From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
The annual Downtown in December festival officially starts today with the lighting of the SandRidge Christmas Tree. For more information, go to www.downtownindecember.com.
Sandridge Christmas Tree: The 32-foot-tall decorated evergreen has been moved to Robinson Avenue and Couch Drive, east of Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson. After the lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today, free family-friendly activities will be offered inside Leadership Square. The tree will remain up throughout the holiday season.
Wimgo Holidays on the Canal: Take a free Water Taxi cruise on the Bricktown Canal from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sundays today through Dec. 26. The attraction is closed Christmas Day. Board the boats below Mickey Mantle Boulevard.
Devon Ice Rink: The rink is on the lawn of the Civic Center, 201 N Walker. It is open from noon to 10 p.m. daily today-Jan. 2. Christmas Even hours are noon to 5 p.m.; New Year’s Even hours are noon to 11 p.m. Cost is $8, which includes skate rental, or $5 for those who bring their own skates.
Chesapeake Snow Tubing: Zip down the snowy slopes inside the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The attraction is open varying hours Fridays-Sundays today through Dec. 12 and varying hours daily from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2. Admission is $10 per 90-minute session. Session sizes are limited and operated on a first-come, first serve basis.
Oklahoma City Community Foundation Free Museum Sundays: A different city museum will be open for free from 1 to 6 p.m. each Sunday during the festival. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, will be free this Sunday; American Banjo Museum, 9 E Sheridan Ave., on Dec. 5; Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Drive, on Dec. 12; Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, 620 N Harvey on Jan. 2. All four museums will offer free admission Dec. 19.
OK Cityscape: Two million Legos were used to build the massive replica of Oklahoma City at 1100 N Broadway Ave. in Automobile Alley. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 31. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.
Devon Energy Holiday River Parade: On Dec. 4, the sixth parade will feature free music, entertainment, a fireworks show and more than 20 light-draped boats cruising the river. Viewing areas at Regatta Park and Wiley Post Park will open at 4 p.m. Information: www.okcparade.com.
Oklahoma River Holiday Cruises: Take in hot cocoa, holiday music and the downtown Oklahoma City skyline from an open-air deck or the heated cabin. Introductory cruises are free for all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers can board at Regatta Park, 701 S Lincoln Blvd. Space is limited. First-come, first-served. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays this week through Dec. 26.
OG&E Barons Night: Be one of the first 2,000 fans through the door for the Oklahoma City Barons’ Dec. 17 game against the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Cox Convention Center and receive a free Snuggie-style blanket. The puck drops at 6:05 p.m. Tickets: www.okcbarons.com.
SandRidge Santa Run: The Dec. 4 event will include a 5K run, one-mile Fun Run and a free Kids Dash. Participants can come in their in favorite holiday garb and take part in the costume contest. After the race, a youth health fair will take place inside Leadership Square. Admission varies by race.