Holidays Begin at Castle of Muskogee

GARDEN OF LIGHTS: Castle of Muskogee’s Castle Christmas and Garden of Lights brighten the holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

Courtesy Castle of Muskogee

The holidays are in full swing, and Castle of Muskogee has once again transformed its historic castle into a Christmas wonderland.

Visitors can start their evening at the Castle with a drive through the Castleton Village, filled with thousands of holiday lights and displays. The drive through is free, but donations are accepted.

In front of the Castle, patrons can take a hayride or a horse drawn carriage through Castleton Village, or ride the ponies. Inside the Castle awaits old-fashioned family holiday activities, including ornament making in Santa’s workshop, a fireplace to get warm and visits with Father Christmas. Also on hand are many holiday shopping opportunities from local merchants offering unique items and holiday displays at The Christmas Shoppe.

Fireworks are also available for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Light supper items and snacks, hot chocolate and sweet treats are all available in the Royal Garden Cafe.

Nearby, in Honor Heights Park, the Garden of Lights includes a free drive-through display of more than a million shimmering lights that are displayed throughout the park. Internationally known for its Azalea Festival, Honor Heights Park draws up to a half-a-million visitors annually to its 122 acres. The park is planted with more than 30,000 azalea bushes and thousands of trees, beautifully situated among the park’s scenic hilltop drive. Christmas lights are placed on trees, bushes and structures throughout the park to enhance the natural beauty of the gardens, waterfalls and ponds. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Both the Castle and Garden of Lights drive-through self-guided tours are open nightly Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 6-10 p.m.

Additional events at the Castle of Muskogee are open Nov. 26-29, Dec. 3-6, 10-13, 17-31.

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides begin in the Castle parking lot and travels through a part of the village that is inaccessible to cars, offering riders a unique Christmas display. Cost: $10.00 per adult, $5.00 per child, or Family Pack, $30.00 for up to 4 people.

Tractor-drawn Hayrides start in the Castle parking lot and travel through the village on a unique route. Hayrides depart every half hour. Cost: $5.00 per person, children 12 and under are free.

Pony rides cost: $5 per child.

Chalice Hall offers holiday movies for the whole family or a fireplace to warm up.
Visit with Father Christmas Nov. 28, Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 6:30-9 p.m. There is no cost to talk to Father Christmas; pictures are available for a fee.

For more information and a complete schedule of holiday activities, visit

Updated 11-22-2015

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