5 Things to Do in Tulsa Thanksgiving Weekend
Keep the family fun going with these five events happening this Thanksgiving weekend in Tulsa. Also, don’t forget that Saturday, November 30 is Small Business Saturday. Show your favorite local spots some love and support – SHOP SMALL!
1. RHEMA LIGHTS
- When: November 27-January 1, 5:30-11:30 p.m. (Opens at 6 on Wednesday, Nov. 27)
- Where: Rhema Bible Church, 1025 W. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow
Rhema’s Christmas Lights Extravaganza began in 1982 with about 60,000 lights. Today, more than two million lights adorn the campus from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Day. The glittering lights will shine every day from 5:30-11:30 p.m. Admission is free. www.rhemalights.org
- When: Thursday, November 28, 9-11 a.m.
- Where: West Festival Park, 2015 S. Jackson Ave. in Tulsa
Join Tulsa Running Club on Thanksgiving morning, for the annual Von Franken Family Food Run. This 5k run/walk event is fun for the entire family (pets too!).
No entry fee, just bring a bag or two of nonperishable food items for the Salvation Army. Sapulpa Furry Friends will also be there collecting dog & cat supplies.
Enjoy hot coffee and pancakes after the run, along with some amazing raffle prizes. This is a great way to start the day and give to those in need. #fillthetruck
- When: Thursday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Utica Square, 21st and Utica
Put away the turkey, bundle up the kids, and head over to Utica Square for Lights On! For the last 51 years, Lights On has evoked the holiday spirit in all who attend. Sip on some hot chocolate as you sing your favorite holiday carols. As for the little ones, Santa Claus will join to conduct the final countdown when over 1,000,000 lights, adorning 175 trees, light up the evening sky. This Thanksgiving, make a Tulsa tradition a family tradition at Utica Square. www.uticasquare.com.
- When: Fridays and Saturdays, November 29-December 28, 6-9 p.m.
- Where: Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Rd.
Celebrate the holiday season with Philbrook as the Museum comes alive with festive holiday events, Santa, train rides, a Lego village, garden games, live music, shopping, décor, and thousands of lights reflecting the spirit of the season. Gather the whole family for unforgettable experiences. Purchase tickets in advance. www.philbrook.org.
- When: Weekly, November 29-January 5, Thursday through Sunday, 5-10 p.m.
- Where: Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
Garden of Lights at Tulsa Botanic Garden will be Thursdays through Sundays, 5-10 p.m., starting Friday, Nov. 29 and going through Sunday, Jan. 5. Stroll through the Garden illuminated in colorful lights – take photos with the “Ice Giants” and “Frost Bison” in the Children’s Discovery Garden. Add your wish to the Wishing Tree, enjoy hot chocolate and make s’mores and take selfies at the photo booth. Botanical St. Nick will be available for informal visits and photos (bring your camera!) Thursdays – Saturdays, 6-9 p.m., starting Dec. 5 – Dec. 21. The Holiday Model Railroad will be up for two weekends: Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 19-22.
Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets are limited each night and advance purchase is highly recommended. www.tulsabotanic.org/gardenoflights or 918-289-0330.