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Spend your holiday exploring downtown Oklahoma City during the seventh annual Downtown in December winter celebration presented by the Downtown OKC Business Improvement District. Only in Downtown Oklahoma City can you experience the thrill of outdoor ice skating, exhilarating snow tubing rides down the nation’s largest manmade slope, water taxi excursions along the winding Bricktown Canal, free museum Sundays, a magically-lit botanical garden and plenty of holiday cheer for the entire family! This month-long adventure attracts thousands of revelers to the City’s 10-block polar playground. Festivities run through the New Year.

The grand lawn at the Civic Center Music Hall will transform into an icy entertainment zone when the popular Downtown in December Devon Ice Rink opens for its seventh season. This year’s rink will feature enhanced lighting creating a magical holiday wonderland. The 62-foot by 150-foot rink is expected to attract more than 26,000 thrill-seeking skaters in 2008.

Skaters and visitors can refuel at the Downtown in December Ice Rink Café with hot cocoa, coffee, soda, corn dogs, chicken, and hamburgers. The Ice Rink Café is open during rink hours. Rink hours are noon to 10 p.m. daily through January 4, including holidays (holiday hours may vary). Cost to skate is $8, which includes skate rental and a two-hour session. The Civic Center is located at 201 N Walker.

Go extreme this winter, when you go Snow Tubing at the Brick, the nation’s largest manmade snow tubing slope. Feel the wind in your face as you cruise down the slope at thrilling speeds. “Over the field we go” will have new meaning as riders slide from the ballpark’s upper deck all the way to second base on a hill of manmade snow. Your snow tube and the snow are provided, even in sunny weather. If that sounds too scary, a second, smaller and shorter slide will have children and the less adventurous “dashing through the snow”.

No winter day would be complete without hot chocolate, apple cider and warm, delicious sandwiches and desserts. Concessions will be open for those who have come to play or just sit back and watch during regular tubing hours. Tubing is open through December 21 on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, hours vary; on December 22 snow tubing opens seven-days-a-week through January 4, hours vary. Admission is $10.00 for each one and a half-hour session.

All aboard….for a free adventure cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi during The Oklahoman Holidays on the Canal. All ages will enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully adorned Bricktown canal. While on your cruise, you can enjoy Downtown’s bustling entertainment district under the shimmering colors of Bricktown Lights.

The colors of the season will reflect off the waters of the Bricktown Canal as you float by great restaurants and clubs, offering some of Oklahoma’s finest dining and entertainment. Ride free from 6-9:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday, December 28 (closed Christmas). Board the boats across from the ballpark.

Bring the whole family Downtown to a day of culture, art and history for FREE during American Fidelity Free Museum Sundays. Visit the Gaylord Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum at 1400 Classen Drive (corner of NW 13 & Shartel) and the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum FREE every Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m, through December 28.

The Gaylord-Pickens Museum was named the 2008 Best New Attraction in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Tourism Industry Association and a 2008 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick for Teens. Focused on telling Oklahoma’s story through its people, the Museum’s high-tech, interactive exhibits showcase individuals like country music superstar Reba McEntire, aviation innovator Wiley Post and BMX superstar Mat Hoffman.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum was created to honor those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The Memorial and Museum are dedicated to educating visitors about the impact of violence, informing about events surrounding the bombing, and inspiring hope and healing through lessons learned by those affected. The special exhibit Reporting Terrorism lets visitors explore the media experience and how it was shaped by the Oklahoma City bombing.

Thousands of glimmering twinkles of light mingle together to create a dramatic, holiday paradise in downtown Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens during OG&E Garden Lights. Inside the Crystal Bridge, international holidays are featured with Passport to Christmas, a display of holiday decorations and plants from around the world. Outdoors, the wooded landscape will be trimmed with thousands of richly colored lights, creating a magical, sparkling garden – perfect for romantic strolls and memorable family walks with the dramatic backdrop of Downtown skyscrapers.

Don't miss the awe-inspiring view of the illuminated gardens and Downtown skyline from the plaza above the Gardens' Water Stage. It makes a great background for holiday family photos. The Crystal Bridge will open free from 6 – 9 p.m. every Sunday through December 28 for special twilight viewings, courtesy of OG&E. Regular Crystal Bridge hours are 9 – 6 p.m. Monday though Sat and noon – 6 p.m. Sun.

Move over Dasher, Prancer and Vixen! Forget about Rudolph! Who needs reindeer when you have high-tech, green transportation at your disposal? Not Mr. Santa Claus when Sonic Segway Santa hits the streets. Sonic Segway Santa will visit Downtown events on his Segway personal transport scooter. Santa will have lots of fun stuff for kids and adults as he gives out special Sonic treats and holiday light viewing glasses.

Downtown in December is organized by Downtown Oklahoma City Incorporated and sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District. For a complete schedule of all Downtown activities and special events, log on to www.downtownindecember.com or call the Downtown in December hotline (405) 236-3640 or 1-888-OKC4Fun.






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