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Plan a holiday-style "staycation"

Published: 12.16.13

Leaves are falling and being replaced with tinsel and bright
lights. There is also a winter chill in the air. We all know what time of the
year it is - the holiday season. As you are spending time with family,
reminiscing about holidays' past and loosening your belt after all of the
fabulous holiday goodies, VisitTulsa invites you to stay close this year and
take in everything the region has to offer.

Whether you're looking for light displays, fun community
events or great shopping, the Tulsa region has it all right here and waiting
for you to enjoy.

Light Displays

Northeast Okla. is home to some of the best light displays in the state.
Did you know, two of the displays in this area made's top 10 list?
One more reason to stay close and enjoy some holiday cheer with your family
this holiday season. VisitTulsa has tracked down some of the breath-taking
events in the area for your families' enjoyment.

Looking for a short drive from Tulsa? The Rhema Christmas
Lights Extravaganza in Broken Arrow is sure to please. Located at Rhema Bible
Church and being one of the top 10 in state, this display will definitely get
you in the holiday spirit. The extravaganza boasts over two-million lights and
100,000 shimmering bulbs synchronized to music for your listening enjoyment.
Take in the breath-taking view from your car, walk around the park and even
enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride on select nights. The display is open nightly
from Nov. 27, 2013 through Jan. 1, 2014.

Want to have an evening adventure? Forty-five minutes is a
short drive to take in a couple of options for the whole family. Garden of
Lights in Muskogee is always an amazing view and has provided families' holiday
beauty for years. Experience animated displays and one-million lights strung
throughout the 120-acre park. The Garden of Lights also offers horse-drawn
carriages, drive thru and walking trails. The garden will open nightly Nov. 28
through Dec. 31, 2013.

While in Muskogee, peruse over to the Castle of Muskogee for
Christmas Kingdom at the Castle. This display is one of the world's largest
collections of holiday inflatables. Bring the whole family and hop on an
old-fashioned tractor-drawn hayride or the always favorite horse-drawn carriage
through Christmas village. The kingdom's winter wonderland has over 2,000
displays in various holiday scenes, ranging from four to 20 ft. in height. The
castle will open nightly from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31, 2013.

Community Events

Arvest Winterfest will once again be transforming downtown Tulsa into a
winter wonderland. The beloved seasonal celebration will take place over 38
days in 2013 and is open to the public. The location for this year's
festivities is 3rd and Denver.

Always a favorite among the community, the ice skating rink,
will be returning as well. The rink will be open daily from Nov. 29, 2013 to
Jan. 5, 2014. Skaters are invited to come out and enjoy one of Tulsa's favorite
traditions, while taking in the skyline of downtown.

Skating not your forte? There are plenty of other activities
to partake in during Arvest Winterfest. The outdoor stage will host
entertainment for all ages. Performers on stage include local choirs, artists
and music groups. Admission is always free.

Don't forget to visit the many vendors who will be on hand
during this year's fest. There will be plenty of shopping, food and family fun.


Residents in the Tulsa region know, our community is a shopper's paradise.
Malls and stores on every street corner. While enjoying all of the holiday
activities close to home, stop in and visit some of the amazing and unique
local shops Tulsa has to offer.

On or near Boston Ave., between 4th and 7th,
you will find "pop-up shops" from Nov. 30 to Dec. 28, with the grand opening
celebration on Dec. 4. The Deco-District Holiday Pop-Up Shop program is an
initiative of the Downtown Deco District Association and private landlords. The
program hosts small business owners from around the area and provides great
shopping opportunities for the holidays.  

In addition to the pop-up shop program, do not forget about
all of the wonderful shops located across the region. Local business owners are
preparing now for the holiday season and have amazing offers planned for their

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