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

Norfolk is best known as the home to Johnny Carson, but there’s so much more for residents and visitors to discover. The GeoTour offers an entertaining and different way to explore the Norfolk area! Are you still not sold on the idea? I’m going to give you 6 reasons to join the fun of geocaching.

1) It’s fun for everyone

This treasure hunt is perfect for families, organizations, teams, or individuals of any age. The GeoTour is the perfect way to get out of the house and keeps you moving. Although you can walk around Norfolk to find caches, you will need someone who can drive since some of the caches are outside of Norfolk.

2) We’ve received great feedback from participants

If you’re anything like me, I must check what others thought about a product first before I try. We’ve received an outstanding number of positive comments about the tour. Here’s a few:

“We had fun, learned a lot about Norfolk and Johnny Carson. Really enjoyed the memorials.”

“Great! We really got to see and know Norfolk. We need to come back soon.”

“Thanks for a fun time in Norfolk. Highly recommended to friends.”

3) You visit the Norfolk area’s most popular sites

The Norfolk area has so much to offer from historical buildings to popular events. With this tour, you get to see a bit of everything. Most of the locations where you cache provide fun facts about the location and others offer beautiful views. Make sure to take pictures and use #VisitNorfolkNE when uploading them to your social media!

4) It keeps you busy all day

This GeoTour isn’t something that can be done in an hour. You will need to schedule a full day just for this! Some caches are easy to find, and others are super challenging. This treasure hunt puts your mind to the test and is fun for everyone.

5) You can eat while you play

Here’s an insider tip – some caching locations are at local restaurants! Caching at these locations is going to make it hard not to eat. Each player earns 2 play points for dining out at any restaurants in the Norfolk area. Make sure you attach your receipts. Check out to see a complete list of restaurants.

6) Get points for shopping and staying

Geocachers can also gather points for shopping and staying in the Norfolk Area. For every $25.00 spent on shopping, you earn 2 retail points. Norfolk offers a wide variety of stores that are great for everyone. My favorite places to shops are the Sunset Plaza and Downtown on the Riverpoint. Don’t forget to keep your receipts and turn it in with your passport!

You also get 2 retail points per hotel room, per night by staying at any hotel in Norfolk. To find a hotel, check out . Turn in your receipt with your passport to get the points!

After you’ve completed all the caches or have received 40 points, you are eligible to receive the Visit Norfolk Area GeoTour geocoin. This coin allows you to travel from geocache to geocache. Check out this video to see what you can do with your coin!

There’s no better time to partake in the Geotour this fall! With enjoyable, sweatshirt weather, this passport will keep you busy all day! For more information, visit  or call the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau at 402-371-2932.