Holidays in Enid 2023

Community Christmas tree? Check. Outdoor ice skating? Check. A drive-through Christmas lights display? Check. Cut your own Christmas tree? Check. Fireworks? Of course!

Some have compared Enid to a setting for a television Christmas movie, and who are we to argue?  Enid’s real ice, open air ice rink – Holidays on Ice in Downtown Enid – runs November 17 through January 7.  Enid Lights Up the Plains celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special celebration on November 24, the night after Thanksgiving. The One Enid is now The One: Bright Lights, a 102-foot tall steel tree a 20-foot Bethlehem star on top and 35,000 RBG lights providing a spectacular light and music show each evening on the hour beginning with the lighting ceremony on December 3.

In between are many activities throughout Enid to get you in the holiday spirit.

November 17-January 7 – Holidays on Ice in Downtown Enid

Enid’s holiday forecast is icy thanks to its real ice, outdoor ice rink just south of the Stride Bank Center. Open seven days a week (weather permitting), including skate times on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Season passes, group and party packages are available.

November 24 – Enid Lights Up the Plains

A 30-year holiday tradition that brings the Enid community together to celebrate the festive season. Enjoy the Christmas Lights Parade, PAT the Snowman, horse-drawn wagon rides, the Tree of Lights, and fireworks at the end of the evening.

November 24-January 2 – The BAT Express & BAT Express Mini

When you’re downtown enjoying the ice rink and The One, take a ride around the square on The BAT Express. It’s very cool to ride in an five-ton military truck decorated with 3,500 lights! Open each night at 6 pm. The BAT Express Mini is an 80-foot long barrel train covered in 1,200 lights. No age limit. If you can fit, you can sit.

November 24-December 17 – Christmas on the Farm

Red Bird Farm is Enid’s agritourism attraction. Come enjoy a true farm holiday experience. Cut down your own Christmas tree or choose a pre-cut tree. The barn is stocked with fun Christmas gifts and finds, and the kids will enjoy the petting zoo. Open Friday-Sunday through Christmas.

November 24-25 – The Market Christmas Craft Show

Over 100 vendors will set up inside the Stride Bank Center Grand Ballroom with all kinds of new ideas for decorating your home for the holidays!

November 25 – Breakfast with Santa

Indulge in a delicious breakfast, get your photo with the man in red, and dive into the magic of the holiday season!

November 25 – Enid Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah

The ESO, Enid Symphonic Choir, and soloists usher in the Advent season in Joan Allen Symphony Hall with timeless sounds of George Frederic Handel’s oratorio Messiah.

November 26 – Broadway Antique Mall Holiday Open House

Great booth and vendor sales with lots of samples and a visit from the Grinch.

December 1 – Christmas in the Village

Escape to a simpler time and experience a Victorian-era Christmas in the Cherokee Outlet as it was over 100 years ago, with the sights, smells and sounds of the holiday season.

December 1, 8, 15, 22 – Leonardo’s Night of Lights

Adventure Quest will be open 5-7 pm for children to play under the stars. Arts & Crafts, games, elves, and Santa may even make an appearance.

December 1-2 – Waukomis Welcomes Christmas

A two-day festival in downtown Waukomis featuring vendors, food, fun and games and more.

December 2 – Sensory Santa

Give that sensory-needs child the gift of Santa without the external lights and sounds.

December 3 – The One: Bright Lights opening ceremony

The Christ Tree will be a 102 foot artificial tree with a 20 foot tall bright Bethlehem star. The tree will be adorned with nearly 35,000 RBG lights, providing a spectacular light show choreographed to perfectly chosen Christmas music at the top of each hour.

December 3 – Christmas Concert featuring Leanna Crawford

Her beautifully performed songs like “Truth I’m Standing On”, “Simple” and “How Can You Not” have encouraged many people over the last few years.

December 5 – Star of Bethlehem

Come to the NOC-Mackie Planetarium to see what the sky over Babylon looked like to the Wise Men over 2,000 years ago. Free admission, but a canned good donation is appreciated.

December 7 – Christmas Tipsy Artist Class

Choose from four different holiday themes and paint your own canvas.

December 8 – Sip, Snack & Shop in Downtown Enid

Indulge in the enchantment of after-hours holiday shopping as participating downtown shops stay open late just for you!

December 8-10 – Living Drive-Through Nativity

Guests will drive through a pathway of lights and witness first-hand the story of the first Christmas as portrayed in ten different scenes. The story comes alive through reenactment characters, beautiful music, Scripture and live animals.

December 8-10 & 15-17 – Gaslight Theatre presents A Christmas Story

Follow the story of the fateful Christmas season for Ralph and his family. Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas.

December 9 – Christmas Critters

A family-friendly event featuring various Christmas Critters and fun events for everyone of all ages!

December 9 – Christmas in the Park

Cruise through Christmas at Meadowlake Park. There will be lights and characters throughout the park for holiday enjoyment.

December 9-10 – A Family Christmas at Tea & Country Estate

Helicopter light tour rides over the One, helicopter candy drop, Christmas lights, petting area, hot cocoa, s’mores, live music, and much more.

December 10 – Hospice Circle of Love Tree of Life

Memorial ornaments will be displayed on a trio of Christmas trees at the event, which also includes a brief spiritual message, Christmas music and a cookie reception.

December 12 – Candy Cane Cash Drawing

Enid’s premier hometown shopping promotion comes to its conclusion. The grand prize winner receives $7,500!

December 13 – Christmas Drone Light Show

The One: Bright Lights campus will be a festive backdrop for the largest drone light show in Oklahoma. Sky Elements Drone Shows will fly over 500 drones for a surprise Christmas show.

December 15 – After Hours Shopping-Live Music-Bingo 

He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, gonna find out who’s got the best beats in town!  Get ready for a merry mix of late-night shopping and live music inside/outside of businesses, and a little BINGO with Rudolph that is sure to sleigh all your festive expectations!

December 15 – Rave on the Rink

Join us for the ultimate DJ on Ice night featuring Blasier.Pro DJ on ice {literarily…}, right after the Jolly Jam Shopping Crawl in Downtown Enid. Great for the whole family!

December 16 – Sleigh Rides at 81 Ranch

Enjoy this horse meet and greet. Pet and feed the horses, enjoy Christmas stories, face painting and of course, sleigh rides with Santa at 81 Ranch, sponsored by Bennie’s Barn, Enid’s equine therapy facility.

December 16 – Holiday Market

Open-air last-minute shopping from local and area vendors. Located near Holidays on Ice.

December 16 – Holly Jolly Christmas Family Paint Party

Bring the family to The Farm on Norman for two hours filled with holiday cheer, creativity and fun. Paint and take home a pre-designed canvas and two ornaments.

December 16 – Twinkling Tales

An evening of storytelling and characters coming to life.

December 19 – McVay Movie Night on Ice: Polar Express

Bundle up, gather ’round, skate around the rink, or grab a blanket/chair, as we project “The Polar Express” on the big blow up screen.

December 22 – Snowflake Showdown 

In collaboration with 4RKidsDowntown Enid & Main Street Enid, & Holidays on Ice present the first ever Snowflake Showdown. They will have 5 rounds of winter fun and teams will be in groups of 4. 

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Since its exciting, unique beginning on that hot, dusty day in September, 1893, Enid has prided itself on its adventurous spirit. Just a two-hour drive or less from Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita, Enid is conveniently located and is an ideal setting for that want-to-get-away feeling we all get.