It’s time, once again, to usher in a brand-new year! 2022 is right around the corner and we plan to celebrate to the absolute max.
While this New Year’s Eve is shaping up to look much like the last, that doesn’t mean you can’t still welcome 2022, safely! To prove it to you, we’ve rounded up a few ideas of how you can spend this exciting holiday in Omaha. Below you’ll find some socially distanced events, at-home celebration ideas and special meal and cocktail deals to take advantage of. Have fun!
This year has had a lot of ups and downs, but if there’s anything we hope will stay around for many years to come, it’s to-go cocktails! Bars and restaurants all across the Omaha area have been offering cocktail kits and pre-made cocktails in jars that you can pick up curbside and take home to enjoy—including Tiny House Bar! One of our favorite cocktail destinations in the city, Tiny House Bar is offering a slew of incredible cocktail kits to-go this season, like their House Gin & Tonic, Pina Colada Land, House Manhattan and more. Click here to start your to-go order!
Champagne is an integral part of NYE. But instead of hitting your closest liquor store for a bottle, why not try a local selection? Omaha’s own Homy Inn has Champagne on tap, and you can purchase a full crowler or growler of it! Choose from sweet, dry, strawberry and peach champagne or try their famous sangria.
Enjoy an all-inclusive VIP experience this New Year’s Eve at the Omaha Design Center. As the largest New Year’s Eve party in Omaha, the TO THE NYNES event will feature red carpet photos, extravagant food, an open bar, entertainment from DJ Chicks, 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.
Forget planning and shopping for a gourmet NYE feast! Order a ready-made meal from Meal Box! This local meal delivery service was created by Chef Will Birge, a professionally trained chef born and raised in Omaha, to allow Omahans to enjoy delicious, hand-crafted meals at home without having to break out their pots and pans. Choose from gourmet dishes like 16-Hour Smoked Prime Brisket, All White Lasagna, Leanbox Filet Mignon and much more for around $13 a meal.
Indulge in a little luxury this New Year’s Eve by booking a staycation at one of Omaha’s finest hotels: Hotel Deco. The historic Hotel Deco is located in the heart of downtown Omaha, offering easy access to the Orpheum Theatre (which is just across the street), Old Market and a large number of top-notch restaurants and shops—but there really is no reason to leave! The mini bar is stocked with local craft beers and spirits, the onsite restaurant, Monarch Prime & Bar, serves some of Omaha’s finest cuisine, and the rooms are irresistibly plush.
Have you ever wanted to dine in an igloo? Even if it was never on your mind before, it should be now! The Capitol District has set up several socially distanced orbs that look a little like igloos, snow globes and other wintery scenes that you can reserve for a mini–New Year’s Eve party under the stars. The Capitol District’s igloos cost $200 for 1.5 hours and can fit up to eight people.
Every year, Omaha’s annual Holiday Lights Festival concludes with a dazzling fireworks show. This spectacular show is one of the largest NYE fireworks displays in the entire Midwest, drawing thousands of visitors every year. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, 2021’s event encourages Omahans to enjoy the show from the comfort of their car in specific viewing areas. Just drive up and park at one of the recommended viewing locations, tune your radio to STAR 104.5 and watch this year’s special show. Click here for all the information!
Play a Board Game or Do a Puzzle
It may be the oldest idea in the book, but board games are a classic family activity that are fun any night of the year! You can’t go wrong with Hungry Hungry Hippos for little ones or Monopoly for the older kids. Keep your board game buying local by stopping by The Game Shoppe, an independent game store stocked full of both classic and modern games in West Omaha or Spielbound Board Game Café, where you can even pick up a few snacks to-go while you’re checking out the games!
If you have younger children in your family that can’t stay up very late, Noon Year’s Eve is always a fun alternative! This year, The Durham Museum will be hosting a special Noon Year’s Eve celebration on December 31st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where you and your family can explore the museum, participate in exciting events, listen to live music, make some special crafts and more. Non-member adult pricing is $11 while seniors are $8, children three to twelve are $7 and children two and under are free.
After hitting The Durham Museum, head to the Omaha Children’s Museum for their annual Bubbly New Year’s Eve Party, which they will be hosting from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.! Enjoy plenty of bubble-themed activities and a goody bag to take home. The night will end with a bubble wrap stomp, sparkling apple juice toast and a fizzy countdown.
A family that crafts together, stays together! Order a creativity to-go kit from It’s Yours Pottery—with options like adorable figurines, dishes, canvases and more—that come with everything you need to make a fantastic craft at home. After you’ve painted your pottery, drop it back off at It’s Yours Pottery to be fired. Go the extra mile and make your items NYE 2021 themed to commemorate the night!
Watch the Ball Drop on TV
If your children are older and able to stay up until Midnight (or 11 p.m. Central Time), why not participate in the time-honored tradition of watching the ball drop in Times Square? You can watch the show virtually by tuning in to ABCNews.com, Facebook Watch or the ABC News app. Or, if you want to do something a bit different this year, watch something else drop throughout the USA! You can catch the Giant Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho on their Facebook page; the Pickle Drop in Mt. Olive, North Carolina on their website; or the Giant Peep Drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on their website.
Happy New Year!
How are you planning on ringing in 2022? Let us know in the comments below!
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