With Arvest Winterfest becoming a holiday tradition for Tulsa, it's important to keep in mind and remember all of the other holiday festivities and activities happening around the area.
Holiday decorations on houses and businesses have been hung for few weeks now, but it's never too late to get into the spirit of holiday decorating.
Christmas tree farms and their workers are still working around the clock to help families find the perfect tree for their home.
For more than 20 years, the Owasso Christmas Tree and Berry Farm has provided families with their choices of fresh cut and fir trees as well as holiday decorations and other treats. Co-owner Paula Jacobs describes the farm as "a hobby that got out of control."
Families have the opportunity to go and become a type of Daniel Boone by selecting a tree and cutting it themselves. If someone decides not to be a woodsman, then have one of the field workers assist in cutting down the tree.
Jacobs said that they do offer fir trees, which have been transported from Oregon and North Carolina.
Once a tree's been picked, they will shake it, give it a fresh cut, bale it and tie it to your car--at no extra charge. Everything is included in your price for the tree, which Jacobs said depends on the quality of the tree.
After purchasing the right tree, it's time to plan the decorations. The gift shop sells Christmas ornaments, tree toppers, nativity scenes and wreaths. The farm shop's specialty? Old world Santas.
With all of the searching and shopping, the farm does provide a bit of incentive for its customers, who can take hayrides, sip on hot apple cider and receive candy canes--for free.
If you're still in the hunt for a tree, you better speed up your pursuits. They'll be open until Dec. 22 and expect to have trees until that date. Hours are 12pm-7pm throughout the week and 9am-7pm on the weekends.
Light It Up
The bonding of selecting and decorating a tree can be a great time for families and friends, but normally with Christmas time, there can be one holiday activity with family and friends' that transcends all ages -- looking at Christmas lights.
The city and the surrounding areas have plenty of them to show in various ways.
You can start your tour of lights by taking a ride on the Old Urban Trolley with a small group of your friends or maybe a really large group.
Old Urban Trolley provides three decorated trolleys of different sizes, one 16 or two 31 respectively, for groups to sightsee the Christmas lights in style.
Owner Shannon Dotson said that two tours for two different paths happen nightly.
The South tour transports passengers to see lights past Rhema and residences in Broken Arrow.
The other tour, the Southwest tour, goes past a secret commercial location and other residences. Until Dec. 31, people can reserve a trolley for one of these tours, and you can invite people to come and drink egg nog (it's perfectly fine to bring refreshments on the trolley with you) while watching the lights. Better get a move on, though, people started booking as early as August of this year, so not all dates and times may be available.
Trolley pick-ups can be scheduled at a location of your choosing, such as a residence, restaurant or well-lit parking lot, as long as they lay between Jenks, South Tulsa, Broken Arrow and even Midtown. Sorry, Sapulpa and Sand Springs, but Dotson has a potential plan to expand the service to Sand Springs. No solid plan yet, though.
If you're not interested in seeing lights via ground transportation, take to the sky. Literally.
Crumpton Aviation offers 12-15 minute or 18-20 minute light tours via helicopter. Look down at the lit up areas of Rhema Bible College, Utica Square, South Tulsa and Paragon Pipe in Sapulpa.
For $60 or $80, depending on how much time you want to be in the air, you and two other friends can fly the Tulsa skies and see sights from above.
Helicopter tours run Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm till 10pm. The last tours fly Dec. 26.
If you're old-fashioned, pile into the car for a self-guided tour.
On the upper level of Chandler Park, more than 500,000 lights and displays illuminate for families to enjoy. Common inflatables, such as Santa, Frosty and Rudolph, are able to be seen along with different displays set up by businesses and organizations, including the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest Chamber of Commerce.
Performances of bands, choirs, singers and others will be at the park, too. For example, on Dec. 18, the Webster High School band performs. Chandler Park is still looking for people interested in performing, too. Visit chandlerparklights.com, for more information.
There's no charge to get into the park, but monetary donations would be appreciated. In addition, donations of lights and displays are welcome, too, in adding to their future light displays.
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