1. A Santa Stroll in Wintersmith Park in Ada starts at 6 p.m. today. The event is billed as full of festivities and family fun as the Christmas lights are turned on. The 1.5-mile winter wonderland stroll begins south of the lodge on the walking trail and will conclude with the lighting of the newest addition, a 30-foot Christmas tree in front of Wintersmith Lodge.
Kiwanis will provide rides on the Polar Express and hot chocolate to stay warm. Kids can also enjoy face painting, crafts, cookies and pictures with Santa inside the lodge. There will also be concessions available and event T-shirts for sale.
The park is located at 1501 Wintersmith Drive.
2. Ice skate under sunny skies or starry nights at the outdoor rink in Edmond’s Mitch Park. The large rink offers free adjacent parking, food concessions, indoor restrooms and open sessions so skaters can come and go at their convenience. Open this week from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Both children and adult skates are available to rent. General admission with skate rental is $10, general admission with military discount is $9, general admission without skate rental is $7, children age 5 and under are $5. Season passes are available for $65.
The park is located at 1501 W Covell Road.
3. Carol Markstrom will appear in an after Thanksgiving concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum.
The Academy of Western Artists Female 2015 Vocalist of the Year, Markstrom is said to, “… sing with the heart of a folk singer, drawing musical inspiration for Folk/Roots, Americana, Western and Outlaw Country,” and Friday’s performance is described as a “family concert.” Some of her original songs draw from her published works and personal experiences among American Indians. Her ballads and love songs range from the whimsical to bittersweet and she loves to perform crowd favorites, delivering them with a fresh approach. Carol’s vocal delivery comes through with clarity and emotion and listeners are quickly engaged.
Her first CD, Vision Across the Range, was released in 2012 and her second, Crossing Borders, was released in 2015. Both received highly favorable reviews and her songs played on radio programs across the U.S. and even internationally including Spain, Portugal, Sweden, New Zealand and other countries.
Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults, kids age 8 to 15 are $5 and under 8 are free.
To ask questions call (580) 768-5559.
4. The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion exhibit is on display at the Sam Noble Museum. The adult and child friendly traveling exhibit is archaeology-themed in the Fred E. and Enid Brown Gallery, where visitors are transported to Palenque, Mexico, where an archaeological team has mysteriously disappeared from a dig site while investigating rumors of a priceless jade medallion. The team left behind clues to locate the precious medallion while avoiding the dangers lurking in the ruins.
Exhibit components include archaeology, biology and astro-mathematic field stations, an observatory and a tomb area that yield clues to the medallion’s whereabouts. Visitors have the opportunity to: translate glyphs, discover which rainforest animals are poisonous, learn how the Maya recorded dates, take rubbings from a sarcophagus and interpret a “battle” mural.
The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, but is open the rest of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the OU Norman campus at J. Willis Stovall Road and Chautauqua Avenue.
5. Lights From the Heart, a display of sparkling lights at Purcell Lake is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. now through Dec. 31. The free, 2-mile drive features 190 beautifully animated light structures enhanced by more than 650,000 lights, situated in an array of themed displays like Candy Land, Santa’s Work Shop, Snow Caves and the peaceful City of Bethlehem and Nativity scene.
Visitors can also enjoy tunnels of twinkling lights and watching the glistening displays reflected on the water.