Dec 8, 2021 Communities

13 Events in Lincoln to Attend During the 2021 Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You’ve likely already witnessed the holiday lights and displays popping up around Lincoln, and it’s only the beginning. Over the next few weeks, our city will transform into a holiday wonderland, hosting a spectacular lineup of holiday events from Santa visits to holiday plays. We’ve gathered up a list of the best of the best, so get out your calendars—and make sure to check them twice!  

Due to COVID-19, event information may change. For the most up-to-date information, please click on links in the post below to confirm event details and to make sure it hasn’t been cancelled before heading out. 

Santa Station 

Where: SouthPointe Pavilions Shopping Center

When: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Through December 24, Times Vary 

Head to SouthPointe Pavilions this season and enjoy a chat with Santa before dropping your letter to him at Santa’s Workshop. Beautiful photos will be available through Vantage Imaging, but you are welcome to bring your own cameras to snap photos of your little ones (or furry family members!) with Santa as well. 

Zoo Lights 

Where: Lincoln Children’s Zoo

When: Daily through December 30, 5:30-9 p.m. 

Photo courtesy of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Get in the holiday spirit with Zoo Lights Powered by LES. The Lincoln Children’s Zoo will be transformed into one of the largest lights displays in the Midwest, featuring a 40-foot Christmas tree, over 30 lit animal silhouettes, holiday train rides, a tree canopy light walk, a 60-foot light tunnel and more! While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by one of the s’mores or hot cocoa stations for tasty holiday treats. 

Nebraska Christmas Lights Show 

Where: Haymarket Park

When: Daily through January 1, 5:30 p.m.-12 a.m. 

Bring your friends and family to Lincoln’s largest, drive-through holiday lights experience! Set up in the heart of downtown this season, this show will feature countless high-quality lights in vibrant colors, holiday props and seasonal characters. All lights and effects are synchronized to music you can enjoy from the comfort of your own car. Click here to get your tickets online.

A Christmas Carol 

Where: Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre

When: December 2-13, Times Vary

Photo courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan University

You know the characters of this Dickens’ Christmas classic, but what if the message of the story wasn’t intended for just Scrooge? And what if if it wasn’t limited to just one holiday? Join the Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre for a faithful retelling of the story and a glimpse into this iconic story’s lasting impact. Click here for more information on purchasing tickets.  

Christmas with Lorie Line 

Where: Rococo Theatre

When: December 8, 7 p.m. 

Join Lorie Line during her first solo piano Christmas tour! Make plans to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in an intimate setting with Lorie and her piano (and her featured vocalist, Maddie Olsem) at the Rococo Theater on December 8th. You can purchase your tickets here.  

The Santaland Diaries 

Where: The Tada Theatre

When: December 9-19, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. 

While most holiday plays are geared toward children this time of year, this show from the Tada Theatre is a treat for the adults! When a down-on-his luck wannabe actor arrives in New York City at the end of the year, the only employment he can find is at Macy’s department store—working in Santaland for the holiday season as a reluctant but relentlessly cheerful elf. Newly christened “Crumpet”, this elf shares his comical journey with the audience that is based on the witty essay from David Sedaris. Click here to purchase your tickets!  

Cookies with Mrs. Claus and the Elves at Scheels 

Where: Sheels

When: December 10, 4 p.m. 

Stop by the Lincoln Scheels to spread holiday cheer with Mrs. Claus and the Elves when you visit Santa at SouthPointe’s Santa Station. There will be cooking decorating, face painting, a photo booth, letters to Santa and more. And the best part? It’s completely free while supplies last!  

Christmas at The Lake 

Where: Oak Lake

When: December 11, 12-3 p.m. 

Don’t miss this free, drive-through event at Oak Lake! Drive around the lake and stop by a variety of booths to collect take-home activates, participate in raffles, donate non-perishable food and winter clothing, and meet some of your favorite winter characters like Elsa, Anna, Olaf, The Grinch and Santa.  

Boy Scout’s Holiday Bazaar 

Where: Outdoor Education Center

When: December 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Visit the Cornhusker Council Outdoor Education Center on December 11th for unique, handmade shopping opportunities and interactive activities for youth. Here, you’ll be able to meet Santa, make a craft, eat some cookies and shop from a variety of vendors for holiday gifts! Youth events and Santa visits are free for current Scouts or $5 for the public.  

Sounds of the Season: Holiday Performance Festival 

Where: Gateway Mall

When: December 11, 1-4 p.m. 

Take a trip to Gateway Mall this holiday season for a musical performances you won’t soon forget. On December 11th, local performers like the Lincoln East Orchestra, the JF International Music Academy and Chase Dance will be putting on holiday-themed displays for you to enjoy.  

The Nutcracker 

Where: Lied Center for Performing Arts

When: December 18 & 19, Multiple Performances 

Nutcracker Lincoln Nebraska
Photo courtesy of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet via Jennifer Schultz Photography

There’s no place like the ballet—especially during the holidays. Join the Lincoln Midwest Ballet as they present a beloved holiday favorite, the Nutcracker! Over 150 dance students from southeastern Nebraska will star in the performance that will also feature a live orchestra and nationally known guest artists. Go see the Nutcracker brought to life! Click here to purchase your tickets.  

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 

Where: Lied Center for Performing Arts

Where: December 21, 7:30 p.m. 

Celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 as they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country, reuniting the #1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans! Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for generations of families. You can purchase your tickets here

Polar Express Day Camp 

Where: Lincoln Children’s Museum

When: December 23, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Drop your kids, grades K through 4th, off at the Lincoln Children’s Museum on December 23rd for a day of Polar Express themed fun! Member prices are $48 per child while non-members are $63. You can also add a meal from Kazoo’s U-Stop Café for $5. Click here for all the information and to register.  

Happy Holidays! 

What are some of your favorite seasonal traditions in Lincoln? Let us know in the comments. 

Dec 8, 2021 Communities
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