December in the Gardens


Family Workshop: Snow Globe Worlds

  • Saturday, December 1, 10-11am
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 6 to 9

Learn how our furry animal and plant friends handle the cold winter weather as we play a game and read a few stories. Then we’ll create our own snowy worlds in mason jars using natural materials to take home to proudly display throughout the season. Class will include a nature walk if the weather allows.

Sensory Santa Morning

  • Sunday, December 2, 9-11am
  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
  • Member: $8 per participant
  • Nonmember: $12 per participant
    • Accompanying adults FREE

An event tailored families with children with special needs, join us inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory for a morning with Santa. This event provides a more controlled and welcoming environment for a Santa Photo Experience. We will have festive booths with activities for the children. Santa will be in a designated spot for photos throughout the evening. No loud music. A light snack will be provided for registered participants. Registered guests that need handicap accessible parking should contact Bekah Wade for details at

Myriad Kitchen: Holiday Dessert

  • Friday, December 7, 6-7:30pm
  • Member $20; Nonmember $27
  • Pam Patty, RD/LD, Community Wellness Dietician for Integris Health; Oklahoma Master Gardener

Holidays in the kitchen are cherished memories. In this “make, take, and bake” workshop, the smell of Deep Dish Artisan Apple Pie will fill the room as you handcraft the crust from scratch, prepare the delicious filling, and assemble the pie. Take home to bake and enjoy when you want to eat it.

Winter Weather Wonderland

  • Saturday, December 8, 10-11am
  • Member $5; Nonmember $6
  • Olivia Tegeler, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Best for ages 7 to 11

Join us as we take a closer look at how blizzards and ice storms are formed by observing science experiments and visiting the Children’s Garden weather station, where we will find instruments that meteorologists use to predict these storms. We will finish the class by creating an icicle ornament and a snow gauge to take home as the start of your very own weather station!

Polar Express PJ and Pancake Party

  • Sunday, December 9, 9:30-11:30am
  • Park House Event Center
  • Member: $25; Nonmember: $30

Do you BELIEVE? Join us for a morning of holiday festivities in the Park House Event Center. Guests will be able to ice skate at the Devon Ice Rink, drink hot cocoa, eat pancakes and create Polar Express crafts! Our special guest, Santa, will also make an appearance to read The Polar Express to children in attendance. Each child will receive a bell from Santa’s Sleigh. Wear your PJs to get in the spirit.

Painting in the Gardens: “I Believe” – Kids Polar Express PJ Painting Party

  • Sunday, December 9, 11am-1pm
  • South Lobby, Crystal Bridge
  • $20 Gardens members (To register call (405) 227-0230)
  • $25 Nonmembers REGISTER HERE

All aboard! Join Wine and Palette for Painting in the Gardens during Kids “Polar Express PJ Party” to create a Winter Wonderland favorite. Paint “I Believe” from the popular kids “Polar Express” story on a 11″ x 14″ wrapped canvas. The artist from Wine and Palette will guide you step by step, from blank canvas to finished painting! A portion of all sales are donated to the gardens. All painting supplies and instruction included. Registered guests can bring in outside food or drinks.

Gingerbread House Workshop

  • Saturday, December 15, 10am-Noon
  • Member $35; Nonmember $40
  • All ages welcome. Children ages 8 and under will need chaperone help.

We’ll learn about the flavorful ginger root – where it comes from, how it grows – and then discuss the history of gingerbread. We’ll finish by decorating our fragrant masterpieces. All supplies provided including gingerbread structure, frosting, candies for decorating and a little help if needed.

Winter Break Natural Card Making

  • Tuesday, December 18, 10am-Noon
  • Member $12; Nonmember $13
  • Jeanne Parkhurst, local educator and teaching artist
  • Best for ages 6 to 11

Create festive greeting cards using inspiration and items from nature to give as gifts to family and friends this holiday season. Kids will get to use a variety of supplies from the art closet and the garden to craft handmade cards and stationary. Kids can be dropped off for the program – perfect for kids on Winter Break.

December Drop-Ins

  • December 19, 20 & 21, 10am-Noon
  • Member $4; Nonmember $5
  • Best for ages 6 to 10

Kids will discover the beauty and fun nature has to offer even during the winter. Join us each day with story time every 30 minutes, holiday ornament or gift making and interactive education. Every day has a different theme and craft.

Winter Solstice Celebration

  • Friday, December 21, 7:30-10pm
  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
  • $8 to make a flower crown

Join us for the longest night of the year. Take advantage of extended hours in the Crystal Bridge for nighttime viewing of the décor inside as we stay open late past the regular closing time. Make a flower crown ($8 per crown), clove studded orange or a pine cone Christmas tree to take home for the evening or skate at the Devon Ice Rink open 11am-11pm.

Guided Walking Tour

  • Saturday, December 29, 10-11am
  • Last Saturday monthly
  • FREE
  • Geared towards adults, children and leashed dogs welcome.

Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own garden with our educational walking tours. Each month will feature different plants from our outdoor collection that make great choices for our region – from spring color to drought tolerant choices and more. Self-guided plant tour handouts are available in our north lobby.