Let’s face it: sometimes, when Winter rolls around, we hunker in, trying to avoid the weather or simply not realizing how many great activities are planned for the cooler months.
But in Norman, there is no shortage of Winter things to do, from Christmas celebrations to art shows, and more. So whatever you’re looking for as you get out and about, have a romantic getaway, or spend time in Norman, you’ll find great things to do this winter!
7 Winter Things To Do in Norman OK
#1 – The Downs family uses over 18 miles of light strands (almost 30,000 bulbs!) to create an amazing light display each year in Norman. After retiring in 2007, the patriarch of the family, Chuck, used his engineering prowess to tackle Christmas light displays at his home. A mere 8 years later, this family starts working on structures in September and stringing lights in October. Getting the display up and running takes about a month and is fully synchronized to music. There is no cost to visit the display. However the family suggest that any donations be made to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which serves more than 53 counties. Each dollar buys 5 meals for the hungry in Oklahoma. You can also bring non-perishable food items. This amazing light display runs from approximately Thanksgiving through the New Year, with consideration being made for the heavy rains. “Like” them on Facebook for up to date weather info and check out the website for lots more info on this ministry.
#2 – 2nd Friday Art Walk – Winter doesn’t shut down the art scene in Norman! 2nd Friday Art Walks continue throughout the Winter. Whether you are into music, dance, or art, you’ll find something to love at 2nd Fridays – hosted on the second Friday of each month! You’ll also get to explore Norman and its great history and community love. Food trucks are also featured during 2nd Friday. “Like” them on Facebook and be sure to check out the website for specifics on each month’s event.
#3 – Winter sports are in full swing at the University of Oklahoma. This season you can catch Men’s and Women’s basketball, Men’s and Women’s gymnastics, Men’s Hockey, and Men’s Wrestling. We’ve got some great tips if you want to catch a basketball game and you’ll definitely want to check the schedule to see when everyone is in a match up. Each team has a Twitter and Instagram account (available on the individual team pages) if you want to follow one team closely.
#4 – Winter Wind Concert Series – Select Sundays in Norman are a great time to have a listening room experience with some of the best singer/songwriters from across the country. With 17 concerts to choose from, you’re sure to find something that will leave your foot tapping. Concerts are limited to 100 people for a closer experience with the performer.
#5 – Annual Chocolate Festival – The Chocolate Festival is the premiere foodie event with all chocolate-themed foods. This event has been called the Best Food Festival and besides delicious chocolate samples, brings awareness of visual arts. This event is a fundraiser for the Firehouse in Norman.
#6 – Second Sunday Poetry Reading – The Second Sunday Poetry reading was started to give regional poets a venue in which to read their work. OU Poet Laureate Carl Sennhenn hosts the event. You can check out profiles on individual poets here.
#7 – Norman Christmas Day Community Dinner – If you are away or without family for Christmas, or if you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Christmas, check out the Norman Christmas Day Community Dinner. “No one should eat alone on Christmas Day” is the dinner’s motto, with the dinner serving every year from 1987 until present, and growing each year. You can learn more here.
We love the winter in Norman, OK. We invite you to come spend part of it with us at the Montford Inn and Cottages, with cozy, roaring fireplaces and delicious breakfasts.