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Six Norman events to usher out 2021 and welcome in 2022

Ready to send off 2021 in style? Ready to bring in 2022 with fanfare? Norman has six events that fit the bill.

Starting Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, OKicon takes place at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center with anime stars, concerts, parties, a maid café, medieval live-action combat, cosplay and more from Friday through Sunday.

Also on Friday, will be the Red Brick Bar New Year Eve's Bash with live music and karaoke along with the Hollywood Corners' Bottom of the Barrel New Year's Eve party. (Call to reserve a table at 405-701-4990.)

On Saturday, the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department will be offering First Day Hikes throughout the state; the Lake Thunderbird event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Discovery Cove area.

Later, the Oklahoma Sooners' men's basketball team will tip off its Big XII Conference season against Kansas State at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. Ticket information is available here.

Finally, usher in 2022 at a New Year's Drag Show at Red Brick Bar; showtime is 10 p.m.

The Crest Ice Rinkand Downs Family Christmas Light Display will continue through Jan. 2.