New Year’s Eve in Omaha has changed over the years, but you can still count on fireworks, a few daytime activities for families, and a few bars with free champagne at midnight. Here’s a list of some of the city’s most unique celebrations to ring in the New Year. UPDATE: For New Year’s Eve 2022 activities, visit this list of New Year’s Eve events in Omaha 2022.
Omaha Children’s Museum will have the Bubbly New Year’s Eve Party is Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with hourly bubble drop countdowns and themed activities like bubble wrap stomps. Masks are recommended. Activities included with museum admission and free for member families. 500 S. 20th St.
Go Kids Gym will have a Noon Year's Eve Balloon Drop on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The balloon drop will take place at noon. Cost is the price of the drop-in fee, so $10 per child, and free for members.
The Durham Museum's Annual Noon Year’s Eve Celebration is Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks required, and due to capacity, reserved tickets are required and expected to sell out. Event is included with museum admission and free to members.
Celebrate the New Year under an open sky with a guided hike in the beautiful and serene Loess Hills. Hitchcock Nature Center will have a Night Hike on Dec. 31 starinng at 6 p.m., and ending atop the HawkWatch tower with a birds-eye view of the downtown Omaha fireworks. Cost is $5 per person. Cost covers park entry free.
27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa (meet at the Loess Hills Lodge)
The German-American Society will have a New Year’s Eve dance and dinner on Dec. 31 starting with doors opening at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and ball drop in sync with NYC at 11 p.m. Dress code is formal/semi-formal. Dinner is prime rib or salmon and music will be by Greg Spevak Orchestra.
Cost is $60 per member or $70 for non-member. Dancing only begins at 8:30 p.m. and is $20. Reservations must be made by Dec. 28.
The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular is Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at CHI Health Center Omaha. Tune in to STAR 104.5 to hear the music. Free parking is available in MECA Lots A, B, and C and Gallup Parking Lots. ParkOmaha is offering free downtown parking after 5 p.m. The fireworks show is free.
The New Year’s Eve all-inclusive party at Barrel & Vine starts on Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and music by DJ Semi Colon from 7 to 9 p.m., and a live show by Zach Miller at 9 p.m. Cost is $150 per person for complete package; $75 for dinner-only or $75 for drinks only.
Head to the Switch Beer and Food Hall on Dec. 31 for music, food, and drinks with opportunities to win gift cards to Blackstone businesses starting at 7 p.m. Eenjoy a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.
The Jewell will have two shows on New Year's Eve featuring Allison Nash, Enjoli Mitchell, Aly Peeler, Myles Jasnowski, Mitch Towne, David Hawkins, and Jacob Sorensen. Reservationsn can be made for Dec. 31 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and includes one glass of champagne or non-alcohol beverage and party favors. There will be food and beverage service at the 7:30 show but only beverage service at the 10:30 show.
The Roaring 20s New Year Party at Tangier Shrine Center is open to the public and starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. Dress code is 1920s themed. There will be music, dancing and karaoke. Cost is $15 per person or $120 for a table of eight.
Taxi Driver is playing at Ameristar Casino at the New Year's Bash starting at 8:30 p.m. Tables will be set up in the pavilion, and food will be available in the Sports Book which can be taken out to the Pavilion. No cover.
Sinners N Saints and Audio Mind will perform at Firewater Grille on Dec. 31 starting at 9 p.m. Dinner-only is $50 per person (grand buffet is from 7 to 9 p.m.). Dinner and party is $60 per person. Hotel package is $209. To make a reservation, call 402-934-4900.
Moe & Curly’s Pub and Grill will have a party starting at 9 p.m. A DJ will be at Howard and Fine and karaoke will be at Moe & Curly’s. Tickets are $90 and include open bar and cover charge. Reserving a table and champagne bottle is an additional cost.
Omaha has an abundance of options for winter activities, both indoor and outdoor. Many businesses will be open on Dec. 31, though you’ll want to check ahead of time if they close early. Businesses are more likely to be closed on New Year’s Day in Omaha.