17 New Year’s Eve Events in Omaha to Help You Ring in 2020

December 18, 2019Add a CommentPosted By

Another year has come and gone and we can hardly believe how quickly it went! But before the clock strikes midnight and we kiss 2019 goodbye for good, we are determined to squeeze in one last celebration.

From spectacular fireworks and kid-friendly events to rock concerts and elegant soirées, there are a variety of New Year’s Eve events this year in Omaha—all guaranteed to help you start the new year off with a bang. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, there is sure to be an event on this list to match your taste. Have fun out there and have a happy New Year!

For the Kids

Noon Year’s Eve at the Zoo

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

When: December 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Ring in 2020 amongst hundreds of exotic animals! At this fun New Year’s Eve event, you and your kids will have a wild time with entertainment from Joe Cole’s Magic Show, music and an early countdown to 2020 complete with a mini beach ball drop at noon.


Noon Year’s Eve Celebration

Where: The Durham Museum

When: December 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

3-2-1, Happy New Year! Ring in the noon year while wearing handmade party hats, enjoying the celebratory bubble wrap stomp and watching the spectacular balloon drop at noon. Listen to live music by Dino O’Dell and the T-Rex All-Stars and participate in craft activities! Members will receive an expedited entry so you don’t have to wait in line.


Noon Year’s Eve With the Saddlebrook Library

Where: Saddlebrook Library

When: December 31, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Saddlebrook Library is celebrating the new year with a free event that offers fun for the whole family! The festivities, which include fun inflatables, activities, crafts and more, begin at 10:30 a.m. And there will be a balloon drop at noon to welcome 2020.


Noon Year’s Eve Party

Where: Florence Library

When: December 31, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Is there a better way to celebrate the new year than with books, songs and snacks? At the Florence branch of the Omaha Public Library this year, they’ll be hosting a special party just for kids (and chaperones too!). Come out and sing, dance, eat snacks and make party hats! Registration is required.


Noon Year’s Eve Party at Gretna’s Children Library

Where: Gretna Children’s Library

When: December 31, 11:30 a.m.

Take the kiddos over to the Gretna Children’s Library for a special Noon Year’s Eve party they’ll never forget! Festivities include storytime, crafts and a spectacular balloon drop at noon.


Bubbly New Year’s Eve Party

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum

When: December 31, 4-8 p.m.

Celebrate the new year without having to stay up too late! This year, the Omaha Children’s Museum will be ringing in 2020 with bubbles! Enjoy activities like DIY bubble wands, bubble painting and the Bubble Science Show. The night will end with a bubble wrap stomp, sparkling apple juice toast and a fizzy countdown.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

Where: CHI Health Center & TD Ameritrade Park

When: December 31, 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Brad Williams Photography via The Holiday Lights Festival

Omaha’s annual Holiday Lights Festival will conclude with a dazzling fireworks show. As one of the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in the midwest, the event draws tens of thousands of people each year, so be sure to arrive early! This year, the event will take place near the CHI Health Center and TD Ameritrade Park due to the construction in the Gene Leahy Mall. Spectators are encouraged to tune into STAR 104.5 to listen to a festive musical score designed to perfectly complement the show. There will also be a number of free parking spaces, so make sure to get there early to grab one! CHI Health Center parking lots A, B and C will open to the public at 6 p.m.


For the Adults

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Where: The German-American Society

When: December 31, 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Join the Omaha German-American Society as they ring in 2020! This year, they’ll be hosting a formal dinner along with live music from the Greg Spevak Orchestra and dancing to celebrate the night. Pre-paid reservations are required by December 23rd, so click here to buy your tickets.


American Dream NYE Hotel Bash

Where: Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center

When: December 31, 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

To celebrate the end of 2019, The American Dream Bar in the Ramada Hotel is throwing an unforgettable New Year’s Eve extravaganza! Bring your entire entourage and enjoy a hotel room, a delicious party spread, a bottle of champagne, party favors, live music and a spectacular balloon drop at midnight. Click here to book your stay or see the different ticket options.


Omaha NYE Bar Crawl

Where: Multiple Venues

When: December 31, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

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We love a good bar crawl and the best in Omaha is the annual New Year’s Eve crawl held downtown. Wristbands cost $30 and get you free entry to 4-6 bars throughout the night along with live music, drink tickets, an appetizer buffet, a champagne toast and much more. For large groups looking to attend, they offer a free limo/shuttle service! Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.


The Omaha Lounge New Year’s Eve Party

Where: The Omaha Lounge

When: December 31, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

Live music, champagne toasts, prizes—oh my! This party at the Omaha Lounge is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. The cover charge is $15.50 and includes access to live music from Sherri MC, Michael Adams and Adam Johnson along with prizes, a toast and drink specials throughout the night.


Roaring ‘20s New Year’s Eve at The Capitol District

Where: The Exchange Omaha

When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Grab your bow ties and flapper dresses—we’re going back in time to the Roaring ‘20s this New Year’s Eve. Come out and celebrate at The Exchange this year, listen to a performance from DJ Travis Howe, and dance the night away. At midnight, watch the balloon drop and get the chance to win fabulous prizes. The party extends to Beer Can Alley and Annie’s Irish Pub so click here for a full list of the evening’s happenings.


New Year’s Eve at Flixx

Where: FLIXX Lounge & Cabaret Show Bar

When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

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Whether you’re looking to relax and catch up with friends or dance the night away—Flixx has you covered! There will be drink specials all night long and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, as well as a confetti and balloon drop.


New Year’s Eve at Slowdown

Where: Slowdown

When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

The annual New Year’s Eve bash at Slowdown has become a community tradition! For the 12th year, get ready to dress to the nines, and dance along to a performance from local DJs. VIP tickets include a private bar with one-cent drinks all night long, balcony access and an appetizer buffet from 8-10 pm. Find more information here.


Flappers and Fedoras at Sippin’ Sirens

Where: Sippin’ Sirens

When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Say goodbye to 2019 by sippin’ some specialty cocktails and dancing all night! Sippin’ Sirens’ annual party this year will feature some fun music, dancing and drink specials all night. At midnight, they’ll be sure to have the bubbly popped and poured just for you.


Secret Weapon’s Annual NYE Bash

Where: The Waiting Room Lounge

When: December 31, 9 p.m.

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Graphic courtesy of The Waiting Room Lounge

Enjoy New Year’s Eve at the Waiting Room, where Secret Weapon will be throwing their annual New Year’s Eve Bash. Rock out to ‘80s hits while sipping on signature cocktails and craft beers in this incredibly cool industrial space!



Where: The Omaha Design Center

When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Enjoy an all-inclusive VIP experience this New Year’s Eve at the Omaha Design Center. The second annual TO THE NYNES event will feature red carpet photos, extravagant food, an open bar, entertainment from DJ Jab, a champagne toast at midnight, and so much more! Take your experience to the next level by purchasing the Cabana Experience, which comes with private seating for you and nine friends, bottle service and a private server.


Happy 2020!

What are you planning to do to ring in the new year and new decade? Let us know in the comments!

NP Dodge

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