Woolaroc presents Wonderland of Lights

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Woolaroc presents Wonderland of Lights

A much-anticipated holiday tradition returns again this year at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve with the spectacular Wonderland of Lights.

The grounds and buildings of Woolaroc will be covered with over 750,000 lights as the historic ranch transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland! The lights will be turned on Friday, Nov. 28 and will be on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21.

“This is such a wonderful family tradition for so many of our guests,” said Woolaroc CEO Bob Fraser. “We have families who meet here at Woolaroc each year to celebrate their ‘family Christmas’ during our lights. In addition to the lights, we have wagon rides, live entertainment, Santa Claus is often found in the Museum, hot cider/hot chocolate and cookies for sale in the Lodge and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the Holiday Horseman, covered in lights, riding across the grounds. To have the chance to walk the grounds as holiday music drifts through the trees, enjoying the lights, hearing the laughter of children, this is the way things should be this time of year.”

Fraser said staff began putting up the lights across the main campus in September and they are currently putting the final touches to them.

“It is a big undertaking and one that involves every employee at Woolaroc…but it is something that everyone looks forward to as one of the special things that we do each year,” said Fraser. “The sparkle in the eyes of the children as they walk around makes all the work worthwhile!”

Entertainment will be in the Heritage Theater almost every Friday and Saturday night. Again this year, the main drive to the campus will be reversed, allowing guests the unique view seen only this time of year of the buildings across from Clyde Lake, outlined in lights.

For the first time ever, the large wooden oil derrick sitting in the museum parking lot will be covered in lights, an added bonus to the incredible view.

Admission to Wonderland of Lights is $4 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under.

The hours for Wonderland of Lights is 5-9 pm.

Woolaroc is located on State Highway 123 just east of Barnsdall.

For more information, call Woolaroc at 918-336-0307, extension 10 or 11 or go to www.woolaroc.org.