This weekend downtown Tulsa was alight with bright, beautiful and festive Christmas spirit. Oh, and there were a few lights, too. Winterfest – one of Tulsa’s most anticipated holiday events – on 2nd and Denver started Friday morning and by 7PM was bustling with crowds and crowds of Tulsans and a good amount of ridiculous traffic. It may be just a tad bit smaller than our wondrous capitol, Oklahoma City, but it feels much bigger. I was desperate to give my audience a cornucopia of photographs of Winterfest. So much so that I drove around in circles for about an hour looking for parking. My circular journey was (drumroll, please) unsuccessful. Here is my view of Winterfest…from my car.
The tree alone stood taller than the BOK Center it was placed beside. Immediately, I realize I’m in love. I’ve never seen a tree so tall, or so well dressed. Now I know what Christmas is all about; it’s always been the tree – and, of course, the stuff under the tree.
However, the Christmas tree wasn’t the focus of Winterfest this year.
Remember back in the 90’s when figure skating was all the rage? Yeah, me, too. I was one of those crazy kids who would rush to the TV and stare all starry-eyed at those glamorous beings in tights, balancing carefully on the very thin slice of sharpened metal.
Well, ladies and gents, figure skating is NOT dead. I know you thought it died when Tonya Harding hired that guy to disfigure Nancy Kerrigan. No, it didn’t. It’s here and thriving at Winterfest! Maybe not figure skating, but ice skating for everyone. For the next three weeks (until January 6, 2014) families can make their way downtown for lights, ice skating, food, and all sorts of family holiday fun.
That’s not all, guys.
When I couldn’t find parking and decided to give up on Winterfest, I headed just a few blocks over to 5th street where I’d heard there are holiday pop-up shops. My holiday adventure had just begun.
For those readers who have never been to Tulsa, I’m going to take this time to brag a little. Tulsa fosters some very eclectic, talented, and spirited entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, jewelry makers, storytellers and so much more. The holiday pop-ups I visited Saturday night rekindled my passion for Tulsa, a hidden haven of creative minds.
Inside, I was greeted by bright lights and the bold designs of Biker Babe Bling. And hanging on a hanger to my left something caught my eye. There it was, the perfect gift (for me); a beige zombie pin-up shirt. I just about died when I saw it.
BBB caters to the perfect blend of shoppers and you don’t have to be a biker to love their designs. There were ballsy, beautiful t-shirts for women, creative onesies, ornaments, and (wait for it) even sunglasses for Fido! Biker Babe Bling has something for everybody.
Shop in store at their pop-up until December 30th or online at their website: www.bikerbabebling.com
Reluctantly, I moved on to Blue Skies and Abelina’s Boutique where I found more gorgeous clothes plus an abundance of delicate jewelry. Blue Skies spoke to my chic, feminine side while Abelina’s compelled my more modern, practical side with their amazing infinity scarves. I had to have one (only $11.00!). I was so happy to find out there was a location in the Farm Shopping Center on 51st and Sheridan. I predict that even after the holidays are over, you’ll become a frequent shopper at these two stores.
Next, I encountered the amazing creator/owner of Tallgrass Jewlery. Miss Bowden dazzled me with her earthy, hand-crafted jewels. Her necklaces were crafted to perfection, and dazzled with quality stones.
Check more of Miss Bowdens jewelry at http://www.tallgrassjewlery.com.
There were so many more unique shops in the Deco District that I didn’t have a chance to visit. It’s the perfect area to get your holiday shopping done, grab a bite to eat at Elote (next door) or a silky smooth shake at Mod’s Coffee Shop located right across the street. These are the perfect places to find holiday gifts for everyone you know.
(Note: I know some of you were hoping to see this post earlier, I must apologize for that. I spent my entire morning and afternoon in the kitchen cooking. Everything turned out amazing but I feel awful for keeping you guys waiting. Thank you for reading! Comment, check out the shops mentioned, and let me know what you think and what you got.)