OKLAHOMA CITY – EMBARK is celebrating the first anniversary of the OKC Streetcar with activities and celebrations for the entire family in December.
Nearly one year ago, on Dec. 14, 2018, the OKC Streetcar was welcomed back to OKC after a decades-long hiatus. Now, the OKC Streetcar is celebrating one loop around the sun as OKC heads into the holiday season.
“The Streetcar has had a great first year, averaging more than 35,000 rides per month, introducing many OKC residents to transit for the first time and making lasting impressions on visitors to our city,” said Jason Ferbrache, EMBARK director. “Our anniversary celebration is a chance for us to give back and thank our downtown neighbors who’ve supported us during our first year, and to show our love for OKC. We are especially pleased to partner with the Homeless Alliance for our Celebration and Donation Drive at the Ballpark and encourage everyone who’s able to find a way to give back to the community this year.”
Oklahoma City residents and visitors have several chances to celebrate with OKC Streetcar this month, with free weekends, celebrations, and activities on the streetcar and at platform stops and special ticketed events.
Ride Free Weekends
EMBARK is offering free rides on the Streetcar on weekends through January 5 in celebration of the anniversary. For more information, visit OKCStreetcar.com.
Anniversary Celebration & Donation Drive
Jump on the loops Saturday, December 14, to celebrate the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City Streetcar!
Step off at the Ballpark platform in Bricktown from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. to enjoy crafts, letters to Santa, music, and a special activity to benefit the Homeless Alliance of Oklahoma City.
Donate toothbrushes, lip balm, socks, gloves, hand warmers, or a blanket to the Homeless Alliance and receive a complimentary 5-pack of Streetcar day passes to use in the future. Purchase the special edition wrapping paper from Curbside Chronicle to help wrap up homelessness.
Streetcar Sip & Savor: Elk Valley Brewery
Celebrate the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City Streetcar in conjunction with Elk Valley Brewery on Saturday, December 14. Step aboard the streetcar and navigate to five restaurants along the loop to sip on tastings of Elk Valley beer paired with incredible delights from local restaurants. Ticket holders can have their passport stamped at each stop before disembarking at the Elk Valley Brewery for the anniversary party featuring festivities, food, and fun with music, fire pits, and a holiday movie marathon. Turn in your passport for a final pint of beer and a swag bag featuring an Elk Valley Brewery & Oklahoma City Streetcar commemorative glass. A portion of sales from this tour helps wrap-up homelessness in Oklahoma City with a donation to the Homeless Alliance.
This is a ticketed event, and reservations are required. For more information, pricing, and tickets visit www.okctours.com.
Streetcar Storytime with Mrs. Claus
Put on your pajamas and step aboard a private streetcar for storytime with Mrs. Claus this holiday season.
Arrive early for a peek inside the historic Santa Fe Train Depot, where you will enjoy milk, cookies, and photo opportunities. Then, Mrs. Claus and her elves will escort you on a chartered streetcar for a VIP journey around the loop while she reads “The Polar Express” and “Santa Comes to Oklahoma City.”
Then arrive back to shop at the made-in-Oklahoma store, Scissortail Gifts, and receive a complimentary wooden Oklahoma-shaped ornament. A portion of sales from this tour helps wrap-up homelessness in Oklahoma City with a donation to the Homeless Alliance.
Offered most Friday, Saturday, and Sundays in December, along with other select dates. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. For more information, pricing, and tickets visit www.okctours.com.
Holly Jolly Holiday Party
Stop by the Transit Center on Sunday, December 15, from Noon - 5 p.m. for a visit with Santa and other holiday characters. Get engaged with making a holiday craft, writing a letter to Santa, and more. The fun is free to all!
Holiday Entertainment at the Transit Center
Enjoy local entertainers adding holiday cheer at the EMBARK Transit Center at the corner of Hudson and 4th Streets throughout the month of December. A full list of Transit Center entertainment dates can be found at embarkok.com/HollyJolly.
EMBARK is the business unit of the Central Oklahoma Transportation & Parking Authority (COTPA) – a public trust administered by the City of Oklahoma City. EMBARK is responsible for providing safe, efficient and convenient public transportation and downtown parking solutions to the greater Oklahoma City area.