December 12, 2016

Gingerbread Festival In Omaha

Families looking for a quick, FREE, Christmas outing in Omaha can head to the annual Gingerbread Festival at the Mormon Trail Center at the Historic Winter Quarters in Florence. The display runs through Dec. 31, 2016.

Gingerbread displays of all sizes can be found annually around the holidays at the Mormon Trail Center.

Gingerbread displays of all sizes can be found annually around the holidays at the Mormon Trail Center.

What to expect

This was our first year visiting, even the Historic Winter Quarters which is a landmark in our city. You can simply walk through the exhibit, admiring the details, or try the scavenger hunt.

There's a scavenger hunt for families do to at the Gingerbread Festival.

There’s a scavenger hunt for families do to at the Gingerbread Festival.

I recommend doing the hunt. The kids enjoyed seeking little details like a penguin and Tinkerbell. Upon completing the hunt, kids are given a small candy cane.

There is a stage there for occasional performances, but we didn’t catch any while we visited.

You’ll also find a few photo opps, which my kids cannot resist.

big-gingerbread-house

Tip

If time allows, you can tour the Historic Winter Quarters. It is an interesting piece of Omaha history I know very little about.

There's a free tour at the Mormon Trail Center to learn more about the Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha.

There’s a free tour at the Mormon Trail Center to learn more about the Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha.

The tour does, however, involve a short documentary, so factor in that for time (and your child’s patience).

The kids’ favorite part was the interactive map, that lit up to the corresponding short video clip about the Mormons’ journeys.

If you go

Gingerbread Festival

When: Daily though Dec. 31, 2016, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State St.

Cost: FREE

 

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