Lights On, Winterfest, Turkey Trot, Shopping
BY Staff Reports
Thursday, November 22, 2012
11/22/12 at 3:47 AM
Thursday: Lights On
Enjoy the holiday.
The 45th annual Lights On at Utica Square is set for Thursday. At 6:30 p.m., the shopping center will flip the switch on the more than 700,000 holiday lights. The Founders Chorus will perform.
And Festival of Trees continues at Philbrook Museum through Dec. 9, featuring decorated trees and gingerbread villages made by regional artists and Tulsa children. The trees and gingerbread structures will be available for purchase, along with holiday pins and ornaments at the museum shop.
The USA BMX national bicycle motocross series concludes with this weekend's Grand Nationals at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square.
Practice and sign-ups begin Thursday. Events begin Friday with the Race of Champions/Presidents Cup competition at 7:30 a.m. On Saturday, the first round of qualifying races for the Grands begins at 9 a.m. and the Pro Spectacular & NAG-5 Challenge begins at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Title races begin at noon Sunday.
Admission: Free except for Pro Spectacular, which is $10.
Friday: Oilers hockey
The Tulsa Oilers take on Bloomington at 7:35 p.m. at the BOK Center.
The Oilers are having a Batman promotion, turning the team into the Gotham City Crusaders for one night.
Children 12 and under get into the game free. After the game, the team will auction off the special Gotham City uniforms it will be wearing.
Tickets range from $13 to $43 and are available by going to tulsaworld.com/oilers
Friday: High school football
The Class 6A high school football playoffs reach the semifinal round, with both games taking place in the Tulsa area.
The evening is highlighted by a rematch between Jenks and Union. The two rivals square off at 7:30 p.m. at Broken Arrow High School.
In the other 6A semifinal, Owasso and Norman North play at 7:30 p.m. at Union High School.
Follow all the action at our High School Gameday page tulsaworld.com/highschoolgameday
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State play their annual rivalry game at 2:30 p.m. at Owen Field in Norman. The Cowboys are the defending Big 12 champion and won last year's meeting 44-10. That victory snapped an eight-game Sooners winning streak in the series. The game will be televised by ESPN. Get analysis as the game unfolds at tulsaworld.com/collegegameday.
Friday: Winterfest, Turkey Trot
Winterfest, presented by Arvest Bank and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, returns for the fifth year. Attractions include a 9,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink, carriage rides, visits from "Segway Santa" and a warming tent set up outside the ice rink. Admission: $5-$8.
Fleet Feet's Turkey Trot, which will feature a 5k and a fun run that begin outside the BOK, is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday. Registration: Adults $17.50-$27.50; kids (12 and younger) free-$17.50. tulsaworld.com/turkeytrot
Thursday, Friday: Shopping
The blockbuster deals of Black Friday begin on Thanksgiving at some stores. Walmart, Kmart, Sears, Stage and Toys "R" Us start their Black Friday deals at 8 p.m. Thursday. Target follows with a 9 p.m. opening and Best Buy, Macy's and others will start sales at midnight.
Tulsa Promenade and Woodland Hills Mall will open at midnight, as well as many of the national chains inside.
Stores opening Friday include Bass Pro Shops, Drysdales, Bed Bath & Beyond and Dillard's.
See tulsaworld.com/blackfriday2012 for a list of openings.
Friday, Saturday: Rogers, Winwood
Country legend Kenny Rogers will return Friday to The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Doors open 7 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $45.
English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood will perform Saturday at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Doors open 7 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45.
Tickets available at tulsaworld.com/hardrockcasino, 918-384-7625, or at the venue box office, 770 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa. Guests must be at least age 21.
Utica Square’s annual Lights On event will take place Thursday, when the shopping center will
switch on more than 700,000 holiday lights. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file
Flatt and Montana
Smith, ages 9 and
12, of Broken Arrow,
help each other
last year as they
brave the watery
ice while skating on
the outdoor rink on
the opening day of
Winterfest, next to
the BOK Center.
Tulsa World file
The Tulsa Oilers will play
Bloomington at the BOK Center
MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
Class 6A high school football
heads into the semifinals of the
playoffs on Friday.
JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World
Rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma
State go head-to-head
this year in Norman.
MIKE SIMONS/ Tulsa World file
Legend Kenny Rogers returns
to The Joint at the Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Friday.
EVAN AGOSTINI/Invision, file
The BMX Grand Nationals
are this weekend at the
QuikTrip Center at the Tulsa
MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World file