Yukon Kicks Off Christmas in the Park November 19 - City of Yukon

Yukon Kicks Off Christmas in the Park November 19

Yukon Kicks Off Christmas in the Park November 19

Posted by City of Yukon on 11/07/2022

Woman and Child Pose on Polar Bear Display at Christmas in the Park

Yuletide excitement and free family fun are in store as holiday festivities begin in Yukon on Saturday, November 19. The Christmas kickoff includes the grand opening of Yukon’s beautiful holiday wonderland: Christmas in the Park, the Kringle Karnival, the annual Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run, Mascot Dash and the Jingle Walk. New this year, a drone show joins the fun at 7 p.m.! 

The Mascot Dash officially commences the November 19 festivities at 4:30 p.m. Mascots from all over the area compete in a 100-yard dash.

The Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run, presented by Title Sponsor Academy Sports and Outdoors, begins at 5:00 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Park on November 19. It is a certified course by USATF, with more than 400 runners expected this year. 

Runners follow a course that takes them along area streets and ultimately through the beautifully illuminated Christmas in the Park lights. Christmas Music sets the mood as they pass through City Park. Registration is available online at www.yukonok.gov/catalog or through the Yukon Community Center or Jackie Cooper Gym. Chill Your Cheeks would like to thank additional sponsors OU Health ER & Urgent Care, Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, BancFirst, Integris Canadian Valley Hospital and Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary.

Man Dressed as Santa Runs in Chill Your Cheeks 5K

The Jingle Walk begins at 5:30 p.m. at the North Pavilion in Chisholm Trail Park, just next to Boot Hill. This fun-walk travels through Chisholm Trail Park’s millions of glowing Christmas lights. On-site registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the event is free. All participants in the Jingle Walk receive a festive jingle bell bracelet. Fordetails, call 405.350.8920.

The Kringle Karnival returns to celebrate the opening night from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Karnival is located at the north end of Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W. Vandament. This event features face painting, inflatables, train rides, crafts, concession food trucks, carnival games and performances. Santa himself is stopping by to celebrate and happy to pose for pictures. At 6 p.m., Tinsey the Elf takes the stage, and Anna and Elsa are even joining the festivities! Admission, as always, is FREE!

At 7 p.m., you’ll want to look up as thirty drones take to the night sky for a spectacular performance. Watch closely as these drones morph into shapes that represent Christmas and Yukon!

Christmas in the Park is Oklahoma’s premiere Christmas lights tour. Drive or walk through interconnected parks transformed into a holiday wonderland, and you’ll see over a quarter century of hard work, lovingly put together by City staff and volunteers. It’s no wonder Christmas in the Park holds the distinction of largest drive-thru light display in Oklahoma, boasting over 5 million lights and 500 imaginative displays. We’re also pretty proud of the fact that we won the 2021 Oklahoma Redbud Award for Outstanding Event.

Christmas in the Park opens at 6 p.m. on November 19, then runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly through New Year’s Day. 

There are three ways to enjoy Christmas in the Park. Motorists from the contiguous 48 states have driven through this wonderland. Twinkling animated displays amuse as you leisurely make your way through, while LED displays synchronized with music wow young and old alike.

Guest can get up-close and personal to the lights with a walking tour. The romantic pond area in Chisholm Trail Park is ideal for a winter date. There is even a “Will You Marry Me?” sign for guests who are ready to pop the question. Selfie stations are placed throughout the parks for pictures perfect for Instagram or your annual Christmas card. Two new displays that promise to be popular are larger-than-life, 3D elves and a whimsical merry-go-round.

The Christmas in the Park Train Station is the junction of tasty treats, selfie spots, and, back by popular demand, an ice-skating rink. On Fridays and Saturdays, St. Nick himself stops by for photos with his biggest fans. The Santa Express, sponsored by Country Equipment, takes guests on a tour of the lights that adorn Chisholm Trail Park. The Santa Express and Yukon Ice Rink cost a small fee. Keep up to date on rates, including group rates, and special hours at www.yukonok.gov/ChristmasinthePark.

Child on Ice Skating Rink at Christmas in the Park

Near the donation station in Chisholm Trail Park, you can pull over on Fridays and Saturdays to pose with fan-favorite Christmas Characters. From the Grinch to Elf on the Shelf, you never know who you’ll run into!

Before you end your tour of Christmas in the Park, be sure to stop by the three-story-tall animated Christmas tree. The tree combines every color under the rainbow to present a stunning light show throughout your visit. Bright and bold animations, messages and dancing lights are all synced to your favorite Christmas tunes. 

Admission is free, and donations are merrily accepted at both the Chisholm Trail Park exit and the City Park exit. The donations collected help fund Christmas in the Park every year. 

For more information about the City of Yukon’s Christmas events, call 405-354-8442, 405-350-8937 or visit www.yukonok.gov/ChristmasinthePark. 

Christmas in the Park is one of Yukon’s best attractions. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do.  To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.yukonok.gov or call 405-354-8442 or 405-350-8937.