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Christmas events within the Chickasaw Nation

'Tis the season for Christmas cheer! Chickasaw Country celebrates Christmas in a big way with several festive events scheduled across the Chickasaw Nation.

Holiday Films abound

Classic Christmas movies will be featured at the McSwain Theatre, 130 W. Main St., Ada, Oklahoma, and Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Drive, Sulphur, Oklahoma, this holiday season.

McSwain movies include:

"White Christmas" Dec. 14, showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Two World War II veterans-turned-entertainers team up with a sister act to save their former commanding general's struggling inn. The journey inspires everyone to celebrate love, friendships and the magic of the Christmas season.

"It's a Wonderful Life" Dec. 21, showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Disillusioned businessman George Bailey believes his life has no meaning. However, after an intervention by his guardian angel, George is shown the profound impact he has made on his community, reaffirming the enduring message of hope, selflessness and the significance of life during the holiday season.

Tickets are $3 for general admission, $2 for seniors and children (12 and under) and a special combo deal is available for $5 that includes ticket, popcorn and drink.

For more information, contact the McSwain Theatre at (580) 332-8108 or visit

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Chickasaw Cultural Center Anoli' Theater daily and Saturday Evening Movies include:

Dec. 14, 15 and 16

10 a.m. – "Mickey's Christmas Carol"

Noon – "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

3 p.m. – "Christmas in the Clouds"

Dec. 19, 21, 22 and 23

10:30 a.m. – "Frosty's Winter Wonderland"

Noon – "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

3 p.m. – "The Polar Express"

Dec. 26, 28, 29 and 30

10 a.m. – "Mickey's Christmas Carol"

Noon – "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

3 p.m. – "Christmas in the Clouds"

Films are open to the public at no charge.

Saturday Evening Movies

"Elf" Dec. 16, showtime 6:30 p.m.

"Cool Runnings" Dec. 30, showtime 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for children (12 and under) and a special combo deal is available for $6 that includes a ticket, popcorn and bottled drink.

For more information, visit or call (580) 622-7130.

McSwain Theatre's Christmas Spectacular

The McSwain Theatre will also present the annual Christmas Spectacular featuring Jae L. Stilwell and the Crossover band 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16.

Christmas music and country classics will be performed by the house band and numerous guest performers.

For more information, contact the McSwain Theatre at (580) 332-8108 or visit

Lights, lights and more lights

Chickasaw Country has plenty of opportunities to see lights whether by car, by carriage or on foot.

Celebration of Lights at the Chickasaw Cultural Center

Enjoy the twinkling, festive lights at the Chickasaw Cultural Center during the Celebration of Lights drive-thru display. Dozens of displays featuring traditional Christmas themes and Chickasaw greetings are included in the impressive light display.

The Celebration of Lights display is open to the public at no charge every evening from 6-9 p.m., through Dec. 31

Purcell's Lights from the Heart

Get ready to gaze upon a twinkling holiday wonderland at Lights From the Heart of Purcell. Patrons will see everything from toy soldiers and snowflakes to candy canes and penguin light displays on a leisurely 2-mile drive around Purcell City Lake.

Gates are open every night from 5:30-10 p.m. Open to the public at no charge, but donations are appreciated. Maximum vehicle height is 13 feet.

Trail of Lights in Wintersmith Park

Wintersmith Park in Ada decorates for the season with a beautifully lit holiday light trail throughout the park. Take a drive or walk through the bright light displays that fill the park with holiday cheer.

The display is open every night from 5:30-9:30 p.m. until Dec. 31.

Other activities within Chickasaw Country

Christmas Celebration and the Chickasaw Cultural Center

Join the festivities Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Activities will include Christmas make-and-take crafts, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, gift shop discounts and more. Mrs. Claus will be in attendance sharing Christmas stories and everyone's favorite, Santa Claus, will be on hand for pictures with the family.

Artesian Hotel and Spa

This Christmas season, escape to the Artesian Hotel and Spa to discover all that the holidays have to offer. Explore the enchantment of dazzling decorations and experience unique moments with Santa and Mrs. Claus, in addition to carolers and complimentary treats like milk and cookies and warm apple cider on select dates throughout December.

Events will include a story time with Mrs. Claus in the main lobby on Dec. 15 and 22 from 6-9 p.m. Santa will be on-site Dec. 16 and 23 from 8-11 a.m.

Shop for gifts for everyone on your list in Sulphur, Oklahoma, including Chickasaw-owned Mahota Textiles for a truly unique gift. Their blankets, purses and scarves are beautifully crafted. The Chickasaw Visitor Center is a great stop for the National Park enthusiast. From walking sticks and water bottles to T-shirts and books, people are sure to find the perfect gift.

Christmas in the Valley

Pauls Valley is hosting Christmas in the Valley every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in December. Bring the whole family to the Santa Fe Depot to enjoy snowball fights, story reading, crafts and a visit from Santa Claus himself. Join the fun and shop local stores as well, as they will be open late on Thursdays in December.


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