Tulsa's annual Winterfest will close for the season on January 6th.
Special elements for this year’s Winterfest included a fireworks display following the Holiday Parade of Lights and free skating days. These events are added due to the support of Winterfest co-presenters, Arvest Bank and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.
As part of Tulsa’s GLOW Initiative, Winterfest has teamed up with the Downtown Coordinating Council, Guthrie Green and downtown merchants to bring the holidays to Downtown Tulsa.
Visitors can log on to www.downtowntulsaok.com
to check out the calendar of holiday events and plan their trip to downtown Tulsa. GLOW partners will be posting their holiday events and promotions there throughout the season.
In four short years, attendance for this event has soared from 35,000 visitors in 2008 to more than 130,000 in 2011. The seasonal celebration is open to the public for 45 days this year, giving everyone a chance to enjoy skating beneath Tulsa's skyline while watching free entertainment from our outdoor stand and taking in what has become one of the city's favorite holiday traditions.
The main attraction of the celebration is the 9,000 square-foot outdoor ice rink constructed on Third Street. The rink is open daily to the public. Prices for skating are $8.00 (with skate rental), $5.00 (with your own skates), and $5.00 for children three and under.
Just steps from the rink is Oklahoma’s tallest Christmas Tree. The massive 44’ tree will feature 35,700 glowing lights, 109,534 individual tips and a diameter at the base of nearly 30 feet. Last year LED energy-efficient lighting was added as a welcomed compliment to LED lighting elements throughout the site. The beautiful new lights provide an ideal backdrop for perfect holiday photographs under the Tulsa skyline.
Free entertainment every week on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage will take place adjacent to the rink beside the glass icon wall of the BOK Center. Performances will feature children from area churches, schools, nonprofit organizations and choral groups.
A variety of weekly promotions are scheduled during the festival. Every Monday, patrons will receive half price admission for skating with the donation of a non-perishable can of food to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
Winterfest 2012 is presented by ARVEST Bank and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. Live entertainment on the plaza is compliments of ONEOK. The climate-controlled warming tent is presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Additional sponsors include Magellan Midstream Partners, AT&T, River Spirit Casino, the Doubletree Hotel and Frontier International Trucks. Official media partners for the event are Tulsa’s Channel 8, Tulsa Business Journal, Urban Tulsa Weekly, Cox Radio, Inc., La Semana del Sur and Hispano de Tulsa.
A full Winterfest calendar with prices and daily hours of operation is available online at www.tulsawinterfest.com