WinterFest began in downtown Tulsa

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 11/29/2013 10:53 pm Published: 11/29/2013 10:52 pm

A winter classic is back in Green Country.

Tulsa's Winterfest kicked off this evening and FOX23 caught up with skaters who were some of the first to take a lap around the rink.

FOX23 took a few wobbly laps around an iced-over rink in downtown Tulsa, talking with others at the WinterFest event.

"I fell a few times," says one happy kid we caught up with on the ice.

Some are more graceful than others on the ice.

Yolanda Knox said, "(I'm) trying to keep balance and just watching my kids have fun."

However, once they get their footing on the ice, most Tulsans were in the holiday mindset.

It costs $5 to skate at WinterFest -- and $5 more to rent skates.

"It's a great way to have some fun and get out of the house this time of year. It's something different for the children to do and something different for the adults to do," Knox said.

Many laced up their skates but got to unzip their coats because the weather was so nice.

Bundled or not, skaters say the rink is a great place to make winter memories.

David Simms has kids on the ice and said, "They like getting out there and getting cold or wet and having fun falling down."

You can also see Oklahoma's tallest Christmas tree at WinterFest.

The 44-foot tree will have more than 35,000 glowing lights and will be lit on Sunday.

WinterFest runs through Jan. 5.

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