Yukon Light Festival

There are people who say that you do not need a spaceship to visit a completely different, and at the same time magical, world—the Yukon Light Festival, also dubbed as “The Christmas in the Park,” provides a testament to that saying, as its displays provide a different wonder that the whole world is free to look at.

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All of the 500 magical displays at the Yukon Light Festival are designed and meticulously planned by a variety of artists, all of them using 5 million Christmas lights of different colors. All of these wonders are sure to reel in a lot of people, both locals, and tourists.

If you are interested in the Yukon Light Festival, then prepare to feast your eyes on a different kind of enchantment that it has to give.

Festival Dates

The alluring Yukon Light Festival is open to be viewed by the whole world, people of any age, starting the Saturday before Thanksgiving could start, which means that on this year of 2021, the Yukon Light Festival is expected to open around November 20. The festival of lights is welcome to be marveled at every night until New Year’s Eve, which is on December 31.

If you are still searching for the perfect place to bring your family to, then you might be interested in taking them to the Yukon Light Festival. It is the perfect attraction to sightsee during Thanksgiving and even so during the holidays.

 Where It’s Located and How to Get There

Unlike most festivals of lights, the Yukon Festival of Lights is situated in three parks of the city. These parks would be Yukon City Park, Chisholm Trail Park, and last of all, Freedom Trail Park.

You do not have to worry too much about locating them, as they are all established nearby NW 10th and Holly. This will be to the south of Vandament and off the interstate.

To be able to get to the location of the Yukon Lights Festival, you can take I-40 west to Exit 137 from Oklahoma City. Once you get there, you can continue west on NW 10th street until you reach Holly, where you can turn right. You will then see the entrance to Yukon City Park, 2200 S. Holy.

After this, you will be directed to the Freedom Trail Playground, which is situated at 2101 S. Holly, just north of Yukon City Park, and then a few blocks north to Chisholm Trail Park, which is located at 500 W Vandament.

Since the Yukon Festival of Lights is also a drive-thru festival, you are very much welcome to take your vehicle as you sightsee the attraction. If you are a tourist from another country, though, there are car rentals available online in Oklahoma. You can also opt for taxi services when visiting Oklahoma.

Festival Hours

The wonder that the Yukon Festival of Lights has to offer does not start until 6 in the evening, and you are allowed to gawk at it for 5 hours long, which means that it would close the moment the clock strikes 11 in the evening.

Do not fret, though, as five hours’ long worth of sightseeing will be enough for you to check all of the displays out, especially if you go there with a vehicle. If you think that those 5 hours are too little, though, then it should not be much of a problem—you can also visit the next night, and for more nights as you would like!

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Cost to Visit the Festival

A trip should always be planned thoroughly, and that includes your budget. Now, for the budget that you will allocate for the Yukon Festival of Lights admission fee, it is best that you leave it blank. Why? Well, the Christmas fairy lights festival does not require any amount of admission fee!

Donations are still highly appreciated by the ones who manage the fest, though. These donations will greatly help in running the wonderful fest of Yukon; any amount is welcomed by the event hosts. All of these donations are not mandatory. If you are interested, you can inquire at (405) 354-8442.

Of course, extra cash for the seemingly limitless amounts of stalls in the park should not be left, as well. Always go for taking home a souvenir or two with you, so that there is something else aside from pictures to serve as a remembrance for a wonderful trip spent.

Weather and What to Wear

Since the Yukon Festival of Lights is to be held during the course of November until December, except that the weather would be rather cold and rainy. However, this fact does not make a trip less its beauty, as you are still sure to enjoy the displays and twinkling lights as long as you dress warm enough and have an umbrella with you.

With that said, for rainy days it is best suggested that you visit the area with warm clothes on. Make sure to keep yourself dry with the help of a hoodie, or perhaps a cap or a hat could do, as well. Do not forget to also bring an umbrella with you, since rain is frequently expected during the November period. The nights will tend to be cold as well, so a jacket is highly recommended.

December is another story, however. It is when winter actually starts, where people would expect snow to fall and make the trip more magical than it could ever be. Make sure that you wear clothes that would protect you from the harsh, cold winds that would come, especially since the Yukon Festival of Lights opens at 6 p.m., and you would find yourself staying until 11 p.m.

An umbrella is also recommended for you to bring during December. However, if you are bringing a car with you and would like to have a drive-thru experience with the Christmas light show, then you are sure to be protected from the cold. Why not bring along some warm, hot chocolate drink with you as you go, as well?

Where to Sleep – Hotels near Yukon Light Festival

Residence Inn Oklahoma City Downtown/Bricktown

The amenities and facilities of Residence Inn Oklahoma City Downtown/Bricktown are sure worth its price. The hotel offers free high-speed Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and even a pool, along with a whole lot more. Its rooms are guaranteed to have air conditioning and are also equipped with a bath/shower. Its public parking site is paid.

The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City

Have you brought your dog/s with you? Then, the Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City is sure to be able to cater to you and your pet’s needs. Aside from that, they also offer free high-speed Wi-Fi, a bar/lounge for a splendid nightlife, along with gyms and a business center. Their offer room service, housekeeping, and their rooms are guaranteed to be air-conditioned.

21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City

This hotel is almost a hundred years old, but its amenities will still surely reel you in to stay. They offer pet-friendly services, free high-speed Wi-Fi, along with a business center and a spa and bar/lounge for you to stay in after. Their room features air conditioning and a minibar, along with room service.

What to Eat – Restaurants Recommendations

Cheever’s Café

It must have been a tiring trip, and you would like to settle for a light meal first. Cheever’s Café would be the perfect place to go to, as they offer the perfect food to eat after an exhausting flight or trip.

Their menus offer vegetarian-friendly meals as well, and the entire ambiance of the place, along with their services, are sure to put you at ease.

Metro Wine Bar & Bristo

If you would like to enjoy a splendid nightlife during your stay in Oklahoma, then it is never too late to visit Metro Wine Bar & Bristo.

They offer excellent food matched with an equally great service. You can have drinks paired with smoked salmon or their soup of the evening. The atmosphere of the bar & Bristo is nothing but pure classy and elegant.

Whiskey Cake

Are you the type to never skip an opportunity to have a perfect, unforgettable brunch while on a trip? Then you should definitely try out Whiskey Cake during your stay in Oklahoma.

Their offers are not limited to brunch, though, as they also offer delicious menus for lunch, dinner, and for a late-night meal. To make it better, Whiskey Cake offers vegetarian-friendly food, and they are known to be one of the best farm-to-table restaurants around the area.

More Things to Do in the Area

Sure, you came to Oklahoma to visit the Yukon Festival of Lights, but the city has so much more to offer to you.

You can try checking out the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, or perhaps you would be more interested in Science Museum Oklahoma. However, if you are in for more fun, then Frontier City, which is an amusement park, would be the perfect place for you.

Arik Akunis
Arik Akunis

My name is Arik Akunis and I have been in the field of lighting for over the last 20 years, I started my journey in the world of lighting in the lighting niche for events where I first came across a festival of lights and immediately fell in love with it.