Christmas in the Ville lights up downtown Bartlesville


Christmas in the Ville’s skating rink in downtown Bartlesville history sits in Depot Park. Photo courtesy of Edward Reali

Jacey Walls , Staffer

   It is the most wonderful time of the year, and Bartlesville’s newest attraction, Christmas In The Ville, is a family friendly holiday festival hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Not only does the event feature a skating rink, but also carriage rides, live nativity scenes, Christmas movies in the park, live entertainment and much more. With its location downtown, in proximity to some of Bartlesville’s best restaurants, its venue allows for a lively and family friendly night out.

  The highlight of the event is the ice skating rink. Families will no longer have to make the drive to Tulsa to partake in the classic holiday activity. Skates are available in children’s sizes all the way up to a men’s size thirteen, so the whole family can skate. When grabbing skates, make sure to also take the coupon book given along with them. The book includes coupons for savings to various places around town. The rink is bustling with excited residents, since this is the sole rink in the Washington County area. “We wanted to set ourselves apart from other holiday rinks,” said President/CEO of Chamber of Commerce Sherri Wilt. “We wanted to create a very family-friendly atmosphere that offered other things besides just ice skating. If people have to wait in line for the rink, we wanted them to be surrounded by beauty and be entertained.”

  There is no doubt that you will stay entertained even in line. With classic Christmas movies playing on the lawn, Santa Claus roaming the venue, and different forms of live entertainment on Saturdays throughout the month. Horse drawn carriage rides will be available throughout the night, weaving through the streets downtown. Concessions are for sale outside of the rink, with homemade hot cocoa being the most popular item.

  With the success of the event thus far, it is a wonder as to why this event has not been a tradition longer. “Why is this happening now and not sooner is because we thought it was really risky,” Wilt said. “There are risks to be able to pull off something this large that are marketing to all surrounding areas.”

  The risk has seemed to pay off exceptionally well, as Christmas in the Ville is arguably the most popular holiday attraction in town. The Chamber of Commerce has put in extensive effort to put this event on, but the community’s support makes it all worthwhile. ”We could not do this without our community and Chamber member business that have either committed their time to volunteer or have given financially to help with the huge cost of a month long festival,” said Tressa Cruse, director of events for the chamber.

  The holiday event is at Depot Park, or in what would typically be the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce. Renting skates for the rink is just $10 and concessions are available. Carriage rides and photos with Santa are available as well. The festival is opened Dec. 1-23. It is open on Thursday and Friday, from 6-10 p.m. and  1-10 p.m. on  Saturday and Sunday.