GARDEN OF LIGHTS, dusk, nightly through Jan. 1, Honor Heights Park. The holiday display features more than 1.2 million twinkling Christmas lights and displays. Information: (918) 683-3402.
CASTLE CHRISTMAS, The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 Fern Mountain Road. The Inflatable Christmas Kingdom is from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Other events are scheduled for Dec. 1-4, Dec. 8-11 and Dec. 15-31, including horse carriage rides, petting zoo, Royal Garden Cafe, artisans with hand-made gifts, hay rides, and visits with Father Christmas. Most events are free, including the Inflatable Christmas Kingdom and entrance to the Christmas Village, but some have fees. For a complete schedule, visit www.okcastle.com.
HAY RIDES, 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 22, First Church of the Nazarene, 2700 E. Peak Blvd. Witness the story of Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men and a beyond-the-manger look at Jesus of Nazareth.
THOMAS-FOREMAN HISTORIC HOME TOURS, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for students. Information: (918) 686-6624 or www.3riversmuseum.com.
MOTORCYCLE DINNER RUN, 6:30 p.m. Fridays, weather permitting. Everyone is welcome to meet for a ride and have dinner. For the meeting location, call (918) 441-1352 or (918) 913-1690.
ORIENTAL LODGE #430 meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
VETERANS JOB CLUB, fourth Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m., Muskogee Workforce Office.
SAVE OUR WATER LAKE EUFAULA meets at 8 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Eufaula First United Methodist Church, 220 South Main St. Information: email@example.com.
CHRISTIAN COFFEEHOUSE, 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Ark of Faith, 401 E. Broadway. Refreshments and fellowship with a set time for audience participation. Audience participation includes sharing a song, poem, dance or skit. The lineup: Nov. 30, Rebirth, hip hop group from Tulsa. Information: Sally Weiesnbach, (918) 682-8411.
BINGO NIGHT, American Legion Post 15, 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 7 p.m. main session on Thursdays.
FREE SOUP KITCHEN, open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seventh-day Adventist, 170 N. Country Club Road. Donations welcome. Information: (918) 682-5602.
PURSE AND SHOE SALE, Nov. 30, Muskogee Civic Center. Information and booth rental: (918) 684-6363.
THOMPSON HOUSE VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, Thompson House, corner of Choctaw and College streets in Tahlequah. Hand-made jewelry, holiday decorations, collectibles, rustics, hand-knitted scarves and lap rugs are just a few of the items to found in the fully-restored Queen Anne house. In addition to unique gift items, the kitchen at the Thompson House will have a variety of selections for sale. Information: (918) 456-1595 or www.TourTahlequah.com.
PAWS AND CLAWS, pet photos with Santa, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1, Petco.
11TH ANNUAL COOKIE AND CANDY SALE, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, sponsored by the Altar Society of St. Joseph Church, 301 N. Virginia St. Homemade cookies and candies will be for sale by the pound. Money raised is used to purchase altar supplies for the parish. Information: Sue McBride, (918) 683-0424.
CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR, 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Homes: Ken and Linda Johnson, 2921 Mayer Lane; Michael and Ellen Mayer, 3535 Mayer Lane; Vernell and Toni Redo, 3706 Country Club Drive; Joan Eaton, 308 Kingsbury Drive; and Thomas-Foreman Historical Home, 1419 W. Okmulgee Ave. Tickets: $10 available at the door or in advance at Economy Pharmacy, Bella Mea's, Rustic Elegance, Haley and Loyd Jewelry, I'm A Basket Case, Bebb's Flowers, and Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center. Proceeds benefit the Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center in Muskogee.
CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT, 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1. Homes: Matthew and Annette Williams, 1403 W. Okmulgee Ave.; Bob and Gwen Coburn, 3420 River Bend Road; Noble and Pam Beck, 3415 Harris Ave.; and Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin. Advance tickets: $25 by calling Donna Taylor, (918) 683-6600. Proceeds benefit the Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center in Muskogee.
LIGHTS ON, 6 p.m. Dec. 3, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah. Holiday standards will be performed by the NSU Brass Quintet, the Tahlequah High School Show Choir, the Tahlequah Academy of Performing Arts, NSU's Stars in the Summer, second-grade choirs from Tahlequah Public Schools and Miss Northeastern 2012 Katie Bowin. Information: (918) 444-2793.
GROOVE CLUB, 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Muskogee Public Library. The Nashville-based group is young, energetic and gets their audience involved. There will be singing and dancing, but participants can just come to enjoy a great concert. The Groove Club will take the audience on a Winter Wonderland Adventure. This will be a family event to get the holiday season kicked into high gear. Information: (918) 682-6657, Ext. 232.
GRAND OPENING OF REFURBISHED THEATER ORGAN, 6 p.m. Dec. 6, Muskogee Civic Center. Light refreshments will be served. Information: (918) 684-6363.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6, Warner Public Library. Friends of the Warner Public Library will serve refreshments. Program is free. Information: (918) 463-2363.
GALAXY OF THE STARS, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 North Grand Ave., Tahlequah. Asleep at the Wheel. Nine-time Grammy winning group performs western swing versions of seasonal favorites with the “Santa Loves to Boogie” celebration. Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees and seniors 60 and over, $10 for students and $6 for NSU students. Information: (918) 458-2075 or www.nsuok.edu/si.
SHOW IT OFF GRAND OPENING, Dec. 22, Show it Off Family Entertainment Center, 630 S. 40th St. in the Hatbox Hangar. Free admission. Information: (918) 232-1196 or MuskogeeBounce.com.
NINTH ANNUAL SOUL FOOD COOK OFF COMPETITION, Jan. 19, Muskogee Civic Center. More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top three cooks in five different categories. Categories are: Meats, breads, dessert, vegetables, and misc. Pick up your applications and rules at the Muskogee Civic Center. Two surprise guests will be participating this year. Entry fees range from $100 to $50. Information: (918) 684-6363.
GALAXY OF THE STARS, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2013, NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 North Grand Ave., Tahlequah. An Evening with Frank Vignola. An extraordinary guitarist who has worked with Ringo Star and Madonna takes the spotlight with fellow guitarist Vinny Raniolo. Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees and seniors 60 and over, $10 for students and $6 for NSU students. Information: (918) 458-2075 or www.nsuok.edu/si.
GALAXY OF THE STARS, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, 2013, NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 North Grand Ave., Tahlequah. Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues. The Montana Repertory Theatre presents the popular comedy about Army inductees struggling through basic training in Biloxi, Miss. Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees and seniors 60 and over, $10 for students and $6 for NSU students. Information: (918) 458-2075 or www.nsuok.edu/si.
DODGING FOR DISASTERS, fourth annual American Red Cross dodgeball tournament, March 9, Muskogee High School gym. Team sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with matches starting at 10 a.m. Cost: $60 per team early registration through March 1; $70 per team up to day of event. T-shirts are $10 or $12 for XXL. For safety purposes, anyone under the age of 18 needs a guardian’s permission to play as it is an adult dodge ball tournament. There will be supervised, inflatable bounce houses available for children to play on during the event allowing parents to participate in the event. Extras: $5 Free Catch (Each team is allowed to buy and use two “Free Catches” per match which if unused will carry over until their next match or until tournament ends. These “Free Catches” will allow a teammate to come back into the match without having a teammate catch an actual ball.) Information and registration: (918) 682-1366.
GALAXY OF THE STARS, 7:30 p.m. March 28, 2013, NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 North Grand Ave., Tahlequah. Step Afrika. The world-renowned dance company devoted to “stepping” demonstrates the percussive dance of kicks, stomps, claps and chants. Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees and seniors 60 and over, $10 for students and $6 for NSU students. Information: (918) 458-2075 or www.nsuok.edu/si.
SESAME STREET LIVE PRESENTS CAN’T STOP SINGING, 7 p.m. April 4; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 5; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. April 6; 1 and 4:30 p.m. April 7. Tickets: $57, $37, $27, $22 and $17. Tickets available online at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office, all Tickets.com outlets, or by calling (866) 726-5287.