November 26, 2017

70+ Things To Do In Omaha In December

This could be the busiest December I’ve ever seen in Omaha. There are so many special events this month geared toward families. Below you’ll find a big list of December events (not just holiday events) for kids of all ages.

 

Fun things to do in Omaha this December

Looking for date night holiday events (for a kid-free night out)? This isn’t your list. You’ll find those mixed in with family-friendly fare in the Ultimate List of Holiday Events in Omaha.

 

Lights of Aksarben

When: Fridays, Dec. 1-15, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

 

Elf on the Shelf at Omaha Public Libraries

When: Dec. 1-22

Where: Millard branch and Elkhorn branch

Cost: FREE

 

Grand Opening of “Working on the Railroad”

When: Dec. 1, 5 to 7 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 5:15)

Where: Union Pacific Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Winter Wonder Fun

When: Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular Museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2+, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 24 months and members

 

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

When: Dec. 1-23; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., and a 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 for members and $27 for non-members on the main floor, and $15 for members and $22 for non-members on the balcony

 

“Polar Express” Pajama Storytime

When: Dec. 1, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Barnes & Noble, 7400 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Goes To Space

When: Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12, adults; $11, seniors and military; $6, children (ages 4-12); and FREE for children 3 and younger)

 

Archery On Fire

When: Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St., Louisville, Neb.

Cost: FREE, but must park entry fee for your vehicle

 

Morning With Santa

When: Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Physicians Mutual and WOWT Holiday Market

When: Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Santa is there Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.)

Where: Aksarben Village, 1920 S. 67th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Photos With The Grinch

When: Dec. 2, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Furniture Mart, 700 S. 72nd St.

What: Free photos with the green guy.

Cost: FREE

 

Seventh Annual Christmas in the Village

When: Dec. 2, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: 24th and Lake streets

Cost: FREE

 

Ballet Nebraska’s “The Nutcracker”

When: Dec. 2 and 3; performances are Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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

Cost: $27-$87

 

Winter Wonderland

When: Dec. 2, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3 for members, $13 for non-members

 

Breakfast With Santa

When: Dec. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Quaker Steak and Lube, 3320 Mid America Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $5 (photos with Santa are $5 more), benefits Make-A-Wish Iowa

 

Visit Santa’s Workshop

When: Dec. 2, 5, 9 & 16, 9 a.m. to noon, and Dec. 7 & 14, 4 to 7 p.m.; on Dec. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. school aged kids can write letters

Where: La Vista Falls Clubhouse, 8305 Parkview Blvd., La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Visit

When: Saturdays, Dec. 2-23, and Sundays, Dec. 3-Dec. 17, noon

Where: Hollywood Candy, 1209 Jackson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Olde Towne Bellevue Library Christmas

When: Dec. 3, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Sounds of the Season

When: Saturdays, Dec. 2-23, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show Aglow

When: Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 15-23, 26-30; and Jan. 2-3, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

Holiday Happenings

When: December 2, 9 and 16, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: Free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

 

Wizard’s Yule Ball

When: Dec. 2, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Comfort Inn & Suites Central, 7007 Grover St.

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-10, and children younger than 4 admitted FREE. Adult tickets go up to $15 after Nov. 1. Tickets available here.

 

Wells Fargo Family Festival

When: Dec. 3, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Wells Fargo Bank, 1919 Douglas St.; Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.; Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn, 615 Leavenworth St.; The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.; W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.; and Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

Read my Beginners Guide To the Family Festival here!

 

Joyful Noise: A Gospel Christmas featuring Salem Baptist Church

When: Dec. 3, 4 and 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15

 

Lindsey Stirling: Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour

When: Dec. 4, 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $39.50-$269

 

Christmas Creepers and Minecraft Fun

When: Dec. 5, 4 p.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Party

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorenson branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Crafty Tots Holiday Activities

When: Dec. 6 and 20, 11 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Pete The Cat Saves Christmas Party

When: Dec. 8, 10 a.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime at Hy-Vee with Santa

When: Dec. 9, 10 a.m.

Where: Hy-Vee, 15603 West Maple Road

Cost: FREE

 

The Rink at Farnam

When: Dec. 9 through Feb. 25, 2018; hours are Thursdays & Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays, 1 to 10 p.m.

Where: 3409 Farnam St.

Cost: $5 donation (includes skates), benefits Salvation Army

 

PHVFD Kids Christmas Party

When: Dec. 9, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Department Auxillary, 12919 Ponca Road

Cost: FREE. Donations for the teddy bear drive will be accepted.

 

Boys Town Christmas Family Festival

When: Dec. 9, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road, Boys Town, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Afternoon With Santa

When: Dec. 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Owl Prowl

When: Dec. 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3 for members, $13 for non-members

 

Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration

When: Dec. 9-17; performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 6 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-79

 

Holiday at Hogwarts

When: Dec. 9-23; performances are Dec. 9, 14-16, 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. (door opens at 7)

Where: Apollon Art Space, 1801 Vinton St.

Cost: $35 and Deluxe Package tickets are $60 and are available here

 

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

When: Dec. 9, 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $20-$60

 

Winter Family Craft

When: Dec. 10, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Screening

When: Dec. 10, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Hollywood Candy, 1209 Jackson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Hispanic Cultural Festival 2017

When: Dec. 10, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Light Up Cards Craft

When: Dec. 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Story Time With St. Nick

When: Dec. 13, 10 a.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Supper with Santa

When: December 13-17, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: $18 per person for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members, $23 for non-members and children 2 and under are FREE. Reservations are required for this all-inclusive event. Reservations will open in December.

 

Holiday Craft: Snow Globes & Reindeer Food

When: Dec. 14, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Elkhorn branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Yule Ball Lock-In

When: Dec. 15, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library, Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Breakfast with Santa and his Reindeer

When: Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Hy-Vee, 10808 Fort St.

Cost: FREE. Kids buffet is FREE with purchase of adult buffet (limit one child per adult).

 

Gingerbread House Making

When: Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Visits Storytime

When: Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch,

Cost: FREE

 

Ugly Holiday Sweaters

When: Dec. 16, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch, 1905 S. 44th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Movie Day & Hot Chocolate Bar

When: Dec. 16, 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Milk & Cookies With Santa

When: Dec. 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $20 per person for members and $35 per person for non-members.

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “Muppet’s Christmas”

When: Dec. 16, 17 & 21

Where: Film Streams at Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $10, adults; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military; $5, members; $2.50, kids (12 and younger)

 

Santa Claus Visit

When: Dec. 17, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Thunderbowl/McCoy’s, 1900 Madison Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE to meet Santa

 

Dinner With Santa

When: Dec. 18, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Quaker Steak & Lube, 3320 Mid America Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: Kids eat for 99 cents with purchase of an entrée.

 

Sugar Cooking Decorating

When: Dec. 19, 4 p.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Craft Hullabaloo

When: Dec. 19, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE

 

Get Crafty: Holiday Edition

When: Dec. 20, 5 to 6 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Get Crafty: Holiday Craft

When: Dec. 21, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Christmas Colorpalooza

When: Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

When: December 22 and 23, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $38.25-$78.25

 

Free Zoo Admission for Children Under 12

When: Dec. 23 and 24

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Cost: FREE for children younger than 12 with a paying adult (up to 6 children per adult)

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “It’s a Wonderful Life”

When: Dec. 23, 24, 25, 28, 30 & 31

Where: Film Streams at Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $10, adults; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military; $5, members; $2.50, kids (12 and younger)

 

Penguins and Pancakes

When: Dec. 26 – 30, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: Member cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-11). Non-member cost is $25 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3-11). Children 2 and under are FREE. Reservations are required. Ticket purchase includes a pancake breakfast, plush penguin toy and admission to the Zoo. Reservations will open in November 2017.

 

Gingerbread Houses

When: Dec. 28, 2 to 3 p.m.

When: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Hogwarts Holiday Lock-In

When: Dec. 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Dec. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Dec. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Nerf Party

When: Dec. 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: Free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

 

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Swimtastic Swim School, 7051 S. 181st St.

Cost: TBD

 

New Year’s Bash

When: Dec. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $15 per person for members and $25 per person for non-members

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Postponed until Jan. 6, 7 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

On Going December Events 2017

Below are on-going events that started before December.

“Santa’s Magic”

When: Through Dec. 23, multiple shows daily

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

Cost: Included with regular Museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2+, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 24 months and members

 

“A Christmas Carol”

When: Though Dec. 23; performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday performances on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, and Dec. 20 at 7 p.m., and Thursdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $38

 

Holiday Lights Festival Downtown Holiday Lights

When: Through Jan. 1, 2018, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly ( Thanksgiving Lighting Festival event is Nov. 23, 6 to 7 p.m.)

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show

When: Through Jan. 4, 2018 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day);

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

What: This indoor flower show is perfect for the holidays, plus the indoor model train is always a hit with kids.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

“Zoom into Nano”

When: Through Jan. 7, 2018

Where: Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

Christmas At Union Station

When: Through Jan. 7, 2018

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

What: See the region’s largest Christmas tree, the Ethnic Holiday Tree Exhibit, and meet Santa (Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 17, 1-3 p.m.; Tuesdays in December, 5 to 8 p.m.). Holiday Concert Series performances are Saturdays at 10 a.m., Sundays at 1 p.m., and Tuesdays (in December) at 5 p.m. Family Nights With Santas are every Tuesday in December from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

NRG Energy Ice Rink

When: Through Feb. 14, 2018; hours are Sundays–Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m. (opening ceremony is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Capitol District, 11th Street and Capitol Avenue

Cost: $8, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

 

“The Art of the Brick”

When: Through Feb. 19, 2018

Where: The Capitol District, 222 N. 12th St.

Cost: $20, adults; $18.50, military; and $17.50, children

 

“Forever Forest”

When: Through April 15, 2018

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for adults and children, $11 for seniors, FREE for members and children younger than 2

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

Toddler Tuesdays

When: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St. (gym or at the pool starting at 10:30)

Cost: FREE for members; non-members participate by paying a $4 activity fee for your toddler (age 9 months to 4 years) and the attending parent is FREE.

 

Crafty Tots

When: Wednesdays, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Inflatable Fridays

When: Fridays, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults

 

Kidz Kayak Racing

When: Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults (for ages 8-12)

 

Arts for All

When: Saturdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha South Public Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE (ages 8-12, registration required)

 

Sunday Funday

When: Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults (for ages 8-12)

 

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November 20, 2017

Bringing Kids To ‘A Christmas Carol’

I think I’m becoming a Christmas softie. I was always more of a “Scrooged” kind of Christmas story girl, not “A Christmas Carol.” The Dickens classic was a little too sweet. But here I am, joyful after seeing Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of “A Christmas Carol” this past weekend. I get it, now, why families make it a tradition to see every year. I feel like it’s the quintessential show to kick off the holiday season.

This year, I received two complimentary tickets to review the show, so I took my oldest son (he’s almost 8) to see it for his first time.

Thinking of bringing your kids? Here’s what to expect:

What to expect

Jerry Longe is in his 12th year of portraying Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse

– This is a huge production. The cast is quite large, the sets look remarkable, and the costumes are to die for. When the curtain goes up for that first number, you’ll be wowed by this show. It’s community theater at a different level.

– Jerry Longe has played Ebenezer Scrooge for 12 years, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role. Granted, I’ve seen Dick Boyd in the role many years back and thought the same. But, Longe really has made this role his own. He adds some fun touches that made my son laugh.

– There’s a surprise at the end of the production. Don’t sneak out when you think it’s over. Just wait.

Timing a potty break

Having a drink in the show? Better know when best to time the restroom break.

The first act is 70 minutes long, so if you or your kid has a small bladder, go before the show begins. The intermission is long enough for a restroom break, though, if you can hold it.

The whole show is about 2 hours and 20 minutes with the intermission. If you partake in any of the Christmas cheer in the lobby (AKA, drinks), you might not last until the end.

What ages would like this best?

Cookies are good rewards for sitting nicely through a 70-minute first act.

This is suitable for most ages, though kids under 3 are not permitted. Early grade school ages would be great ages to introduce this show. The length of the show, though, makes me think that it may be a test of attention spans on really young ones.

Also, I will say this: There are a couple parts that may scare young ones. When the ghost of Jacob Marley arrives, he’s accompanied minions. Those little goblin kids are the stuff of nightmares. (I think they bothered me more than my son)

The Ghost of Christmas Future might also scare kids. I remember the big things being a lot scarier, but it wasn’t so bad this time around. Maybe I’ve grown up.

My son’s a second grader and thought the music was one of the best parts of the show, so there you have it.

If your kid catch the acting bug while seeing this show (there are a TON of kids in the ensemble), then I recommend signing them up for the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy at the Playhouse. Here’s my post about the acting class for ages 4-6 and for acting class for ages 7-10.

What’s it about again?

Jerry Longe plays Ebenezer Scrooge during his journey with the Ghost of Christmas Past. “A Christmas Carol” is at Omaha Community Playhouse through Dec. 23, 2017. Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse

“A Christmas Carol” is one of Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition. Grumpy and greedy Ebenezer Scrooge goes on a life-changing journey led by three ghosts.

If you go to “A Christmas Carol”

“A Christmas Carol”

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

When: Now through Dec. 23; performances are Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Thursdays–Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.,
and Sundays, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (No performances on Weds., Nov. 22 and Thurs., Nov. 23.)

Cost: Before Dec. 13, tickets start at $38 (adults) and $25 (students). Dec. 13-23, tickets start at $42 (adults) and $29 (students). For groups of 12 or more, tickets are $32 (adults) and $18 (students) for all dates. On sale now at the OCP Box Office, by calling (402) 553-0800 or online at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com or www.TicketOmaha.com.

November 14, 2017

Best Omaha Christmas Experiences {Giveaways}

A few weeks ago, I shared the following list for a quick game of Omaha Holidays Never Have I Ever. It featured some of most unforgettable Omaha Christmas experiences and holiday traditions. Did you play along? (I got 1 point since I’ve never heard one of the holiday concerts at Joslyn Art Museum…I made up the list, so I guess it’s tilted in my favor.)

With Never Have I Ever, the fewer points the better. When I first shared this list, most people were getting 11 and 12 points.

 

I’ve created lists like this before (like this crazy popular one), and usually, people can brag about how many they’ve done on the list. But, for this list, most people commented saying they hadn’t done ANY of them…or maybe only one of them.

So, let’s fix that. Time to send some readers and their families (or friends) out to enjoy some of Omaha’s most unforgettable holiday experiences.

Omaha Christmast Experience Giveaway

You can enter all giveaways or just pick the ones that interest your family the most. Giveaways start at 7 a.m. on the days listed and winners will be drawn at about that time, as well. Good luck and may this be a holiday season you’ll never forget! Thank you to all the organizations listed below that provided the passes for these giveaways!

 

Win admission for 4 to The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is Nov. 24, 2017. The largest indoor tree around is on display through Jan. 7, 2018. Photo courtesy The Durham Museum

Every year, The Durham Museum kicks off “Christmas at Union Station” with a huge event to light the enormous real tree in the lobby. It’s an unforgettable experience singing with hundreds of others and then joining in the countdown. Winner of this giveaway could use their pass to attend the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. (tree lighting will be around 7 p.m.), or visit another time. “Christmas at Union Station” runs through Jan. 7, 2018, and has quite a few special events throughout the season like nights where you can see Santa at the museum and the Ethnic Holiday Festival.

Giveaway begins: Nov. 14 (winner will be drawn and announced on Nov. 16)

Prize: Admission for four (4) to The Durham Museum

To enter: Visit Oh My! Omaha on Facebook and comment on the post specific to “Christmas at Union Station” for your chance to win admission for four to The Durham Museum!

 

Win 4 tickets to Omaha Community Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol”

Jerry Longe plays Ebenezer Scrooge during his journey with the Ghost of Christmas Past. “A Christmas Carol” is at Omaha Community Playhouse through Dec. 23, 2017. Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse

It’s safe to say that after four decades of presenting “A Christmas Carol” at Omaha Community Playhouse, it’s an Omaha tradition. Charles Dickens’ tale about Ebenezer Scrooge is truly a classic, and OCP has perfected it with exquisite costumes and sets, impressive effects and the great choreography. “A Christmas Carol” runs Nov. 17 through Dec. 23 at Omaha Community Playhouse. I’ve seen it a number of times and I’m pretty excited to take my son to his first performance this year. Stay tuned for my review!

Giveaway begins: Nov. 16 (winner will be drawn and announced on Nov. 18)

Prize: Four (4) tickets to see Omaha Community Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol” on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

To enter: Visit Oh My! Omaha on Facebook and comment on the post specific to “A Christmas Carol” for your chance to win four tickets to see this holiday classic at the Omaha Community Playhouse! Tickets may not be exchanged for a different performance.

 

Win 4 passes to Lauritzen Gardens’ Holiday Poinsettia Show

Laurtizen Garden’s Holiday Poinsettia Show runs Nov. 24, 2017 through Jan. 4, 2018. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

Lauritzen Gardens displays thousands of poinsettias each year in its gorgeous Holiday Poinsettia Show inside the floral display hall. The 20-foot tall poinsettia tree is impressive for sure, and kids are certain to love watching the model train move around the display featuring miniature Omaha landmarks. Keep tabs on special holiday events planned through the season, or when you can see the Holiday Poinsettia Show AGLOW, here. The poinsettias are on display Nov. 24, 2017 through Jan. 4, 2018.

Giveaway begins: Nov. 20 (winner will be drawn and announced on Nov. 22)

Prize: Admission for four (4) to the Lauritzen Gardens

To enter: Visit Oh My! Omaha on Facebook and comment on the post specific to “Holiday Poinsettia Show” for your chance to win admission for four to Lauritzen Gardens!

 

Win 4 tickets to Ballet Nebraska’s “The Nutcracker”

Nebraska Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs and Dec. 2 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater. “The Nutcracker” is an annual tradition and must be seen at least once! Set to one of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most famous scores, it includes a cast of 130 professional and student dancers, and features lavish sets and more than 250 beautiful costumes.

Giveaway begins: Nov. 22 (winner will be drawn and announced on Nov. 24)

Prize: Four (4) tickets to see Ballet Nebraska’s “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

To enter: Visit Oh My! Omaha on Facebook and comment on the post specific to “The Nutcracker” for your chance to win four tickets to see this holiday classic at the Orpheum Theater! Tickets may not be exchanged for a different performance.

 

 

Win admission for 4 to Omaha Children’s Museum

“Santa’s Magic” runs Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 at Omaha Children’s Museum. Photo courtesy Omaha Children’s Museum

Full disclosure: I work at Omaha Children’s Museum. Omaha Children’s Museum has its annual holiday interactive show, “Santa’s Magic,” that runs Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. The show includes includes indoor snowfall (AKA, bubbles), which I’ve seen first-hand a number of times and it never gets old watching children delight in the magic. It’s also a pretty awe-inspiring experience for kids to have Santa call them by name to hear their wish list.  The show is included with admission.

Giveaway begins: Nov. 27 (winner will be drawn and announced on Nov. 29)

Prize: Admission for four (4) to the museum

To enter: Visit Oh My! Omaha on Facebook and comment on the post specific to “Santa’s Magic” for your chance to win admission for four to Omaha Children’s Museum!

 

Win 4 tickets to Omaha Symphony’s “Christmas Celebration”

Every year, Omaha Symphony presents a family-friendly holiday show called “Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration,” complete with soaring classic and contemporary Christmas songs (of course) and the always-memorable dancing Santas. Broadway singers join with conductor Ernest Richardson and the Omaha Symphony in the show. I’ve brought the kids to it before and I can affirm this show appeals across generations. “Christmas Celebration” is at the Holland Performing Arts Center Dec. 9-17.

Giveaway begins: Nov. 28 (winner will be drawn and announced on Nov. 30)

Prize: Four (4) tickets to Omaha’s Symphony’s “Christmas Celebration” on Friday, Dec. 15.

To enter: Visit Oh My! Omaha on Facebook and comment on the post specific to ” Omaha’s Symphony’s Christmas Celebration” for your chance to win four tickets to the Dec. 15 performance! Tickets may not be exchanged for a different performance.

 

There are dozens more holiday performances, shows and FREE activities around Omaha in 2017. See the Ultimate Omaha Holiday Events List for details.

 

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November 13, 2017

Omaha Gift Guide

Know someone who loves all thing Omaha? This Omaha gift guide is for that person. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite things this year that I think will make excellent presents, and the best part, they’re either made right here in Omaha or made by created by someone here.

Keep reading because I’m going to share details on giveaways for a few of these Omaha gifts!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Oh My! Omaha is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Omaha gifts from the top left going clockwise:

OffBeat Game of Rhythm (ages 5+), $19.95 – This looks like fun for the whole family. I got a game sent to me from Fat Brain Toys and I can’t wait for my kids to open it up this Christmas so we can try it out. Why is it on the Omaha list, though? Fat Brain Toys is based out of Elkhorn.

LULUBEE Artisanal Chocolates 12-piece assortment, $22 – LULUBEE was one of many Omaha/regional chocolatiers at the Omaha Public Library Culinary Conference I recently attended. All sweets I tried there were great, but LULUBEE had the most divine looking candy, almost too pretty to eat (but I did, and it was good).

“’Twas the Mouse Who Saved Christmas” MarbleSpark personalized book, $40 – I just learned about MarbleSpark, a local company that makes personalized books for kid. This one is particularly perfect for a Christmas present, right?

Win a FREE personalized book from MarbleSpark! Head over to my Facebook page today! I’m giving away one. (Giveaway starts at at 7 a.m. and ends Nov. 16)

Beard Balm, Oliver Ridge Co., $20 – This is a gift for the dapper, bearded man on your list. I wrote about this Omaha-based company earlier this year. Check that story out here.

ONElapse 2018 Desk Calendar, $20 – I follow ONElapse on social media and the photos of Omaha are always spectacular. No doubt the desk calendar will have some of those gorgeous photos (there’s also a wall calendar, I believe).

Artifact Campus Tote, $98 – I first ogled the locally-made, handmade bags by Artifact at an event at the CenturyLink Center, perhaps it was the horse show, I dunno. All I remember was a deep longing to have one of my own. It’s a good gift for the favorite blogger person in your life.

“Lost Restaurants of Omaha,” The History Press, $21.99 – My first ever book was just released by The History Press and it’s perfect for anyone who’s ever dined in Omaha. It contains stories and photos of beloved restaurants that have closed and some “forgotten” gems as well. Read more about the book on the blog here (you’ll find out where upcoming book signings are planned).

I’ll be giving away an autographed copy of the book! Giveaway starts November 27, so check back here for details.

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Looking for more kids gift idea? Last week, I shared a popular post on STEM Gift Ideas for Kids. Check it out!

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November 1, 2017

Ultimate Omaha Holiday Events List

Updated: Sept. 11, 2018

Omaha is the best place for a family to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in 2018. You can find free activities, every kind of live performance from ballet to orchestra to rock, and a ton of chances to meet Santa around town.

Got a kid-free night ahead of you? Good, I also included some activities that are perfect for a holiday date night.

Pin this post because I will add to this list often!

Omaha Holiday Events in 2018

Holiday Decor 

When: Mid-November to early January 2019; weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: General Crook House Museum, 5730 No. 30th St. 11b

What: Tour the museum while enjoying complimentary apple cider and cookies. The Victorian-style home is decorated throughout for Christmas.

Cost: Suggested donation is $7, adults, and $5, children

 

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

When: Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Fat Brain Toys, 16909 Burke St., Suite 131

What: A celebration of Neighborhood Toy Store Day and holiday season kick off with real reindeer, fun photo area, hot chocolate and crafts.

Cost: FREE

 

“A Tale Of Two Dickens

When: Nov. 10; performances are at 3 p.m. at The Field Club of Omaha and 7 p.m. at theGeneral Crook House Museum

Where: Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Wolworth Ave., and General Crook House Museum, 5730 No. 30th St. 11b

What: Gerald Dickens, great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, will perform a one-man performance of “A Christmas Carol.” Traditional tea held at 2 p.m. before the Field Club performance and a cocktail begins at 6 p.m. before the Crook House performance.

Cost: $37 for Members, $40 for Non-Members (Field Club performance) and $75 (Crook House performance)

 

Holiday Expo: All About Her

When: Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St.

What: Exhibitors will have items to shop for relating to fashion, food and more.

Cost: $1

 

Winterfest Council Bluffs

When: November-January

Where: Bayliss Park, 599 First Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

What: An outdoor lighting ceremony, lights display and more TBD

Cost: FREE

 

“A Christmas Carol”

When: Nov. 16 though Dec. 23; performances are Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 6:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

What: This is an annual tradition on stage in Omaha. Read What To Expect If You Bring Kids “A Christmas Carol.”

Cost: $38 (for the 2017 performance; ticket prices have not been announced for 2018)

 

Gingerbread House Display at Historic Winter Quarters

When: Mid-November through Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; the center closes at 3 P.M. on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Where: Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, 3215 State St.

What: It’s an annual gingerbread house display that’s free to visit. See pictures from a past festival here!

Cost: FREE

 

Gingerbread House Display at Kanesville Tabernacle

When: Mid-November through Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; the center closes at 3 P.M. on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Where: Kanesville Tabernacle, 222 East Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa

What: It’s an annual gingerbread house display that’s free to visit. 

Cost: FREE

 

 

NRG Energy Ice Rink

When: Nov. 21 through Feb. 14, 2018; hours are Sundays–Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m. (opening ceremony is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Capitol District, 11th Street and Capitol Avenue

What: Outdoor skating in downtown Omaha.

Cost: $8, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

 

Holiday Harmony

When: Nov. 22, Nov. 24-26, and Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10, and Dec. 15-23, various times

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

What: Enjoy live music amid the festive garden surroundings.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

Deck The Park

When: Nov. 22 (lights on at dusk)

Where: Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam streets

What: Enjoy discounts at some of the stores and restaurants, plus see the trees light up for the season at dusk.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Lights Festival Downtown Holiday Lights

When: Nov. 22 through Jan. 1, 2019, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly ( Thanksgiving Lighting Festival event is Nov. 23, 6 to 7 p.m.)

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

What: Trees around the Old Market and mall are lit up for Christmas.

Cost: FREE

 

Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert

When: Nov. 22, 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: This free concert is part of the Holiday Lights Festival kick-off.

Cost: FREE

 

“Santa’s Magic”

When: Nov. 23 through Dec. 23, multiple shows daily

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

What: An interactive exhibit featuring Santa, the Snow Queen, elves and indoor snow. Be sure to come with your wish list.

Cost: Included with regular Museum admission, which is $13 for ages 2+, $12 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 24 months and members

 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Nov. 23, 4 to 8 p.m. (tree lighting at approximately 7)

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

What: Meet Santa, see the Festival of Trees and countdown the tree lighting at Durham Museum.

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show

When: Nov. 23 through Jan. 6, 2019 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day); the Holiday Poinsettia Aglow even is 5 to 8 p.m. in the evenings.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

What: This indoor flower show is perfect for the holidays, plus the indoor model train is always a hit with kids.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

Christmas At Union Station

When: Nov. 23 through Jan. 6, 2019

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

What: See the region’s largest Christmas tree, the Holiday Cultural Tree Exhibit, and meet Santa (Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 17, 1-3 p.m.; Tuesdays on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 5 to 8 p.m.). Holiday Concert Series performances are Saturdays at 10 a.m., Sundays at 1 p.m., and Tuesdays (in December) at 5 p.m. Holiday Cultural Festival is Nov. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Family Nights With Santas are every Tuesday in December from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

Never been to The Durham Museum? Here’s a Durham Museum primer for families before your first visit.

 

Winter Wonderland

When: Nov. 24

Where: Downtown Papillion, Neb.

What: The downtown is lit with lights, while families can enjoy free activities like carriage rides, hot chocolate and s’mores, visits with Santa, photos with live reindeer and many more activities. There’s also a Christkindl market.

Cost: FREE

 

Sounds of the Season

When: Saturdays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 22, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market

What: Carolers and performers will be performing on Saturday nights.

Cost: FREE

 

“Holidays at Hogwarts”

When: Nov. 29 through Dec. 22

Where: The Apollon, 1801 Vinton St.

What: An interactive dinner show featuring Harry Potter characters. 

Cost: TBD

Read the review of the 2017 “Holidays at Hogwarts” show here.

 

98 Degrees At Christmas

When: Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: From 1997 to 2002, 98 Degrees sold a staggering 10 million records. The band is back together and touring the holiday season.

Cost: TBD

 

“Elf: The Musical”

When: Nov. 30 through Dec. 23; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (some performance are already sold out)

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

What: “Elf: The Musical” is Broadway musical-style show based on the hit movie, “Elf.” It features Buddy the Elf who learns from Santa that he’s a human. The enormous former elf embarks on a quest to the sparkling city of New York during the holidays to find his father.

Cost: $20 for members and $27 for non-members on the main floor, and $15 for members and $22 for non-members on the balcony

 

“Cirque Musica Holiday Presents: Wonderland”

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

Where: CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St.

What: A holiday concert featuring music by the Omaha Symphony and aerial performances.

Cost: Tickets start at $32

 

Hot Shops 18th Annual Open House

When: Dec. 1 and 2; Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.

What: Shop for one-of-kind, handmade gifts, and view artist studios and demonstrations

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Goes To Space

When: Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

What: It’s Santa Claus and Star Wars, with kids activities and free planetarium shows.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12, adults; $11, seniors and military; $6, children (ages 4-12); and FREE for children 3 and younger)

 

Physicians Mutual and WOWT Holiday Market

When: Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 1920 S. 67th St.

What: Shop theGerman-style open-air market housed under heated tents with more than 55 local vendors. Santa is there Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Cost: FREE

 

“Christmas with Dailey & Vincent”

When: Dec. 2, 2 p.m.

Where: The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community Center, 

What: Catch Dailey and Vincent from their their nationally broadcast television series bring their Christmas music to you. After a decade preforming fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies, they have gained well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style.

Cost: $30-39, general admission; $27-36, senior; $13, students & under 21

 

Joyful Noise: A Gospel Christmas featuring Salem Baptist Church

When: Dec. 2, 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: An upbeat celebration featuring musical performances, theater and dance.

Cost: TBD

 

“The Madrigal Christmasse Feaste”

When: Dec. 4-7, 6 p.m. warming time and dinner/show begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Marriott Hotel, 10220 Regency Circle

What: Celebrate Christmas Renaissance-style with a yearly interactive dinner theatre.

Cost: $55 per person

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Milk & Cookies With Santa

When: Dec. 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

What: Enjoy winter-themed activities like Hot & Cold Science Show and Snowman Bingo, plus meet Santa and friends inside the special exhibit, Santa’s Magic.

Cost: Included with regular Museum admission, which is $13 for ages 2+, $12 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 24 months and members

 

Holiday Happening

When: Dec. 8 and 9, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

What: Fill yourself with holiday cheer! Stroll the beautiful poinsettia show, listen to live holiday music, and enjoy holiday food in front of the crackling fireplace in the café. Santa Claus will take photos, and children can make creative holiday crafts ($3 per child).

Cost: A $3 program fee for all participating children is charged, along with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children (6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

American Midwest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

When: Dec. 8 and 9; performances are Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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

What: The enchanting ballet set to one of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most famous scores.

Cost: TBD

 

Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration

When: Dec. 8-16; performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 6 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: An annual tradition on stage featuring the orchestra, dancing Santas, singers and more.

Cost:

 

Jazz to the World 9 – Vintage Holidays

When: Dec. 9, 4 p.m.

Where: 421 S. 36th St.

What: Ring in the holiday season with the Omaha MasterSingers and Diminuendo. This all acapella concert is sure to put you in the holiday mood as they return to the golden age of holidays tunes.

Cost: $15, adults; $12, seniors & students; FREE for kids 12 & under

 

Dave Koz and Friends: Christmas Tour 2018

When: Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: For more than two decades, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz’s holiday tour has been making spirits bright across the nation featuring an impressive roster of guest vocalists and musicians. 

Cost: TBD

 

Cookies, Carols and Cider: A Holiday Lights Tour

When: Dec. 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Various locations

What: This tour will take you through some of Omaha’s most-decorated neighborhoods for viewing of lights and holiday decorations.

Cost: $45

 

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”

When: Dec. 15, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

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

What: The beloved TV classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. 

Cost: TBD

 

2018 City of Omaha Carol Concert

When: Dec. 15, 6 p.m.

Where: Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2825 Y St.

What: Join more than 10 performing arts groups from across the area as they celebrate the Spirit of Christmas. Guests are asked to bring a toy to donate to the Omaha Angel Tree Program.

Cost: FREE; $10 for VIP

 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

When: Dec. 22 and 23; performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.

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

What: The group’s Christmas concert is full of multimedia special effects and has become an annual holiday tradition at the Orpheum Theater.

Cost: TBD

 

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas

When: Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: Grammy-nominated songwriter and piano sensation, Jim Brickman, brings his 30-city holiday tour “A Joyful Christmas” to Omaha. In honor of this 22nd annual holiday tour, Brickman will debut original songs, along with the sounds and stories of the season.

Cost: Tickets start at $28

 

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Huge list of Omaha holiday events, including Christmas concerts, festivals, Santa visits, and other traditional holiday activities
October 23, 2017

Things To Do In Omaha This November

November is the month with an abundance of things to do with your kids, including several top-notch theater performances and free library events.

It’s also the kick-off to the holidays around Omaha, so you’ll find a lot of concerts, Christmas displays and more on this list. If you have an event that should be added, please email me at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

 

Llama Llama Visits Story Time

When: Nov. 3, 10 a.m. (Saddlebrook); Nov. 4, 10 a.m. (Benson); Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. (Millard); Nov. 7, 10 a.m. (Washington); Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. (W. Dale Clark); Nov. 9, 10 a.m. (Elkhorn); Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. (Swanson)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime

When: Nov. 3, 10:15 a.m. (Aromas Coffeehouse, 6051 Maple St.); Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m. (Azria Health Montclair, 2525 S. 135th Ave.); Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. (Do Space,7205 Dodge St.); Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m. (Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.)

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Family Night 

When: Nov. 3, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night: Superhero Night

When: Nov. 3, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for adults and children, $11 for seniors, FREE for members and children younger than 2

 

Teen Gaming Lock-In

When: Nov. 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE (for ages 10-18; registration and permission slip required)

 

“Van Gogh and Me”

When: Nov. 3-12; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. (bonus performance on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m.)

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20; discount vouchers at HyVee food stores’ customer service desks.

 

Three shows on this list are included in the 10 Must-See Shows This Fall in Omaha List! Read about them here.

 

Bird Banding Demonstration

When: Nov. 4, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center lodge, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: FREE, vehicle park entry fee is $2 daily or $10 annually

 

International Games Week Celebration

When: Nov. 4, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Popping Dance Class

When: Nov. 4, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE (must be 10 or older)

 

Games Day

When: Nov. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Blood Drive & Free Day At Fontenelle Forest

When: Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: FREE for those who donate blood to the Red Cross that day

 

Festival of South African Dance

When: Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15-$30

 

De-Stress Fest

When: Nov. 7, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE (teens only)

 

Omaha Performing Arts presents “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

When: Nov. 7-12; performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets start at $35

 

Mystery at the Library: Tween/Teen Lock-In

When: Nov. 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE (must be 10-15 years old; registration and permission slip required)

 

“A Christmas Story” Screening

When: Nov. 10, 7 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, Witherspoon Hall, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: $24

 

Veteran’s Recognition Day

When: Nov. 11 during regular hours

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park

Cost: FREE admission for veterans and their immediate families; regular admission applies to everyone else

 

Get Smart: Aviation

When: Nov. 11, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

When: Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Fat Brain Toys, 16909 Burke St., Suite 131

Cost: FREE

 

A Holiday at Hogwarts

When: Nov. 11, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $5, members, and $15, non-members

 

Teen Poetry Workshop

When: Nov. 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE (recommended grades are 8th through 12th)

 

“The Wizard of Oz” Screening

When: Nov. 11, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Hollywood Candy, 1209 Jackson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Fall Family Craft

When: Nov. 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Nov. 15, 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE (registration required; for elementary and middle school grades)

 

Princess & Superhero Party

When: Nov. 16, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Elkhorn branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE (recommended for ages 5 and younger)

 

Winterfest: Annual Bayliss Park Holiday Lighting 

When: Nov. 16, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Bayliss Park, 599 First Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Project Reindeer at the Union Pacific Museum

When: Nov. 16, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

When: Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $42-$67

 

“The Art of the Brick”

When: Nov. 17 through Feb. 19, 2018

Where: The Capitol District, 222 N. 12th St.

Cost: $20, adults; $18.50, military; and $17.50, children

 

Star Wars Party

When: Nov. 17, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (registration required, recommended ages 5-12)

 

“A Christmas Carol”

When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 23; performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse,

Cost: $38

 

KinderNature: Seeds Please

When: Nov. 18, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center lodge, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: $5 per child (ages 3-5), vehicle park entry fee required ($2 daily or $10 annually)

 

Milk and Cookies With Santa

When: Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Westroads Mall Von Maur Court, 10000 California St.

Cost: FREE

 

“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage!”

When: Nov. 18, 1 and 4 p.m.

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

Cost: $20-$56

 

DIY Fidget Spinners – Teens

When: Nov. 18, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

“PJ Masks LIVE”

When: Nov. 20, 6 p.m.

Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St., Ralston, Neb.

Cost: $21.50-$95.50

 

NRG Energy Ice Rink

When: Nov. 21 through Feb. 14, 2018; hours are Sundays–Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m. (opening ceremony is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Capitol District, 11th Street and Capitol Avenue

Cost: $8, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: Nov. 21, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE

 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

When: Nov. 21, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: LaVista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, LaVista, Neb.

Where: A teen/tween meetup to watch the movie and enjoy snacks.

Cost: FREE

 

Helping Hands Community Event

When: Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: The Wonder Nook, 10806 Prairie Hills Drive

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Lights Festival Downtown Holiday Lights

When: Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, 2018, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly ( Thanksgiving Lighting Festival event is Nov. 23, 6 to 7 p.m.)

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Nov. 24, 4 to 8 p.m. (tree lighting at approximately 7)

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show

When: Nov. 24 through Jan. 4, 2018 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day);

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

Sounds of the Season

When: Saturdays, Nov. 25 through Dec. 23, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show Aglow

When: Nov. 25 and 26; Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 15-23, 26-30; and Jan. 2-3, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

Omaha Symphony and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™”

When: Nov. 25 and 26; performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$79

 

“MJ Live”

When: Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $35-$150

 

“Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!”

When: Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $25-$100

 

Holiday Music by George Walker

When: Nov. 30, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

Things to do November

More Fun November Events

The following events are on-going, or had started in a previous month:

“Point A to Point B”

When: Through Nov. 12, performances are on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.; and Mondays at 10 a.m.

Where: The Rose, Hitchcock Stage, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $12

 

“Zoom into Nano”

When: Through Jan. 7, 2018

Where: Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

“Forever Forest”

When: Through April 15, 2018

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for adults and children, $11 for seniors, FREE for members and children younger than 2

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

Toddler Tuesdays

When: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St. (gym or at the pool starting at 10:30)

Cost: FREE for members; non-members participate by paying a $4 activity fee for your toddler (age 9 months to 4 years) and the attending parent is FREE.

 

Crafty Tots

When: Wednesdays, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Inflatable Fridays

When: Fridays, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults

 

Kidz Kayak Racing

When: Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults (for ages 8-12)

 

Arts for All

When: Saturdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha South Public Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE (ages 8-12, registration required)

 

 

Sunday Funday

When: Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults (for ages 8-12)

 

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