Thanksgiving is almost here, and many families are wondering how to make the holiday special even though they may not be able to travel or host visitors due to the pandemic. While current circumstances may put a temporary hold on your normal holiday traditions, there are still plenty of ways you can have fun and make memories this year in Oklahoma City! Keep reading for some ideas for fun family activities in OKC this Thanksgiving.
Fun Thanksgiving Activities in OKC
It’s still important to wear masks and observe social distancing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays this year. Look for activities that are outdoors or in large spaces that don’t force visitors to be close to each other during their visits. Here are some examples to get you started:
Let the Good Times Roll
Looking for a family activity that works for multiple ages of kids and adults? Here at Skate Moore, our skating rink offers a place for skaters of all ages to have fun in a safe, family-friendly environment. With great music, a fun atmosphere, and free skate rental included with admission, roller skating is perfect for getting everyone active after a big meal like Thanksgiving. Not only is it a fun, socially-distant activity; it’s also an excellent workout for your core, lower body, and abs. Even young kids typically get the hang of it pretty quickly, and skating can help them develop their balance, coordination, strength, and stamina! It’s also low-impact, so it’s easy on the joints for us grownups. Remember to bring your masks, as they are required at all times for skaters and spectators. (If you forget, we do have masks available for purchase at the door.)
Hit the Trail
Another fun way to get off the couch and have some fun after Thanksgiving is to go on a hike or nature walk. It can be as easy or intense as your family needs; a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood park with plenty of stops for admiring leaves, watching birds, or picking up pretty rocks, or a more adventurous outing to one of Oklahoma City’s many awesome trails. Did you know that we even have a mountain biking park in the area?
These days, Thanksgiving is basically the unofficial start of the holiday season… So why not dive right in with some fun, festive holiday activities? There are plenty of outdoor holiday activities and events in OKC, as well as virtual events. These are just a few ways to celebrate while staying safe!
- Lights on Broadway will be lighting up historic Automobile Alley on four separate Saturdays to reduce crowds and give everyone a chance to enjoy the event. The planned activities include free carriage rides, visits with Santa Claus, a free photo booth, outdoor movie screenings, live music, and more.
- The annual tree lighting festival is a beloved tradition here in OKC, so no pandemic is getting in the way! Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, so this year the tree lighting festival will take place online and on the local news. Make some cocoa or a hot toddy and settle in to watch the magic happen on News 9 or streaming on your phone, TV, tablet, or computer.
- Take a drive through a winter wonderland at Yukon’s free Christmas in the Park! As the state’s biggest drive through lights display, this is a must-see, with 5 million lights and hundreds of lighted displays. In addition to driving through the display, you can also park and take part in the outdoor activities like ice skating or riding the Santa Express.