GUIDE: The Best Things to Do in Oklahoma This Weekend

by Holly Wall

12/12/2013

Christmas cannons. An audiophile’s paradise, a living nativity, and an eagle watch. Here’s your guide to the best things to do in Oklahoma this weekend.

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Les Miserables. Presented by UpStage Theatre in Edmond Dec. 12-15. More about Les Mis.

The Eight Reindeer Monologues. Scandal erupts at the North Pole, and eight reindeer share their stories. Dec. 12-22 at the Tulsa PAC. More about the show.

A Christmas Carol. A Tulsa tradition, presented by the American Theatre Company. Dec. 12-22. More about A Christmas Carol.

Living Nativity. Shepherd’s Cross in Claremore presents a live Nativity scene, complete with sheep, goats, donkeys, chickens, guineas, ducks, lama, alpaca and horses, the second and third weekends in December. More about the Living Nativity.

Local Filmmaker Showcase. The Hardesty Arts Center screens recent work by local filmmakers in the Tulsa area. Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. More about the showcase.

Barrel Racing Futurity World Championships. One of the premiere barrel racing competitions in the country, held at Oklahoma State Fair Park. Through Dec. 14. More about the championships.

The Four Elements. Based on the four elements of the ancient world, this annual curated presentation features pieces made from wood, metal, clay, and fiber. Living Arts of Tulsa, 6-9 p.m. More about The Four Elements.

The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition. Presented by the Oklahoma City Ballet at the Civic Center Music Hall and the Tulsa Ballet at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Dec. 13-22. More about the OKC show here; more about Tulsa’s here.

LIVE on the Plaza. This month’s event has plenty of holiday bonus features: lights, carolers, photos with Santa, free cocoa and cider, and more. 7-11 p.m. in OKC’s Plaza District. More about LIVE on the Plaza.

Indie Emporium. Wares from 60 handmade vendors, an Instagram art gallery, make-and-take projects, DIY demos, live music, and more. Dec. 13-14. More about Indie Emporium here.

Vinyl Fest. Featuring live music from the likes of the Paul Benjamin Band, Guardant, Lizard Police and more. A two-day convention of more than 100 yards of collectible vinyl = an audiophile’s paradise. More about Vinyl Fest.

Thunder Up. The Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the L.A. Lakers Dec. 13 and the Orlando Magic Dec. 15 at the Chesapeake Arena. More about the Thunder games.

Miracle on 34th Street. A musical version of the holiday classic, presented by Tulsa Project Theatre. BOK Center, Dec. 13-24. More about the show.

American Finals Rodeo. Watch the best rope and ride at Tulsa’s Expo Square Dec. 13-15. More about American Finals Rodeo.

2nd Friday Circuit of Art. Norman’s monthly celebration of the arts, featuring gallery exhibitions, performances, and more. More about 2nd Friday Circuit of Art.

Red Dirt Christmas. The Red Dirt Rangers, John Fullbright, and John Moreland take the stage at Cain’s Ballroom. 7 p.m. More about Red Dirt Christmas.

Tulsa Downtown Parade of Lights. Spectacular floats, marching bands, and an after party at Guthrie Green. Downtown at 6 p.m. More about the parade.

Christmas Boat Parade. Pontoons, house boats, fishing boats and more, decked out for the holiday, parading on Keystone Lake. Begins at dusk. More about the Christmas Boat Parade.

More holiday and Christmas parades this weekend in Tishomingo, Guymon, Jay, Grove, Schidler, Claremore, Norman, Coalgate, Mangum, Cleveland, Salina, and Springer.

Deco in December. Marvel at the art deco architecture Tulsa grew around with a one-hour tour of downtown with the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. Hot toddies along the way to keep you warm. Meet at Topeca in the Mayo Hotel at 10 a.m. More about Deco in December.

Sod House Christmas Open House. When pioneers gathered to celebrate the Christmas holiday, there would be music. The Sod House Museum in Aline is doing just that on Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m. More about the open house.

Eagle Watch. Every Saturday through Feb. 22, take your binoculars on a tour Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, where bald eagles make their homes in the winter. More about the Eagle Watch.

Jingle Bell Jazz. Cynthia Simmons sings holiday tunes at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. More about Jingle Bell Jazz.

Fort Reno Christmas Guns. German and American folklore celebrated with cannons and guns blasting, snacks, storytelling, and a visit from Santa. More about Christmas Guns.

Merry Craftsmas. Browse a variety of locally made goods and crafts, perfect for holiday shopping, all to benefit the Creative Room. Local musicians will play holiday music. Noon to 9 p.m. in Tulsa. More about Merry Craftsmas.

A Territorial Christmas. Live performances, candlelight trolley tours, and Victorian Walk Evenings, featuring live window scenes celebrating life in Territorial Guthrie. Plus, carolers, peanut vendors more twinkling lights than you can count. Through Dec. 22. More about A Territorial Christmas.

Nativity Festival. More than 100 nativity sets or crèches displayed throughout the halls of First Christian Church in Ponca City. Through Dec. 30. More about the Nativity Festival.

Christmas at the Castle. Holiday inflatables, hay and carriage rides, a visit from Father Christmas and more. Through Dec 31. More about Christmas at the Castle.

What are you doing this weekend?