Posted by City of Yukon on 11/14/2016

Yukon youngsters are invited to kick off the Christmas season at the Kris Kringle Karnival on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly. Admission is free. The event coincides with the grand opening of the Christmas in the Park drive-through Christmas lights tour, which also starts at 6 p.m.

The Kris Kringle Karnival is held inside the Yukon Community Center and offers free individual child photos with Santa, door prizes, holiday crafts, entertainment, games and refreshments. In addition to Santa, several other Christmas characters are present, including Chester the Clown and the annual Nutcracker dancers from Doran-Vossen Dance Studio. Irv Wagner’s Trombone Quartet will play seasonal music just outside the entrance to the carnival.

Christmas in the Park is open 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly from Nov. 19 until New Year’s Eve. The tour features 100 acres of three interconnected city parks that are decorated top to bottom with 4 million Christmas lights and over 425 one-of-a-kind displays. The parks are Yukon City Park, Chisholm Trail Park and Freedom Trail.  Admission is free and donations, which help fund the tour, are merrily accepted. 

Also planned for November 19 is the Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Park. It is a certified course sanctioned by USATF Oklahoma. More than 500 runners are expected at the festive race this year. Runners follow a course that takes them along area streets and ultimately through the beautiful illuminated Christmas in the Park lights while Christmas music is played.  Up to the minute results are posted on a large inflatable screen near the finish line. Runners are also encouraged to adorn themselves in Christmas attire for the “best decorated runner” costume contest.  The winner receives a $100 gift card from Red Coyote. Registration is available online at or contact Tim Rhodes at 405-350-8920 or [email protected].  Runners are also encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Santa’s Toy Shoppe, a fundraiser with the Yukon Fire Department. 

The Jingle Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Freedom Trail Playground pavilion by the entrance, 2101 S Holly. It is a one mile fun walk that travels through City Park’s millions of glowing Christmas lights. On-site registration begins at 5 p.m., and the event is free. For details, contact Dennis Warren at [email protected] or 350-8920.

For more information about the City of Yukon’s Christmas events, call 405-354-8442, 405-350-8937 or visit

The Kris Kringle Karnival is one of Yukon’s best events. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do.  To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit or call 405-350-8937 or 405-354-8442.