RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 DUE TO RAIN
OKLAHOMA CITY TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 30, 5PM-7PM
THIRD BASE PLAZA AT CHICKASAW BRICKTOWN BALLPARK
One of the year’s most anticipated annual events, the Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival presented by SONIC, will take place Saturday, November 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event serves as the kickoff to the holiday season, as Mayor David Holt lights the Christmas Tree with Santa Claus. The first Tree Lighting Festival took place in 2002, and has since grown to include a live band, food trucks, face painting, and free visits with Santa. The festival will be held on the Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S. Mickey Mantle Dr.), and is free and open to the public.
Returning this year, Lyric Theatre’s cast from “A Christmas Carol” will open the show by singing carols, followed by a student from the Lyric Theatre Academy to sing an Oklahoma-favorite, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”
New this year, the Academia OKC’s intermediate Mariachi group of middle and high school students will be performing two songs. Another exciting addition will be a performance by Oklahoma’s Native Praise Choir. The women’s choir will perform two holiday classics, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night”, in the languages of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma.
Former American Idol finalist and one of Oklahoma City’s favorite soul and R&B artists Tony Foster Jr. will perform holiday music with Kandace Duke as attendees enjoy free activities around the beautifully decorated Christmas Tree. Local artist and community leader Jabee will make a special appearance with a holiday-themed hip-hop set before Mayor Holt takes the stage at 6:15 p.m. to light the Christmas Tree with Santa.
Junction Coffee will be on site for guests to purchase food, coffee and hot cocoa during the event, and Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse will be giving away complimentary holiday treats. The Curbside Chronicle will also be on site selling holiday wrapping paper for the “Wrap Up Homelessness” campaign.
After the event wraps up, attendees are invited to take a cruise down the Bricktown Canal on the Holiday Water Taxi Rides which will be free Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 29. LifeShare WinterFest will also be celebrating their opening day for snow tubing with tickets sold at a reduced rate of $10 on Nov. 30. Beginning Dec. 1 ticket prices will be $14 for a single session.
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