Cheers to 2021 with these OKC festivities.
While New Year’s Eve will certainly look different this year as we trade gathering with large crowds of spectators for a more intimate, socially distanced celebration with loved ones, the distance between us is purely physical. There’s still plenty of ways to join in the camaraderie of counting down the clock together through festivities, both virtual and in-person, throughout Oklahoma City. Get ready to pop the bubbly, because the city’s fireworks, ball drop and sparkling light displays are still on, and you won’t want to miss any of it. Check out our list of fun events leading up to and following New Year’s Day below.
Thunder Free Day | December 31
In recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, the Oklahoma City Thunder are providing free admission to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum for all visitors one day per month. This month’s Thunder Free day falls on Thursday, December 31, and will be your last and final chance to take advantage of this generous offer! During your visit, don’t forget to visit the new, permanent exhibit, which highlights examples of the Oklahoma Standard and provides valuable learning tools to deliver that message to local, national and global audiences. Click here to learn more about the Memorial and Museum’s partnership with the Thunder.
New Year’s Eve Early Bird Celebration | December 31
Join the countdown to 2021 at Scissortail Park’s family-friendly early bird New Year’s celebration Thursday, December 31, from 5-7 p.m. Attendees can enjoy music, fireworks and an early farewell to 2020, all from a safe social distance. After the event wraps at 7 p.m., you’ll have enough time to get the kids home and ready for bed or keep the party going with other fantastic celebrations happening around the city! The next morning, Friday, January 1, at 11 a.m., join the First Day Walk, a national initiative meant to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the parks, trails and public spaces available to the Oklahoma City community. The event is open to everyone, including kids of all ages and dogs! Click here to learn more about what’s happening this season at Scissortail Park.
Jae L. & Crossover Virtual Showcase | December 31
Join Jae L. and Crossover and special guests as they take the McSwain Theatre stage for a New Year’s Eve variety show full of live music, skits and a whole lot of fun Thursday, December 31, at 7 p.m. Pat Payne, Jimmy Tignor, Sonya Stokes, Kenny Anderson, Jim Miller and many more local performers are featured on the bill in addition to some of McSwain’s Hee Haw skits. The virtual performance is available to stream for free from your home via the McSwain Theatre website or Facebook page.
Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Opening Night | December 31
OKC’s New Year’s Eve celebration, Opening Night, will be streaming to you live from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Thursday, December 31, beginning at 7 p.m. With the priority being the health and safety of those in attendance, Opening Night will not be a ticketed, in-person event, but a free virtual livestream experience you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! The lineup features live music, a magic show, a performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Story of the Rising Ball and a fantastic fireworks finale to ring in the New Year! Tune in on the Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.
Holiday in the Park | Through January 3
What’s better than fun rides for all ages in a winter wonderland? New Year’s weekend, join the holiday excitement that’s around every corner at Frontier City! The entire park is decked out with twinkling lights, holiday tunes, festive treats and, of course, thrilling rides. Be sure to stroll through the Main Street Light Show on your way to Fort Frontier, where you’ll find a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and a special mailbox that runs directly to Santa’s North Pole Workshop. Right now, you can save up to 50% on tickets when you purchase online. Attendance is limited so reserve yours today before spots are gone.
Merry & Bright Holiday Lights | Through January 4
Downtown Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens is a popular destination for families, couples, travelers, locals and visitors of all kinds searching for a place of peace and respite. The many light displays and festive décor create a perfect setting for a relaxing, socially distanced stroll or even some festive photos. The grounds are free and open to the public and the displays will be accessible for the community to enjoy day and night. If you’re visiting on New Year’s Eve, take a spin on Mo’s Carousel, open 12-6 p.m. Botanical Balance Yoga takes place on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the Lower Level of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, and the best part? It’s free! While you’re there, tour Virginia Sitzes’ “Navigating Back to My Birthday Suit” art gallery on display in the Visitor Lobby, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more happenings at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, click here.
Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Women of the West | January 2
This month’s Kids Take Over the Cowboy event highlights the many contributions of women in the West. The wild, untamed West was a place where women often reached beyond what societal norms established back East. They often owned land, ran businesses and voted in many places before the 19th Amendment existed. On Saturday, January 2, bring the kiddos to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to celebrate women in the West with a variety of fun activities while supplies last. You’ll have a chance to take your shot at the Annie Oakley Markswomanship Shootin’ Gallery, try your hand at some rodeo events and enjoy story time at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. It’s free for members or with Museum admission, and it all begins at 10 a.m.!
Are you ready to ring in 2021? Let us know which of these events you’re most excited about in the comments below.