It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are right around the corner and the Omaha area is bursting with festive events that are perfect for getting you into the holiday spirit.
To help you start planning your holiday itinerary, we put together a list of our most anticipated events of the season! There are opportunities to get a little gift shopping done, experience some magical shows, and even watch Santa interact with some of your favorite Star Wars characters. We guarantee there’s something for everyone in the Big O this holiday season, so get the family together and hit the town!
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse
When: November 15-December 23, Times Vary
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It just isn’t Christmas without “A Christmas Carol”. Experience Omaha’s favorite family tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey with costumes, music and beautifully crafted sets!
Where: Midtown Crossing
When: November 22-February 14
All holiday season-long, stroll in the glow of more than 100,000 thousand decorative, white LED lights strung throughout Turner Park and along Farnam Street. After you’re done exploring, top the experience with dinner and drinks, dessert or shopping, and a visit to the beautifully-decorated tree in Farnam Court.
Where: Lauritzen Gardens
When: November 23-January 5
Experience this festive plant like never before at the Holiday Poinsettia Show at Lauritzen Gardens! This year, view thousands of poinsettias bursting with rich and vibrant colors. In the center of it all, a magnificent 20-foot-tall poinsettia will stand tall, surrounded by a cascade of twinkling white lights, ornaments and model garden trains—which is a sight you definitely don’t want to miss!
Where: Downtown Omaha
When: November 25-January 5
Celebrating its 20th year in 2019, Omaha’s annual Holiday Lights Festival is a must-see! Explore downtown as it’s covered in thousands of dazzling lights and experience a host of free holiday events. This year, lights will span from 10th-13th Streets and from Harney to Jackson Streets.
Where: The Durham Museum
When: November 29-January 5
The best way to spread Christmas cheer—is to visit The Durham Museum, of course! This long-standing tradition has become one of the top holiday destinations in the region. Stop by to see the forty-foot-tall twinkling tree and an excellent exhibit of trees that showcase holidays around the world. You may even see Santa himself!
Where: The Baxter Arena
When: November 29, 7 p.m.
Journey into a visual world with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. This show blends the spellbinding grace of today’s greatest circus performers with the incredible Omaha Symphony Orchestra as they play their greatest holiday hits. Click here to get your tickets!
Where: Old Market
When: November 30
Start the season off right by supporting locally-owned shops and restaurants in Omaha’s most historic district. The brick-paved streets of Old Market will be filled with carolers and shops will feature special holiday finds for your Christmas list plus activities for everyone. Spend the day exploring our eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and galleries. You may even find Santa stopping by for a visit before his busy season. Click here to find a full list of interesting specials and events going on in the district on Small Business Saturday.
Where: Old Market
When: November 30-December 31, Saturdays 5-9 p.m.
Each Saturday during the holidays, Sounds of the Season will showcase the talent of local choral groups ranging from youth groups to professional performers. Expect a delightful lineup of your favorite holiday classics—with a few twists! The concerts are free and open to the public, weather permitting. Check the Holiday Lights Festival’s Facebook page for updates.
Where: Downtown Omaha
When: December 1, 12-5 p.m.
This holiday festival gives families the ability to experience many of Omaha’s leading downtown attractions for free. A free trolley service will connect participating venues and each will offer free admission and family activities. Some of the venues you can visit include the Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn, The Durham Museum, and more! For a full itinerary, visit the Holiday Lights Festival’s website.
Where: The Joslyn Art Museum
When: December 4-20, Wednesdays & Fridays 12-12:45 p.m.
Enjoy your favorite holiday tunes performed by Omaha’s most talented musical groups in Joslyn Art Museum’s annual concert series. After the show, peruse the awe-inspiring works of art on a gallery tour at 1 p.m.
Where: The Durham Museum
When: December 6, 4-9 p.m.
Learn how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas at the Holiday Cultural Festival. More than 40 local cultural organizations will proudly display their crafts and traditional dress, while musicians and dancers perform throughout the evening. Plus, attendees will enjoy delicious cultural food and the chance to purchase hard-to-find gifts.
Where: Sycamore Farms, Waterloo
When: December 6-8 & 13-15, Fri 12-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Adorned in a twinkling array of lights and holiday decorations, the century-old farmhouse and barns will take your breath away! Shop from over 70 vintage vendors, makers and artisans for the perfect gifts and holiday decor in an indoor and heated venue. Guests will also be able to visit with Santa, meet Princess Elsa, enjoy a large light display, watch ice sculpture carvings, and so much more! For a full list of everything you’ll be able to do at this holiday event, check out the Sycamore Farms website.
Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
When: December 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Santa Claus and Star Wars join forces for a fun-filled family day. There will be space-related booths, pictures with Santa and Star Wars characters, activities, make-and-take ornaments, and holiday music. Come out and experience a holiday event that is out of this world! The cost of the event is general admission to the museum.
Where: Fontenelle Forest
When: December 7, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
This special workshop at Fontenelle Forest asks the question—what makes a habitat a home? Participants will learn about local forest habitats and then will get to use their imagination to create a one-of-a-kind habitat out of gingerbread! Click here to pre-register.
Where: 24th & Lake Historic District
When: December 7, 12-5 p.m.
Come join the fun at one of North Omaha’s largest holiday celebrations at the 24th and Lake Historic District this season! Attendees will have the opportunity to make toy donations to Toys for Tots, enjoy delicious food, listen to holiday music, visit with Santa, and so much more.
Where: The Crescent Moon
When: December 7, 1-5 p.m.
There won’t be any reason to hibernate with Crescent Moon’s 13th annual Holiday Beerfest happening December 7th. This year, the event will feature more than 100 craft beers, including those made with seasonal flavors and a few special releases. Don’t forget to wear your favorite ugly holiday sweater as they’ll also be hosting an ugly sweater contest! Advance tickets cost $31 and day of tickets cost $35. Tickets include four hours of unlimited beer tasting, a Beerfest program and a souvenir tasting glass.
Where: Aksarben Village
When: December 7-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get your holiday shopping done early this year at Aksarben Village. Peruse more the 55 vendors under heated tents and purchase festive foods, handmade crafts and holiday decor. Santa will be there from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in his workshop all weekend for children to meet and take photos with—so have your camera ready!
Where: Harvester Artist Lofts & Gallery
When: December 7-8, 12-5 p.m.
Deck the halls with handmade, local art from this year’s Harvester’s Holiday Boutique. Every floor will be filled with gifts, treats and entertainment, so come out and shop for holiday presents while supporting local artists! We’ve also heard a rumor that a certain jolly character will be there to visit with children. Souvenir photos will be offered with 10% of sales being donated to the Midlands Humane Society.
Where: The Orpheum Theater
When: December 7-8, Times Vary
This holiday classic is an absolute must this season. The American Midwest Ballet will take you on a journey through the enchanting Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a stunning production with a cast of 130 professional and student dancers. Come for the tradition; stay for the stunning storytelling!
Where: Hardy Coffee Co.
When: December 8 & 15, 2-3:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Hardy Coffee Co.
If you would like to improve your at-home cookie decorating skills or are just looking for a fun event to attend with friends, you are cordially invited to this sugar cookie decorating class at the Hardy Coffee Co. bakery! In this 90-minute session, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks of the trade—and have a tasty snack to take home. Click here to register.
Where: The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
When: December 13-14 & 20-21, 6-8 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus have made their way to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and have invited you to dinner! Guests can expect a spaghetti dinner, activities, storytime, and of course, pictures with the couple themselves.
Where: Eagles F.O.E.
When: December 14, 8-11 p.m.
Celebrate a vintage Christmas this year with the Omaha Jitterbugs. This fundraiser will feature beginner swing dancing lessons, a photo booth, raffle, coffee, comedy, vintage Christmas gifts, a live performance from the fabulous Miss Jubilee, and so much more! Tickets are required.
Where: Seymour Smith Park
When: December 15, 8 a.m.
Head out to Seymour Smith Park this season for a fun, Christmas-themed run that is perfect for the whole family! The event will include great swag—like a designer shirt and custom medal—chip timing, free photos, costumes, a kids dash, post-race libations, and plenty of other fun activities. Click here to register for the 5K or 10K today.
Where: The Wonder Nook Omaha
When: December 20, 5-9 p.m.
Need a night away from the kiddos to holiday shop? Don’t worry—The Wonder Nook Omaha has you covered. Drop your kids off for a night of pizza, cookie decorating, a movie, popcorn bar and so much more. This event is suitable for kids ages 2-10 and donning PJs for the occasion is highly encouraged.
Where: The Waiting Room Lounge
When: December 21, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Are you ready to spread some holiday cheer? The Waiting Room’s annual charity event, Frostival, returns for the 12th year and is bringing plenty of opportunities to be merry. Acts like Blue Martain Tribe, Linear Symmetry, Funk Trek, Sebastian Lane Band, A Ferocious Jungle Cat, and so many more are slated to attend. Tickets cost $15 and five cans of food or an unwrapped toy—all of which benefits Open Door Mission.
Where: Council Bluffs 100 Block
When: December 23, 6-10 p.m.
Dig out those cozy (or itchy) ugly Christmas sweaters and wear them proudly at this fun holiday event! For $5, sample a different beer at each of the participating locations. Beer, holiday cheer and new friends—what more could you need?
From all of us at NP Dodge Real Estate, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!