Midwest City's holiday happenings kickoff this Thursday (Nov. 15) with Walk the Lights in Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Visitors will walk through over 100 animated light displays with over a million lights, including the 118 foot Christmas tree and the tunnel of lights in the Holiday Lights Spectacular. Children 12 and under are free. The $5 fee for all others is a fundraiser for the Holiday Lights Spectacular.
Opening night of the Holiday Lights Spectacular is the following night, Friday, November 16, with caroling, a special surprise guest from the North Pole, and a hot air balloon to light up the sky for the countdown to the official “lights up” spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Lights officially open at 6 p.m. for vehicles to cruise the one and a half mile drive through the heart of the park.
Holiday Lights Spectacular is on display through Christmas. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday though Saturday. Joe B. Barnes Regional Park is at 8700 E. Reno Ave. This is a free event with donations accepted to help fund next year's Holiday Lights Spectacular.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 26 is another annual tradition in Midwest City. This free, family event features caroling, a special performance by Steed Sound Machine and a famous North Pole guest. There will also be performances by the Ballet and Cheer recreation classes. The Council of Garden Club will serve complimentary sweets.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Nick Harroz Community Center at 200 N. Midwest Blvd.
Another popular event, Storyland Christmas, opens on November 30 with visual art and performing arts entertainment including a musical, animated 40 foot tree. Stories and music accompany murals between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
Santa will make appearances on the weekends for photo opportunities with children. Weekend hours for photos with Santa at the Santa House are Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This free event also includes characters in costume with goody bags for children during weekend hours.
On December 8, there will be special performances by the Choctaw Nicoma Park Choir at 1 p.m. followed by the ECHO Choir at 2 p.m. On December 15, the Barnes BlueJay Jazz Choir performs at 1 p.m. followed by the Grammy-featured Sugar Free Allstars at 2 p.m. The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will make an appearance on December 1 at 3 p.m. Anna and Elsa from Frozen will perform at 3 p.m. on December 8 and 15.
Storyland Christmas is open through December 16 at Charles J. Johnson Park at Town Center Plaza. Town Center Plaza is at 7201 SE 29th St.
The Midwest City Welcome Center and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau hosts the annual Holiday Open House on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with complimentary coffee, cookies and samples of the Made In Oklahoma (MIO) food products. The Welcome Center Gift Shop features MIO foods, fudge, popcorn, Bedre Chocolate, salsa, jerky, jellies and honey. Unique Oklahoma souvenirs and gifts include Old World ornaments and tee shirts.
Visitors to the Holiday Open House can register for a door prize and do not have to be present to win. The Welcome Center and Convention & Visitors Bureau is located at 7200 SE 29th St.