Yukon Kicks Off Christmas in the Park November 20
Yuletide excitement and free family fun are in store as holiday festivities begin in Yukon on Saturday, November 20. 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.
The Mascot Dash officially commences the November 20 festivities at 4:30 p.m. Mascots from all over the area compete in a 100-yard dash. Mascots attend from local high schools, local colleges and many popular restaurants and companies.
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 20. 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 beautiful 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. Other sponsors for Chill Your Cheeks are Cornerstone Bank, McBride Orthopedic Hospital, Tropical Smoothie Café, Bedlam Law Firm, Bison Law Firm, Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, BancFirst, Integris Canadian Valley Hospital and Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary.
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. For details, call 405.350.8920.
The Kringle Karnival returns to celebrate the opening night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Karnival is now 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 by Irv Wagner’s Trombone Ensemble! Santa himself is stopping by to celebrate and will be happy to pose for pictures. Admission, as always, is FREE!
Christmas in the Park, is Oklahoma’s premiere Christmas lights tour. Drive or walk through three 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 whimsical 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 20, then runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly through New Year’s Eve. The tour includes Yukon City Park, Freedom Trail and Chisholm Trail Park.
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 a Cadillac perfect for Route 66 enthusiasts to climb into, as well as a life-size carriage made for royalty.
The Christmas in the Park Train Station is the junction of tasty treats, selfie spots, and, back by popular demand, an ice skating rink. For a small fee, the Santa Express takes guests on a tour of the lights that adorn Chisholm Trail Park.
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.