Well folks, the holiday season is upon us! I know we’ve all been anxiously awaiting this time of year, right?
For me, the holidays are synonymous with family time, road trips and beautiful decorations! Since I believe I’m so well versed in the holiday season, let me be your guide to everything Christmas in Chickasaw Country!
Holiday Lights in Chickasaw Country
Chickasaw Country is home to some of the best light displays in Oklahoma. No joke! You won’t be disappointed in the hundreds of displays throughout the area.
Chickasha Festival of Light:The town of Chickasha will welcome more than 250,000 people to their festive display of more than 3.5 million lights. The festival will be aglow until Dec. 31. Make your plans to visit now!
Ardmore Festival of Lights: One of the larger displays in southern Oklahoma, you’ll want to make your way through the 1.5 mile of animated displays. If you’re driving down I-35, you won’t miss this display - it sits right off the highway at the Ardmore Regional Park. Their season will end on Dec. 30.
Purcell Lights from the Heart: This next display will take you to the heart of Oklahoma! Take a 1.5 mile trip around Purcell Lake and enjoy the lights with your whole family- take the grandparents too! They’re open every night from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Plenty of time to see this display.
Chickasaw Cultural Center Celebration of Lights:I’ve been told they’ve added more lights to this year’s display! That means it’s bigger, better and, of course, brighter! The lights will turn on at 6:00 p.m. every evening starting Nov. 26 until Dec. 31.
Ada Trail of Lights at Wintersmith Park: The Trail of Lights recently added some new additions to their lineup. With over 35,000 visitors last season, they’re expecting to see more people this year with their new displays! Don’t you want to be one of those people? I know I do! The lights will end on Dec. 31.
Start a New Family Tradition
Some of my most memorable holidays were ones that I spent with family away from our home during the holiday season. We never had to worry about the hustle and bustle of hosting family members and holiday parties. It was such a great reprieve from the “real world”
So my suggestion for you this holiday season- book a stay at one of the many Chickasaw Country cabins or lodges for your family. Or, book a stay at the Artesian Hotel or the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center- both in Sulphur! P.S. Have you heard about the Artesian's Classic Christmas experience? If not- it’s a must see!
Parades and Other Fun Events
Expect to see many Main Streets closed for a few hours this holiday season as Chickasaw Country towns host their holiday parades. From Blanchard to Madill, come out and enjoy lighted floats and catch a glimpse of Santa as he passes by!
Another fun activity is the Tishomingo Christmas Tree Lighting and Living Window Walk. How fun does this sounds? Living window displays while you walk the streets of Tishomingo with a warm cup of hot chocolate in one hand and a loved one in the other...perfect start to the holidays! The event takes place on Dec. 5.
If Christmas trees are more your style, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is having their annual “A Festival of Trees.” Come enjoy their beautifully decorated trees throughout the property from Nov. 24 until Dec. 31.
Turn up the holiday tunes, slip on your most festive sweater, grab you thermos of hot chocolate and make your way to Chickasaw Country to celebrate the holiday season! And if you’re in the area be sure to use #routecc on all of your photos so I can follow along on your adventure, too! After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!
Happy Holidays friends,
(Originally published in November 2016, updated November 26, 2018.)