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  • August 20, 2010

Oklahoma, a great place to visit this holiday season

By Maria Bargellini of DFW Christmas Lights

This season why not travel to Oklahoma to see fantastic holiday lighting displays and have a good time. If you want to take a trip to this Holiday season to see holiday lights–look no further than to your neighbors in Oklahoma. Their annual fest is known as DownTown in December, or D in D. There’s tons of stuff for a couple or family to do. Below are just a few of the many places to go and experience the joy of the season, some are even free. If you scroll below there are some helpful travel links to help you plan your vacation.

Automobile Alley: See the historic buildings of Automobile Alley in a whole new light at Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway. From Nov. 27-Jan. 3, more than 130 thousand colorful LED lights will drape the historic buildings of Automobile Ally making for a magical holiday wonderland. Automobile Alley is on Broadway from NW 4 to NW 10.

Downtown Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens during OG&E Garden Lights have a spectacular holiday display.  Thousands of twinkles of light mingled together to create a dramatic, holiday atmosphere in this beautiful 17-acre urban garden with it’s architecturally acclaimed Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Update: Unfortunately the gardens will be closed until next September 201a. I’m sure the displays will be even bigger and better.

Oklahoma River Holiday Cruises: Take a free introductory Oklahoma River Holiday Cruise from 1 to 6 p.m. every Sunday from Nov. 29 through Dec. 27. Passengers can enjoy the holiday lights, hot cocoa and seasonal music as they take in the downtown Oklahoma City skyline from an open-air deck or the heated cabin. Introductory cruises are free to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers can board at Regatta Park, 701 S Lincoln Blvd., and can even take an Oklahoma Spirit Trolley for free to the boarding area.

Wimgo Holidays on the Canal: Take a free adventure cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi during Wimgo Holidays on the Canal. All ages will enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully decorated Bricktown Canal. Ride free from 6 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 27 through Dec. 27 (closed Christmas). Board the boats across from the ballpark.

For more things to do visit this great blog here.

Here are some helpful travel links.

For information about hotels and other Oklahoma City attractions, visit:
Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

Downtown Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation

Frontier Country

Maria Bargellini writes articles for DFW Christmas Lights and The Outdoor Lighting Expert, which are owned and operated by Dallas Curb Appeal, a full service landscape construction company.

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