The Oklahoma City suburb of Yukon features one of the absolute best holiday lighting displays in the metro area. Beginning in 1995, the over a month-long celebration called "Christmas in the Park" has become an area favorite and continues to get better and better each year, offering a drive or walk-through wonderland of Christmas spirit. Three Yukon-area parks are interconnected with an estimated 4 million holiday lights in a variety of stunning displays covering 100 acres.
See images from the Christmas in the Park event.
2013 Dates and Times:
In 2013, Yukon's Christmas in the Park begins just before Thanksgiving on November 23rd and runs through New Year's Eve. The area is open each evening from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location & Directions:
The Christmas in the Park event in Yukon actually takes place in 3 of the city's parks: Yukon City Park, Freedom Trail Park and Chisholm Trail Park. All are located near NW 10th and Holly, south of Vandament and just off the interstate.
From Oklahoma City, take I-40 west to Exit 137. Go west on NW 10th Street to Holly and turn right. As you go west on Holly, you will quickly see entrance at Yukon City Park, 2200 S. Holly. The tour then continues to Freedom Trail Playground, 2101 S. Holly, directly north of Yukon City Park and then further north a few blocks to Chisholm Trail Park at 500 W Vandament.
Admission to Yukon's Christmas in the Park is absolutely free, but visitors can certainly donate to help fund the event each year. Volunteers accept optional donations at the exits, and you can get more information on contributing by calling (405) 354-8442.
Christmas in the Park Displays:
There are an estimated 360 one-of-a-kind holiday displays as part of Yukon's Christmas in the Park. Among the highlights:
- Computer-animated lights synchronized to music broadcast over car radios
- 34 foot tall OG&E Dancing Christmas Tree with 77,000 lights
- 1,350 square foot pavilion featuring a 50 foot keyboard, a guitar player and a drummer with jumping arches
- Santa’s Toy Shop, with busy helpers building gifts and loading his sleigh. It is 30 feet tall by 150 feet wide and has 7,000 lights.
- Santa’s Oasis depicts Santa relaxing during summer vacation. It is 32 feet wide and 207 feet long, reflecting off of Mulvey Pond.
In addition the many wonderful lighting displays, there are:
- Horse-drawn carriage rides available from 6:30-8:30 on November 19th and from 6-10 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning November 25th - Tickets are $5 per person, and rides begin in front of the Yukon Community Center
- Rides on the Santa Express Trail each night from 6-10 p.m., weather permitting - Tickets are $2 per person, and rides begin at the train depot in Chisholm Trail Park - Children under 3 ride for free
- Designated parking areas available for those who prefer to get out and enjoy the displays - Many choose to walk through the 2.2 miles of park walking trails