December in the Gardens

December in the Gardens

Merry & Bright at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Presented by OG&E

November 25-January 4

From mid-November through New Year’s Day, Myriad Botanical Gardens is a popular destination as visitors come to the Gardens to see our lights and festive décor. In anticipation of continued social distancing and limited gatherings indoors, we will enhance our outdoor holiday décor in 2020 to ensure that the Gardens continue to be a place of peace and respite. As our grounds are free and open to the public, displays will be accessible to the entire community, day and evening, to see and enjoy.

Sponsored by Sonic, Devon Energy Corporation, Tinker Federal Credit Union, R.K. Black, Inc., GEICO – Southwest, American StaffCorp, Bank of Oklahoma

Mo’s Carousel Holiday Hours

  • Holiday Break: December 21-24, 12-6 pm
    • Christmas Day, CLOSED
    • New Year’s Eve, 12-6 pm
    • New Year’s Day, CLOSED
  • Cost: $3 per rider, FREE for Family PLUS Members

Mo’s Carousel has quickly become a beloved holiday tradition at Myriad Botanical Gardens. This charming attraction near the Children’s Garden is a must-do in downtown Oklahoma City. Decorated for the holiday season, Mo’s Carousel provides a perfect picture moment sure to bring a smile for many years to come. Family PLUS members ride for free all year long.  Join or renew today here.


*Subject to change due to COVID protocols

Santa Paws

Sponsored by Geico-Southwest OKC

Are you in need of a holiday photo of your four-legged family member this year? Join us for a photo session with Santa in our dog park. Meet the GEICO gecko and listen to holiday tunes by DJ Brian Smith from Barking Dog Bakery will provide doggie goodie bags. Stella Nova will be providing pup cups. Artist Lawrence Grech will be doing dog character sketches. Pre-registration required and all dogs must be current on vaccines and leashed. Spots are limited.  COVID protocols will be observed.

Santa at the Gardens

  • Saturday, December 5, 1-3pm SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, December 12, 1-3 pm (MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT – REGISTRATION TO COME)
  • Friday, December 18, 6-8 pm SOLD OUT
  • Meinders Terrace
  • FREE EVENT, advanced registration required due to limited space

A family tradition comes to Myriad Botanical Gardens, courtesy of Devon Energy. Come by and meet Santa. Children can interact with Santa from a safe, social distance, drop off letters in his personal mailbox, and enjoy the wonder and beauty of his winter workshop. There will be a limited number of spots, and COVID protocols will be in place.


Evergreen Wreath DIY To-Go Kit

  • Pre-registration is REQUIRED
  • Pickup available Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13, 11am-5pm
  • Crystal Bridge Visitor Center
  • M $40; NM $50
  • Register by Wednesday, December 9

Design a beautiful, fragrant evergreen wreath from the comfort of your own home – all décor supplies provided! Your kit will include a wreath frame, 3 types of evergreen boughs, wire, pinecones, and a festive bow. No previous experience necessary as a link to an instructional video and a few handouts will be provided. You’ll just need a pair of clippers to assemble your wreath.

Lasagna Bulb Planter DIY To-Go Kit

  • Pre-registration is REQUIRED
  • Pickup available Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13 during Crystal Bridge hours (9 am-5 pm/Sunday 11 am-5 pm)

Lasagna bulb planting is a clever way to layer your bulbs so you can create a container that is constantly blooming from early to late spring. This DIY to-go kit will include over 20 bulbs in four different varieties, a large container, and all the necessary soil. Also included will be a link to an instructional video of how to assemble your lasagna planter and written instructions and care tips.

DIY Gingerbread House Decoration Kit Pickup

  • Pre-registration is REQUIRED
  • Pickup available Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13, during Crystal Bridge Hours
  • Crystal Bridge Visitor Center
  • $30 per house, includes frosting
  • Register by Thursday, December 3 at Noon

‘Tis the season to decorate a beautiful gingerbread house. Instead of an in-person workshop this year we will be offering it as a kit for pickup. The kit will include a pre-assembled gingerbread house, frosting, decoration inspiration, and candy ideas, as well as some fun education about the flavorful ginger root and the history of gingerbread. The only item not included is the candy.


Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, at 10 am
  • Visitor Center Lobby, Crystal Bridge
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5 (siblings always welcome)

Bring your toddler for storytime every Wednesday. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive song and some weeks will include a small craft after the story.

Botanical Balance FREE Yoga

Presented by Fowler Auto
Sponsored by OU Medicine and Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Lower Level of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory
  • Tuesdays, 6 pm and Saturdays, 9 am
  • The instructor provided by the YMCA.
  • Best for ages 16 and up. Bring your mat and water.

As we move into winter, yoga will be held in the lower level of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. As a result, space is limited and advanced registration is required. All attendees must social distance on their mats and wear masks in order to participate.

Guided Walking Tour

  • Saturday, December 19, 10 am
  • Last Saturday of the month except for December’s walk. It will be a week earlier due to Christmas
  • FREE – registration required

Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own garden with an educational walking tour, led by one of our knowledgeable horticultural staff. Although geared towards adults, children, strollers and leashed dogs are welcome.

Art in the Gardens

Virginia Sitzes: Navigating Back to My Birthday Suit

  • December 3 – January 12
  • Visitor Lobby, Crystal Bridge Conservatory
  • FREE to view during regular hours: Daily, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, 11 am-5 pm

Virginia Sitzes is a printmaker, painter, and muralist living in Oklahoma City. She has exhibited regionally, taught workshops, been the drawing and painting liaison at Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, and is also a printmaking mentor for Artspace at Untitled’s high school mentorship program. In addition, Sitzes is an active arts organizer, co-founding the emerging artist collective, Art Group OKC in 2017, and serves as operations coordinator for the Connect: Collect international print exchange. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Sitzes earned a bachelor’s degree in printmaking in 2017.