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12 Outdoor Holiday Lights Shows, Drive-Thrus & More In Omaha

12 Outdoor Holiday Lights Shows, Drive-Thrus & More In Omaha

No doubt about it, Christmas looks different in 2020. There are a ton of events planned, most with significant changes to reflect social distancing & mask requirements. But if you’re looking solely for outdoor holiday events in Omaha, this is the list for you.

Holiday Lights Festival Lighting Display – North Omaha

When: Nov. 20 through Jan. 4, 2021

Where: Six-block area around 24th and Lake streets, Omaha

What: Gorgeous light along a historic district in North Omaha.

Cost: FREE

Holiday Lights Festival Lighting Display – Old Market

When: Nov. 20 through Jan. 4, 2021

Where: 10th to 13th streets, and from Harney to Jackson streets, Omaha

What: Charming light displays along the brick streets and surrounding areas of the Old Market. Seeing these lights each year is a must for my family.

Cost: FREE

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Holiday Lights Festival Lighting Display – South Omaha

When: Nov. 20 through Jan. 4, 2021

Where: 24th Street between L and Q streets, Omaha

What: Gorgeous light displays along the historic strip of South Omaha.

Cost: FREE

Santa’s Rock n Lights

When: Nov. 20 through Jan. 3, 2021; hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sundays through Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; open on Christmas

Where: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Neb.

What: This drive-thru light show features almost a full mile of programmable elements and over 100,000 animated lights dancing to Christmas music.

Cost: $19.99 – $27.99 (depending on the date). Purchase tickets online.

Season of Lights

When: Nov. 20 through Feb. 14, 2021

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Farnam streets, Omaha

What: Thousands of lights will adorn trees at Turner Park and along Farnam Street.

Cost: FREE

Meet Santa’s Reindeers

When: Nov. 21 through Dec. 19

Where: Mulhall’s, 3615 N. 120th St., Omaha

What: Dasher and Dancer will be hanging out at Mulhall’s this season. While they’re in the greenhouse, it’s huge, so I’m just going to go ahead and consider it practically outdoors.

Cost: FREE

Winter Wonderland (Drive-Thru)

When: Nov. 28, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Historic Portal School, Third and North Jefferson streets in Papillion, Neb. (yes, it’s that school)

What: The Papillion Area Historical Society lights up downtown Papillion with a drive thru event.

Cost: FREE

Santa’s Sleigh Ride

When: Nov. 29, 3 to 7 p.m.

Where: La Vista, Neb. (Santa will start on the west side of 84th Street from approximately 3-5 p.m. and then will be on the east side of 84th Street from approximately 5-7 p.m.)

What: This annual tradition in La Vista features Santa traveling by sleigh. As you wait along the route for Santa, please stay with your household group, observe social distancing, and wear a mask to protect yourself and others!  

Cost: FREE

Santa at the Farm

When: Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: ESU#3 – Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue, Neb.

What: Get a picture and share your wish list with Santa, plus enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, music and crafts, animal visits and more.

Cost: $6 per child (accompanying adults are FREE). Bring cash. Bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank and receive $1 off admission.

Lights Walk – 5k and 11k & Diaper Drive

When: Dec. 5, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Start at Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson St., Omaha

What: The 5k walk sticks close to the Old Market and the Holiday Lights Festival. The additional 6k loop goes up to the Creighton Campus, with its lighted promenade. Cookies provided.

Cost: $2, fun walkers; $3, book stampers; optional donations of diapers and wipes for the YES – Maternity Group Home (especially sizes 3 and 4), as well as purchases of “diaper shares” (suggested donation of $5) will be accepted.

KETV Drive-through Family Festival

Where: Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn, 615 Leavenworth St., Omaha

When: Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: The Family Festival is usually a fun day of visiting various locations and enjoying the free activities, but this year, it’s all in one place. Craft kits will be handed out and the first 500 cars will receive a free book.

Cost: FREE

Holiday Hustle 5K 

When: Dec. 20, 4 p.m.

Where: Start/Finish line at boat dock at the Prairie Queen Lake site just east of 132nd and Cornhusker Road intersection.  We will be utilizing the north part of the lakes trail system. Post Race party at Lucky Bucket Brewery, 11941 Centennial Road, La Vista, Neb.

What: A holiday-themed fun run around a lake. Santa, elf, and other holiday-inspired costumes are encouraged.

Cost: $35 by Nov. 30, $40 between Dec. 1-18, and $45 on Dec. 19 and 20. Go to to register!

10+ holiday light displays, Christmas drive-thrus, and other outdoor holiday events around Omaha in 2020.

Want a little day trip for holiday lights?

Here are a few outdoor holiday events within about an hour drive of Omaha:

Seventh Annual Avoca Holidays on Main – (Avoca, Iowa) Head to downtown Avoca for this annual event. It’s taking the form of a Christmas Cruise in 2020. In addition to driving up and down, drop off letters for Santa, get to-go cocoa and treats, to-go pancakes at the Legion We will have Santa (no contact – drop off letters only), To-Go Cocoa & Treats, To-Go Pancakes. There’s also a 3K run and a scavenger hunt with prizes. More details

Zoo Lights Powered by LES – (Lincoln, Neb.) UPDATE: This event has been canceled for 2020.

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