About

Downtown in
December

Downtown in December presented by Devon is a collection of holiday events and attractions that take place in downtown Oklahoma City November through January. The event series, created by Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership, provides a central location for the numerous community events put on by nonprofits and businesses for residents and visitors to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

Many of the programs that are highlighted by Downtown in December have become important traditions for the city such as the Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens, the Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival, snow tubing at the ballpark, performances at the Civic Center, OKC Ballet’s The Nutcracker, OKC Philharmonic performances, the Canterbury Voices concert, shopping events like the Holiday Pop-Up Shops, Mistletoe Market, and of course visits with Santa Claus and beautiful light displays throughout downtown.

Downtown in December began in 2001 with a handful of events and has grown and evolved over the years, much like the downtown area, to include over 30 events and attractions. We are excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Downtown in December in 2021 and look forward to it being bigger and brighter than ever.

Celebrating 20 Years

We are honored to be a part of downtown Oklahoma City’s rich history of activating the heart of the city and bringing people together during the holiday season.

First National Center - 1986
Christmas Parade - 1965
50-foot Chrismas Tree from New Hampshire - 1995
New Trolly -1982
Downtown - 1973
CHRISTMAS TREE #2 / SEE ARCHIVES FOR EARLIER: CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Caption reads, CHRISTMAS SPIRIT is shown in downtown Oklahoma City in the 200 block of Park Avenue. Shopper's cars and those hurrying home from working late line up under the artificial trees and different colored lights attached to light poles. Staff Photo by Joe Wilson. Original Photo 12/14/1970. Published on O-12-15-70.
CHRISTMAS SCENES: UNKNOWN: Caption reads, Workman installs synthetic Christmas tree, a part of city's new downtown decorations. Staff Photo by Jim Argo. Original Photo 11/29/1968. Published on T-11-29-68.
CHRISTMAS / MISC.: UNKNOWN: Caption reads, A lot of people caught the Christmas spirit Saturday. and came on downtown to do their shopping, despite a cold. Staff Photo by Dick Peterson. Original Photo 12/11/1954. Published on O-12-12-54.
CHRISTMAS / MISC.: UNKNOWN: Caption reads, CHRISTMAS CHEER is conveyed in this nighttime photograph of holiday decorations in downtown Oklahoma City. Staff Photo by Tony Wood. Original Photo 11/30/1968. Published on O-12-1-68.
CHRISTMAS SCENES: UNKNOWN: Caption reads, Like mountain climbers scaling the Alps, firemen and volunteer workers group a ladder to decorate the giant red cedar "Treeof Lights" which will glow over the downtown shopping scene during the Christmas season. Staff Photo by James Swatek. Original Photo 12/11/1954. Published on O-12-12-54.
CHRISTMAS / MISC.: UNKNOWN: Caption reads, lighting up downtown for late Christmas shoppers is this 50-foot-high Christmas candle. Staff Photo by Joe Wilson. Original Photo 12/14/1970. Published on T-12-16-70.
Marry Thanksgiving - 1967
Festival of Light Parade - 1989
Christmas Parade - 1989
Main Street - 1934
Holiday Decorations -1960
40-foot Christmas Tree in Kerr Park - 1984
Skrivin Employees prepare for Holidays - 1980
Santa Leads the Countdown to light the Christmas Tree - 1982
The Lights Go On - Downtown Now - 1971
Christmas Traffic - 1957
Mayor Andy Coats catches a ride with Santa - 1985
Season Greetings - OGE - 1959
Bricktown Canal 2008
Family Ice Skating 2008
Tree Lighting City Center 2009
Santa Run Start Line 2008
Bricktown Canal Holiday Lights 2010
Santa Run 2008
Little Willie's 2012
Downtown in December Proclamation 2010
Segway Santa 2011
Devon's Saturdays with Santa 2013

Downtown OKC Partnership

Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership (DOKC) is a not-for-profit organization created in 2000 to manage and market the Business Improvement District. We serve as advocates, coordinators, facilitators and communicators for downtown revitalization. We also work closely with partners in both the public and private sector to ensure the greater downtown area continues to thrive. At DOKC, we believe in the importance of a healthy and vibrant downtown, as its success impacts our entire community.

Visit downtownokc.com to learn more.

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