Oklahoma Christian University will celebrate the holiday season with its fifth-annual Winter Wonderland Week, beginning with the Lighting of the Commons on Nov. 27.
The free family event includes pictures with Santa, live music, and horse-drawn carriage rides from 6 to 8 p.m. This will be the first Lighting of the Commons under OC’s new president, John deSteiguer.
The holiday theme will continue Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 as OC’s theater program presents Neil Simon’s classic comedy, “Barefoot in The Park,” at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre. To purchase tickets, call (405) 425-5540.
OC’s fourth-annual Holiday Hustle 5K run will be Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. A kids’ run will begin a 9:50 a.m. Register and pay for either run, which features a USA Track and Field-certified course, at www.oc.edu/holidayhustle or on the day of the race from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
Prize money will be awarded to the top finishers, and a pancake breakfast will be served following the race.
On Dec. 4, OC will host its 36th-annual holiday gift to the community, “Cocoa and Carols,” at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium. This free performance features a masterwork for chorus and orchestra, followed by a selection of holiday music.
Hot cocoa and cider will be served during intermission. This year’s performance is the first under new Chorale director Dr. Kyle Pullen following the retirement of beloved music professor Dr. Ken Adams.
Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.
In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim. This year, the university opened a Learning Support Center in Kigali, Rwanda, allowing Rwandan students to study in OC's online MBA program.