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Downtown in December is Returning to Oklahoma City

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If you have lived in Oklahoma City any length of time, then you know that winters here are unpredictable and can range from mild to severe.  Because of this it can be difficult at times for children and adults to enjoy the winter festivities like sledding or ice skating.  It is understandable then how it was rather pleasant the first time that Downtown in December started back in 2002.  For the first time I was able to ski on an outdoor arena and enjoy snow tubing.  These were things that most people my age had bragged about doing when they were kids, but I was now approaching them with a sense of wonder and abandonment.

Since that first year the tradition has only continued to grow, which is good because it means that more and more Oklahomans are getting a taste of winter paradise.  The bad news is that this means the lines have grown increasingly longer.  However, if you are willing to take it in stride and try not to do too much at once, then you will probably still have a pleasant and enjoyable adventure.  

Here is some basic information on some of the activities.  The outdoor ice skating rink will be available starting on November 26th and will be open from noon to 10:00 pm each night.  At $8.00 for two hours worth of rink time the cost is reasonable, and you can save another five dollars if you are able to supply your own skates. 

Snow Tubing at the Bricktown Ballpark will be open on weekends (Fridays through Sundays) from now until December 17th, and then from there until January 2nd it will be open daily.  The cost here is also reasonable as well as you pay $10 for an hour and a half worth of time.  It is something that is fun for the whole family, and since it does not require a lot of skill, even the most inept winter visitor will enjoy themselves.

If you are just interested in perusing the shops and displays downtown there are also plenty of those as well as some interesting lights.  Also, the water taxis on the Bricktown Canal will be free from 6-9:30 pm on weekends for the next month some of the museums in the area are participating in Free Museum Sunday.  This is done on a rotating schedule though, so be sure to check with your favorite museum to see if they are participating.    

Other blogs that talk about Downtown in December:

Adam’s Oklahoma City Blog discusses the events.

Likewise, BAM’s Blog also has an article on the many winter activities in OKC.

Janet Raines talks about free museum admission on her Examiner blog.

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