Lineup of recreational events planned for community through the City of Norman Parks & Recreation Department

From dances to tree lightings and fireworks, the City of Norman Parks & Recreation Department has a special lineup of recreational events planned for community members this season.



Ticket sales for the much anticipated Daddy Daughter Dance will open at 8 a.m. 11/25/22 with a weekend-long Black Friday sale. Get your tickets early to give as holiday gifts and save 20% on all dances! The deal is available from 11/25/22 through 11/27/22.

There will be three dance options available at Embassy Suites, 2501 Conference Drive, happening on 2/4/23:

• The Red Dance, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

• The Pink Dance, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. 

• The Blue Dance, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

All dances are for all ages. Each dance offers the same type of entertainment and amenities, including complimentary snacks and refreshments.

Tickets are $12 for Black Friday Weekend and can be bought online at Each person must have a ticket to enter a dance.



Dust out the winter closet and bring your ugliest sweater to the Ugly Sweater 3K! The event will be 12/3/22, beginning at Andrews Park (201 W. Daws Street) at 4 p.m. Participants will weave through downtown Norman and finish along the annual Christmas Parade route. The best ugly sweater award will be given in the following categories:

  • Best Individual
  • Best Team or Family

The cost to participate is $22 (untimed) or $30 (timed), and includes a long-sleeved event shirt and medal while supplies last. To register or learn more, visit:



The Andrews Park Community Tree Lighting begins at 5:30 p.m. on 12/9/22, in partnership with the Pioneer Library System. This free event will start at the Andrews Park Amphitheater (201 W. Daws Street) with holiday music by Sooner Theatre Studio students, Artsy Learning Center students, and a visit from Santa, who will help light the tree! Around 6 p.m., participants will carol from Andrews Park to the Norman Public Library Central (103 W. Acres) and enjoy hot cocoa, treats, crafts, and photos with Santa and Frosty.

The Sixth Annual Winterfest at Legacy Park (1898 Legacy Park Drive) begins at 5:30 p.m. on 12/10/22. Join the Parks & Recreation Department to celebrate the holidays with Santa, frosty,  live music, hot drinks, adult beverages, crafts, and a special appearance from a green-haired Who at this free event! Festivities include Jazz renditions from  Adam Aguilar & the Steve Pruitt Jazz Band and the evening will culminate with a fireworks show over Legacy Park at 7 p.m. Beanstalk Coffee and Sno will provide hot cocoa to keep you warm through the winter night. Vendors such as Some Like It Tot, 405 Brewing Co., Equity Brewing Company, and Canadian River Winery will also be on site with food and adult beverages.

Get your letter into Santa early this year! Mailboxes going directly to the North Pole will be at the Norman Recreation Centers, Senior Citizens Center, and the Little Axe Community Center! Children fourth grade and younger can drop off their Letters to Santa of any of the locations between Nov. 28 and Dec. 17. Each letter should include: First and last name, age, mailing address and Christmas wish list. Guardians are encouraged to look over letters before dropping them off. Place the letter and a self-addressed, stamped envelope in Santa's mailbox. Make sure to include a return address so Santa can reply!

If you waited until the last minute to get your list together, sign up to Zoom with Santa to get those last-minute wishes in! There are evening and morning times available on 12/21/22 or 12/22/22, so schedule your very own meeting with Santa! Use this link to sign up:

Parks and Recreation will also offer two youth camps for kids ages 5 – 11 to help out during the busy holiday season! The 12th Avenue Recreation Center (1701 NE 12th Avenue) hosts “Santa’s Night Out” on 12/12/22 from 6-9 p.m. with a fee of $15 per child. The Irving Recreation Center (125 Vicksburg) will host “Drop and Shop: Parents Day Out” on 12/18/22 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday crafts, reindeer games, lunch and snacks will be provided. To register for the 12th Avenue Recreation Center camp, contact:; to register for the Irving Recreation Center camp, contact:

Call the Department of Parks & Recreation at (405)366-5472 for more information.