Day-by-Day Winter Break Activities
Saturday, December 22
Set in 1920’s Paris, the birthplace of classical ballet, Marcello Angelini’s vision of The Nutcracker has been a Tulsa favorite since 2003. Whether you’ve seen it once or one hundred times, this magical holiday spectacular is guaranteed to capture your imagination. This production will be retired in a few short years, be sure to see it now before it’s gone forever!
General tickets (non-VIP) start at $25. Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St., 2 p.m. (Additional date Sunday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m.)
Gather your family and enjoy a free holiday movie at the library! A team of mythical figures fights a ghost who steals children's dreams and replaces them with fear. Hardesty Library, 8316 E. 83rd St., 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, December 23
Need a last-minute Christmas present? Get a signed picture book by Betty Selakovich Casey, author/illustrator of "May Finds Her Way," "That Is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie." Barnes & Noble, Southroads, 5231 E. 41st Street, 1-3 p.m.
Gathering Place transforms into a Winter Wonderland, spreading holiday cheer with lights, performances, holiday shopping, festive food and drink and more! The Winter Wonderland Holiday Market will occur every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night starting November 30, from 5 – 8 p.m., as well as every night the last week of December (24th – 30th). Guests can walk through the Winter Wonderland of lights, explore the European-styled Holiday Market, enjoy live music and performances, indulge in festive food and drinks, and take a ride on a themed train. All events are FREE with the exception of retail and food/beverage purchases. Gathering Place, 2600 S. Riverside Dr., 5-8 p.m. (See description for additional dates)
Monday, December 24
If you haven't yet experienced Rhema's FREE Christmas Light extravaganza, what better time than Christmas Eve? Visit nightly through New Year's Day. Rhema Bible Church, 1025 W. Kenosha Ave., Broken Arrow, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25
The Castle of Muskogee's Christmas Light display is open nightly through New Year's. While you're in the area, don't miss the popular Honor Heights Garden of Lights! Learn more here. The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Rd., Muskogee, 5:30-10 p.m. (Honor Heights lights are available 6-10 p.m.)
Wednesday, December 26
Make memories at the museum over your school break as you create with artists, make buttons in the gallery, and listen to fun music together as a family. Enjoy special activities each afternoon, including artmaking, creative play, puppets, dance, and more. Crystal Bridges Museum, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Click here for additional dates)
Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant floor puzzles and strike your best pose at the Selfie Stations. Create at the Activity Tables for a special make-and-take, and locate Howe & Dee, the Museum’s very own cowboy elves. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 Northeast 63rd St., Oklahoma City; Daily from Dec. 17-31 (excluding Christmas Day), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), 12-2 p.m. (Sun.) Get the complete schedule here.
Thursday, December 27
Put your imagination to the test building your own world in the popular game Minecraft. Registration is required. Register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/events or call 918-549-7323. For ages 10-18. Central Library, 400 Civic Center, 3-4 p.m.
Enjoy a special screening of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Light refreshments and water will be provided. For ages 5-18. Judy Z. Kishner Library, 10150 N. Cincinnati Ave., Sperry, 3-5 p.m.
Why not catch a hockey game during Winter Break? See tulsaoilers.com for additional game days. BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave., 7 p.m.
Friday, December 28
End your month on a high note by playing games on Maxwell Park's new Nintendo Switch and Xbox One consoles! Space is limited to four players on the Switch per game, and two per game on the Xbox. Taking turns is a must. For ages 10-18. Maxwell Park Library, 1313 N. Canton Ave., 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Enjoy one of winter’s prettiest strolls as Tulsa Botanic Garden transforms into a magical illuminated wonderland. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to reconnect with family and friends as you roast marshmallows for s’mores, add a wish to the Garden’s Wishing Tree and take in the beauty of season! Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr., 5-10 p.m. Open nightly except Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1. Purchase tickets in advance here.
Saturday, December 29
This celebration will ecognize the fourth day of Kwanzaa, Ujamaa (collective economics). Learn more about the concept and get information on methods to use year-round to benefit self and the community. Please bring a canned good to donate to a needy family in the community. We will light the Ujamaa candle in honor of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. For all ages. Suburban Acres Library, 4606 N. Garrison, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, December 30
Calling all tinkerers, artists, and families! You're invited to drop in for creative exploration at The STUDIO, located on the 3rd floor of ahha's Hardesty Center.
Every Sunday in The STUDIO, you'll discover special activities and new creative challenges, techniques, and materials for kids of all ages to explore. You'll also have the chance to meet artists participating in the Open Studios program in the nearby printmaking, metal, photography, and digital media labs. ahha Tulsa, 101 E. Archer St., 12-7 p.m.
Monday, December 31
Happy New Year's! We wish you a wonderful 2019! See our list of Family Friendly New Year's Eve Activities.
Tuesday, January 1
Why not take a day to slow down and enjoy some family fun in the kitchen? Here are some suggestions for Kid-Friendly Cookie Recipes, Storybook Recipes, Recipes to Get 2019 off to Healthy Start, and Holiday Recipes to Make with Kids. Find more inspiration at tulsakids.com/food!
Wednesday, January 2
Try something new: Check out our list of Places to Play Indoors in Tulsa!
Thursday, January 3
One-Stop-Shopping-Spot for Moms, Grandmas, and Moms-To-Be! Come shop gently used name brand children's (infant - high school) and maternity clothing, toys, books, shoes, electronics, baby gear, furniture, and more! Rhema NRC, 1421 W. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow, Feb. 3-7, starts daily at 10 a.m. Get the schedule at brokenarrow.rhealana.com
Head to Central Library's recording studio for an introduction on the ways you can create your own podcast. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/events or call 918-549-7323. For teens. Central Library, 400 Civic Center, 2-3:30 p.m.
At this fun family event you can eat yummy popcorn, create supercool crafts and watch the action-packed "The Incredibles 2" movie! All ages are welcome. Central Library, 400 Civic Center, 4-6:30 p.m.
Friday, January 4
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry requests the pleasure of your company at the Harry Potter New Year's Bash. Enjoy an evening of enchantment and merrymaking. Celebrate the magic of the winter season! Take part in a live owl demonstration, find out your Hogwarts house, create magical crafts and much more. You'll bring home your own Hogwarts acceptance letter, House tie and magic wand. This year's bash will feature an enchanted photo booth, trivia, plus costume contests for adults, children and teens. Registration is required. Register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/events or call 918-549-7323. NOTE: Live owl demonstration is limited seating and requires separate registration. For all ages. Central Library, 400 Civic Center, 5:30-8 p.m.
This year-round monthly event features all of the galleries, studios and museums as well as the part-time galleries in various shops opening their doors to show art. Tulsa Arts District, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, January 5
Interested in role-playing games? Thinking about playing or running a game? Stop by for a day of discussion and open-table time. Co-op board games will be available and there may even be a D&D game going on! For ages 10-adult. Herman and Kate Kaiser Library, 5202 S. Hudson Ave., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM) in conjunction with the Astronomy Club of Tulsa, will host a Telescope 101 Workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at the Planetarium. The free event is open to the public and perfect for those who may have received a telescope as a gift or have an old one in the closet collecting dust. Members of the Astronomy Club of Tulsa will be on hand to help and teach people how to properly assemble and operate their telescope. Learn more here. Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Conclude your seasonal celebrations with a cherished Latin American tradition rooted in the spirit of benevolence, Dia de Reyes. Bring the whole family and enjoy festive foods, a procession, art activities, dancing, story times and more! The event, presented in partnership with The Power of Families Project and Casa de la Cultura, is free and requires no reservations. Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd., 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, January 6
Explore new materials and concepts each month under the guidance of Gilcrease teaching artists. Studio activities can be adapted for visitors of all ages, backgrounds and artist abilities. All supplies and materials provided. Free for members, and free with museum admission for not-yet-members. Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd., 1-4 p.m.
Love awards shows? Enjoy some trivia, snacks and a live showing of the Golden Globes at Circle Cinema! Red-carpet watch party starts at 6 p.m. Golden Globes starts at 7 p.m. Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave.,