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

It’s that time of year again where everyone is looking for the perfect gifts for their family and friends. This Christmas season is the best time to go shopping in the Norfolk area. Our unique shops offer clothing, antiques, home décor, and so much more.

Head to Downtown Norfolk on the Riverpoint to get a one-of-a kind experience! Downtown has made it easy to find a gift for anyone because there’s a diverse selection of products and excellent customer service. On the other side of town, check out the Sunset Plaza Mall, The Abbey, Cato’s, Olive and Ave, Rags to Riches, and Meds & more.

Gift Ideas:

  • Find the perfect outfit at any of our local boutiques. If you keep questioning if they would wear it or not, get them a gift card instead. You can find clothing boutiques all around the Norfolk Area!
  • Get a basket of goodies together from any of our bakeries. White Mulberry Bakery has a wide selection of pastries, pies, and so much more. Add some gourmet popcorn from Poppin’ Delights or a gift card from any of the Downtown Restaurants.
  • Head to a home decor store and have an employee put together a gift! Whether you’re looking for a center piece, wall decor, or floral arrangement, any of our local stores will provide what you’re looking for.
  • Are you shopping for a coffee lover? Purchase a coffee mug, gift card, and coffee beans from Downtown Coffee Company.
  • Grab your sports fanatic memorabilia for their favorite team. Prep2Pro has fan gear from NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, and NHL.
  • Keep your loved ones warm by purchasing some winter gear. You can find boots, coats, mittens, hats, and so much more at Renegade.
  • Spoil your significant other with new jewelry from Putters Jewelry or Wetzel & Truex Jewelers.

With Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday coming up, we’ve provided an electronic map of stores in our area. Click here for a map of all the locally owned stores in the area. With the variety of shops in the area, I guarantee you will find a gift for everyone on your list.

The following holiday shopping events will also have hand-crafted gifts and more:

November 15: Holiday Vendor Show at Sunset Plaza Mall

November 15: Craft and Vendor Holiday Show at the Stables Event Center from 5-9PM

November 16: Holiday Flea Market at the Norfolk Senior Center from 9AM-3PM

November 16: Festi-fall Craft and Vendor Fair at the Tilden Public Library from 9AM-3Pm

November 23-24: Yuletide Market at Divots from 10AM-5:30PM

November 26: Riverpoint Christmas Festival in Downtown Norfolk from 4:30-7:30PM

December 7: Christmas Craft Show in Battle Creek at St. Johns Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 10AM-3PM

December 7-21: Shop by Christmas Tree Lights at the Sunset Plaza Mall

December 14-15: Holiday Market at Sunset Plaza Mall

For more information on these events, visit our website –

There’s no better time to start your holiday shopping! Stay tuned for more Christmas events by following us on Facebook at Visit Norfolk Area Nebraska.

The Norfolk area has Halloween activities for everyone this October. Here’s your complete list of upcoming Halloween festivities:


19: Trunk-or-Treat! At Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hadar from 1-3PM

23: Halloween Main Street Trick-or-Treat in Madison from 5-6PM

23: Northeast Spooktacular at Pohlman Agriculture Complex from 5-8PM

24: Downtown Trick-or-Treating from 4-7PM

26: Paw Patrol Trick-or-Tricking Event at Sunset Plaza from 10AM-1PM

27: Slime-or-Treat at the Madison House from 1-3PM

27: Trunk-or-Treat at the Battle Creek High School Parking Lot from 1-3PM

27: Trunk-or-Treat at First Christian Church from 3-5PM

27: St. Paul’s Trunk-or-Treat at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School from 4-5:30PM

28: Halloween Costume Party at the Pierce Public Library starting at 5PM

29: Haunted Verges Park & Cave at Elkhorn Valley Museum from 5-7PM

31: Malloween at Sunset Plaza Mall

31: Trunk-or-Treat at Christ Lutheran Church of Pierce from 5-7PM

31: Downtown Trick-or-Treat in Tilden from 3:30-5:30PM

31: Meadow Grove Costume Parade starting at 5:30PM at the Meadow Grove Community Building

Halloween isn’t just about getting candy, there’s also spooky events going for kids (and also pets):

24: More Kooky than Spooky Magic Show at the Norfolk Public Library starting at 6:30PM

25-26: Newman Grove’s Haunted House is opened from 6-10PM at the Newman Grove Community Center. (From 6-7PM, the haunted house will be directed towards the younger crowd and for those that don’t like it quite as scary)

30: Last day of the season at Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch

30: Howloween at the Sunset Plaza Mall from 5-7PM

Adult Halloween Parties:

19: Boos and Booze Halloween Bash at the Harbor Bar starting at 9PM.

25: Hallofest at The O Lounge Bar from 7PM-1AM.

25: Boo’s and Booze Party at Mel’s Lounge starting at 10PM

25: Connect Norfolk Halloween Party at the Loft from 8PM-12AM

26: D&K Halloween Party with The Dave Merkel Show from 8PM-2AM at D&K Lanes in Plainview

26: Monster Mash at District Table and Tap starting at 9PM

26: Halloween Bash at Hank and Snooks Mint Bar starting at 9PM

31: Halloween Costume Dance Party with Jim Casey at the VFW from 7-10PM