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Christmas Events – Get Your Tickets Early!

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It’s already happening – Christmas trees and Santa have appeared at Wal-Mart!  I spotted a small amount of Christmas decorations lurking in a back aisle around the first of the month, but on Halloween, I walked into my local super center to be greeted by a huge tree covered with twinkling lights.  Christmas has come to Oklahoma City already, leaving poor Thanksgiving with barely any attention at all.

But while I think it’s a bit early to start decking the halls and practicing your “Ho, ho ho,” I do think the first of November is the ideal time to start planning which OKC holiday events you want to go see.  A lot of the more popular events and shows will sell out quickly, so you want to be sure you secure your  tickets as soon as possible so you don’t end up doing last minute planning as well as last minute shopping.

The Nutcracker ballet performed by Ballet Oklahoma is perhaps the city’s biggest Christmas show.  Just about everyone who lives in OKC has been to see the performance at least once in their life, and for many, seeing the Tchaikovsky’s story about Clara and her Nutcracker prince is an annual tradition.  I’ve seen it several times myself, and it never gets old.

The show is only running two weekends this year: December 7 through 9 and 14th through 16th.  The Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 and the Sunday matinees start at 2:00.  Tickets start at $26 for balcony seats and top out at $42 for the “Golden Circle” seats.

Another popular Christmas tradition is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.  This year, the story of Scrooge and the three ghosts is being performed at Oklahoma City University.  The performance is being billed as a new adaptation that brings out all the best elements from the story, so it sounds like something not to be missed.  The show runs from November 24 until December 15.  

What’s so great about this performance is that some of the shows are aimed specifically at children, so if you have young kids, “A Christmas Carol” is a good and cheap option.  It’s only $5 for children under 12 and $7 for all others.  Group rates are also available for school fieldtrips.  To order tickets and find specific show times, hop over to www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org.  I’ve seen a number of the OCU shows, including a few of their shows for children, and the performances are always very good.

If you can’t make any of those performances, “A Christmas Carol” is also being performed at the Pegasus Theatre at the University of Central Oklahoma on December 14, 15, and 16 (8:00 on the 14th and 15th, 2:00 on the 16th).  Tickets for the performance are $5.00.  Buy your tickets online at http://www.oklahomashakespeare.com/ 

For adults, the Sooner Theatre is performing “Scrooge!”  This story, based on “A Christmas Carol,” has a few twists to it, so you won’t know exactly what to expect.  The theatre is in Norman (about a 20 minute drive from Oklahoma City proper), which isn’t bad.  Tickets are a little more pricey here: $20 to $25, depending on seating.  The show runs from November 30 until December 8.  More information can be found at www.soonertheatre.com.

If you love music, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Pops is once again doing their “A Very Merry Pops” Christmas show.  This is a great musical performance that includes more than just a concert – there’s ballroom dancing, tapping, amazing costumes, and even some aerial acrobats.  I’ve been to the show (although the acrobatics weren’t featured that year) and can say that it’s a really fun concert.  It’s more high-energy than the “Nutcracker,” so if you find yourself bored by the ballet, you might like this more.

I recommend scheduling other events around “A Very Merry Pops” just because it has more limited performances.  There are only four scheduled concerts: November 29 (7:30) and 30 (8:00) and December 1 (two performances, one at 2:00 and one at 8:00).  Tickets range from $12 to $62, so if you don’t mind sitting in the balcony, this can be a fairly inexpensive event.

These three performances are Christmas traditions, and I recommend seeing any or all of them during the Christmas season.  They will make a nice break between the holiday baking, shopping, and decorating, and they’ll help get you in the Christmas mood much better than Wal-Mart’s extra-early Santa!

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