoma statehood. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4938,

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FREE Art Moves at various locations in Downtown Oklahoma City offers a free hour-long lunchtime art experience every weekday. Events run every weekday, noon-1pm (unless otherwise noted), and are free and open to the public. 270-4848,

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FREE INTEGRIS Fit Club at Crossings Community Center (10255 N Penn Ave) features a family-friendly fitness class focused on promoting good nutrition, mental health, healthy weight and an active lifestyle. All fitness levels, families and individuals welcome. Best suited for kids ages 5 & up. Bring a mat. No childcare provided. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm. 242-5563 FREE Story Time at Green Bambino (5120 N Shartel Ave) features readings of favorite books in the Green room. Participants get 10% off all books during story time. Mondays, 11:30am; Wednesdays, 4pm & Thursdays, 10am. 848-2330, FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman), for ages 3-5. Young artists are invited to experience art through books. Tuesdays, 10:30am. 325-3272, Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise, Edmond) features a different story each week & a related craft time. Free with admission. Wednesdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, Nature Play Group at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) introduces children ages 2-6 to nature using naturecentered play activities. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. $2. Preregister. $10/month. Wednesdays, 10am. 297-1429, Early Explorers at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features come-&-go, hands-on science activities for kids ages 6 & under. Wednesdays.




No registration required. Free with admission. 10-11am. 602-6664, FREE Reading Wednesdays Story Time at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time and related craft. Best suited for ages 2-5. Wednesdays, 10-11am. 445-7080, Family Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Families can enjoy admission for up to five people, pizza and drinks using the MetroFamily Family Package (coupon available at www.metrofamilymagazine. com/coupons). $29. Thursdays, 6-9pm. 602-2758, FREE Whole Kids Club Story Time at Whole Foods Café (6001 N Western Ave) features story time hosted by a librarian from the Metropolitan Library System as well as crafts and snacks. Thursdays, 10-11am. 879-3500, FREE Nature Tales at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) introduces young adventurers to the world of nature using stories and themed, handson activities. Best suited for ages 3 – 7. Preregister. Thursdays & Saturdays, 10am. 297-1429, FREE Connie & the Cow Story Time at Chick-fil-a (1210 E 2nd St, Edmond) features a reading time every Thursday as part of the Chick-fil-a Kids Club. Thursdays, 10-11am. www.cfarestaurant. com/northedmond/home FREE Family Story Time at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Pajamas welcome. Preregister, best suited for families with kids ages 1-5 years old. Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm. 341-9282, FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 NW Expressway). Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900,

FREE Storytime with Mr. Steve at Barnes and Noble (540 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman) features an extremely silly story time and coloring activity. Saturdays, 11am. 579-8800 FREE Children’s Story Time at Edmond’s Best of Books (1313 E Danforth, Edmond). Saturdays, 11-11:30am. 340-9202. FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May Ave) features a hands-on craft time for kids ages 3 & up. No reservations necessary. Saturdays, 11am3pm. 858-8778, Roller Skating Lesson at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) offered each Saturday and Sunday. Noon-12:45pm. $2 skate rental. 605-2758, All Star Bowling for Differently-Abled Individuals at AMF Windsor Lanes (4600 NW 23rd) invites differently-abled individuals and their friends and families to bowl on Saturdays. 1-3pm. Cost to $8.25. 942-5545. FREE RIVERSPORT Ride in the Boathouse District (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features a free all-inclusive bike ride around the Oklahoma River. Riders can choose to begin at Schlegel’s Bicycyles or at the Chesapeake Boathouse. Saturdays. Schlegel’s, 8:30am; Boathouse, 8:50am. 552-4040, FREE Oklahoma Bicycle Society’s Donut Ride at Will Rogers Park (NW 36th & Portland) features a 14 - 25 mile ride starting at Will Rogers Park Tennis parking lot and rides to Brown's Bakery or Kamps 1910. Riders can return on the same route or join groups for longer return ride. 9am every Saturday. Drop-in Yoga at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features an instructor-led, reflective practice in the

museum’s galleries. All skill levels welcome. Members, $8; nonmembers, $12. Thursdays, 5:45-6:45pm; Saturdays, 11am-noon. 236-3100, Drop-in Art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a guest artist who leads families as they create works of art inspired by the museum’s collection and exhibits. All ages welcome, no registration required. FREE with admission. Saturdays, 1-4pm. 236-3100, Tuesday Night Holiday Movies at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features special presentations of classic holiday films on the big screen including Elf and A Christmas Story. $5. Tuesdays, 7pm. 231-4747, FREE Holiday Water Taxi Rides in Bricktown (California Ave) features a fun-filled float down the beautifullyadorned Bricktown canal free of charge, weather permitting. Thursdays-Sundays, 6-9pm. Closed Christmas. www. Holiday Drop-In Art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) an interactive experience to create extraordinary works of art inspired by the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions including holiday card making and New Year’s Eve poppers. All ages welcome. No advance registration is required. FREE with admission. Saturdays, 1-4pm. 236-3100, Merry & Bright: FREE Sunday Evenings at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory (301 W Reno Ave). enjoy the charming Christmas light displays and beautiful plant exhibits designed especially for the holiday season. Sundays, 6-9pm. 445-7080,

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Ask the experts Where are your mittens?

We asked local experts for tips to help kids learn responsibility.

Madison Clark Unfortunately losing items, especially for young children, is just a part of development! Children are so caught up in playing or going to the next thing, they set something down carelessly and have no idea where it is when they need it later. Accepting that fact is the first step, but there are some things you can do to help them be more responsible. Have you ever walked into a really well-organized classroom? I’ve had the privilege of working with a number of wonderful teachers over the years and I take this tip from them. Make sure there is a specific home for everything and label things in a way that makes sense to your child. For example, a 3-year-old who cannot read will need carefully organized bins with pictures of the contents on the front of each, but a 7-year-old will do just fine with word labels. If your home is not organized in a way that is obvious to your child, things will wander all over the house. A well-organized home sets children up for success in being responsible for their things. I think of myself as a pretty organized person, but I still lose my keys from time to time or find my phone in the pantry, so I know as well as anyone that losing things is just a part of life! Madison Clark is a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist in private practice in Norman. She specializes in working with families with young children, ages 0-6. She has extensive training in play therapy and enjoys watching parents connect with their children through play.

Anne K. Jacobs

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It seems people tend to fall into two general categories, those who seldom misplace their belongings and those who seldom manage to track their belongings. These two different types of people often share the same home. The first task is to allow some grace, a buffer for our individual differences and realize losing things does not mean a person is ungrateful or has some sort of character deficit. That being said, it is important to help children grow to be as responsible as they can:

Kids are notorious for misplacing, forgetting and losing items. It can be a challenge to teach your kids how to be responsible for their belongings but it is an important lesson to learn.

• Help children create an organizational system, plan where objects go when not in use and do not allow kids to move on to other projects without cleaning up items from the first. • Prompt your children to say what they need to remember. We have more success in my house when I ask, "What do you need to remember to bring home today?" instead of directing. • Plan for the consequences while the stakes are low. Commiserating with children over a lost toy that will not magically be replaced is difficult but easier than the pain they will feel when they lose a crucial assignment. As children develop their organizational skills and become more responsible, they will still need your help and reminders to an extent that fits their age or needs. Anne K. Jacobs earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas and enjoys serving children, adolescents and their families. In addition to her private practice in Edmond, she holds an adjunct faculty position at Southern Nazarene University. Her family includes: husband, Noel who is also a child psychologist; twin daughters, Keegan and Sarah; one dog, two cats, and five tarantulas.




Help your child learn where items belong when they are not in use. Having a set location for your kid’s belongings will help him get in the habit of putting his items where they belong when he is not using them. If they are always kept in their proper spots, there won’t be the frantic rush to search for them when he needs them. For example, having a “launch pad” for each child can help keep everything together needed for school or extra-curricular activities. Set up an area in your home where backpacks, lunch boxes and other items needed for school are kept together for easy accessibility in the mornings. Tamara Walker, R.N. shares her family expertise at and Ask MomRN Show, a weekly online talk show featuring family/parenting, health and family entertainment topics with well-known experts, authors, and celebrity guests. Tamara is a mom of two young adults. She lives with her husband in Edmond.

Greg Gunn Reinforce good behavior by acknowledging your child every once in a while for being responsible and reward for good character. One family I know calls this “attitude bucks.” Instill an ownership of their things early on

and do not reward bad behavior by always replacing items broken or lost that direct blatant irresponsibility caused. Of course, accidents and mishaps happen to children just like they happen to adults and should be dealt with differently. In fact, kindness and understanding should prevail. Have the child earn money by extra chores to pay for items he loses or breaks by being irresponsible and use these times to build the relationship with your child. Greg Gunn, founder of Family-iD, is a life coach, pastor, author and speaker from Oklahoma City. Married for 30 years, Greg is a father of seven kids, a father-in-law and a grandfather of two. For 17 years, Greg has led Family Vision Ministries, a ministry that helps families put their purpose on paper and pass it on to future generations.

Jim Priest My wife and I were big believers in natural consequences. If you lost your mittens, you either had to pay to replace them or stick your hands in your pockets. Create an environment in which your children “own” the problems they create or which naturally come to them. Jim Priest is the CEO of Sunbeam Family Services, a 109-year-old non-profit that provides a range of social services to support Oklahoma’s most vulnerable people. Jim and his wife, Diane, have been married for 38 years and have two adult children, Amanda and Spencer and are owned by a dog named Jeter.

Dr. Lisa L . Marotta Imagine that you had a boss who reminded you of your daily tasks . . . all day long. Pinocchio* had Jiminy Cricket and we all know how well that turned out. Reminding (a.k.a. nagging) is an ineffective technique because true responsibility is an internal ownership. The goal is empowering your child to develop his own system for keeping track of things. My “Love and Logic” training influenced both my parenting and my practice through celebrating mistakes. Although we would like to pretend otherwise, even in adulthood, much of our success is learning through mistakes. Next time you are tempted to Jiminy Cricket your precious Pinocchio remember these four “Love and Logic” steps to responsibility: 1. Give your child a task he can handle. “You are in charge of your mittens today.” 2. Show empathy and allow natural consequences to do the teaching. “I’m sorry you were cold. How will you remember them tomorrow?” 3. Give the task again. 4. Repeat the steps as often as necessary with patience and optimism. Loving your child through mistakes is the best way to help him become a real responsible boy. I used the male gender to keep consistent with the fable; all children need help in learning responsibility. Dr. Lisa L. Marotta is celebrating 22 years of private practice. She is a clinical psychologist in Edmond with a special heart for women, children and families. Dr. Marotta enjoys writing, public speaking and blogging. She and her husband Sal have two young adult daughters.

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Kid Review: Sorghum Mill

Christmas Tree & Blackberry Farm Address: 7121 Midwest Lane What made the experience stand out? My family buys a Christmas tree every year but this time was different because we went to a Christmas tree farm instead of a store parking lot. We’ve gone there before but this time, I wasn’t cold at all. The weather was much better, since it wasn't snowing; we didn’t have to wear mittens or hats. It’s also the earliest we’ve ever gotten a Christmas tree. Our family normally waits until after Thanksgiving but my parents took us earlier than usual to make up for last year. We were moving from our old house to our new house last December so we didn’t have a Christmas tree and I was kind of sad about that. This year, we’re celebrating Christmas all season long. I can tell you from experience that the house feels more cheerful with one than without one.

What was the best part? I loved that we could run and run through the different areas where the trees grow. It felt like running in a forest but you could still move because there aren’t weeds or branches to trip over. We just ran and ran. Besides that, we picked up pinecones to keep for decoration. It was also fun to see the different kinds of trees and choose the very best one.

What was the worst part? I’m not old enough to cut down a Christmas tree. My Dad said I couldn’t use the saw yet. I just wanted to see how it works but if it’s so sharp you can cut down a tree, I guess you could cut yourself if you’re a kid.

Will other kids like this experience and why? Yes, they’ll enjoy going with their families because it’s more of an experience. It’s also good to have a place where you can get outside without making a mess and go do something active even though winter is coming up. There’s also a very nice lady who gives out hot chocolate, apple cider, cookies and candy canes. You can have those if it’s cold outside so you enjoy it more.

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Yes! I saw my brother, Isaac, having a good time. We found some “Charlie Brown”-style

Kid reviewer’s name: Samuel Roldán

Christmas trees that he wanted to bring home to make them happier somehow. He’s 4 so he doesn’t get that trees don’t have emotions. I know he liked running on the property too. The other person who ran a lot is our baby, Gabriel. He just learned to run and likes to practice. Gabriel liked throwing pinecones too. The other cool thing you get to do is ride on a golf cart after you saw down your Christmas tree.

If you could do this again knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would take my time finding the tree. It’s really more fun to look sometimes than to find what you’re looking for. I’d also like to go back in the summer and pick blackberries.

Does what you saw match up with anything you're learning in school or have seen before in a book, on TV, etc.? I didn’t know there were so many different kinds of pine trees. I wonder what kinds of animals come to the Christmas tree farm at night when people aren’t there.

What do you think you'll remember most about your visit? I think I’ll remember going because this fall has been the only year where we didn’t have to wear big coats to school in November. Last year at Thanksgiving, we asked Isaac what he was thankful for and he said “trees.” We thought it was a funny answer because he was 3 then and he says some random things sometimes but now I get what he means. Knowing that we have a Christmas tree in a warm house with people who care about us is something I wrote on this paper craft my Mom made us do to talk about what we’re grateful for; I’ll remember that. Editor’s note: Sorghum Mill Christmas Tree and Blackberry Farm’s last day of the season is Dec. 23. Get more tips for exploring Oklahoma City with your kids at our Weekend Warrior blog, Weekend-Warrior




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