Restaurant Christmas Eve Christmas
Black Cow Fat Pig Open from 11AM-2PM Closed
District Table & Tap Open from 11AM-1AM Closed
Godfather’s Pizza Open until 8PM Closed
Leon’s Open until 4PM Closed
Napoli’s Italian Restaurant Open until 7PM Closed
Pizza Hut Open until 6PM Closed
Pizza Ranch Open from 11AM-2PM Closed
Sakura Sushi & Steakhouse Open 11AM-2:30PM, 4-9:30PM Open from 11AM-2PM, 4-9:30PM
Sand Bar & Grill / Divots Open from 11AM-2PM Closed
The Granary Open until 3PM Closed
Tu Casa Open until 8PM Closed
Whiskey Creek Open until 8PM Closed
411 Restaurant & Lounge Open from 11AM-11PM Open from 11AM-11PM
Big Red Restaurant & BarCloses at 5PMOpens at 5PM
Michael’s CantinaOpen until 7PMClosed
Mongolian Bar & GrillOpen 11AM-2PMClosed

Have you heard? Santa’s little helper is visiting the Norfolk area! From December 1st through 23rd, the elf is visiting fun-filled businesses and some great attractions. There is still time for you to guess where he is at! Download your passport and find clues below of where he has already been. Stay tuned on our Facebook Page (Visit Norfolk Area Nebraska) and Instagram page (Visit Norfolk Area NE) for the rest of the clues! Passports are due by December 27th!

Download your calendar now:

December 1: Ready or not the hunt has begun. Can you guess this place that represents a comical guy who was raised in Norfolk.

December 2: Today I’m staying warm and ordered online tickets to a place where I can recline in a comfy seat. Find me snacking on my favorite treats.

December 3: Tuesday’s are for traveling to enjoy food in a nearby town. This place is best known for their onion rings.

December 4: I’m hanging out at a place where I can create my own art. Unfortunately, my artwork isn’t as good as the art pieces on display.

December 5: Today I’m enjoying a bite to eat downtown. On their menu they feature the cow and the pig.

December 6: It’s a little chilly outside, but I love to see the views from this trail. This trail is the longest rail to trail project in the United States.

December 7 & 8: I’m spending my weekend at a newly opened place with an industrial modern look. Come and enjoy some food and make sure you snap a picture with me!

December 9: Monday’s are no fun so, since there’s no sun, I decided to sit by the pool at a hotel.

December 10: Today I’m traveling to getting some ice cream in a neighboring town.

December 11: I’ve decided to learn some of Norfolk’s history today.

December 12: A day full of games = a really fun day

December 13: This place hosts the best week in July.

December 14 & 15: Wow, this place smells amazing! This weekend, I’m hanging out where I’ll be drinking delicious coffee and enjoying some sweet treats.

December 16: Today, I’m going to enjoy at staycation with free breakfast and cozy beds.

December 17: A road trip sounded good today. I’m hiding in a unique museum that has a doll collection that will make you smile.

December 18: Today I’m staying cozy by a fireplace while I read a book.

Head to our Facebook or Instagram page to see where he will be hiding! The last day his will be in Norfolk is December 23rd so make sure to have your passport in by December 27th for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE!

Are you struggling to find fun things to do this winter in the Norfolk area? Our downtown has a variety of fun things to do even when it’s too cold to be outside!

  1. Enjoy shopping

Downtown boutiques and shops have made it easy to stay in-style while also staying warm. Enjoy a short walk from Kookaburras Kloset, Love & Thread, The Brand, Smitten & Steel, The Statement, and Red High Heels. Each clothing boutique offers their own style to fit everyone’s needs.

Magnolia’s is a unique, stylish home décor store with a variety of trendy interior furnishings. Their customer service is phenomenal with helping you find the right piece. They also provide workshops and promos which can be found at

Other exclusive shopping in Downtown Norfolk include Ravenwood Art Gallery, Sixpence, and Healthworks.

Do you have a wedding coming up? Book your appointment to try on dresses during the cold weather. Downtown Check out Avenue Bridal, Roxi’s Elegant Bridal, and Madonna’s Wedding Belle to find your perfect dress!

2. Dine at unique eateries

According to Google, all the Riverpoint downtown restaurants are highly recommended. Each dining experience provides a different taste to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Here’s a list of all the restaurants you need to try:

Black Cow Fat Pig – Steakhouse

Napoli’s – Italian

El Rodeo – Mexican

Leon’s – Mexican

Mongolian Grill – Mongolian Buffet

Smokin’ Stan’s – Barbeque

411 Restaurant – International

3. Stop for a quick coffee or stay for a snack break

If you’re looking for a hip and cozy atmosphere to hang out, you need to stop into Downtown Coffee Company. They have amazing coffee, a delicious lunch menu, pastries, and desserts. This is the perfect place to meet up with a friend or even hang out by yourself. Did I mention they have free Wi-Fi? (Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30AM-6:30PM, Friday 7:30AM-5:30PM, Saturday 8AM-2PM, Sunday 12-4PM)

Another newly added bakery is Mulberry Bakery located on 3rd St. They provide hand crafted baked goods including pies, tarts, cookies, and bars. Their breakfast and beverage menus are also a must during the frosty season! Plus, their holiday menu is now available! Check it out on (Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday, Tuesday-Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday 9AM-4PM).

If you are ever in the mood for some popcorn, stop at Poppin Delights located on Madison Ave. Find assorted popcorn flavors such as cheddar cheese, caramel, Chicago style, white cheddar, buffalo, ranch, parmesan garlic, and so much more! Check out their website,, for all the flavors they have available. (Hours: Open Wednesday, Thursday, from 4:30-6:30PM or Saturday 9AM-12PM)

4. Bar hop with friends

Experience all the Downtown bars in one night! Start at the 5th Street Tavern then head east down Norfolk Avenue to Lot 279, The Office Bar, Harbor Bar, District Table & Tap, and 411 restaurant. Enjoy a fun environment while also trying out their specialty drinks. Some even provide food menus that pair great with your alcoholic beverage.

5. Play a round of golf at Hit Em Up

For those of you that miss golfing during the warm weather, no worries because Hit Em’ Up Golf has an impressive indoor golf simulator. They offer over 30 PGA courses and a driving range. You can also purchase alcoholic beverages! For more information or to reserve a time, visit

6. Take a class at Revitalized studio

Revitalized Studio offers fun art classes for adults and children. Register for an adult party, children’s party, couple’s night, or family night where you create your own craft. You must sign up for these and pay a low fee for the materials, take home project, and snacks. Revitalized Studio also host events which you can find on their website,

7. Check out an event happening in the Downtown area

Stay entertained at any of the Downtown events! Some events coming up are Downtown After Hours (every Thursday) and Shop Small Saturday (November 30th). Stay tuned for other events like Christmas and New Year’s parties on

With Nebraska weather, you may even have a beautiful day during the winter season. Stop by and play the piano outside of Midwest Music Center or enjoy our Sculpture Walk. Get your guide for the sculpture walk at