Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Tulsa

Out with the old and in with the new year! Find places and events to celebrate the new year with your family in the Tulsa area.

We will update this list as information becomes available. If you know of an event we could add, please email our calendar editor, tara.rittler@gmail.com.


TINY TOTS NEW YEAR’S AT WHEELS AND THRILLS

  • When: December 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: Wheels and Thrills, 10637 N. Garnett Rd., Owasso

Skate, play, ride and bounce at Wheels and Thrills’ weekly Tiny Tots event for kids ages 6 and under! Plus, hats, horns and a balloon drop with prizes are included in this special New Year’s celebration!


NOON YEAR’S EVE AT ARVEST WINTERFEST

  • When: December 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Tulsa, outside BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.

Arvest Winterfest is hosting a Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, complete with ice princesses, party makers and a kid-friendly countdown at noon! They’ll also be open for ice skating on New Year’s Day from 12-11 p.m.


WHEELS AND THRILLS OLYMPICS! 

  • When: December 31, 7 p.m.-6 a.m. on January 1 (with a New Year’s Eve band); or December 31, 7-11 p.m.
  • Where: Wheels and Thrills, 10637 N. Garnett Rd., Owasso

Ring in the New Year with Wheels and Thrills! Pre-purchase your preferred package by calling 918-272-7537! Learn more here.


NEW YEAR’S EVE AT REWIND ESPORTS

  • When: December 31, 11 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Where: Rewind ESports, 411 W. Stone Wood Dr., Broken Arrow

Rewind ESports is offering free gaming from 11 p.m.-12 a.m. on New Year’s Eve! Plus, complimentary champagne for guests 12 and over.


KIDS NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN SKATE

  • When: December 31, 1-4 p.m.
  • Where: Skates Roller Skating Entertainment Center, 401 E. Broadway Ct., Ste. B, Sand Springs

Celebrate New Years Eve with the little ones at our early New Years Eve Countdown Skate. Roller skating, bounce house, balloon drop with prizes, glow rolls, and Tulsa’s largest indoor snowball fight. Adm. $12 includes skate rental and a LED light up toy.


NOON YEAR’S EVE CHILDREN’S BALLOON DROP

  • When: December 31, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum, 9 E. Broadway St., Sand Springs

Children ages 8 and under are invited to a Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop at the Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum! Follow @SandSpringsMuseum on Facebook for updates. Information from: facebook.com/SandSprings.OK/photos/a.175064812548333/4401593769895395/


RACE INTO THE NEW YEAR 5K

  • When: December 31, 11 p.m.
  • Where: River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave.

RunnersWorld Tulsa puts on this family-oriented 5K/1-mile fun run every year! This year, everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite onesie! Pre-register at raceintothenewyear.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=10323. The page says registration will also be available in-person starting at 10:45 p.m. before the race.


HOLIDAY FAMILY SWIM

  • When: December 31, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Miller Swim School Tulsa); December 31, 12-2 p.m. (Miller Swim School Jenks)
  • Where: Miller Swim School Tulsa, 6415 S. Mingo Rd.; Miller Swim School Jenks, 525 W. 91st St. S.

Swim with Miller Swim School during the holiday season! They’ve added extra Open Swim times to their usual schedule. Cost is $5 per person, ages 3+


WILL ROGERS MOVIE NIGHT + NEW YEAR’S PARTY (CANCELED)

  • When: December 31, 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Where: Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd.

Enjoy a fun night of classic movies. This month’s feature is Life Begins at 40, starring Will Rogers. Admission is FREE and there is FREE Popcorn and water thank to the Bank of Commerce. New Year’s Eve Party following.


RHEMA LIGHTS 

  • When: Nightly through January 2, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
  • Where: Rhema Bible Church, 1025 West Kenosha, Broken Arrow

Walk through a wonderland of nearly 3 million lights! Enjoy refreshments like hot cocoa and popcorn. Admission is free (donations accepted); concessions available for purchase.


BOTANIC GARDEN OF LIGHTS

  • When: Open nightly, December 16-January 2 (Closed December 24, 25 and 31)
  • 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. Purchase tickets in advance, as many nights have sold out. 


VISIT OKLAHOMA AQUARIUM

  • When: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (last admission sold at 5 p.m.)
  • Where: Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Dr., Jenks

The Oklahoma Aquarium will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day during regular hours.


FIRST DAY NEW YEAR’S HIKE

  • When: January 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. *This event was rescheduled from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8 due to weather*
  • Where: Turkey Mountain, 6850 S. Elwood Ave.
Like free prizes and fun times?
First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s Parks to encourage people to get outdoors.
How it Works?
Go to Turkey Mountain anytime New Years Day (January 1, 2022) and take a hike! That’s it! Start the new year off right! The Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition and River Parks Authority wiill place prize boxes along numerous different trails at Turkey and you are invited to find them and keep the gift as a present to start the New Year off right! (please limit 1 finders/keepers per person). We won’t tell you which trails they will be on, but hike to find them is most of the fun!
Around the nation, on New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Last year nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country!

HIKE AT KEYSTONE ANCIENT FOREST

  • When: December 30, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; December 31-January 2, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Where: Keystone Ancient Forest, 160 Ancient Forest Dr., Sand Springs

Keystone Ancient Forest is open for hiking New Year’s weekend! January 1 and 2 are Hike With Your Dog days!


VISIT TULSA ZOO

  • When: Daily
  • Where: Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E. 36th St. N.

The Tulsa Zoo will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! Plan your visit at tulsazoo.org.


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GARDEN OF LIGHTS AT HONOR HEIGHTS PARK

  • When: Nightly through January 1, 5:30-11 p.m. (closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday)
  • Where: Honor Heights Park, 1400 Honor Heights Dr., Muskogee

Celebrate the holidays and experience animated displays with more than 1,000,000 LED shimmering lights at Muskogee’s Annual Garden of Lights, an attraction for the whole family to enjoy. The 130-acre Honor Heights Park is decorated for the holiday season with azalea bushes and other vegetation illuminated with color, imitating their natural state during the blooming of spring. This 35-40 minute drive-thru attraction features lighted displays of deer, squirrels, and birds scattered amongst a wide variety of trees wrapped in lights. Animated displays are synchronized to recorded holiday music available on your radio as you drive through the park.

WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES – NOON YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION!

  • When: December 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Where: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 Northeast 63rd St., Oklahoma City

Drop-in and participate in family friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last. Usher in 2022 and celebrate Noon Year’s Eve! Make crafts to celebrate 2022, countdown to noon and toast the coming new year!

NOON YEAR’S EVE SPONSORED BY METROFAMILY MAGAZINE

  • When: December 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Where: Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr., Oklahoma City

Join us for a rockin’ party from 11 am to 1 pm. We will provide the music, a couple of special surprises, activities, snacks, punch, and of course, lots of art! You provide the fun! This event is come-and-go and includes admission to the Museum. Festive attire is encouraged.

$12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for military, and FREE for Museum members and kids 17 and under. Not a member? Join today!

NOON YEAR’S EVE AT CRYSTAL BRIDGES

  • When: December 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Where: Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville

Ring in the New Year—without staying up past bedtime!

Join us for our family-friendly New Year’s celebration, packed with fun for the young and the young-at-heart alike. We’ll be rocking around the clock and bringing the best parts of yesteryear into 2022 with nostalgia-inducing games, live music, dancing, artmaking, performances in the galleries, a Coca-Cola toast, and so much more!

Free, no tickets required.


10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Kids

  1. Get out the fancy glasses (or plasticware). Get a variety of juices (orange, cranberry, grape) and some fizzy water, cider or soda and let kids create their own mocktails. Have a contest to come up with the most delicious drink and most inventive name.
  2. Winterfest in downtown Tulsa is still going strong. Why not take the family ice skating?
  3. Let the kids choose the songs and have a dance party. Or have each kid choose a song and come up with a dance to perform for the rest of the family.
  4. Write resolutions together. Talk to kids about your resolutions and why you picked them, and then help kids come up with some of their own. Write them down and post them, or put them in a time capsule to open next New Year’s Eve to see who kept their resolutions. You might even break a big resolution into smaller steps with one-month increments.
  5. If you’re having friends or family over, let the kids make a photo booth. Get a big roll of craft paper (white or a color) and let the kids decorate it with designs or a scene. Find some silly hats, glasses and other props and let everyone take pictures in the photo booth. There are also photobooth apps you can download.
  6. Make activity balloons. Write down any activity on a slip of paper (like “play Old Maid” or “Draw a picture of mom”) and put slips into balloons. Pop one an hour until midnight and do the activity in the balloon.
  7. Have each child pick a favorite book and, if he or she can read, read it to the family, or have mom or dad read it.
  8. Have a cozy movie night with hot cocoa, lots of blankets and pillows and popcorn.
  9. Gather supplies to make a family scrapbook showing the past year.
  10. Get noisemakers and supplies for kids to make crazy hats. At midnight, let them go outside to bang pots, make noise and celebrate the new year.
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