Even amid the pandemic, there are still some holiday adventures to be had. News on 6’s Amanda Taylor and her kids checked out some holiday favorites around the metro and what’s been called OKC’s best kept secret.
Downtown Oklahoma City has about 20 blocks you can explore no matter the weather.
Down below the city streets are tunnels that used to act as a connection to many of the buildings back in the 70's. Now it's so much more, especially to an eight and five-year-old.
It’s called the Underground. Each time you turn a corner, the halls are light up in a different hue.
It's perfect for getting one's energy out, seeing some art and learning a little Oklahoma history along the way. The tunnels are open free of charge Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8p.m. Masks are required and there are hand sanitizing stations around.
Before you leave downtown, though, you can enjoy one of the several light displays. The Myriad Gardens is lit up for the season as is nearby Scissortail Park. While you're there you'll want to stop at historic Union Station and watch the new light show. In Automobile Alley, the fifth annual Lights on Broadway offers up their usual stunning light display as well as the popular Santa snow globe this year and free carriage rides.
To the south, the Chickasha Festival of Lights has been recognized as one of the top ten holiday light shows in the nation. Up north in Edmond at Mitch Park, there's ice skating and a walk-through light display.
To the west is a brand-new adventure: ice skating at Yukon's Christmas in the Park. Through January 3rd you can come to Chisolm Trail Park and for $12 dollars or $8 for kids five and under, rent a pair of skates.
Of course, you have to see the popular light display while you're here. It's the 25th year for it and the organizers expect record breaking crowds this year.
“Depending on your comfort level you can come out to Christmas in the Park and experience it any way you like. You can drive through, it’s Oklahoma’s largest drive through Christmas Light Display. If you feel comfortable you can get out and walk, or you can ride the Santa Express train for $3 per person,” said Jenna Roberson with the City of Yukon.
The light display has five million lights. They come on at 6 p.m. every night through New Year’s Eve. It’s free to drive through although donations are merrily accepted.