Celebrate the Best of Family Traditions
The holiday season paints a swirl of nostalgic memories for all ages around Oklahoma. The fondest Christmas memories are sparked by family traditions that are a must during those fast-paced days of December. A holiday tradition that countless families partake in each year is visiting Oklahoma’s famous Castle of Muskogee, better known around the holidays as Castle Christmas.
Jeff Hiller, the owner of Castle of Muskogee, is quite the family man and thinks Christmas should be all about spending time with loved ones. As a way of bringing people together during the season of good tidings, the Castle of Muskogee is transformed into a wintery retreat that every family can experience and enjoy.
Castle Christmas is decorated both inside and out and from top to bottom in classic holiday décor. Visitors can journey inside its stone walls and participate in fun activities like making candles, sand-art or ornaments to hang up on their Christmas trees at home. Kids are able to tour Santa’s workshop and talk to Santa’s elves before meeting Father Christmas himself. Guests will also have the chance to meet iconic holiday characters throughout different parts of the castle. And if families just want to sit and have a break from the holiday shopping and traffic, they can relax in front of the fireplace and watch a fun, family Christmas movie as they enjoy a cup of delicious hot cocoa.
Families can fill their bellies in the castle’s café, where they can eat soups and sandwiches or indulge in Christmas treats straight from the bakery’s oven. Before leaving the castle, visitors are welcome to stop by the gift shop, which sells a unique assortment of Christmas items ranging from light sculptures, trees and one of a kind decorations, all sold at a great value that will make any Grinch feel festive.
The castle’s biggest attraction is the bright spectacle of Castleton Village, where kids of all ages can ride ponies outside its festive buildings. In order to see more nighttime holiday displays, families can drive through the twinkling lights and sights of Castleton Village. To explore a different route away from the cars, visitors can hop on a tractor-drawn hayride that will take them through the village’s thousands of lights and Christmas inflatables. After experiencing the drive through Castleton Village, families can follow the signs to the Garden of Lights, which is only a few minutes away from the Castle of Muskogee, to see even more stunning Christmas displays.
The Castle Christmas drive-through is open Thanksgiving evening to New Year’s Eve night. The inside of the castle will be open to the public every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until December 17th, then will be open every day for the rest of the month from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
So, to be as jolly as Old Saint Nick, travel up to the Castle of Muskogee’s Castle Christmas, where families come together to appreciate the most wonderful time of the year.