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Family Fun for the Holidays: November 2017 Edition

Tulsa offers many ways for families to make fun memories during the holiday season.




Purchase delicious treats and other gifts at the Tulsa Herb Society's Carols and Crumpets market.

CHRISTMAS TREE EXHIBIT AT BROKEN ARROW HISTORY MUSEUM

Be dazzled by a display of trees decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. This year’s trees will reflect the theme of “Big Spirit, Little Trees.” Visitors are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy suitable for children under 12 to be donated.


GARDEN DEVA OPEN STUDIO PARTY

  • When: Friday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Where: Garden Deva Sculpture, 317 S. Trenton Ave.
  • Website: gardendeva.com

Bring a friend to this fabulous shopping extravaganza, featuring artists from all over the country, food trucks, live music, and—naturally—metal art by Garden Deva.


TASTE OF NORTH TULSA HOLIDAY AND RESOURCE BAZAAR

  • When: Sunday, Nov. 5, 1-4 p.m.
  • Where: Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartvord
  • Website: www.tulsalibrary.org

Enjoy holiday shopping, tastes from north Tulsa caterers and restaurants, with community resources. Purchase gifts and request customized presents including jewelry, handmade toiletries and other festive treasures that are sure to please. Taste dishes prepared by local caterers and restaurants while placing your orders for holiday meals and desserts. Also peruse the booths of local agencies for information on resources and services. There will be a minimal fee for the tasting. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Rudisill Regional Library. Please bring a gently used or new book to donate to Rudisill Regional Library’s literacy efforts. For all ages.


HEALTHY HOLIDAY MEALS EVERYONE WILL LOVE

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6-7 p.m.
  • Where: Schusterman-Benson Library, 3333 E. 32nd Place
  • Website: www.tulsalibrary.org

Reasor’s dietitian Sarah Cortese provides ideas for healthy holiday meals sure to make everyone happy, including gluten-free, diabetic and vegetarian/vegan options. For adults.


MS. TORI’S MESSY ART: PAPER TURKEY BOOKS

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 9, 4-5 p.m.
  • Where: Glenpool Library, 730 E. 141st St.
  • Website: www.tulsalibrary.org

Wear your grubby clothes and join Ms. Tori for a messy art project. November is Picture Book Month and participants will make turkey-themed books of our own. Space is limited. Call 918-549-7323 to register. For elementary students.


CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ON THE FLY

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4-5 p.m.
  • Where: Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett Rd.
  • Website: www.tulsalibrary.org

Come try these quick and inexpensive decorations, and save your pennies for more presents! For adults.


HOLIDAY CRAFTING

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 4-5 p.m.
  • Where: Herman and Kate Kaiser Library, 5202 S. Hudson Ave., Suite B
  • Website: www.tulsalibrary.org

Make a holiday snow globe, coaster or other crafts. Supplies are provided. For ages 10-18.


AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART

  • When: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: River Spirit Expo at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.
  • Website: www.heartoftulsa.com

The three-day shopping event features unique, one-of-a-kind and often handmade items from jewelry and handbags to furniture, clothing and gourmet foods.


A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

  • When: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 17-19, 7:30; Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 18-19, 2 p.m.
  • Where: Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S. Delaware Ave.
  • Website: www.encore-tulsa.com

Encore! Tulsa presents this heartwarming tale about Charlie Brown’s quest to find Christmas cheer.


PHILBROOK FESTIVAL

Celebrate the holiday season with Philbrook! The Museum comes alive with festive holiday events, décor, and thousands of lights reflecting the spirit of the season. Gather the whole family for unforgettable experiences. 


PAINTING CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH ORNAMENTS

  • When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Glenpool Library, 730 E. 141st St., Glenpool
  • Website: www.tulsalibrary.org

Get a jump-start on the holiday season. All materials provided. For all ages.


BOARE’S HEAD FEASTE

  • When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 7-10 p.m.
  • Where: The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Rd., Muskogee
  • Website: www.okcastle.com

Dine on a sumptuous, four-course feast while enjoying music and entertainment from notable nobles such as Queen Elizabeth Tudor, King James V, and more! Seating is limited and must be reserved ahead of time; call 918.687.3625 for more information or to reserve your spot at the Feaste!


CASTLE CHRISTMAS

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Jan. 31
  • Where: The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Rd., Muskogee
  • Website: www.okcastle.com

Drive through Castleton Village every night from Thanksgiving through New Years to enjoy over 2,000 holiday displays and thousands of lights! If you head to the Castle earlier in the day, take a train ride through the village, ride ponies, make ornaments in Santa’s workshop, enjoy family movies, and more. Check their online calendar to see when Father Christmas will be making appearances!


Lights On at Utica Square

  • When: Thursday, Nove. 23, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Utica Square, 21st and Utica
  • Website: www.uticasquare.com

Put away the turkey, bundle up the kids, and head over to Utica Square. For over 40 years, Lights On has evoked the holiday spirit in all who attend. Sip on some hot chocolate as you sing your favorite holiday carols. And for the little ones, Santa Claus will be there to conduct the final countdown whenover 700,000 lights, adorning 175 trees, light up the evening sky. 


ARVEST WINTERFEST

  • When: Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Jan. 7
  • Where: Third Street between Denver & Frisco, just outside the BOK Center
  • Website: tulsawinterfest.com

Winterfest has become a favorite holiday tradition for many Tulsans. Enjoy skating under the Tulsa skyline, eating comfort foods, taking in the breathtaking sight Oklahoma’s tallest Christmas tree, and more!


WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS

  • When: Friday-Sunday, Nov.24-Dec. 23, 5-9 p.m.
  • Where: Woolaroc Ranch, 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd., Bartlesville
  • Website: www.woolaroc.org

Stroll through a winter wonderland featuring over 750,000 lights, wagon rides, live entertainment, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, cider and more.


TURKEY TROT

Work off that Turkey dinner with a 5km & Fun Run & Walk on Friday, November 24th! 


LIGHTS ON! AT CHANDLER PARK

Join the Tulsa Parks department as they flip the switch for “Lights On” the Hill. The Chandler Park light display features millions of light lining roads throughout the park. Meet inside the community center for refreshments and fun! Check the event schedule at www.parks.tulsacounty.org to get the full schedule of viewing opportunities


MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker has been called a “Knock out!” by the New York Times. Kids will delight at larger-than-life puppets, nesting dolls, gorgeous costumes and of course, performances by world-class artists.


RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

  • When: Sunday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m.
  • Where: Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St.
  • Website: www.tulsapac.com

You won’t want to miss this stage production of the classic holiday movie featuring Hermie, the elf who wants to become a dentist, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, gold prospector Yukon Cornelius, and the most important character, Rudolph!


GLOW ON THE GREEN

  • When: Sunday, Nov. 26, 3-7 p.m.
  • Where: Guthrie Green, 111 E. M.B. Brady St.
  • Website: www.guthriegreen.com

Enjoy live music, a winter market, holiday-inspired food and beverages from Mr. Nice Guys, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and more! At 6 p.m., Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and others will count down to the lighting of the Green.


DOWNTOWN GLOW

  • When: Sunday, Nov. 26, 4:30-6:30
  • Where: John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, 321 N. Detroit
  • Website: www.jhfcenter.org

If you haven’t visited the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park—and even if you have—take this opportunity to do so as the Park lights up for the holidays.


MAKING AND GIVING: DIY HOLIDAY GIFTS

  • When: Monday, Nov. 27, 4-5 p.m.
  • Where: Central Library, 400 Civic Center
  • Website: www.tulsalibrary.org

Use the library’s sewing machines to make simple projects that you’ll be able to take home with you. Space is limited. Register online. For ages 10-18.


HANSEL & GRETEL

  • When: Friday, Dec. 1 and 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2 p.m.
  • Where: Spotlight Theatre, 1381 Riverside Dr.
  • Website: www.spotlighttheatre.org

Winter is gingerbread season, and what better way to celebrate this fact than by enjoying a performance featuring one of the most well-known gingerbread cottages—and some of Tulsa’s talented youth actors?


WILL’S COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

  • When: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2, 5-9 p.m.
  • Where: Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 E. 380 Rd., Oologah
  • Website: www.willrogers.com

Kids can take a photo with Santa, make crafts, listen to storytellers and carolers, and more, at the historic Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch. Admission is free; certain activities are available for a small fee. 


CAROLS & CRUMPETS

  • When: Saturday, December 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Where: Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.
  • Website: www.tulsagardencenter.com

This unique craft fair, organized by the Tulsa Herb Society, features handmade items made by Tulsa Herb Society members as well as other vendors. Items include holiday wreaths, doggie treats, tree ornaments, and handmade soaps, as well as edible goods like herbal vinegars, jams and jellies. Shoppers can enjoy hot spiced cider and cookies in addition to the Snowflake Café, which will be open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


SANTA COMMUNITY PROJECT

For the 28th year, The Mothers Group Inc. has invited Santa and Mrs. Claus to the historic Greenwood District to greet children. The delightful couple will bring with them their favorite gifts—brand new books— to give to the first 500 children who attend the event.


BIXBY HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where: Bixby Community Center, 211 N. Cabaniss Ave., Bixby
  • Website: parks.tulsacounty.org

Bixby’s largest holiday arts and craft show, with over 70 booths! Gifts and treasures from all over Oklahoma.


36th ANNUAL DARNABY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

The Darnaby Arts & Crafts Show features high-quality items from more than 150 skilled artisans and crafters. Shoppers can find everything from monogrammed items to children’s clothing and accessories to jewelry and more!


LAFORTUNE PARK CRAFTS BAZAAR

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Where: Buddy LaFortune Community Center, 5202 S. Hudson Ave.
  • Website: parks.tulsacounty.org

Browse homemade items, decorations, scarves, jewelry, and other unique treasures for your holiday shopping list from quality vendors. Get out of the cold and enjoy stress-free shopping. No admission fee.


POPS I: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Lorton Performing Arts Center, 550 S. Gary Place
  • Website: www.tulsasymphony.org

Kick off your holiday season with this family-centric blend of seasonal compositions! This night of diverse, classical-yet-jazzy collections will feature the acclaimed trumpeter Jeff Shadley along with members of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Ron Spigelman. 


TSHA’S ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARTY

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Boston Avenue Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave.
  • Website: www.tsha.cc

TSHA’s party is a time when kids with hearing loss are the center of all the attention, and when they can go and talk to a deaf Santa. The party is for children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired and hearing children of deaf adults as well as their families. Enjoy refreshments, games, crafts, prizes, AND a stocking filled with goodies!! Best of all, tell a signing Santa and a hearing Mrs. Claus what you want. You will also have a chance to get your picture taken with Santa. Email kwilson@tsha.cc for more information.


PICTURES WITH SANTA AT THE WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Where: Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore
  • Website: www.willrogers.com

Get your picture taken with Santa at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum! Admission is free. 

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