Oklahoma is a hidden gem tucked away in the heart of the country. From holiday light displays filling up the state’s parks to quaint specialty shops lining the downtown areas, Oklahoma takes Christmas to the next level. When staying in this breathtaking state, choose from rustic cabins in Claremore to Victorian-style houses in Guthrie, as well as many other Oklahoma vacation rentals. These seven winter getaway destinations in Oklahoma offer fun-filled family adventures that will undoubtedly bring holiday cheer.

1. Tulsa

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Even if your Oklahoma vacation rental is not snow-covered, you can still enjoy a winter wonderland in Tulsa by stepping into the city’s Winterfest. This annual outdoor festival, located in Tulsa’s downtown area, is home to a 44-foot tree that features more than 35,000 lights. Hop on one of the horse-drawn carriages at this December celebration to see the decorated homes in the residential areas adjacent to the downtown center. If you need more excitement to get into the holiday spirit, head to the BOK Center for Winterfest’s live musical entertainment and marketplace complete with vendors selling specialty gift items. Tulsa’s Christmas celebrations are adjacent to the city’s outdoor ice skating rink that is lit up with a stunning light display. Don’t miss the parade of lights in mid-December at this popular vacation destination.

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2. Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma City is the mecca for holiday celebrations beginning with a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet at the Oklahoma City Ballet. Enjoy the show before retreating back to your comfy vacation rental home or cabin, and then plan out the following day with a trip to the Red Earth Treefest featuring Christmas trees and handmade ornaments representing multiple cultures. Shop until you drop at the city’s Mistletoe Market, located at the Cox Convention Center or show off your balancing skills at the Devon Ice Rink located amid the light display at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. You can also see the sights and sounds of the season with a ride on the Polar Express holiday train at the Bristow Depot. Get some exercise to warm up when the temperatures are frigid with the Walk the Lights Holiday Lights Spectacular, a one-mile trail located in the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park.

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3. Claremore

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Opt for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration when visiting Claremore, a quaint historical town in Oklahoma boasting Victorian-styled Christmas decorations. Window shop through the artisan village at the town center or stop to see the townspeople showcase the lives of sculptors, glass blowers, and blacksmiths during their historical demonstrations in November and December each year. The downtown area of Claremore also hosts Dickens on the Boulevard, an interactive wonderland where the local shop owners liven up their window displays with festive decorations.

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4. Muskogee

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Get double the Christmas spirit with the two main areas of Muskogee that transform into winter wonderlands in December. This vacation destination includes a light display in Honor Heights Park that boasts more than 1.2 million lights. After admiring the lights, head over to the Castle of Muskogee, an interactive display with holiday activities, such as camel rides and reindeer petting. Browse through the 2,000-holiday displays at the castle and wander through the nearby shops to find the perfect gift for a loved one. In the evening or afternoon hours, warm up with a hot cocoa at the Cozy Cup Cafe or Anna’s Coffee Cup shop.

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5. Elk City

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Relax in your Elk City vacation rental before joining in the magic of the city’s Christmas in the Park celebration in December. The city transforms Ackley Park into a winter wonderland, featuring millions of lights, a train for the kids to ride, and carousel rides. Stroll through the Christmas-themed displays, gingerbread houses, and manger scenes in the park before heading back to your warm cottage or luxurious rental home.

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6. Kingfisher

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Let your dare devils get a thrill while gaining some holiday spirit with a walk over the swinging bridge in Kingfisher. The swinging bridge is a hotspot during the holiday season for locals and tourists. This quaint Oklahoma town comes alive at Christmas time with millions of lights strung throughout the city and covering the swinging bridge. Take a walk through the park, dubbed as Winter Nights, by the locals to see the enchanting holiday light displays.

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7. Guthrie

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A Christmas celebration in Guthrie is unlike any other when you immerse yourself in the Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas experience. This Oklahoma city kicks off the holiday season with a lighted parade, followed by homes of decorated historic homes, buildings, and churches in the downtown area. Stroll through Guthrie’s streets when taking part in the Victorian Walk on December evenings and stop in the specialty shops that feature live window scenes just in time for the holidays. With vacation rentals that range from Victorian homes to rustic cabins, making Guthrie your vacation destination is an easy choice.

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