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Top Oklahoma City Lighting Displays

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Many families build their holiday and Christmas traditions around trips to see holiday lighting displays. Beautiful and elaborate, many of the events around the Oklahoma City metro area will fill you with the spirit of the season and probably force out a few "Oh's" and "Ah's." These are a few of the top destinations within the Oklahoma City area to see such illumination masterpieces.

1. Downtown in December

The Downtown in December festival of events is certainly Oklahoma City's top holiday destination. And what better way to see the magical holiday lights than aboard a water taxi on the Bricktown canal? Bring a coat and stare in awe as the lights twinkle off the water. When you're finished, enjoy more lights on the streets of Automobile Alley or at the Myriad Gardens.

Information: Ride the water taxis free from 6-9:30pm, Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 30th.

2. Yukon's Christmas in the Park

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Since 1995, Yukon's Christmas in the Park has only continued to get better and better. Drive over 3 miles through 100 acres along Jim Watson Drive and see more than 300 incredible light displays from your car. Get more information, and see a gallery of images from Yukon's event, so you can get just a taste of what's there.

Information: Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the end of the drive-through. Event runs through Dec. 31 in Yukon City Park from 6-11 p.m.

3. Midwest City's Holiday Lights Spectacular

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It's more than just lights at Midwest City's Holiday Lights Spectacular. The Joe B. Barnes Regional Park becomes an extravaganza with a 118 foot Christmas tree, a tunnel of lights, 80 lighting displays, waterfall and animated displays. Get more information, and see a gallery of images from Midwest City's event.

Information: Event open through Dec. 30, Sunday through Thursday from 6-10 p.m. and Friday/Saturday from 6-11 p.m.

4. Chesapeake Energy Campus

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation's campus on NW 63rd and Western is quite the holiday sight to see. Decorated and wrapped from the top down in approximately 4.3 million energy-efficient LED lights are about eight city blocks of trees, according to company officials.

Information: Lights go on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and remain on each day from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. through the first week of January.

5. Chickasha's Festival of Light

Alright, I'm cheating a bit on this one. But if you want a fantastic lighting display for the holidays, take the 45 minute or so drive south to Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha. It will be well worth it. First started in 1992, the Chickasha Festival of Light attracts visitors from all over the nation and includes an animated, musically-choreographed show. Be ready for some long lines, though, because this is one of the best around.

Information: This free event runs to Dec. 31st. Bus tours, carriage rides and photos with Santa available for a charge. Get more information on the Chickasha event.

6. Neighborhood / Private Displays

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In addition to the big, professionally-organized displays above, don't miss out on some of the local favorites, the private and neighborhood holiday lighting displays around the Oklahoma City metro area, such as the Markwell lights or the Downs Family Christmas display.

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