OKC VeloCity | Midtown Pop-Up Shops, Downtown in Dec. continue OKCís 2020 holiday celebrations

Midtown Pop-Up Shops, Downtown in Dec. continue OKCís 2020 holiday celebrations

By Chamber Staff / Lifestyle / December 4, 2020

Shoppers will once again have an opportunity to visit more than a dozen Holiday Pop-Up shops and purchase special one-of-a-kind Oklahoma gifts for each person on their holiday list. The 7th annual holiday outdoor market will run weekends through Dec. 20 in Oklahoma City’s Midtown District. Shops rotate weekly and feature several local and small businesses, so there is a new selection of items each visit.

Much like everything else this year, the Holiday Pop-Ups will look different than in the past. To provide the safest shopping environment possible to celebrate the holidays and support local shops, the Pop-Ups will be an all-outdoor event in 2020. The popular geodesic domes that distinctively marked each location will not be used because of space limitations.

Coki Bay | Out on a Limb | OKcollective Candle Co. | Plenty Mercantile | Local Lather | Heenan’s Home Furnishings | Mode | Cargo Room | The Okay See | Harper & Grey House | Painted Door Gift Boutique | Salt & Water | Katiebug’s Hot Chocolate | Curbside Chronicle Wrapping Paper

DECEMBER 12 - 13
Coki Bay | Tulips Home | Out on a limb | Cargo Room | Plenty Mercantile | Blush | The Okay See | Trade Supply Co. | Shop Good | Heenan’s Home Furnishings | Apple Tree Chocolate | Woodsman Trading | udånder | Painted Door Gift Boutique | Katiebug’s Hot Chocolate | Curbside Chronicle Wrapping Paper

DECEMBER 19 - 20
Woodsman Trading | Out on a Limb | Shop Good | Plenty Mercantile | Common Dear | A date with Iris | Local Lather | The Black Scintilla | Salt & Water | Trade Supply Co. | Siempre Viva | Painted Door Gift Boutique | The Social Club | Cafe Disco | Apple Tree Chocolate | Katiebug’s Hot Chocolate | Curbside Chronicle Wrapping Paper

The all-outdoor holiday market will feature about 12-14 local shops, set up in tents spread out on the corner of 10th & Hudson every Saturday and Sunday of the holiday season. The tents will be surrounded by the Bishop John Carroll Tree Lot and the 30-foot Midtown tree. Katiebug’s Hot Chocolate and Curbside Chronicle wrapping paper and wreaths will return as well to take part in the holiday cheer.

“We started in 2013 to create this central point where people could shop local in one place and bring some local retail to the downtown area,” Cléo Rajon, executive director of the Independent Shopkeepers Association. “Over the years we’ve seen a lot of the shops that participated in the event open brick-and-mortar shops downtown.”

“It’s been really fun to see families come every year and create this holiday tradition around the event because it includes Christmas tree lot and the iconic tree where families take their pictures,” Rajon said.

“Some of our retailers see amazing sales throughout the event and have their biggest sales dates here. This is an event that they have become dependent on. That’s why it was so important for us this year because we didn’t want to leave them without anything when they needed it the most.”

Pop-Up Shops are popular in the Midtown district and other areas are trying them as well, according to Tammy Fate, senior manager for retail development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

The ‘Tis the Season Market at Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City will feature jewelry, candles, woodwork, gourmet food, books and more. You can catch live music performances throughout the weekend and visits from Santa 12-4 p.m. each day.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Temporary stores can be a great stepping stone for retailers interested in expanding their reach. Most retail sales in the U.S. still occur in-store, so to build awareness of their brand and add a new sales channel, Pop-Up Stores are more popular than ever,” Fate said. “It allows the retailer that is primarily selling online to dabble in brick-and-mortar without having to make the sizable investment that comes with opening and operating a full-time store.” Learn more at okcpopups.com.

Downtown in December traditions

In addition, people can spend holidays experiencing fun activities as downtown Oklahoma City is turned into a winter wonderland during the annual Downtown in December celebration. Preparation for this year’s event has been unlike any other year, according to Danielle Dodson, communications manager for Downtown OKC.

“Our team begins working on Downtown in December each year as early as June. This year we started planning in April to ensure Downtown in December would return,” Dodson said. “Some events were canceled, others are going virtual — all to ensure the safety of our community.”

The city’s 10-block polar playground attracts nearly half a million visitors each year. Returning in 2020 are popular events such as the OKC Tree Lighting Festival, Saints Santa Run and Lights on Broadway.

Many of the events are free and have taken extra health and safety precautions in light of the pandemic. Learn more at downtownindecember.com.

Carols (and yuletide performances) everywhere

Stages across Oklahoma City are bustling with truly unforgettable performances during Downtown in December, including classics and reimagined holiday favorites that are perfect for all ages. Lyric Theatre will celebrate its diamond anniversary of its production of A Christmas Carol this fall with an all-new outdoor production, whisking audiences await to a magical holiday village nestled in the heart of Oklahoma City.

The historic Harn Homestead will be reimagined as the Victorian Era setting for Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, magical spirits and a host of unforgettable characters. Patrons will follow Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of transformation and redemption, as they are guided from scene to scene at the homestead. Learn more at www.lyrictheatreokc.com.

Lights on Broadway

Cruise down historic Automobile Alley for the district’s holiday open house and this year’s stunning light display with the 5th annual Lights on Broadway event. To make the event as safe as possible and decrease sidewalk and in-store congestion, the event will be held only on Saturdays this season: Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

Each Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., various retail shops and restaurants will feature buzz-worthy holiday displays in addition to family-friendly activities, special promotions and giveaways. There will be complimentary carriage rides with Santa, live artists and musicians, a free photo booth, a series of outdoor movies, hot cocoa, free s’mores, free face painting, a live brass band and more.

Oklahoma City Ballet’s the Nutcracker

Artistic Director Robert Mills’ beautiful staging of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker will warm your heart and fill you and yours with the spirits of the holidays. This year’s production will be shortened to one act, but will still include all of the favorite characters from the dancing snowflakes to the kingdom of sweets.Performances are Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 18-20. To purchase tickets visit okcballet.org.

This article originally appeared in the December 2020 edition of The Point.


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