On a 70-degree December day, it’s snowing outside Roosevelt’s along Cherry Street in Tulsa. And inside, the magic of Christmas is captured in every inch of the restaurant and bar.
“We thought if you lay down under your Christmas tree and look up, what would it look like? We wanted everyone to eat under the Christmas tree,” said Roosevelt co-owner Vincent Sorrentino.
The owners decorate with approximately 40,000 icicles, 20,000 ornaments, a mile’s worth of garland and lots of lights. The “puffing” process with the garland begins in a warehouse in August, and then the work to create the Christmas escape inside Roosevelt takes about 6 weeks, the owners said.
“I come every year to see the amazing decorations,” said Tulsa resident Jammi Sivadon. “It makes you feel so festive and happy and just at peace.”
Roosevelt’s has adorned hallways, walls and ceilings with Christmas decorations for three years, giving visitors an experience they can’t find anywhere else in Oklahoma.
It is now a holiday season destination with guests traveling from all over the country to experience the enchanting Christmas escape.
“To make people smile, to see how they come in and they experience their family here with us. It’s really kind of magical,” said Roosevelt co-owner Josh Royal.
And as Roosevelt’s cements itself as a Christmas icon in Tulsa, another legendary stop is celebrating its final holiday season. Celebrity Restaurant has been serving Christmas traditions to families for nearly 60 years.
“It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s incredible. It’s always been kind of iconic in Tulsa,” Julie Poirier said.
Holiday lights, garlands, wreaths and ornaments add to the already festive floor-to-ceiling red decor.
“It’s second to none, the decor is what we all look forward to, we also make it a habit to come at least once during the holiday season,” said longtime guest Linda Phillips.
The restaurant closed in July due to a lack of staff and products but wanted to share one last Christmas season with its loyal clientele.
“It’s breathtaking. It really is a treasure. It will be sad to see him go,” Poirier said.
If your vacation adventures bring you to Oklahoma City, New State Burgers & Spirits in the Plaza District offers a dining experience with Christmas flair in every detail.
“We bought the glassware from different estate sales and antique stores and we have the shiny shine, so it’s kind of a classic Christmas decor that we’re probably going to expand on,” the New State Burgers & Spirits co-owner said. , Tyler. Mauve.
If his last name sounds familiar, it’s because Tyler is the older brother of News On 6 presenter Tess Maune, who goes all out for Christmas at his restaurant and bar.
“It’s my favorite time of year, yeah,” Tyler said. “It’s always fun.”
From Santa Claus and his reindeer crossing a sky full of giant ornaments to personalized wrapping paper and posters and even a special Christmas drink, New State is another place that’s making spirits shine this holiday season.
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