Top Five Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Ideas in Tulsa

It’s a little hard to believe we’ll be kicking off a new DECADE in just a few short days. I don’t know about anyone else, but I can remember ringing in Y2K like it was just a few short years ago. There are lots of great happenings around Tulsa to celebrate, including outdoor, indoor, and everything in between. Here, we’ve chosen five of our favorite, family-friendly happenings:


  1. Countdown at the Gathering Place (2650 S John Williams Way)


The Gathering Place has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland this season and invites everyone to come enjoy special performances, strolling carolers, festive food, holiday drinks, nightly entertainment, and a train of thousands of twinkling lights! Plan to head there with the whole family on December 31 for a kid-friendly countdown. Events begin at 7 p.m. and are free.


  1. Noon Year’s Eve at the Discovery Lab (560 N. Maybelle Ave.)


Ring in the New Year at Discovery Lab! Strut your stuff down the lime green carpet, and dance the day away with music and entertainment. Hands-on activities include create-your-own instruments and New Year’s masks. We will count down to noon and drop nearly 10,000 balloons from Discovery Lab’s lime-green ceiling to ring in the noon year! 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Get tickets here.


  1. Hike and Bonfire at Oxley Nature Center (6700 Mohawk Blvd.)


Take an evening hike to welcome the coming of the New Year! After that, warm up in front of the fire with hot chocolate, apple cider, and s’mores while sharing stories. Come celebrate with Oxley Nature Center! Registration is required 48 hours in advance of the program. Space is limited. $5 for members; $8 for non-members. Events go from 5:30 – 8 p.m.


  1. New Year’s Eve at Mother Road Market (1124 S. Lewis Ave)


Ring in the New Year at Mother Road Market’s family-friendly NYE Party. There will be live music, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, and more! Enjoy a milk & cookies toast from OK Cookie Momster and head out to the patio for a noon-day countdown. Free, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


  1. Noon Year’s Eve at Crystal Bridges Museum (600 Museum Way, Bentonville)


If you’re up for a little road trip, head over the Bentonville and celebrate New Year (without staying up past bedtime) at Crystal Bridges’ fifth annual family celebration! There will be fun art projects, performances, a Coca-Cola toast at noon, and a family dance party. Free, no registration required.

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