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2020 Holiday Season Happenings in Norman

The 2020 holiday season may look different than most in Norman, but there will public activities taking place safely in December.

Dec. 4, Norman Parks and Recreation will present the annual Winterfest at Legacy Park, although not quite as festively as in years past but the highlight will be a fireworks display that may be viewed in person at the park (while observing all the precautions), in a nearby parked vehicle or online. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The Woolly Mammoth Wonderland event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 5, and from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 6 at the Sam Noble Museum. Visitors will have a holly jolly time enjoying an Elf iSpy Adventure, Silly Songs with Spike, a Merry Mammoth Learning Table and a photo opportunity with a decorated bison statue just outside the museum. There will also be a special Arctic animal hat craft that visitors can complete on site or take home. Visitors can also do some holiday shopping and spin a wheel for a special discount off their entire purchase at Excavations, the museum store.

Enjoy holiday themed entertainment as drivers wind through the reverse parade route in the east parking lot of Norman High School at the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Pick up a tasty breakfast, festive treats, holiday arts and crafts activities and pose for a group picture with Santa from the safety of your vehicle. The Virtue Center and Blossom Crews host the event.

Farm Girl Fair will present Holidays on the Farm in 2020 from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6. Shop hand-picked vendors sure to get into the Christmas spirit and check off that gift list. Local artisans and crafters will be set up indoors "open house" style. $5 admission benefits the Center for Children and Families Holiday Wishes.

Taking pandemic precautions into consideration, the annual Norman Christmas Holiday Parade will be a “reverse parade” as entries will be stationary and the vehicles will be mobile on Dec. 12. Beginning at 6 p.m., vehicles will be able to drive the perimeter of Andrews Park to see parade entries staged, from bands and performances to the Express Clydesdales and children’s choirs. The route will be Daws Street to James Garner Avenue to Acres Street and Park Avenue, with the Canadian River Cruisers parked between James Garner and the railroad tracks. Vehicles will have a chance to cast their vote for the Best in Show award.

Sooner Theatre will be staging “Annie” in person and online with performances taking place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20. All in-person performances will be socially distanced and following all CDC and City of Norman guidelines and ordinances. The musical, based on the comic strip by Harold Gray, tells the story of little orphan Annie who charms everyone’s hearts and is set in 1930s New York City. Ticket information (including directions on how to live stream the production) is available here.

Join the Sam Noble Museum Dec. 17 for Let’s Craft with Spike! event. Participants can make their very own Winter Woolly Mammoth or color one of the Merry Mammoth Masks. Craft time will take place during the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. timeslot. Advance registration is required.

Complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for one-way trips to or from Campus Corner and Downtown Norman Dec. 18 and 19. The respective pick-up/drop-off locations for each district are The Baked Bear (731 Asp Ave.) and Das Boot Camp/Rusty’s (immediately north of Main on Crawford). The carriages will run from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.This holiday initiative, in general, has been made possible thanks to Fowler, First United Bank, OEC, The Baked Bear & The Apothem, Rusty's Frozen Custard, Das Boot Camp and VisitNorman.

On Dec. 19, Discovery Cove Nature Center at Lake Thunderbird will host a Christmas Ornament Class at 1 p.m. Participants may bring pine cones, acorns, seed pods or any other material to craft an ornament. The center will have materials, supplies and tools available as well.

Also, through the New Year, the annual Downs Family Christmas Light Display will be open nightly for its 14th season at 2900 72nd Ave. SE. The light display was previously featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” The display contains more than 280,000 light bulbs stretched into 18 miles of light strands all synchronized and drivers may tune radio stations to 101.7 FM to hear the playlist. Donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Other virtual holiday activities will include, with details available on the Facebook pages of each host:

  • Assistance League of Norman’s Holiday Home Tour, Dec. 11-25
  • Virtual visits with Santa via Sooner Mall
  • Zoom with Santa Claus through Norman Parks and Recreation by appointment