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Christmas in Norman: Top 5 Must-Do’s for Visitors

Visiting Norman during the holiday season and wondering what to do? We’ll help you live like a local with our top 5 must-do’s!

1. Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails

Prided on their use of local ingredients all from within the state of Oklahoma, this popular restaurant is the perfect spot to get a taste of both an authentic, yet modern, Oklahoman cuisine as well as Norman’s downtown arts scene. The menu offers an array of indulgences ranging from beef and veggie burgers, to soups and salads, to pastas and signature cocktails - all made from “scratch”, of course.


(Above: Scratch's "Sooner State Board" - an assorted sampling of local goodies from around the state rotated seasonally.)

2. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Norman is at the epicenter of new and old Oklahoman culture - and no better place to see this unique mix of cultures than at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Here, within the beautiful campus of The University of Oklahoma, you can learn about not only the history of Oklahoma’s Native American people, but also about their lives in the present as well. In addition to many paintings, pieces of pottery, and arts and crafts created by Native American artists, Fred Jones Jr. also offers a diverse collection of pieces from other artists including Degas and Van Gogh.

3. Local Music at Bison Witches Bar and Deli

Check out the local music scene with a visit to Bison Witches Bar and Deli - also famous for their incredible food! Located downtown, this classic bar and deli combo hosts Karaoke Night on Wednesdays as well as different theme nights and local musicians on Thursdays. Even if you don’t find yourself free on the Wednesdays and Thursdays, be sure to swing by Bison Witches for their signature “Green Turkey” sandwich and check their social media for any upcoming events!

4. 405 Brewing Co. and Taproom

What’s a holiday celebration without a good drink to toast the occasion? Visit the 405 Brewing Co. and Taproom for a chance to sample some unique flavors and maybe even pick up a few last-minute holiday gifts - or some early New Year’s necessities. With their taproom’s newly released brews, including seasonal flavors such as “Champaign Supernova” and “Sweater Weather”, this is one spot you definitely won’t want to miss.


5. Christmas Expressions

If you can’t get enough of the holiday season, then Christmas Expressions, a local gift shop that sells holiday decor year-round, is the place for you! In addition to Christmas ornaments, trinkets, wreaths and more, Christmas Expressions also carries an assortment of kitchenware, dining sets, apparel and accessories with big-name brands including Vera Bradley, Kate Spade and Lily Pulitzer.


- Olivia Taylor, VisitNorman Digital Media