20 Things to Do in Tulsa Over Winter Break

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Tulsa Public Schools’ Winter Break is December 19, 2022-January 3, 2023. Here are 20 events or other activities to enjoy as a family over the winter holiday in Tulsa and beyond.

1. Winter Wonderland at Gathering Place

  • When: 2022 Dates TBD
  • Where: Gathering Place, 2600 S. Riverside Dr.

Gathering Place will once again transform into a Winter Wonderland, spreading holiday cheer with special performances, carolers, festive food and holiday drinks. Enjoy a ride on the Winter Wonderland Express and explore thousands of twinkling lights transforming the Park into a festive holiday village! Don’t forget to capture a holiday family photo with Santa Claus! Create holiday traditions and memories for the whole family at Gathering Place’s Winter Wonderland presented by American Airlines.

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2. Holiday Family Swim at Miller Swim School

  • When: Multiple Dates Available
  • Where: Miller Swim School Tulsa (6415 S. Mingo Rd.) or Miller Swim School Jenks (525 W. 91st St. S.)

If you’re feeling cooped up – or if you just love to swim! – take the kids to Family Swim at Miller Swim  School! Miller offers weekly family swims on weekends, but they’ve added several sessions just for Winter Break. Learn more at millerswimschool.com.

3. The Nutcracker

Join Tulsa Ballet for this annual favorite. The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve, set in 19th century Germany.

4. Garden of Lights at Tulsa Botanic Garden

  • When: 2022 Dates TBD
  • Where: Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.


  • When: Ongoing
  • Where: ahha Tulsa, 101 E. Archer St.

Have you made it to THE EXPERIENCE: IMAGINE? This fantastical world is made up of art like nothing else. Six Tulsa-based artists have built an entire floor for you to explore at ahha Tulsa. Learn more and plan a safe visit for the whole family at ahhatulsa.org/the-experience-imagine.

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Photo courtesy of ahha Tulsa

6. Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park

  • When: Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day
  • Where: Honor Heights Park, 1400 Honor Heights Dr., Muskogee

The beautiful Honor Heights Park comes alive with lights in the evenings. From Thanksgiving through New Years Day, visitors can enjoy a stunning drive through a holiday delight. The drive-through display includes over 1.2 million shimmering lights, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens, waterfalls and ponds with holiday displays the whole family will love. muskogeeparks.org

7. Visit Tulsa Zoo!

  • When: Ongoing (Closed Christmas Day)
  • Where: Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E. 36th St. N.

Tulsa Zoo is always worth a visit! And with several indoor buildings, even if the weather is a little frosty, you can stay nice and warm.

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8. Arvest Winterfest

  • When: 2022 Dates TBD
  • Where: BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.

Enjoy skating on an indoor ice rink, plus Sundays with Santa (Sundays from 12-4 leading up to Christmas Eve); holiday food and drinks; and riding on the Winterfest Express (Saturdays, 12-3). Advance tickets required.

9. ORU Basketball Games

  • When: 2022 Dates TBD
  • Where: Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.

Cheer for the ORU Basketball teams! All kids aged 13 and under get in free to ORU men’s and women’s basketball and baseball games when accompanied by an adult.  This includes individual game tickets and even season tickets.  Ticket information can be found at oruathletics.com/tickets.

10. Storytime at Eleanor’s Bookshop

  • When: Daily at 11:30 a.m. (excluding Mondays)
  • Where: Eleanor’s Bookshop, 1102 S. Lewis Ave., Suite D

Kids are invited to storytime at Eleanor’s Bookshop every day at 11:30 a.m.! Stories will be geared toward kids 10 and under.

11. “A Christmas Carol,” Presented by American Theatre Company

  • When: December 9-23, various times (See schedule here)
  • Where: Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St.

Robert Odle and Richard Averill’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved novella about the joy of giving has been a Tulsa tradition for more than 40 years. It’s a heartwarming story about Scrooge, a lonely humbug who is given the rare chance to change his life and find his heart.

12. Movie Night at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum

  • When: December 30, Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the movie starts at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore

Enjoy Movie Night in the newly renovated Will Rogers Theatre for a fun night of classic movies. This month’s feature is Meet Me in Saint Louis, starring Will Rogers. Admission is FREE and there is FREE Popcorn and water thank to the Bank of Commerce.

13. Visit Discovery Lab

  • When: Ongoing
  • Where: 3123 S. Riverside

Stay warm and explore science through fun, hands-on activities!

14. Cheer for the Tulsa Oilers

  • When: December 22 and 23, 7:05 p.m.
  • Where: BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.

The Tulsa Oilers are playing hockey against the Allen Americans!

15. Visit the Library!

  • When: Ongoing
  • Where: Various Locations

Stock up on some Winter Break reading material, perfect for road trips or cozy evenings. Check out something to read aloud as a family! It’s free to visit the library, and with twenty-four locations in the Tulsa area, there’s certain to be a branch near you! Don’t have a library card? Apply now at tulsalibrary.org/get-a-library-card.

16. Play Indoors

  • When: Ongoing
  • Where: Various Locations

If the weather gets frosty, but you still need to expend some energy, check out our list of Indoor Places to Play! You’ll find gaming options, bowling, skating and more!

17. Philbrook Festival

  • When: 2022 Dates TBD
  • Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd.

Philbrook Festival returns with all of your favorites: thousands of holiday lights and a spectacular musical light show, holiday shopping, the LEGO Village, visits with Santa, and more. Festival Nights are special ticketed event nights and require advance, timed tickets. Philbrook will also offer special festival activities daily throughout the holiday season during regular business hours.

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