Visit Yukon for lights and much more
For the past few weeks, we here at The Better Life headquarters have shared with you all the things to see in nearby cities. The series concludes this week with a holiday twist.
Yukon, on the city’s west side, has the largest drive-thru holiday light display in the state. The lights were turned on Nov. 21 and will stay lit through New Year’s Eve. You can check out the display safely from your car from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night or you can walk around the area. There’s also a Santa Express Train to ride for a small fee. (Pro tip: Visit the lights on a weeknight because weekends get busy with travelers from outside the area.)
If you’re waiting on it to get dark, why not make a day out of visiting Yukon? Here are five things to not miss in the city.
- The Express Clydesdales attracts thousands of visitors each year to get up close with their rare black and white Clydesdale horses. These gentle giants typically stand around 18 to 19 hands high and weigh nearly a ton!
- Blame it all on their roots, but the musical heritage is strong in Yukon. Stop by Garth Brooks Boulevard or the city’s monumental water tower and take a photo to show you were where he grew up. Grady’s 66 Pub is owned by Grady Cross, of Cross Canadian Ragweed fame. This best-kept secret of Yukon hosts live music events and has several celebrity visitors, so you never know who you might find out there.
- Delicious Cuisine can be found all over town. Yukon is home to multiple local award-winning restaurants. For a modern twist on American classics, check out The Lokal. Green Chile Kitchen serves up authentic New Mexican cuisine along Route 66. Red Bird Coffee House is known for its specialty coffees and Liege waffles. Nestled within Yukon’s historic homes in our downtown district is Farfalla Wines.
- Yukon has a diverse history, from cattle drives to a popular spot for Czechoslovakian immigrants. Stroll down historic Main Street, which is also Route 66, and enjoy the city’s unique boutiques. Several Chisholm Trail markers are peppered throughout the town. See if you can find them all, which is a great socially-distanced activity! Other must-see stops include the Yukon Railroad Museum, Yukon Veterans Museum and, of course, the “Yukon’s BEST Flour” mill that continues to be a Route 66 icon!
- There are plenty of festivals to attend, you know when there’s not a global pandemic. But you can safely drive through and see Christmas in the Park, opening soon. Other attractions include a two-day Independence Day celebration at Freedom Fest and the annual Czech Festival. Be sure to check out the city’s activity calendar at www.yukonok.gov.