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November in Norman: 30 Day Countdown to the Holiday Season

With the Halloween “season” over, and Christmas just around the corner, November in Norman is sure to fly right on by! With so much to do this month from Thanksgiving prep, to early holiday shopping, to enjoying the last few weeks of fall, you’ll definitely need a bucket list of “must-do’s” to stay on-track with everything going on throughout November in Norman.

Sound daunting? Don’t worry! Below is our day-by-day countdown to the holiday season - your very own comprehensive list of all the ways to spend your last few weeks of fall in Norman!

1. Wed. - Nov. 1st

Enjoy the beautiful fall colors with a hike around Sutton Wilderness Park.

2. Thurs. - Nov. 2nd

Sip on a local pumpkin spice latte at Crimson & Whipped Cream.

3. Fri. - Nov. 3rd

Attend the 5th Annual Terry Shaw Memorial Hootenanny at the Norman Depot for some local music and fun!

4. Sat. - Nov. 4th

Stock up on pumpkins at McFarlin’s Pumpkin Patch, located on Campus Corner.

5. Sun. - Nov. 5th

Visit Rusty’s Frozen Custard’s new downtown location for some pumpkin-flavored custard.

6. Mon. - Nov. 6th

Take advantage of Sam Noble Museum of Natural History’s “Free First Monday for Kids” (free for kids 17 and younger).

7. Tues. - Nov. 7th

Warm up on a quiet fall evening with a delicious cappuccino at downtown’s Gray Owl Coffee.

8. Wed. - Nov. 8th

Enjoy caramel apples and other classic fall treats at Apple Tree Chocolate.

9. Thurs. - Nov. 9th

Shop for the perfect fall sweater in The Main District's Carriage Plaza- Cayman’s and The Clothing Bar are a few of our favorites!

10. Fri. - Nov. 10th

Explore the local art scene at 2nd Fridays Norman Art Walk, going on from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. throughout downtown Norman.

11. Sat. - Nov. 11th

Wine and dine at Scratch - a local restaurant known for its authentically-Oklahoman and seasonal cuisine.

12. Sun. - Nov. 12th

Enjoy local music at the Norman Depot’s “Winter Wind Concert Series”.

13. Mon. - Nov. 13th

Start your week off right with a warm cup of local joe at Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar.

14. Tues. - Nov. 14th

Visit Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art to enjoy art exhibits as well as their “Tuesday Noon Concert Series” - Nov. 14th will feature Gregory Lee on the violin.

15. Wed. - Nov. 15th

Begin your Thanksgiving prep by picking up supplies along The Main District - Cayman’s, The Candy Basket, and Occasions are definite musts!

16. Thurs. - Nov. 16th

Start your holiday shopping early on Campus Corner - here’s a list of all the shops you won’t want to miss: Campus Corner Retail

17. Fri. - Nov. 17th

Enjoy a classic grilled cheese and cup of hot tomato soup at Midway Deli after a morning walk in the crisp fall air along Chautauqua and College Avenue.

18. Sat. - Nov. 18th

Treat yourself to brunch downtown on a cool, fall morning - The Diner, Syrup, Waving Wheat Bakery, and Fancy That are a few highly recommended spots!

19. Sun. - Nov. 19th

Spend your Sunday afternoon with a stroll through The University of Oklahoma’s beautiful campus.

20. Mon. - Nov. 20th

Prepare for Thanksgiving at The International Pantry - Oklahoma’s oldest kitchen supply store - for all the kitchen gadgets you could ever dream of!

21. Tues. - Nov. 21st

Take a break from Thanksgiving prep with a (probably much-needed) quiet walk along Legacy Trail.

22. Wed. - Nov. 22nd

Visit Tulips Home & Gifts on Campus Corner for hostess gifts and any last-minute holiday must-have’s.

23. Thurs. - Nov. 23rd

Work up your Thanksgiving appetite with some family fun at Norman’s Turkey Day 5k!


Before sitting down for your own feast, volunteer at Norman’s local food shelter at the following times: Click Here

24. Fri. - Nov. 24th

Finish off the rest of those Thanksgiving left-overs during a picnic at Andrews Park.

25. Sat. - Nov. 25th

Celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping local throughout Campus Corner, Downtown Norman, Lindsey Street, The Main District, and Brookhaven Village!

26. Sun. - Nov. 26th

Unwind after an amazing Thanksgiving week at Lake Thunderbird State Park.

27. Mon. - Nov 27th

Don’t let the Christmas season sneak up on you without securing some holiday essentials at Christmas Expressions gift shop on Lindsey Street!

28. Tues. - Nov. 28th

Treat yourself to one last fall-themed brunch at Syrup - their house specialty, “Home Sweet Homa” (sweet potato pancakes topped with marshmallow glaze and crumbled pecans), is the perfect way to round out your November!

29. Wed. - Nov. 29th

Soak up the last of the fall weather with a run (or walk!) out at Saxon Running Trails.

30. Thurs. - Nov. 30th

Fall may be over, but now it's time for December! Kick-off the Christmas season with a hot, peppermint-flavored latte at Second Wind Coffee House.

- Olivia Taylor, VisitNorman Digital Media