Yukon Kicks Off the Christmas Season November 19
Holiday excitement and free family fun are in store as this year’s City of Yukon holiday festivities begin on Saturday, November 19. Included are the grand opening of Yukon’s beautiful holiday wonderland: Christmas in the Park, the annual Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run and the Jingle Walk. Other events are scheduled during the holiday season.
Christmas in the Park is Oklahoma’s premiere Christmas lights tour. Motorists drive along miles of illuminated fun to enjoy a beautiful presentation of light, movement, and music. Included are over 425 lighted displays and 4 million Christmas lights twinkling across 100 acres of three interconnecting city parks.
The tour is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night from Saturday, November 19 through New Year’s Eve. The tour includes Yukon City Park, Freedom Trail Playground and at Chisholm Trail Park.
At the Santa Express Train Station, young and old alike will love taking photos in the adorable Gingerbread Family Photo Cutouts, in the new airplane, on the toy train or by the massive Polar Bear! Various costumed Christmas characters are often in the parks and are happy to pose for photos. And the City of Yukon added a new, bigger, train this year to accommodate the rising popularity of the ride!
Rides on the Santa Express Train are available for $2 per person at Chisholm Trail Park from 6 to 10 p.m. every night through New Year’s Eve, weather permitting. Children three and under ride for free. The train loops through the lights of Chisholm Trail Park.
There are also 2.2 miles of walking trails through the parks for those who enjoy viewing the lights on foot. Admission is free and donations that help support the annual event are merrily accepted at the Chisholm Trail Park exit.
The Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Park on November19. 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. They will hear Christmas Music played as they pass through the City Park. Up to the minute results will be posted on a large inflatable screen near the finish line. Registration is available online at www.active.com or contact Tim Rhodes at 405-350-8920 or [email protected]
The Jingle Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Freedom Trail Playground entrance pavilion, 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. Tee shirts are available for $15 for participants that are pre-registered by November 7. For details, contact Dennis Warren at [email protected] or 350-8920.
Other City of Yukon sponsored Christmas events include:
The “Sounds of the Seasons” holiday concert will be presented by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium on Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $10 and go on sale November 18 at all YNB locations as well as the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly; Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E Main and the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore Drive. Reserved tickets will be on sale from 5 pm to 7 pm, Thursday November 17 at the Dale Robertson Center, and then continues Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. There is a limit of six reserved tickets per person.
For more information about the City of Yukon’s Christmas events, call 405-354-8442, 405-350-8937 or visit www.cityofyukonok.gov.
Christmas in Yukon 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.cityofyukonok.gov or call 405-354-8442 or 405-350-8937.