20+ FREE Activities Over Winter Break

Plus ten more suggestions!

Tulsa Public Schools’ Winter Break is December 21-January 5. Here are some free activities happening throughout this time, as well as ten other suggestions. For more, check out our Community Calendar or Holiday Family Fun Guide!

Saturday, December 21

HOLIDAY MOVIE MADNESS: “THE SANTA CLAUSE”

Eat popcorn, make a craft and watch “The Santa Clause” (rated PG). Because of the Santa clause, Scott inherits the job of Santa and meets the elf Bernard. For all ages. Bixby Library, 20 E. Breckenridge Ave., Bixby, 10:30-12:30 p.m.

LAFORTUNE PARK VISIT WITH SANTA

Join Tulsa County Parks for games, snacks and a visit from Santa! Ages: 0-12. Free. LaFortune Park Community Center, 5202 S. Hudson Ave., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

FAMILY ORNAMENT MAKING

The holidays are here, so spread some cheer by making ornaments! Bring your whole family for an ornament-making party with holiday music and treats, while supplies last. Central Library, 400 Civic Center, 2-3 p.m.

HARDESTY HOLIDAY MOVIES: “THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (PG)

Gather family and friends to enjoy the warmth and joy of the season with a showing of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. For all ages. Hardesty Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., 2-4 p.m.

Sunday, December 22

BLUE DOME POP-UP SHOPS

Do some holiday shopping in Tulsa’s iconic Blue Dome Building! Each Pop-Up shop will feature different local artists; these events will be held each weekend leading up to Christmas. Fridays, 4-9 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Monday, December 23

GOLDEN GIRLS HOLIDAY HOEDOWN

Join Tulsa Artist Fellow Karl Jones at Magic City Books for a night of ADJECTIVE performances, warm TYPE OF LIQUID, and delicious TYPE OF FOOD-cake with everyone’s favorite 80’s sitcom stars, The Golden PLURAL NOUN. Writer of several Mad Libs titles and children’s books, Jones will host an all ages appropriate evening of live Mad Libs, Golden Girls-themed essay readings, puppet sing-alongs and holiday stories, as well as a book signing for his newest books, Christmas with the Golden Girls Mad Libs and Christmas Activity Book from Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House where Jones is also an editor. Delicious treats and toasty beverages will be provided by Antoinette Baking Co.
Sponsored by Magic City Books and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a cultural initiative of the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Free and open to all.

Magic City Books, 221 E. Archer St., 7-9 p.m., facebook.com/tulsaartists

Tuesday, December 24

CHANDLER PARK LIGHTS ON THE HILL

Enjoy one of the brightest Christmas light displays in Tulsa. Lights line the roads within the park. Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st St., 6-9 p.m.

Wednesday, December 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 26

LET’S CELEBRATE KWANZAA: ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN HARVEST CELEBRATION

Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate the African-American cultural commitment to the seven principles that benefit the overall community. Celebrate African-American drummers, elders, family members, ancestors, spoken-word artists, entrepreneurs and everybody! Invite all of your family and friends for “Mamanem,” the talent segment of the program, to offer their talent as a gift to honor the past and embrace the future. Harambee! For all ages. Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford Ave., 6-8:45 p.m.

MINECRAFT AND ROBLOX: COMPUTER GAMING

Choose Minecraft or Roblox – or both! Seating is limited. For ages 10 and up. Zarrow Regional Library, 2224 W. 51st St., 6-7 p.m.

Friday, December 27

CPR FOR KIDS

Does your child babysit or have younger siblings? Would he or she know what to do in a lifesaving emergency? This class is designed for kids ages 10-16 to learn the basics of CPR and is taught by a certified trainer. Osteopathic Founders Foundation, 8801 S. Yale Ave. #400, 9-11 a.m. OR 1-3 p.m.

HOLIDAY MOVIE MADNESS: MUPPETS EXTRAVAGANZA!

Popcorn and Muppets all day makes for a fun holiday! Wear your favorite pajamas and watch “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.” For all ages. Bixby Library, 20 E. Breckenridge Ave., Bixby, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, December 28

BOTANY WALK

What happens to plant life during these colder winter days? Join the botany walk at Oxley to find out! Oxley Nature Center, 6700 Mohawk Blvd., 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. oxleynaturecenter.org

HOLIDAY MOVIE MADNESS: “HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE”

Eat popcorn, make a craft and watch “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire” (rated PG-13). Harry and friends compete in the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament. For ages 10 and up. Bixby Library, 20 E. Breckenridge Ave. Bixby, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 pm.

Sunday, December 29

WINTER WONDERLAND

Gathering Place will once again transform itself into a Winter Wonderland presented by American Airlines, spreading holiday cheer with special performances and carolers, festive food, holiday drinks, a train for kids, and of course thousands of twinkling lights turning our five-acre Adventure Playground into a festive holiday village. Don’t forget to capture a holiday family photo with Santa Claus by the fireplace! Create holiday traditions and memories for the whole family at Winter Wonderland presented by American Airlines at Gathering Place. Gathering Place, 2650 S. John Williams Way, 5-8 p.m. gatheringplace.org/events. This event occurs daily from December 18-January 1.

Monday, December 30

POKÉMON NEW YEAR’S EVEE PARTY

Come to Helmerich Library’s final Pokémon event of the year. There will be arts, crafts and pocket monsters galore! For all ages. Helmerich Library, 5131 E. 91st St., 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, December 31

NOON YEAR’S EVE

For the young and young at heart, we invite you to join us to celebrate New Year’s at a reasonable hour as we countdown to the new year at midday. For all ages. Herman and Kate Kaiser Library, 5202 S. Hudson Ave., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

NOON YEAR’S EVE BASH/FIESTA DE NOCHEVIEJA AL MEDIODÍA

Join us for fun activities to celebrate the Noon Year’s Eve. Dance, craft and count down to noon! After the countdown there will be a special storytime. Please feel welcome to bring your favorite plushie toy. Plushie toys are invited to hang out for an after party at the library. This event is for preschoolers and their families. // Están invitados a celebrar en nuestra fiesta de nochevieja durante el mediodía. ¡Ven a bailar, hacer manualidades y contar hasta el mediodía! Después de contar habrá un cuento bilingüe especial. Pueden traer su peluche favorito para disfrutar también del cuento. Los peluches están invitados a pasar el rato en la biblioteca después de la fiesta. Este evento es para niños y sus familias. Broken Arrow Library, 300 W. Broadway Ave., Broken Arrow, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

LEGO WINTER PARTY

Come and build a LEGO masterpiece during your winter break. Popcorn will be served. For ages 7-12. Nathan Hale Library, 6038 E. 23rd St., 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 1

Happy New Year’s!

Thursday, January 2

OPEN GYM FOR TOTS (AGES 1-5)

Bring your kids to Hicks Park Community Center to get some energy out! Kids can play with mini basketballs, hula hoops and crawl through tunnels. Bring your own riding toys! Hicks Park, 3443 S. Mingo Rd., 10-11:30 a.m.

Friday, January 3

FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL

Enjoy the Tulsa Arts District’s First Friday Art Crawl from 6-9 p.m. This includes free admission to certain galleries and other activities.

Saturday, January 4

YOUNG PEOPLE’S BIRD WALK AT OXLEY NATURE CENTER

Come join Tulsa Audubon Society’s next Young People’s Bird Walk at Oxley Nature Center. Kids of all ages are welcome, and you are welcome to bring the entire family. We do ask that children age 10 and below are accompanied by adults to keep an eye on them. Oxley Nature Center, 6700 Mohawk Blvd., 8:30-10:30 a.m.

DÍA DE REYES CELEBRATION

Conclude your seasonal celebrations with a cherished Latin American tradition rooted in the spirit of benevolence, Día de Reyes. Bring the whole family and enjoy festive foods, a procession, art activities, dancing, story times and more! Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

THIRD ANNUAL HARRY POTTER NEW YEAR’S BASH

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry requests the pleasure of your company at the Harry Potter New Year’s Bash. Join us for 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. We also will have a restricted section for adult-friendly crafts and activities. Registration is required. Registration is limited. Register at www.tulsalibrary.org/events or call 918-549-7323. Please indicate the number of guests when registering to ensure admittance. NOTE: Live owl demonstration (“Care of Magical Creatures With the Tulsa Zoo”) is limited seating and requires separate registration. For all ages. Central Library, 5th St. and Denver Ave., 5-7 p.m.

Sunday, January 5

Whew! You made it! While we don’t have a specific FREE activity suggestion for today, you can always go to the Tulsa Libraries, Gathering Place or other local parks for a good time!


10 MORE ACTIVITIES TO ADD TO YOUR WINTER BREAK TO-DO LIST

1. ZZZs in the Seas Holiday Sleepover

Usher in Winter Break with a sleepover at Oklahoma Aquarium! There will be a hot cocoa station, Santa, ornament-making station, treats, flashlight tour and more! The sleepover lasts from 7 p.m. on December 20-8 a.m. on December 21. Sign up at okaquarium.org.

2. Tulsa Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Tulsa Ballet’s 2019 run of “The Nutcracker” ends December 22, so if you want to attend a performance over Winter Break, don’t wait! These performances take place December 21 at 2 and 7 p.m. and December 22 at 2 p.m.

3. Arvest Winterfest

Celebrate winter in downtown Tulsa, with ice skating, hot chocolate, the WINTERFEST EXPRESS on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m., and the area’s largest Christmas Tree! Open daily through January 5, excluding Thanksgiving, Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19. Admission is free; skate rental costs extra. Learn more at tulsawinterfest.com

4. Garden of Lights at Tulsa Botanic Garden

Tulsa Botanic Garden’s Garden of Lights returns Thursdays-Sundays (5-10 p.m.) through January 5. The Garden is illuminated with colorful lights; plus, you can make s’mores, make a wish on the Wishing Tree, enjoy a selfie station, etc. A Botanical St. Nick will visit Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5-9 p.m., and train rides are included with admission on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5-9 p.m. Find more information at tulsabotanic.org

5. Winter Break Drop-In Activities at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Take a road trip to OKC! While you’re there, visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for daily drop-in activities from December 23-January 3 (excluding December 25 and January 1). Enjoy a new activity each day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

6. Zoo Insider: Snakes (December 28)

Sign up your teen for an educational class at the Tulsa Zoo! From boas and pythons to vipers and rattlers, teenagers will discover what makes snakes unique and the important role they have in our lives, all while learning about careers available in the zoo field. Register at tulsazoo.org/classes Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E. 36th St. North, 9 a.m. to noon for 6th-8th grade, 1 to 4 p.m. for 9th-12th grade

7. Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

These popular pups are heading to the BOK Center December 28-30! Get the schedule and tickets at bokcenter.com

8. Noon Year’s Eve at the Tulsa Zoo (December 31)

Bop to the beat with bubbles this Noon Year’s Eve! Join the Tulsa Zoo during this inaugural event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Free face painting from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sign a New Year’s ReZOOlutions banner. Watch tigers and snow leopards enjoy their own special bubble enrichment. Help us count down with a sparkling cider toast. All this during Snow Leopard Days half-price admission.

9. Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at Oxley Nature Center (December 31)

Take an evening hike at Oxley Nature Center, then warm up by a bonfire while swapping stories, making s’mores and drinking hot chocolate or apple cider. Register 48 hours in advance. Learn more at oxleynaturecenter.org.

10. Family Music Night with Hot Toast Music Co. (January 3)

Join Philbrook for Family Music Night as Mr. Symon of Hot Toast Music Co takes guests on a musical journey exploring light and shadow. Kids will investigate the light that shines all around us and through us with hands-on activities, singing and movement.  Live interactive performances at 6 and 7 p.m. Free with museum admission.

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