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!


  • When: November 25-January 1, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
  • 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 26, 9-11 a.m.
  • Where: West Festival Park, 2015 S. Jackson Ave. in Tulsa

Tulsa Running Club’s annual Von Franken Family Food Run is still on, but adjusted to help keep you safe.

Everyone is invited to come out between 8am and 9:30am to support the Salvation Army with nonperishable food items and/or a toy for the Angel Tree. Sapulpa Furry Friends will also be there collecting supplies for our furry family members.

We won’t have pancakes, coffee or water this year, but feel free to go for a walk or run with your family and friends. Even though it’s not quite the same this event is a great way to start the holiday and give to those in need. #fillthetruck

Please note: Jackson is closed to traffic from the North. The park is only accessible from 23rd Street. Also, the trail is closed from the Boat House to the South. Plan for an out and back route, if you run from the park.


  • When: Thursday, Nov. 26, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: VIRTUAL

This year’s virtual Lights On event can be viewed on Utica Square’s social media channels starting at 6:30pm, Thanksgiving evening. Viewers can get into the Christmas spirit as they sing along to carols performed by the Grady Nichols Band, enjoy a special visit from Santa and countdown the official kickoff to the holiday season: Utica Square’s Lights On ceremony.  www.uticasquare.com.


  • When: Select nights, November 27-December 26, 2020
  • Where: Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Rd.

Festival runs select nights November 27 to December 26, 2020. Enjoy thousands of holiday lights, music, and fun for the whole family at Festival Nights. Re-imagined as a fully outdoor experience, we’ve added more lights and music this year to bring you and your loved ones together to celebrate the holidays in a spectacular and safe setting. Sip cocoa by the fire, say hello to Santa (from afar!), take home a one-of-kind art project, and marvel at the sights and sounds of Philbrook Festival Nights.

Festival Nights are special ticketed event nights and require advance, timed tickets. www.philbrook.org.


  • When: Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 27 – Jan. 3. Also open Dec. 21-23 (closed Dec. 24 & 25)
  • Where: Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.

Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s’mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden escape. Warm drinks, cash bar and s’more kits are available every night for purchase.

Train rides are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and Dec. 21-23,  5-9 p.m. on the peninsula. (Note: path to peninsula is not accessible)

TICKETS: $15 for ages 13+, $5 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free.

Garden member discounted tickets are $10 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12.  Tickets are limited and advance purchase is required.

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