by Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Celebrate the holidays with these local events and activities. For an updated list of events visit christmasinnorman.com.
Havenbrook Event Center’s Breakfast with Santa
Santa and Mrs. Claus are arriving early this year for Breakfast with Santa 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Havenbrook Event Center, 3401 Havenbrook St.
The free event includes Christmas-themed donuts, music and a free photograph with Santa Claus to take home.
For more information visit havenbrookfuneralhome.com.
City of Norman’s Breakfast with Santa
Dine with Santa during the City of Norman’s Breakfast with Santa 8 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Norman Senior Citizens Center, 329 S. Peters Ave.
The event includes a pancake breakfast, puppet show, crafts and candy cane hunt. Attendants are encouraged to bring cameras for photos with Santa.
Tickets, $5, can be purchased at the Senior Citizens Center, Parks and Recreation Main Office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or at the 12th Ave. Recreation Center 1-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each person must have a ticket to enter the facilities.
Orr Family Farm’s Breakfast with Santa
Hang out with Kris Kringle during the Orr Family Farm’s Breakfast with Santa 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.
The event includes a pancake breakfast, story time, a Christmas craft and carols with Santa at the farm, 14400 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City. Includes one train ride and carousel ride. Cameras are welcome. Reservations are required and spots are limited. Tickets, $12.50 per person, are available at orrfamilyfarm.com.
The Christmas Store of Cleveland County
Help others enjoy the Christmas season by donating time and resources to The Christmas Store of Cleveland County. The store helps low-income families make holiday purchases at more affordable rates.
Children’s toys, non-perishable groceries, household goods and gifts for seniors and youth are being accepted 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 19-22, as well as 9-11 a.m. Dec. 2-5 and 1-3 p.m. Dec. 2-4.
Donations can be delivered to the store site at 641 E. Robinson St.
Financial contributions can be mailed to “The Christmas Store, PO Box 256, Norman, OK 73070.”
For more information, including how to apply for eligibility to shop at the store, visit christmas-store.org.
Pajama Party with Santa
Throw on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal and hang out with Santa Claus during a Pajama Party with Santa 6 p.m. Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at the Sooner Mall, 3301 W. Main St.
Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
For more information visit soonermall.com.
Assistance League of Norman’s Holiday Home Tour
Tour beautiful Norman homes lavishly decorated for the holidays during Assistance League of Norman’s Holiday Home Tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23.
Tickets, $25, are available at norman.assistanceleague.org or at Havenbrook Funeral Home, Brockhaus Jewelry, Christmas Expressions, Tulips, Old Town Realtors, Two Hip Chicks, Cayman’s and Theo’s Marketplace.
Proceeds benefit the Assistance League of Norman’s philanthropic programs.
For maps of the five privately-owned Norman homes visit norman.assistanceleague.org.
Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry
Get in the Christmas spirit with music and lights at Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry, 2900 72nd Ave. SE. Lights go live Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 28, weather permitting and run through Jan. 4. Lights are on each evening 6 p.m. to midnight.
All donations accepted at the light show benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
For more information visit downsfamilychristmas.com or find them on Facebook.
Assistance League of Norman’s Polar Express Gala
Enjoy an evening of entertainment, dining and tradition during the Assistance League of Norman’s 2013 Holiday Gala 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Oklahoma Memorial Union Ballroom.
This year’s theme is centered around the children’s Christmas book “The Polar Express,” and benefits the Assistance League’s seven philanthropic programs.
Tickets are $100 each and can be purcahsed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 321-9400.
For more information visit norman.assistanceleague.org.
Citizen’s Advisory Board’s Secret Santa
Help provide a Christmas to a child in the Cleveland County foster care program by donating an unwrapped gift to the Citizen’s Advisory Board’s Secret Santa program.
Become an “elf” by signing up to purchase a gift for a child at cabok.org.
Holiday story time events at Barnes & Noble
Head to Barnes & Noble, 540 Ed Noble Parkway, for several story time events.
Elf on the Shelf Storytime: Adopt-an-Elf Event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 9 with story time and activities.
Grinch Day, including a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is 2 p.m. Dec. 1 with Grinch-themed activities, treats and more.
Read “The Polar Express” during a story time 7 p.m. Dec. 6 complete with activities and treats.
Holiday Ice Rink at Andrews Park
Take a spin around the Holiday Ice Rink at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws St., starting Nov. 29. The rink will run through Jan 5, 2014.
Admission price is $10 with skates, $7 for those who provide their own skates, and $5 for children 5 years old and under.
Hours of operation are 4-9 p.m. weekdays during school with Friday closing at 10 p.m. and 1-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. When school is out the rink will open at noon during the week.
City of Norman’s 22nd Annual Holiday Celebration
The City of Norman is getting festive during the 22nd Annual Holiday Celebration 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws St.
The free event includes Norman’s tallest Christmas tree, free hot chocolate and cookies, moon bounces and musical performances. Attendants are also encouraged to bring cameras for free photos with Santa.
For more information visit normanok.gov.
Holiday Happening at the Sam Noble Museum
Hang with Santa during Holiday Happening 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave.
The free event includes photos with Santa, family-friendly crafts, music and entertainment from the Sooner Theatre, Pioneer Library Storybook Time, OKC Ballet and The Redliners.
Visit snomnh.ou.edu for more information.
Havenbrook Funeral Home’s Christmas Memorial Service
Honor loved ones during Havenbrook Funeral Home’s Christmas Memorial Service. The free candlelight ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel, 3401 Havenbrook St.
For more information visit havenbrookfuneralhome.com.
Holiday music at the University of Oklahoma
Ring in the holidays during two concerts at the University of Oklahoma’s Sharp Concert Hall, 500 W. Boyd St.
Holiday Pipes is scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Holidays at OU: Brass, Percussion, Organ and Combined OU Choirs is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 8.
Tickets to both events are $9 for adults and $5 for students. For more information call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at 405-325-4101.
Victorian Christmas Open House
The sights and sounds of 19th century Indian Territory will abound during a Victorian Christmas Open House 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum, 508 N. Peters Ave. Check and cash donations will be accepted for the house.
This year the open house is featuring “foods from around the world.” Other highlights include free carriage rides to 2nd Friday Circuit of Art on Main Street, live music by local musicians and local jewelry and bakery vendors.
For more information visit normanmuseum.org.
Holiday events at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
Test your luck Dec. 13 during the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s annual Holiday Grab Bag Sale at MUSE, the museum store. Visitors can draw a grab bag with a mystery discount of 15-40 percent on total purchases (most items) during museum hours 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
That evening’s “Art “à la Carte,” 5-7 p.m., features ornament decorating, live music by singer/songwriter Sherree Chamberlain, and food and drink provided by Johnny Carino’s. Admission is free.
The museum is located at 555 Elm Ave. For more information visit ou.edu/fjjma.
Norman Christmas Parade
Bands, floats, horses and of course Santa Claus will make their way down Main Street during the 2013 Norman Christmas parade 10 a.m. Dec. 14.
Themed “Hometown Christmas,” the parade will start at Norman High School on Main Street and will run to Crawford Avenue.
For more information visit normanchristmasparade.wordpress.com.
Christmas on the Corner
Take a photo with Santa and kick it with Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble Dec. 14 during Christmas on the Corner. The event begins 1 p.m. just north of Hideaway Pizza on Buchanan Street in the heart of Campus Corner.
Assistance League of Norman’s Sunday with Santa
Spend the day with Sants and Mrs. Claus during the Assistance League of Norman’s Sunday with Santa on 2-4 p.m. Dec. 15 at 809 Wall St.
The event includes pictures, crafts and treats.
Tickets are $20 per child, with free admission for adults. Tickets can be purchased from any Assistance League members or at the door.
Sisters of Swing Holiday Jazz Concert
Tap your foot along to the swinging tunes of the Sisters of Swing Holiday Jazz Concert 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave.
Sisters of Swing features Mary Reynolds, Louise Goldberg, Elyse Angelo, Mary Freeh , Joanne Trombley, Christine Freeh and Rosalind Cravens.
Advance tickets, $10, will be available at the Depot during office hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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