Voting for the Best Downtown Norman Christmas Decorations Ends Tuesday | News

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Businesses in downtown Norman have decorated their spaces with festive decor to create a festive atmosphere and now need the community’s help to choose their favorite Christmas decorations for their annual holiday contest.

Residents of Normandy have until December 21 to choose their favorite holiday displays in the Magic of Christmas on Main Street decorating contest. Shops are categorized into bars and breweries, cafes and sweets, restaurants and shops and services.

Residents are encouraged to stroll downtown to choose their favorites, then visit downtownnorman.com/holiday to vote in each category.

The Pioneer Library System is preparing plaques for the winners, which will be decided on Tuesday.

Amy Pence, director of the Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum, said she was delighted to be eligible for the annual competition, despite not being on Main Street.

“We decorate every year and work so hard to make this place so fantastic,” Pence said. “It took myself, our board members and 10 volunteers since the first week of November to get it all decorated, but we’re finally done.”

There are 20 Christmas trees of varying sizes throughout the museum.

The walls inside BIG Brewing are decorated with Die Hard posters, movie replica art and paraphernalia.

Buddy the elf and a festive display of balloons can be seen from Main Street looking at the storefront of Apple Tree Chocolate. Co-owner Ashley Jackson said she used Oklahoma City’s Cultivate Event Planning for the installation of the balloon displays.

“They also did our opening balloons, and she’s the best,” Jackson said.

Emma Durham, manager of the Bison Witches Bar & Deli, said the decorating took around three weeks.

“We just finished the fireplace and all the downstairs a few days ago, so it’s been a process, and we continue to have lights in the hallways,” Durham said.

Lance Whitlow, associate designer at Mister Robert Fine Furniture, said it took about a day to install the tree and decorations inside the store.

“We went with the Nutcracker theme and have the sugar plum fairies up there, with the Nutcracker,” Whitlow said.

Artifactory co-owner Amy Baldwin said her 17-year-old son Jack painted a festive streetscape on the main street at the bottom of one of the exterior windows.

Amy said Jack worked on the art around midnight one night and lay on his side creating the streetscape upside down to make sure he didn’t erase his work as he went. as he progressed.

“[My mom] asked me to create something and sent me some ideas on Instagram,” Jack said. “I didn’t do it all at once.

As well as Jack’s art, the Artifactory and Sewciety entry features handmade stockings and two Christmas quilts from Tate Pensoneau, one of which will be raffled off at the Christmas market on Saturday.

Models wearing holiday lingerie and cheeky faces in Santa hats can be seen from the windows of Adam and Eve on Main Street.

Adam and Eve employee Alaska Smith said their decorated tree has been used for several holidays, including Halloween.

“I love Christmas and I love decorating,” Smith said. “It took me probably a few weeks spread out throughout my shifts to put up a tree and then maybe some lights on another shift.”

Andrew Coulter, bartender at Red Brick Bar, said he decorated the Winter Wonderland-themed interior.

“I wanted to stick with the idea of ​​snow falling from the ceiling and the background gives a frosty look behind the stage and the area behind the bar as well,” Coulter said. “We can’t decorate the front windows, so we changed the lights to blue around the windows, and at night it looks cool.”

For a complete list of participating businesses in the contest, visit downtownnorman.com/holiday.

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