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Dashing to the Show

Whether totally tacky or spectacularly beautiful, light displays are a true sign of the holiday season. The entire family is sure to enjoy an evening viewing these lavish spectacles and beautiful animated shows. By Michele Chiappetta The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a magical time for many reasons, promising hints of snow, hot chocolate, warm cider, pumpkin pies and other tasty treats, presents beneath trees, lit menorahs, and a whole host of other special holiday traditions that people all over the world embrace. But there is perhaps no other better tradition than the stringing of lights, display of wreaths, hung ribbons, glowing candles in windows, and all the other trappings of holiday decorations for us to enjoy. Whether you want to put up a display at your own home, or whether you prefer to drive through and walk by the elaborate decorations created by others, holiday lights are so much fun. You really can’t have the holiday season without them. It’s perhaps not surprising, then, that Green Country offers an impressive array of holiday lights displays, enough to keep you and your family busy viewing them every weekend between now and Dec. 31. Take a limo ride to view these lights, splurge on a helicopter light tour, or do it on the cheap by gathering homemade popcorn, travel mugs filled with hot chocolate, and pile into your car to cruise to the displays listed here.

Lights On UTICA SQUARE | TULSA

For over 40 years, premier shopping center Utica Square has illuminated their outdoor walkways and trees to add elegant festivity to the holiday season. With 700,000 lights adorning 175 trees, you’re assured a brilliant display while you shop. The display is free to

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view, though what you spend in the stores while you’re there is between you and your credit card.

Wonderland of Lights WOOLAROC MUSEUM & WILDLIFE PRESERVE | BARTLESVILLE

selling gift-worthy items. Visit the Castle’s website for details about times that the Christmas Shoppe, Cafe, Santa, wagon and pony rides are available.

Philbrook Festival PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART | TULSA

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

Castle Christmas CASTLE OF MUSKOGEE | MUSKOGEE

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

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

Fantasy Land of Lights JOHNSTONE PARK | BARTLESVILLE

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

Garden of Lights HONOR HEIGHTS PARK | MUSKOGEE

A beautiful outdoor park holiday display can be found at the Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park in Muskogee. With over 1 million lights decorating the park’s

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