The Norman Transcript

Local news

September 29, 2013

City’s holiday happenings

NORMAN — Way back in my elementary school days, I used to think October was the longest month of the year to get from the 1st to the 31st as I waited for the candy collecting day.

Now it seems like every year, there is more overlapping of Halloween and Christmas decorations throughout the stores once Labor Day turns on the calendar and the entire fall is the holiday season.

This year — as the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Norman Chamber of Commerce, the city of Norman’s Parks and Recreation Department and some community stakeholders — the months of October and pre-Thanksgiving November may evaporate quickly as we are preparing to launch a holiday website.

Once the city council approved the ice rink to be located at Andrews Park earlier this week, we wanted to maximize the promotional opportunities to bring visitors to Norman throughout the holiday season.

By saying that the rink will be open from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, we can build on that base to add all the other annual (or even inaugural) events that take place.

We can publicize Norman as a festive weekend getaway during the holiday season to do Christmas shopping, see holiday light displays, watch a parade, enjoy a holiday concert, make an art walk or stroll through holiday open houses, all while having the chance to take the family out to the ice rink.

The first step is organizing all of the events in one location. ChristmasInNorman.com will be a page dedicated to the season’s events. The Norman CVB will organize the event listings for the site, so we need you to send your holiday event to info@VisitNorman.com as early as possible so we can launch the website in a few weeks.

Stefanie Brickman is the communications manager of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Vision of the Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau is the leader that markets and develops Norman as the preferred destination in Oklahoma.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Is Okla. backing off accountability?

    One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal....

    April 19, 2014

  • Hope Trunk travels to Norman

    The rustle of paper could be heard as students meticulously folded one crane, then another and another Friday afternoon. After reading the inspiring story, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” Cleveland Elementary School fifth graders ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Gaylord to get $35,000 grant for poverty project

    A team from Gaylord College is among the first winners in a national competition to fund innovative news experiments that serve communities, the Online News Association has announced....

    April 19, 2014

  • Garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew set

    A garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew will start at 9 a.m. today at 1510 Melrose Drive....

    April 19, 2014

  • Singing Sooners show set

    The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents the Singing Sooners Spring Show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 in the Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Jim Graves and Stephen Ziegler serve as directors for the group....

    April 19, 2014

  • Easter event planned Sunday

    The Firehouse Community Outreach Disaster Relief Center, 800 S. Santa Fe in Moore, will host an Easter Eggstravaganza at 10 a.m. on Sunday....

    April 19, 2014

  • Little Axe students eligible for GEAR UP University

    Little Axe Public School students entering the ninth-12th grade in the fall 2014 are eligible to apply to GEAR UP University, a summer academic and leadership program available only to 24 state school districts during June 2014....

    April 18, 2014

  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo