This rewrite of a news release appeared in Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Tulsa to host holiday festival
TULSA – The grounds of the BOK Center will be the site of a new holiday festival in downtown.
Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and BOK Center General Manager John Bolton announced Monday that the new arena will host this year the inaugural Winterfest, a month-long celebration intended to be annual event.
Winterfest 2008 will feature an outdoor skating rink and the state’s tallest Christmas tree daily today-Dec. 31 at the BOK Center Outdoor Plaza at Third Street and Frisco Avenue.
A variety of outdoor live entertainment provided by school choirs, local bands and musicians from area churches is scheduled for Wednesday-Sunday evenings during Winterfest. Holiday carriage rides, appearances by the Tulsa Oilers hockey team and concessions also will be offered during the event.
The focal point of the festivities will be the 50-foot-by-100-foot Arvest Ice Rink on Frisco, which will be open daily for skating. Prices are $8 with skate rental, $5 with your own skates, and $5 for children 3 and younger. Group reservations and rates are available by calling (918) 894-4254
Towering near the rink will be the 35-foot holiday tree that will glow nightly with more than 25,000 lights.
The ice rink opens at noon today, and Tulsa’s Salvation Army brass ensemble will christen the plaza with a performance at 5 p.m. The Tulsa Oilers Fan Experience will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., with the team’s matchup with the Wichita Thunder at 7:35. Carriage rides will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more information, call (918) 894-4200 or go to www.bokcenter.com.