GARDEN OF LIGHTS, dusk, Nov. 22 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. Nov. 22 through Jan. 1. Other events are scheduled for Nov. 24-27, 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.
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.
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. 16, John and Pam Turnbull and friends from Boulevard Christian Church; Nov. 30, hip hop group from Tulsa. There will be no coffeehouse Nov. 23 because of the Thanksgiving Day dinner from noon to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22. 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.
GALAXY OF THE STARS, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 North Grand Ave., Tahlequah. The Water Coolers. Performers bring a clean musical comedy about work, life and such with original songs, sketches and pop parodies. 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.
28th ANNUAL MISS/MR. MERRY CHRISTMAS, Nov. 17, Roxy Theatre. Pageant open to girls from birth to 18 years, and boys from birth to 36 months. Everyone who enters will receive a trophy. Winners receive crowns, banners, and trophies and will be eligible to ride in Muskogee’s Christmas Parade. Contestants who enter by Oct. 26 will be included in the program book. Entry forms available at Crowning Moments, Nearly New & Fancy Too, Kids N More, and Totally Teen and More in Muskogee or call Debbie Morgan, pageant director, (918) 463-2693.
TOUR HISTORIC TAHLEQUAH: A CITY OF FIRSTS, 10 a.m. Nov. 17, Thompson House, 300 S. College Ave., Tahlequah. The tour will be led by Beth Herrington and will last approximately two hours. Sites to visit include Cherokee Capitol Square in downtown Tahlequah, historic Worcester Cemetery, chiefs’ row at Tahlequah City Cemetery, the Thompson House, Leoser Cabin, the Original Townsite Historic District and more. Cost: $15 per person. Reservations are required. Information: (918) 456-7970.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND CHILI LUNCH/DINNER, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 17, Methodist Children’s Home Gym, N. Jones Avenue, Tahlequah, from 9-6. This benefit is for Christmas presents for the youth of a local church.
TURKEY STOMP, 7 p.m. Nov. 23, Muskogee Country Club. Presented by the Service League of Muskogee, the event features Tulsa band M.I.C. (formerly The Jetset Kings). Full bar and free beer. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased at Firstar Bank, Citizens Security Bank, Locke Law Office or from any Service League Member. All proceeds will be donated to local women/children non-profit organizations.
ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW, Nov. 23-24, Muskogee Civic Center. Vendor space is limited. Booth cost: $60.00 for two days. Information or to rent a booth, (918) 684-6363.
ZIP ’N SIP, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 24, The Canebrake, four miles east of Wagoner off Oklahoma 51. Ride the zip line then retire to the lounge for your choice of a flight of beer, red wine, white wine or a dessert. Cost: $50 per person; zip only, $35 per person. Information and reservations: (918) 485-1810.
OL’ TIME DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29, downtown. Downtown shops and restaurants offer open house specials with music, food, door prizes and giveaways. Information: www.downtownmuskogee.org.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS BOUTIQUE SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29, The Pink Cupcake, 121 N. Lee St., Fort Gibson. Gifts for the first 25 guests.
PURSE AND SHOE SALE, Nov. 30, Muskogee Civic Center. Information and booth rental: (918) 684-6363.
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; 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.
GRAND OPENING OF REFURBISHED THEATER ORGAN, 6 p.m. Muskogee Civic Center. Light refreshments will be served. Information: (918) 684-6363.
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.
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.
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.