Parades, Lights and Loads of Things to Do This Weekend

It's December and holiday activities are in full force starting this weekend. You probably already know about Winterfest going on downtown near the BOK Center. Take the kids ice skating. This year the warming tent allows you to see outside as you sip your hot chocolate. They have horse and carriage rides and a "Segway Santa." I don't know, Santa on a Segway? I'm oddly compelled to go see this. There's a daily calendar at

Lights, lights and more lights. When my kids were little, we used to pile in the minivan on Christmas Eve and drive around to look at lights. I think maybe we were trying to get the kids to go to sleep. If you want to see some pretty amazing light displays, you can go to Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Chandler Park's Lights on the Hill on Fri., Sat. and Sunday nights through Dec. 25 -- take a horse drawn carriage ride through the three miles of lights. Or go over to Philbrook Museum on Thurs. evening beginning at 5 p.m. for their Garden Glow. The Philbrook gardens are beautifully lit. Speaking of Philbrook, the Festival of Trees is through Dec. 11, so you only have another week to see it.

If you want to have an inside day, The German American Society of Tulsa is having their annual Christmas market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 15th & Terrace Dr. You can buy all kinds of cool German stuff -- nutcrackers, ornaments, food. And the kids can enjoy a puppet show and hands-on activities.

Do you have your Christmas photo, yet? If not, take your kids to the Oklahoma Aquarium on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 and get a picture with Scuba Santa. How cool would that be for a Christmas card?

There are a few parades this weekend as well. On Friday, the Sand Springs Festival of Lights Christmas Parade starts at 7 p.m. and the Claremore Christmas Parade is at 6 p.m. beginning at the Expo Center.

If you want to enjoy a parade during the day, go to Broken Arrow. Their parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning downtown.

Some special Santas will be out this weekend, too. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, kids can visit African American Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Greenwood Cultural Center. The visit is free and each child receives a free book! Everyone is welcome.

TSHA is holding a Christmas party for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families at Boston Ave. Methodist Church from 2-4 on Saturday. There will be a deaf Santa, carnival games, refreshments and fun. It's all free.

On Sunday between 8 and 11 a.m., children with autism can visit Sensitive Santa at the Tulsa Promenade Mall.

Those are just a few of the things (besides Bedlam football) going on this weekend. Get out and have a great time with your family!

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