The largest display of Holiday Spirit in Northeast Oklahoma can be found in Muskogee. At the Castle’s Christmas Kingdom, you can take a slow drive through a Christmas wonderland filled with thousands of lights plus more than Two Thousand lighted inflatable displays with many new ones for 2010. In nearby Honor Heights Park, the Garden of Lights has been a popular event, attracting thousands of viewers to enjoy over a million lights displayed throughout the park. Both events are free.
For a change of pace, you can choose to view the Christmas Kingdom from a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride which travels through a very special part of the village that is not accessible to cars. Santa’s Workshop gives children an opportunity to make small gifts. The Garden Room is open nightly from 6:00-10:00 where you can find those one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments for your own display. Soups, sandwiches, cookies, hot chocolate and more are available nightly from 6:00 to10:00 in the Royal Garden Café. Some of the area’s finest artisans will be showing unique hand made gifts.
The 2010 Christmas Kingdom displays, range from four feet in height to a towering twenty feet tall. You’ll see all of your favorite Christmas characters including Santa, the elves, many snowmen, reindeer, penguins, polar bears, and more. Also you will see many of your favorite fun characters including Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, Scooby Doo, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, the Grinch, Elmo, Frosty the Snowman, Homer and Bart Simpson, plus many more. This is the world’s largest display of inflatables
The Garden of Lights celebration includes a free drive-through display of over a million shimmering lights displayed throughout the park. Honor Heights Park, internationally known for its Azalea Festival, draws up to a half million visitors annually. The park’s 122 acres are 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 5:30 nightly.
Event hours and prices:
Nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve: 6:00 to 10:00. Inside events are not open on November 29-30, December 6-7 and 13-14. admission, donations accepted.
Additional activities at the Castle
Horse Carriage Rides – This ride starts in the parking lot of the Castle and travels through a very special part of the village that is not accessible to cars. You will see Inflatable scenes that you do not get to see driving through the normal route. Cost: $10.00 per adult, $5.00 per child, or take advantage of the Family Four Pack (2 adults & 2 Children) $25.00. See our website for a calendar with everything listed with exact dates.
Gift Shop –Open Thanksgiving through New Years Eve, 6:00 P.M. to10:00 P.M. inside the Castle. A wide assortment of Castle merchandise and inflatables is available.
Royal Garden Cafe- from 6:00 P.M. -10:00 P.M. You can stop inside the Castle and sit by our fire, treat yourselves to amazing soups, sandwiches, cookies, hot chocolate and more.
Artisans- There will be several great merchants, who make wonderful hand made gifts. A list of some of these talented artisans and the dates they will be in attendance will be posted at www.okcastle.com. Tractor Drawn Hay Rides- This ride starts in the parking lot of the Castle and travels through a very special part of the village that is not accessible to cars and is different from the carriage ride as well. You will see special scenes that you do not get to see on the normal routes via car or carriage. This departs nightly every half hour. Cost is $5.00 per person, children under 13 are free. Visit www.okcastle.com for a calendar with dates for the Hay Rides.
Visit with Father Christmas- Father Christmas will be at the Castle from 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. There is no cost to talk to Father Christmas, but pictures will be available at a nominal fee. Visit www.okcastle.com for a calendar with dates showing when Father Christmas will be at the castle.
Remember: December 13-14.
- — Gretchen Lovelady Philliips Dec 7, 05:40 AM #