HUFFINGTON POST
11/28/2011 12:22 pm ET Updated Dec 03, 2011

New Year's Eve In Oklahoma: A MapQuest Guide

On New Year's Eve in Oklahoma, locals and visitors revel in the possibilities of the months to come. From ball drops to fireworks to First Night activities, every locale rings in the new year a little differently. As part of NewYearsQuest -- a MapQuest guide to the best New Year's Eve sights and sounds in the U.S. and in major cities around the world -- here are three recommended events for New Year's Eve 2011 in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma New Year's Eve Events Map


Celebration Of Life

For a night of fun that lasts well beyond the chime of midnight, check out the Celebration of Life event in Enid, Oklahoma. It is hosted by the nonprofit Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum, a museum devoted to the preservation of the heritage and history of indigenous Native Americans and Black Indians. The event benefits the museum and features a social mixer with appetizers and live music provided by the Celebration of Life All-Star Band. The Celebration of Life New Year's Eve party is at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center. The event lasts from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Prices will be determined near the time of the event.

Cherokee Strip Conference Center, 123 W. Maine St., Enid, OK 73701

Mary K. Oxley Nature Center New Year's Eve Celebration

Join the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center on its first (and expected to be annual) New Year's Eve Celebration night hike to ring in the new year. Perfect for families, the event features a meandering walk through the center's nature trails. Telescopes are provided to view the moon and Jupiter, and hopefully even the moon's craters. Hikers warm up with a seat around the bonfire and a cup of hot apple cider or chocolate. The early event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends by 8 p.m., makes it easy to cap off the night with s'mores and still make it home in time to see the ball drop on TV. Registration ends Dec. 28. The price is $5 for nonmembers and $3 for members. The center is operated by the city of Tulsa.

Mary K. Oxley Nature Center, 5701 E. 36th St. N., Tulsa, OK 74115

Opening Night

Since 1987, families have congregated in downtown Oklahoma City for Opening Night, an evening of entertainment, food and live performances. The night is produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. There are many events from which to choose: swing dancing, line dancing, scavenger hunts, magic acts and more. More than a dozen musical acts, including reggae (the Broke Brothers), indie/folk/pop (Brianna Gaither), rock (FM Pilots) and alternative (Misions), will take the evening's stages. There will even be clowns and roller derby -- though not at the same time. The countdown begins at 11:30 p.m. in Kerr Park, ending with a fireworks show at midnight. Admission wristbands cost $8 in advance (and are sold at a number of venues) and $10 opening night (and can be purchased at Cox Convention Center, Opening Night headquarters).

Kerr Park, N. Broadway Avenue and Robert S. Kerr Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

New Year's Eve In Oklahoma: Video

Watch Oklahoma City ring in 2009 on Opening Night.

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