1. MJ’s Gelato & More

Calling all foodies! This is the newest addition to Downtown Norfolk and is a MUST TRY! They have many different flavors of gelato and delicious cupcakes that pair perfectly! Head to 107 N 4th ST and grab a scoop (or two) of this yummy gelato!

2. Unhinged Boutique

The newest addition to shopping is Unhinged Boutique located in Downtown Norfolk. They are one of the only boutiques to offer plus size clothing. Make sure to check out their kids clothes as well! Unhinged boutique can also screen print onto about everything! They have already created hilarious gifts, fun tops, and cool designed cups. Follow them on Facebook to see their current products.

3. She’s Smitten + Steel Clothing Co.

She’s Smitten has moved and now includes men’s clothing! They recently announced that they have “Smitten Bags” available. This service allows the professionals to pick outfits that match your style and are delivered or mailed to you! Keep the items you like & pay your invoice within 24 hours. No purchase required; however, the rest of the items need to be shipped back or dropped off to their store within 7 days. How convenient, am I right?!

4. New Fairfield Inn and Townplace Inn & Suites

A new hotel will be starting construction behind Perkins and will include extended stays! These Marriott hotels will offer a contemporary design, beautiful indoor pool, spacious dining area with a large breakfast selection, a sundry store, guest laundry and patio.

5. River Point Square

The Johnny Carson Mural will be a new public gathering space in Downtown Norfolk. The construction of this will kick off this year! This new area will be able to host group gatherings, music events, and more. The beautiful landscaping and contemporary feel will be a great addition to the growing Downtown area.

6. Shoe Sensation

A new shoe store will open in the old China Buffet location in March! If you haven’t heard of this franchise before, they offer brand name footwear for everyone! We are excited for this new addition to our visitor’s shopping experience.

7. Miracle Skate Park

Renovations for Miracle Skate Park located in Veteran Memorial Park start this year! Spohn Ranch has designed the layout for the park and the City of Norfolk is currently accepting bids for a contractor. This facility will be one of the largest in the Midwest. The new facility will host competitions once the complex is complete. The future is bright for skaters and BMX riders!

8. Johnny Carson Exhibit

If you didn’t know, Norfolk is the home of Johnny Carson. The Elkhorn Valley Museum will be giving the current exhibit a makeover this year. The exhibit will be interactive and include some of Johnny Carson’s personal memorabilia.

9. The Dead of Winter

Elkhorn Valley Museum is hosting a winter costume party! Dress as your favorite historical figure from any time period to be entered into the costume contest. Enjoy live music from the Begats, specialty drinks, and delicious appetizers. This event is from 7-10PM Friday, January 31st at Divots. Get your tickets now: https://elkhornvalleymuseum.org/thedeadofwinter/?fbclid=IwAR0906F6h5qEM6rkH-flC1Z9eFAmEuyoFT0BeT2zydNIilVQF2LdrWHJKrI

10. Divots Big Chill & Cheese Festival

Divots Brewery in Norfolk is hosting 12 Nebraska breweries and 3 Nebraska creameries in the Divots Ballroom for this limited space event! Get your tickets today so you can sample 50+ beers and cheeses made in the great state of Nebraska! Also, take part in the IPA Challenge! You will receive a list of 10 Nebraska IPA’s that are all served at their event bar on numbered taps.  This event is from 3pm-8pm Saturday, February 8th. Purchase early and get 2 tickets and a hotel room at Norfolk Lodge and Suites for only $175!

11. New Concert Series lineup

Every year, the Norfolk Area Concert Association brings concerts to the Johnny Carson theater. Check out Rave On!, Nebraska Brass Band, and Beginnings in 2020. See more details and ticket information at http://concertassociation.net/norfolkne/index.cfm.

12. Sculpture Walk

The 2020 Sculpture Walk will kick off in May! New sculptures will be installed, and a new guided tour will be established during the summer months. Tour dates will be set, where you can not only view the sculptures, but experience Downtown Norfolk through food and drinks! This makes for a perfect girl’s night, so stay tuned!

13. Norfolk Area Passport

Explore the Norfolk Area with this free, fun passport program. If you haven’t participated before, you are seriously missing out! Starting in May, you will experience hidden gems throughout our area including museums, restaurants, retail stores, and more. At each destination, you will receive a stamp in your passport. After you receive all the stamps, return your passport to the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau for a prize. Each completed passport owner will also be entered for a GRAND PRIZE! Follow Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau on Facebook for more information!

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: https://visitnorfolkne.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/NAVB_Elf-Shelf-Broc_2019.pdf

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!