“Winterfest was the first special event created by our SMG Tulsa team, and we cannot wait to celebrate another season as one of Tulsa’s favorite holiday traditions.”
-John Bolton, SMG General Manager
The time has come to bundle up and enjoy the magical spirit of the holidays at the sixth annual Arvest Winterfest. Winterfest returns to the streets of Downtown Tulsa starting Nov. 29, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014. Be prepared for some special elements including a fireworks display Dec. 14 immediately following the Holiday Parade of Lightsand FREE SKATING for the public on Dec. 15, 2013. Both of these free additions are made possible by the continued support of Winterfest presenting sponsor, Arvest Bank.
As part of Tulsa’s GLOW Initiative, Winterfest has teamed up with the Downtown Coordinating Council, Guthrie Green and the Deco District to bring the best of 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.
Since the event's inaugural appearance in 2008, Winterfest has become Tulsa's premier holiday event. In five short years, attendance for this event has soared from 35,000 visitors in 2008 to more than 140,000 in 2012. The seasonal celebration is open to the public for 38 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 60’ x 150’ rink is open daily to the public from Nov. 29, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014 (including Christmas Day). Prices for skating are $10.00 (with skate rental), $5.00 (with your own skates), and $5.00 for children three and under. Weekly promotions are slated for every Monday-Wednesday at the festival that will benefit area nonprofit groups. A climate-controlled warming tent and delicious seasonal concessions will be available for visitors looking to keep warm.
WHAT: ARVEST WINTERFEST
WHERE: Outside BOK Center on Third Street, Between Denver & Frisco Avenues
COST: Outdoor entertainment is FREE. Ice Skating costs are as follows: $10.00 with Skate Rental (ages 4+), $5.00 with Skate Rental (ages 3 and under),or $5.00 to skate with your own skates
Just steps from the rink will be 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. Every Wednesday throughout the festival visitors can receive half-price skating or admission with the donation of a new or gently used coat, blanket, scarf or pair of gloves. These donations will benefit the Tulsa Day Center. “Warmth Wednesdays” are presented by Magellan Midstream Partners.
On Saturday, December 14, the annual Holiday Parade of Lights will journey through Downtown Tulsa and proceed down Denver Avenue in front of the Winterfest entrance. The parade will include a variety of spectacular floats, marching bands, dance teams, and giant helium balloons. A FREE Fireworks Display will be launched immediately following the parade.
Winterfest 2013 is presented by ARVEST Bank. Live entertainment on the plaza is compliments of ONEOK. 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 & Legal News, NewsTalk KRMG, Rock 103, K95, Mix 96, and La Semana.