From outdoor ice skating to a walk-through holiday light display to a living Nativity to musical performances, Edmond, Oklahoma, offers a wide range of winter activities for the whole family. Here are some of Edmond’s best winter events for 2018-2019.
Outdoor Ice Skating
What better way to build fond winter memories than bundling up, lacing on skates, and taking some turns around an outdoor ice arena? The city opens its Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink at Mitch Park, 1501 W. Covell Road, from Nov. 16 to Jan. 6 this season. The rink is open every afternoon and evening of the week, at varying times.
Christmas in Downtown Edmond
From Thanksgiving weekend to Christmas, downtown Edmond will celebrate the season with free carriage rides, visits with Santa, musical entertainment, and historic tours. Carriage rides will be available on Saturdays from Nov. 24 to Dec. 22, and Santa will visit the Public Safety Center on Dec. 15.
Luminance: An Enchanted Stroll
Last year, the city of Edmond replaced its annual Parade of Lights with this free walk-through holiday light display in Mitch Park, 1501 W. Covell Road. The spectacle, including 3D light displays, will be illuminated from 5 to 10 p.m. each night of the week, Dec. 1 through Jan. 1.
Holiday Hop at the Rodkey House and the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse
On Dec. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Rodkey House Event and Education Annex, a restored historic home at 410 S. Littler Ave., and the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse at 124 E. Second St. will feature family activities, Christmas carolers, an Edmond Historical Society and Museum pop-up shop and refreshments.
Musical Theatre Christmas Show
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St., helps you get into the spirit of the season with four evenings of holiday favorites performed by musical theatre vocalists. The performances start at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8, and 5 p.m. Dec. 9.
Boys Ranch Town Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant
The children and staff at Boys Ranch Town, 5100 E. 33rd St., have been staging this drive-thru living Nativity scene as a Christmas gift to the community since 1971. The event will be presented 7-9 p.m. Dec. 7-9. It’s free, but donations will be accepted.
Ugly Sweater Run
This annual favorite features a 5K race and 1-mile fun run the evening of Dec. 8, starting at 5 p.m. at Mitch Park, 1501 W. Covell Road. The event, a fundraiser for the holiday lights displays in Mitch Park, also offers a contest for the ugliest, prettiest, and most creative sweaters.
Musical Theatre Christmas Show
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St., helps you get into the spirit of the season with three evenings of holiday favorites performed by musical theatre vocalists. The performances start at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15.
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab features The Old Bulldog Band, which will be presenting an evening of classic rock. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the event will offer food and beverages from Hideaway Pizza. Reservations are strongly recommended; message The Old Bulldog Band on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Arcadia Lake’s Eagle Watch
Wintertime brings migrating bald eagles to the Edmond area, providing residents and visitors an opportunity to see America’s national bird. During the Arcadia Lake Eagle Watch, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 4-9, birdwatchers can visit the park office at 9000 E. Second St. to receive information about where the eagles can be found. The park also will have videos, displays showing the birds’ wingspan, and other information. Entrance costs $3 per vehicle.
UCO Broadway Tonight: Voctave
The a capella group Voctave will visit Edmond for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N. University Drive. Voctave has performed around the world with a range from gospel to musical theatre to contemporary Christian to barbershop, pop music, and choral specialties.
The Russian National Ballet makes its fifth appearance at the Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 S. Bryant Road, to perform Swan Lake at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29.
Julian Bliss Septet
The Julian Bliss Septet explores the music of the legendary master of swing, Benny Goodman, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 S. Bryant Road.
UCO Broadway Tonight: Ailey II
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which celebrates the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of American modern dance heritage, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Mitchell Hall Theater, 100 N. University Drive.
Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra
On its first North American tour, the 62-year-old Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra will perform two masterpieces from Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 S. Bryant Road.
With song, music, dance, and narration, Celtic Nights’ Oceans of Hope show tells the story of Irish families moving across oceans to follow their dreams of freedom and peace. Visiting Edmond for the first time, Celtic Nights will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 11 at Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 S. Bryant Road.