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Things To Do In Omaha In November (2021 Holidays)

Things To Do In Omaha In November (2021 Holidays)

I’ll be the first to let you know that November is not the prettiest month to explore Omaha. It’s not a winter wonderland with snowy landscapes just yet. It’s cold and gray. But, on the plus side, there are a lot of great indoor things to do in Omaha when it’s cold out – especially if you’re looking for holiday activities.

Note: As is the case with live theater and other events, show times are subject to change or cancellation. 

Holiday events & shows in November

Christmas in the Country

When: Nov. 5, noon to 8 p.m., and Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Elk City Town Hall, 22829 Elk City Drive, Valley, Neb. (hosted by the Whistle Stop Country Store and Homeward Bound)

Cost: FREE

Small Town Christmas

When: Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Louisville, Neb. (shops along Main Street)

Cost: The event itself is free, and shoppers will receive a raffle ticket for any purchase they make.

“Holiday Shorts: An Evening of One Acts”

When: Nov. 11-13, 7 p.m.

Where: Arts Center at Iowa Western, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $8

Holiday Art Show

When: Nov. 12, 5-9 p.m., and Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Split Gallery, 2561 Leavenworth St.

Cost: FREE (artwork will be for sale, all under $200)

Season of Lights at Midtown Crossing

When: Nov. 14 through Feb. 14, 2022

Where: Midtown Crossing, 34th and Farnam streets.

Cost: FREE

Holiday Take & Make

When: Nov. 15, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Do Space, 72nd and Dodge streets.

Cost: FREE

Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents “Christmas Eve & Other Stories”

When: Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $40-$79+ (through TicketMaster)

Winterfest at Bayliss Park

When: Nov. 19, 5:30 to 8 p.m. (tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

"A Christmas Carol" at Omaha Community Playhouse
Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse

“A Christmas Carol”

When: Nov. 19 through Dec. 23; show times are Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 & 6 p.m. Read my review of the show and what to expect if you take a kid to it!

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $45, tickets

Santa’s Rock N Lights

When: Nov. 19 through Jan. 2, 2022; hours are Sunday to Thursday 5:10 to 8:30 p.m., and Friday & Saturday 5:10 to 9:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $19.99 to $29.99

American Midwest Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”

When: Nov. 20 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. (Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs), and Dec. 4 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. (Orpheum)

Where: Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., Omaha

Cost: $45-$65 (details)

Merry and Bright – Holiday Poinsettia Show 

When: Nov. 20 through Jan. 3; day time hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Bright Nights are Nov. 20-21, 24, and 26-28, Dec. 3-5, 11-23, 26-30 and Jan. 2-3 from 5 to 8 p.m.  

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Included with garden admission; timed tickets are required.

Tangier Shrine Feztival of Trees

When: Nov. 20-27, except on Thanksgiving; hours are Saturday, Nov. 20 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 21 – Noon to 6 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 22 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 23 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 24 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 27 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Tangier Shrine, 2823 S. 84th St.

Cost: $2 per person, age 13 and above. (No charge for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult.)

Old Market Lights

When: Nov. 22 through Jan. 3, 2022

Where: Old Market district

Cost: FREE

North and South Omaha Lights

When: Nov. 22 through Jan. 3, 2022

Where: Six-block area around 24th and Lake streets and along 24th Street between L and Q streets.

Cost: FREE

Christmas & More with Daniel O’Donnell

When: Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $39-$99, tickets

Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade

When: Nov. 24, 6 p.m.

Where: Shadow Lake Towne Center, 72nd Street and Highway 370, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Lights of Aksarben

When: Nov. 26 through Dec. 3, 10, and 17; activities are from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St.

Cost: FREE

Indoor snowfall during Santa's Magic at Omaha Children's Museum

“Santa’s Magic”

When: Nov. 26 through Dec. 23; multiple performances a day

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Cost: Included with regular museum admission and free for member families

“Christmas in My Heart: A Concert Featuring Camille Metoyer Moten”

When: Nov. 26 through Dec. 23; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $35, tickets

“A Very Die Hard Christmas”

When: Nov. 26 through Dec 19

Where: Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St.

Cost: TBD

“Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience”

When: Nov. 26 through Dec. 31l; shows are Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 6:30 p.m.; and NYE at 7 and 10 p.m.

Where: The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Cost: $20-$100

The indoor Christmas tree at Durham Museum

Christmas at Union Station

When: Nov. 26 through Jan. 9, 2022

Where: The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Cost: Included with museum admission

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in concert – Omaha Symphony

When: Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $20-$89 (students tickets also available)

“Hip Hop Nutcracker”

When: Nov. 28, 2 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Cost: $20-$60, tickets

Winter Wonderland

When: Nov. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Downtown Papillion, 122 E. Third St.

Cost: FREE

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More things to do in Omaha this November

There are some on-going things to see and do in November, as well. Here’s a list of holiday light displays and drive-thrus around Omaha, which includes the Holiday Lights Festival in North Omaha, South Omaha and the Old Market.

You might not be in the mood for all-things-holidays right now. If you want just regular activities, especially for this time of year, check out these posts:

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