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.

New Year’s Time Capsules Drop-In Activity

  • December 28-29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Reed Park, 4233 S. Yukon Ave.

Get ready to celebrate the New Year! Begin a new tradition by creating your own time capsules you can open every New Year’s Day and see how much you’ve grown or changed over the past year. You can also make noise makers, party hats and more. *Bring your own container for your time capsule (shoe box, coffee can, etc.)

Tiny Tots New Years Celebration

  • December 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wheels and Thrills, 10637 N. Garnett Rd., Owasso

Kids ages 6 and under are invited to a New Years Celebration with special guest Moana, a beach ball drop, door prizes and more! wheelsandthrills.com

Noon Year’s Eve at Discovery Lab

  • When: December 31, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Where: Discovery Lab, 3123 S. Riverside Dr.

Ring in the new year at our first-ever Noon Year’s Eve at our new location! Enjoy activities, music, raffle prizes, and a countdown to a 22,000 balloon drop at noon. Coffee, hot chocolate, and breakfast will be available for purchase at Bean Sprouts. Get your tickets early before they sell out!

Noon Year’s Eve Party

  • When: December 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Where: Wheels and Thrills, 10637 N. Garnett Rd., Owasso
Join us for our “Noon Years Eve” event!
This event is a little earlier in the day and fun for the entire family!
Your $30 admission price includes:
Skating and Skate rental
Unlimited Laser Tag
Playzone for those 56″ and under
2 slices of pizza
12oz drink
$10 Arcade Card
Balloon Drop with prizes!
*no outside food or drink allowed
** remember your socks

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.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

  • When: December 31, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Where: Herman and Kate Kaiser Library, 5202 S. Hudson Ave.

For the young and young at heart, we will celebrate the new year at a reasonable hour: noon! We’ll have activities, games, songs and a new year countdown. For all ages.

Noon Year’s Eve at Mother Road Market

  • When: December 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: Mother Road Market, 1124 S. Lewis Ave.

Free family fun for the kiddos to enjoy the ball drop…just a little early! Check here for additional details: facebook.com/events/1159327614712810/

Noon Years Eve Party at American Solera

  • When: December 31, 11 a.m.
  • Where: American Solera, 1702 E. 6th St.
Come ring in 2023 with the whole family at NOON on December 31! Beer, wine, mimosas + non alcoholic options available! Hot Toast will be playing starting at 11am with a countdown at noon. Bub’s burgers will be open 12-6.

New Year’s Luau

  • When: December 31, 6 p.m.-January 1, 2 a.m.
  • Where: Wheels and Thrills, 10637 N. Garnett Rd., Owasso
Join us for our New Year Luau!
The first 100 pre-sale tickets get VIP Status, Swag Bag and early access to the event at 6pm. Pre-sale tickets $50
Skating and Skate Rental
Playzone (56″/under)
Unlimited Laser Tag
All-you-can-eat pizza 7-10pm
All-you-can-drink soda
Lei and Hula Skirt
2-hour free game card
Beach Ball Drop with over $2,000 in prizes!
Call and reserve your spot today! 918-272-7537!

New Years Eve Swing Dance

  • When: December 31, 8 p.m.-January 1, 12 a.m.
  • Where: Southminster Presbyterian Church, 3500 S. Peoria Ave.

Join The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) for their annual New Years Swing Dance! This is a family-friendly event, no partner needed, all ages welcome. Swing lessons are from 8-8:30, and the dance is 8:30-12. Bring your favorite covered dish, appetizer or snack to share, and you’ll receive a raffle ticket! Dress in sparkly attire.

Countdown to 2023: New Years Eve Bash at Airtopia Adventure Park Owasso

  • When: December 31, 8 p.m.-January 1, 12:30 a.m.
  • Where: Airtopia Owasso, 12932 East 86th St N, Owasso

Spend New Year’s Eve at Airtopia, with a balloon drop, live DJ, face painting, giveaways, specials, park challenges and more. Purchase tickets at airtopiapark.com/owasso/new-years-eve

Race Into the New Year 5

  • 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.

Rhema Lights

  • When: Nightly through January 1, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
  • Where: Rhema Bible Church, 1025 West Kenosha, Broken Arrow

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

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.

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.

Outside of Tulsa

Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park

  • When: Nightly through New Year’s Day, 5:30-10 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 5:30-11 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)
  • Where: Honor Heights Park, 1400 Honor Heights Dr., Muskogee

Tune your radio to the correct channel to fully appreciate the holiday experience at Honor Heights Park. Admission is free on Mondays, or $5 per car on other days.

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.
Categories: things to do, Winter Fun