- Photo: Wendy Mutz / Design: Christopher Street
Its December in Oklahoma City, and that means tis the season to get out there and holly your jolly and enjoy local performing arts offerings and seasonal events that dot the calendar like sugarplums in a pudding.
Whether you prefer a beautiful, lilting production of The Nutcracker, a toe-tapping A Territorial Christmas Carol or free beer and a Neil Diamond tribute band, this guide will steer you from Guthrie to downtown OKC and everywhere in between. Weve made our list and checked it twice so you dont have to.
By Christine Eddington
- KO Rinearson / Provided
- A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
7:30 Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 27Lyric's Plaza Theatre
1727 NW 16th St.
Get Scrooged for the holidays again! as Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma brings this classic to life for its fifth consecutive year.
Expect special, magical elements, such as a ghost gliding above the audiences heads, a flurry of snow and special guest and Oklahoma City University professor of music Marilyn Govich as the Ghost of Christmas Present, in this years production.
No holiday season would be complete without our spectacular production of A Christmas Carol, said Lyric Theatre artistic director Michael Baron. This heartwarming and beautiful production will make your family and friends holiday seasons extra special.
- Michael Alan Wells
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 19-20, 7 p.m. Dec. 21-22Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker Ave.
Thanks to Herr Drosselmeyer and his gift of a colorful nutcracker, Clara, unable to contain herself, sneaks downstairs to play with her new toy and is swept into a magical fantasyland of giant mice, dancing snowflakes, toy soldiers and the Sugarplum Fairy herself.
This year, in an ongoing effort to keep the production fresh, Ive re-choreographed the grand pas de deux and the Russian babka dances in the second act, and both have colorful new costumes, said Robert Mills, Oklahoma City Ballets artistic director.
Whether youve never seen The Nutcracker or youve seen it a dozen times, this show surprises and delights.
The Christmas Show
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. SaturdayCivic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker Ave.
All of the sights and sounds of the season come together in a musical romp during Oklahoma City Philharmonics holiday extravaganza. Billed as OKCs original Christmas show, The Christmas Show promises to delight audiences with fresh interpretations of holiday favorites celebrated through music, song and dance for over two decades.
A Territorial Christmas Carol
8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 20The Pollard Theatre
120 W. Harrison Ave., Guthrie
A Territorial Christmas Carol is an original production of The Pollard Theatre that plays to sold-out crowds each year, and 2015 marks its 28th
anniversary. Its an adapted version of the Dickens classic created by Oklahoma playwright Stephen P. Scott and set in the days of the Oklahoma Land Run.
Downtown in December
Various times and locations in downtown through Decemberdowntownindecember.com
Oklahoma City is packed with fun, thanks to Downtown OKC Inc. and this monthlong celebration. Theres the Snow Tubing Winter Festival, Dog Day in December, skating at Devon Ice Rink, free holiday water taxi rides and so much more.
Many of the activities are free to attend or reasonably priced, making them perfect for the whole gang to enjoy. See the full schedule at downtownindecember.com.
Beauty and the Beast
10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 26; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 27Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker Ave.
Lovers of Lumiere, rejoice! Everyones favorite dancing candelabra, his cranky beast of an owner and the lovely hostage-turned-bride Belle are in town for two days as part of a whirlwind tour around the country.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 30Red Earth Art Center
6 Santa Fe Plaza
Red Earth invited five Oklahoma native tribes to create beautiful, handmade ornaments with beaded corn, mini dream catchers, drums and stockings that now adorn five breathtaking, six-foot trees. Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and Chickasaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche and Osage nations are participating.
Opening Night 2016
7 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31Downtown Oklahoma City
Ring in 2016 at OKCs biggest New Years Eve celebration, produced by Arts Council of Oklahoma City.
Venues throughout downtown showcase performers of every ilk, and the whole thing is yours to enjoy with the purchase of a wristband. A childrens area will be located inside Civic Center Music Hall, and this years finale will be made even more fun with the addition of food trucks.
Performances feature Edgar Cruz, Shortt Dogg, Tequila Azul and the unicycling antics of Michael King.
Bricktown NYE 2016
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31Chevy Bricktown Events Center
429 E. California Ave.
Free domestic beer until 10:30 p.m., a champagne toast at midnight, the states largest balloon drop and Neil Diamond tribute act Super Diamond are just four of the reasons Bricktown NYE 2016 will be very, very Cherry, Cherry.
In derivative news, Diamond himself is a fan of Super Diamond, having appeared with the act twice onstage and complimented it at least twice on live television.
A Melinda Doolittle Christmas
7:30 p.m. TuesdayVisual and Performing Arts Center
Oklahoma City Community College
7777 S. May Ave.
Doolittle, of American Idol fame, is in town for one show and one show only. She took third place on the shows sixth season and has performed at the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, the White House and Carnegie Hall. She was a featured performer at the 2015 Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular. All of this is made more impressive by the fact that Doolittle said she was tone deaf as a child and was encouraged not to sing in elementary school.
American Spirit Home for the Holidays
7 p.m. Dec. 10-11, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Dec. 13Kirkpatrick Auditorium
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.
Home for the Holidays provides all the high style of a Broadway show right here in OKC. Its a merry, musical romp through holiday favorites old and new. Oklahoma City Universitys nationally acclaimed American Spirit Dance Company, under direction of Oklahoma City University dance department chairwoman Jo Rowan, is comprised of more than 150 dancers who will perform Broadway-style tap, jazz and ballet numbers.
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