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Cool Yule, Volume II
Get in the holiday spirit with this toe-tapping, heart-warming collection of your favorite seasonal tunes performed by some of UCO’s finest vocalists and The Brian Gorrell Jazz Ensemble. The event takes place at the UCO Jazz Lab December 8-10 & 15-17. Performances begin at 8pm. For more information, call 359-7989 or visit www.ucojazzlab.com.

Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Ball
This yuletide dance held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum will feature Michael Martin Murphey in an event for the entire family. The evening will include a buffet, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus. The festivities will be held Dec. 9. Reservations are required. For more information, call 478-2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.

Thomas Kinkade Oklahoma Celebration
You are personally invited to join Thomas Kinkade via a one-day video event to celebrate his artwork collection. This special event will be hosted by Kinkade’s personal friend and author of “The Thomas Kinkade Story,” Rick Barnett, at the Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery. Register to win a Thomas Kinkade Classic Canvas. Raffle proceeds will benefit the City Rescue Mission, which feeds and houses homeless Oklahoma City citizens. The event will be held Dec. 9 from 6pm-8pm. Also join the Thomas Kinkade Master Highlighter Event Dec. 10 & 11. For more information, call 751-4446.

Christmas at the Firefighter Museum
Santa will visit the Oklahoma State Firefighter Museum Dec. 10 where Santa’s helpers have decked the halls for his arrival. Kids are invited to sit on Santa’s lap with their gift wish list. A photographer will be present and photographs may be purchased by parents. Refreshments will be served and the Museum Gift Shop will be stocked with Christmas items for sale. Regular museum hours are: Saturday-Thursday 10am-4:30pm and Fridays 10am-4pm. For more information, call 424-3440 or visit www.osfa.info/memo.html.

A Community Christmas
Celebrate the holiday season with the Edmond Community Chorale and special guests Kathleen Wilson (soprano), Barbara Streets (alto), Karl Hedlund (tenor), Kevin Eckard (bass) as they perform selections from Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” and Robert Shaw’s “Many Moods of Christmas: Suite 4” and Alfred Burts “Carols.” Enjoy the performance Dec. 10 at UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theatre. Performance begins at 7:30pm. For more information, call 974-2657 or visit www.ucok.edu.

J Mark McVey & the UCO
Symphony
Join J Mark McVey and the UCO Symphony as they put on a spectacular performance at the Mitchell Hall Theatre at the University of Central Oklahoma. The event will be held December 11th. For show times, call 974-2657 or visit www.ucok.edu.

A Night Before Christmas
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s turn-of-the-century western town, Prosperity Junction, will come to life with historical characters. The event will feature entertainment such as a schoolhouse cakewalk and a choir performing traditional Christmas music. Join the fun Dec. 13. For more information, call 478-2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.


Messiah Sing-a-long at OCU
Join the Canterbury Choral Society on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3pm in the Bishop Angie Smith Chapel on the Oklahoma City University campus for a Messiah Sing-a-long. Bring your own score and a donation of canned goods for the City Rescue Mission. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. For more information, call 232-SING or visit www.canterburyokc.com.

Touchstone Energy All-College Basketball Classic
Join in on the world’s oldest basketball classic. This event is a kid’s basketball adventure and festival that is focused on family-oriented entertainment. The ball will bounce Dec. 28. For more information, call 236-5000 or visit www.okcallsports.org.

Opening Night
Opening Night is a family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration featuring more than 25 performing artists, your activities and fireworks. Join the festivities Dec. 31 in downtown Oklahoma City. For more information, call 270-4848 or visit www.artscouncilokc.com.

Celebrate the season with Crossings Community Church
On Dec. 17, kick off the season with Point of Grace as they present “Winter Wonderland” with special guest John David Webster. This evening also will feature the Voices of Crossings Choir and Festival Orchestra. Performances will be at 4pm and 8pm Tickets are $5 and available at crossingsokc.org or by calling 302-1281.
Three identical services featuring the Voices of Crossings, Festival Orchestra, and a special message Friday, Dec. 23 at 6pm and Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4 and 6pm.
Ring in the new year at the New Years Eve service at 5 pm Dec. 31 or on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 11am.

Downtown Oklahoma City in a Whole New Light
Spend your holiday exploring downtown Oklahoma City during the fourth annual Downtown in December winter celebration presented by the Downtown OKC Business Improvement District. Only in downtown Oklahoma City can you experience outdoor ice skating, water taxi excursions along the winding Bricktown Canal, snow tubing rides, holiday windows and abounding holiday cheer.

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