September 26, 2018

Omaha Annual Holiday Traditions

Omaha’s annual holiday season lasts longer than a month, with a ton of family-friendly celebrations and Christmas traditions you can count on each year. The events usually kick off on Thanksgiving night and run through the first week of January each year. Here are some of my favorite Omaha annual holiday traditions:

Looking for annual Christmas shows, holiday displays and kid-friendly activities in Omaha? Here's a round up of celebrations you can count on each year during the holiday season.

Omaha Holiday Lights Festival

On everyone’s to-do list is to stroll through the Old Market and Gene Leahy Mall where millions of lights are strung up for 40 blocks as part of Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival. You can count on this festival to kick the holidays off in Omaha – starting with tree lighting and a concert on Thanksgiving Night. The weeks-long festival includes carolers on the weekends, an outdoor ice skating rink, the free Wells Fargo Family Festival, and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Lights Festival Omaha Ice Rink
The ice rink during the Holiday Lights Festival. Since this picture was taken, the rink has relocated a few blocks to the north.

2019 News: The lights strung around Gene Leahy Mall are one of my favorite parts of the festival. However, starting in 2019, there will be construction that will make it impossible to have the lights up at the mall for a few years. See them this year, before they’re temporarily relocated.

Omaha Attractions With Christmas Celebrations

Omaha’s zoo – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium has a couple of events to note. On some weekends, Holiday Happenings is a fun one to catch. Head to the aquarium at designated times to watch Santa and elves scuba dive in the shark tank. The event is included with admission. For an extra fee, there are holiday events with a meal like Pancakes & Penguins.

Durham Museum Christmas tree
The Durham Museum is home to the largest indoor Christmas tree each year. “Christmas at Union Station” usually begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs through early January.

The Durham Museum – One of my favorite ways to kick off the season is the tree lighting ceremony at The Durham Museum. It’s held the day after Thanksgiving each year, and while it’s always super crowded, it’s worth fighting the crowds to be a part of it. It also kicks off Christmas at Union Station, which runs throughout the holidays and includes the Holiday Cultural Tree Exhibit, pictures with Santa, concerts, and the Holiday Cultural Festival.

Santa's Magic annual show Omaha Children's Museum
“Santa’s Magic” runs Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 each year at at Omaha Children’s Museum. In addition to the Snow Queen who makes it snow indoors, children can get one-on-one time with Santa. Photo courtesy Omaha Children’s Museum

Omaha Children’s Museum – If your kids are younger, there’s nothing more magical than “Santa’s Magic,” which runs from Black Friday through Dec.. 23 typically, at Omaha Children’s Museum. It’s an interactive show with an Elsa-like character who makes it “snow” indoors, elves, and Santa arriving by chimney. Kids get a turn talking to Santa at the end.

Holiday Poinsettia Show at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha
Laurtizen Garden’s Holiday Poinsettia Show is an annual flower show indoors, usually running the weekend after Thanksgiving through early January. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

Lauritzen Gardens – Omaha’s botanical gardens have the annual Holiday Poinsettia Show. Kids will like that the model trains run around the displays. While I’m there, I enjoy stopping by the conservatory. It’s a tropical oasis in the winter. For the past two years, the Poinsettia Show has been lit at night for visitors in the evening.

Christmas Concerts In Omaha

There are a few things you can be sure of, and one is that there will be an abundance of Christmas concerts to choose from each year in Omaha.

Omaha Symphony – “Christmas Celebration” has been an annual tradition for years. While the show changes with music and featured performers, you can be sure that Santa will be there (and many “Santas” who will be dancing at one point).

Santa and Omaha Symphony
Santa arrives at the Omaha Symphony’s “Christmas Celebration” one year. Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony

Handel’s Messiah – I have yet to catch this annual performance by Voices of Omaha, but this concert features a long concert choir singing. It’s usually held in mid-November.

Holidays Under Glass – This is a free lunch-time concert series at the Joslyn Art Museum. If you go, you may want to arrive early to make sure you get a seat in the atrium.

Making Spirits Bright Concert & Sounds of the Season – A big part of the Holiday Lights Festival is music. There’s a free concert every year on Thanksgiving night called Making Spirits Bright at the Holland Performing Arts Center. You’ll also find carolers on the weekends in the Old Market and in Gene Leahy Mall for free mini concerts (AKA, Sounds of the Season).

Christmas on Stage In Omaha

Omaha is home to a thriving performing arts scene, and there are quite a few traditional holiday shows performed each year. Plus, many theaters like The Rose will have a holiday show this time of year.

Omaha Community Playhouse – OCP has been performing “A Christmas Carol” for decades and its perfected the musical.  It’s great to introduce to elementary age kids or older (it’s kinda long). The sets, costumes, music and choreography is top notch every year.

A Christmas Carol in Omaha
Jerry Longe is in his 13th year of portraying Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” in 2018. Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse

American Midwest Ballet – Nebraska Ballet is now American Midwest Ballet, the regions only professional ballet company. They’ve been performing “The Nutcracker” for years, and you can usually catch it at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha or Iowa Western Community College’s Art Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Holiday at Hogwarts show in Omaha
The toast before the first sip of butter beer during the annual show “Holiday at Hogwarts” at Apollon Art Space in Omaha.

Apollon Art Space – A little untraditional, but still it feels like a holiday show, “Holiday At Hogwarts” is an annual dinner theater show at Apollon Art Space. During this interactive show held in December, you’ll talk with familiar characters from Harry Potter’s world in a dining room decorated for Christmas. It’s pretty kid-friendly, so you’re fine going with or without kids. Read more about the show here.

Gingerbread Displays In Omaha

Gingerbread Festival – Each year, dozens and dozens of gingerbread creations are on display at the Mormon Trail Center in North Omaha. The free Gingerbread Festival has a different theme each year and they’re made by children, families and, what I have to guess, are semi-professional gingerbread engineers.

Gingerbread train at Magnolia Hotel in Omaha
Each year, the chef and his team at Magnolia Hotel in downtown Omaha create an elaborate gingerbread scene. It’s free to visit, and located just off the hotel’s lobby. 

Magnolia Hotel – Stop by the downtown hotel’s lobby during the holidays to see the chef’s creations. One year, it was a gingerbread train and town.

Holiday Shopping In Omaha

For holiday shopping in Omaha, there are a couple events that I particularly look forward to.

Hot Shops Winter Open House – Hot Shops is a collection of studios and galleries of local artists working in different media. Twice a year, the open house invites the public in to see their work, watch live demonstrations (check out the glass blowing) and, of course, shop. The open house is typically the first weekend in December.

Hot Shops glassblowing demonstration during open house
Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and watch artist demonstrations during the Hot Shops open house, typically held the first weekend in December.

Holiday Market – The Holiday Market is Omaha’s answer to Christmas markets in Europe, though definitely not as big. Shop booths of local and regional artists and food vendors in tents at Aksarben Village. Santa is usually found somewhere in the market, too. The Holiday Market is typically the first weekend in December.

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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’

Updated: Oct. 25, 2018

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.

Disclosure: 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 to see this holiday classic? 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: Nov. 16 through Dec. 23, 2018; 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: $40. 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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November 1, 2017

Ultimate Omaha Holiday Events List

Updated: Oct. 18, 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.

The ultimate holiday events list for Omaha - Includes concerts, festivals, Santa visits, special dinners, performances, Christmas-themed fun runs, and more #holidays #Nebraska

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

Omaha Holiday Events in 2018

“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: $40 

Holiday Decor 

When: Early November through end of December; 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

Gingerbread House Display

When: Nov. 17 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., and Kanesville Tabernacle, 222 East Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa

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

Cost: FREE

50th Annual Performance of Handel’s “Messiah”

When: Nov. 18, 3 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: Voices of Omaha choir will perform “Messiah.” Performing with Voices of Omaha and the orchestra will be: Jamie Reimer, soprano; Janet Carlsen Campbell, mezzo-soprano; Justin Payne, tenor; Kyle Sandall, bass-baritone. The concert will be conducted by artistic director Paul Koenig.

Cost: FREE (free-will donations accepted)

The Capitol District Ice Rink

When: Dec. 7, 2018 through Jan. 21, 2019; hours are Sundays, noon-9 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m., Fridays, 6 – 11 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 11 p.m. (opening ceremony is Dec. 7 at 5:45 p.m.)

Where: The Capitol District, 10th Street and Capitol Avenue

What: Outdoor skating in downtown Omaha.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting Parade

When: Nov. 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

What: Led by the Papillion-La Vista Titan Marching Band, Santa arrives by a Horse Drawn Cinderella Carriage to light the Shadow Lake Towne Center Christmas Tree. Singalong starts at 6, with the parade beginning at 6:30

Cost: FREE

Turkey Trot 5K

When: Nov. 22

Where: Lewis & Clark Landing, 345 N. Riverfront Drive

What: A 5K fun run.

Cost: $50

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 –Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony

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

Lights of Aksarben Tree Lighting

When: Nov. 23, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

What: Horse and carriage rides, face painting, food and drink, heated tent, and music by Salem Baptist Church Choir, as well as a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Cost: FREE

Holiday Lighting Celebration

When: Nov. 23, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 17305 Davenport St.

What: Holiday concert begins at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive by carriage and parade starting at 7 p.m. Free carriage rides follow the ceremony and Santa visits take place at the cinema lobby.

Cost: FREE

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

La Vista ‘Twas The Light Before Christmas Wintertainment

When: Nov. 26, 5:45 p.m. (Santa’s Workshop runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Where: Tree Lighting and Soup Supper at City Hall and Community Center, 8116 Park View Blvd. and Santa’s Workshop at 8305 Park View Blvd.

What: An annual event in La Vista. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. to help turn on the lights.

Cost: FREE, donations are accepted

Fun with STEM: DIY Holiday Gifts

When: Nov. 28 and Dec. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

What: A lesson in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics while making gifts. For ages 8-12.

Cost: FREE (registration required)

Lindsey Stirling – “The Wanderland Tour”

When: Nov. 28, 8 p.m.

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

What: Violinist Lindsey Stirling brings her popular holiday tour back to Omaha. 

Cost: $43-$63

Girls Night Out Holiday Boutique

When: Nov. 29, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Indian Creek Golf Course, 20507 Nicholas Circle

What: Shop the holiday boutique. Proceeds benefit Youth Emergency Services.

Cost: FREE

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

“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.

Winter Wonderland

When: Nov. 30 through Dec. 9; Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Drive

Cost: $5, adult one-day pass, FREE for children age 12 and younger; adults sneak peek pass for Friday is $10 (includes weekend pass)

Holiday Classics Retro Film Series

When: Nov. 30 through Dec. 13; show times may vary by location

Where: Marcus Cinemas participating locations; in Omaha that includes Majestic, Twin Creek, and Village Pointe

What: Movies screened include “Elf,” “Home Alone” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Nov. 30 through Dec. 6); and “Christmas Vacation,” “The Polar Express” and “Miracle on 34th Street” (Dec. 7-13).

Cost: $5

“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

Morning with Santa

When: Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon

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

What: Saddlebrook Branch and Saddlebrook Community Center co-host Morning with Santa! Come to the gym at 10:30 a.m. for a storytime with Miss Katy from the Omaha Public Library and guest reader Santa. After storytime, families will have an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa, bounce and play in the gym, make reindeer food, do a search & find in the library, and enjoy donut holes and juice in the library’s program room.

Cost: FREE

Santa Sleigh Ride

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

When: Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road

What: Ride with Santa on a special sleigh around the park, enjoy hot cocoa, write a letter to Santa, explore the trails and more activities. Bring a new pair of mittens or a non-perishable food item to donate.

Cost: FREE

Elf on the Shelf at Millard Branch

When: Dec. 1

Where: Omaha Public Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

What: Reed, the library elf, is hiding in the Children’s Area! Find him and get a prize.

Cost: FREE

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)

Winter Wonderland

When: Dec. 1

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 111 N. Bellevue Blvd., Bellevue, Neb.

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

Holiday Music

When: Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to noon

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

What: Concert performed by Cecilia Jensen. Light refreshments provided.

Cost: FREE

Eighth Annual Christmas in the Village

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

Where: 24th and Lake streets between Burdette and Ohio streets

What: Face painting and balloon artists, interactive arts & crafts, giveaways, live nativity and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Cost: FREE

12th Annual Holiday Beerfest

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

Where: The Crescent Moon Alehouse, 3578 Farnam St.

What: Sample close to 100 holiday beers. Wear your best Ugly Holiday Sweater and enter the fourth annual Holiday Beerfest Ugly Sweater Contest.

Cost: $30 in advance, $35 day of (if available). Must be 21+.

Physicians Mutual & 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

Deck The Dundee! Movie Series

When: Dec. 1-27; “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (Dec. 1, 6, 8, 9, and 13) and “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Dec. 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 25, 25 and 27)

Where: Film Streams at Dundee Theater, 4952 Dodge St.

What: Classic holiday family-friendly movies shown on the big screen.

Cost: $10, general admission; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military and those who arrive by bike or bus; $5, members

Holiday Lights Festival – KETV Family Festival

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

Where: Downtown Omaha

What: Downtown arts and cultural institutions will provide free admission and hands-on activities for the entire family. Free trolley service provided by Ollie the Trolley will connect all participating locations from noon to 5 p.m. Bring non-perishable foods and household goods for donation. Food donation collection bins will be located at select Family Festival venues.

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

Lights Walk 5k & 10k

When: Dec. 2; registration from 4 to 6 p.m., walk beginning at 4:30

Where: Landmark Building in downtown Omaha

What: Enjoy the lights, sound and bustle of Omaha’s Lights Festival, on either a 5K or a 10K walk. Bring hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and packaged toilet paper to go to a local homeless shelter. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate after your walk, while picking out your door prize. This is a self-paced walk. 

Cost: $4 for AVA/IVV credit or $2 for Fun Walkers

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

Tween Hangout: Light-Up Cards

When: Dec. 4, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

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

What: Kids can use STEAM skills to create light-up cards with copper tape and LED lights.

Cost: FREE

The Nightmare Before Christmas Trivia

When: Dec. 4, 8 to 10:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)

Where: The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.

What: Get your teams together of 2-6 people for a night of trivia for fans of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” All ages are welcome to attend and compete. Prizes will be awarded.

Cost: FREE

“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

Make & Give: Holiday Cards

When: Dec. 5, 11 a.m.

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

What: Kids will make holiday cards for a local senior center. 

Cost: FREE

Holiday Under Glass

When: Wednesdays and Fridays, Dec. 5-21, noon to 12:45 p.m.; performers are Omaha Symphonic Chorus (Dec.5), Bellevue East High School Take 2 & East Street Jazz (Dec.7), Central High School Hand Bell Choir & Strings (Dec. 12), MasterSingers Omaha (Dec. 14), Omaha Symphonic Chorus (Dec. 19), and Central High School Singers & Bel Canto (Dec. 21)

Where: Joslyn Art Museum glass atrium, 2200 Dodge St.

What: Holiday concert series over the lunchtime. The concerts will feature holiday favorites and classical arrangements performed by area musicians, including high school,
university, and other music groups.

Cost: FREE

Storytime With Santa

When: Thursdays, Dec. 6-20, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 17305 Davenport St. at Premier Bank (Dec. 6), Gap (Dec. 13), and Charming Charlie (Dec. 20)

What: Santa will read a holiday story to kids. Treats and/or giveaways will be provided for children attending.

Cost: FREE

Deck The Holidays: Holiday Luncheon Featuring Bill Quade

When: Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: $75+

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

Afternoon With Santa

When: Dec. 8, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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

What: Event includes a lively telling of “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” enhanced with visuals, and songs in the Library Meeting Room. Greet Santa and pose for photos in the gym. Library open house with holiday music and refreshments.

Cost: FREE, pre-registration preferred

Joslyn Castle Unlocked: Holiday Edition

When: Dec. 8, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

What: The castle will be decorated in full holiday splendor, guests will be serenaded by Christmas carolers and nosh on holiday themed treats. Enjoy dinner in the famous music room then take a walking tour to learn about the architectural elements and hear stories about Omaha’s first millionaires. 

Cost: $85 general admission or $76.50 for Keyholder Members

Harvester’s Seventh Annual Holiday Boutique

When: Dec. 8 and 9; hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Harvester Artspace Lofts, 1000 S. Main St., Council Bluffs, Iowa (enter the gallery on the 10th Avenue (North) side of the building)

What: Every hall and floor is decked with art to purchase from local artists. Every floor filled with gifts, treats and entertainment.

Cost: FREE

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

“Sparkle On!”

When: Dec. 8 and 9; performances are Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

Where: Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St.

What: River City Mixed Chorus, Nebraska’s LGBTA chorus, put their whimsical spin on some of the biggest holiday classics, along with special numbers made famous from divas like Bette, Babs, Dolly and more.

Cost: $15-$30

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: TBD

Candy Cane Course 5k & 10k

When: Dec. 9, 8 a.m.

Where: TBD

What: A Christmas-themed run that includes a costume contest, free kids dash, great post-race food, and activities and vendors

Cost: $32, adults, and $16 for youth

Holiday Craft & Santa Visit

When: Dec. 9, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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

What: Holiday crafts and a story time with Santa.

Cost: FREE

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

Holiday Music By Omaha South High School Chamber Choir

When: Dec. 10, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

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

What: Celebrate the holiday season with a musical performance by the Omaha South Magnet High School Chamber Choir

Cost: FREE

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

Drop-In Holiday Craft Week

When: Dec. 11-15; Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

What: Drop in to make holiday crafts that you can take home for gifts or decorations, while supplies last.

Cost: FREE

Get Crafty: Holiday Cards & Bags

When: Dec. 11, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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

What: Drop in and make a holiday card or gift bag using scrapbooking supplies and washi tape. All supplies provided.

Cost: FREE

“Home Alone” Screening

When: Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

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

What: Screening with an introduction by Kacie Baum, UNMC Events and Science Outreach Coordinator, who will examine the burning question beneath those yuletide antics: Is Kevin McCallister a psychopath?

Cost: $10, general admission; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military and those who arrive by bike or bus; $5, members

Holiday Storytime

When: Dec. 12, 10 a.m.

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

What: Join us for stories, creative movement, music and more. Interaction and participation are welcome. Join your child in making an easy craft for the holiday.

Cost: FREE

Music & Movement Storytime: Jingle Bells

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Main branch, 215 S. 15th St.

What: Music & Movement focuses on literacy through song, dance, and play designed for active toddlers and their participating caregiver(s). This session includes ringing bells.

Cost: FREE

Las Posadas 2018

When: Dec. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St.

What: Activities for children, music and refreshments, as well as the opportunity to participate in a traditional Posada beginning at 6:30. Las Posadas is a holiday tradition at Christmas time, taking place in December each year. Posada is Spanish for “inn.” The traditional song for “asking for Posada” refers to the journey of Mary and Joseph. The Posadas today consists of singing the traditional Christmas song and places one group of singers as the “Inn-keepers” inside a home, and another group of singers as the “pilgrims” on the outside. The “pilgrims” sing asking for a place at the Inn. The “In-keepers” respond by singing that there is no place at the Inn. The pilgrims go from house to house singing, until finally someone invites them in.

Cost: FREE

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

Hogwarts Holiday Lock-In

When: Dec. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

What: Join us for a spectacular evening of holiday festivities at Hogwarts. Witches and wizards are encouraged to wear their holiday robes for this night of feasting, questing and camaraderie. A parental permission slip must be signed.

Cost: FREE (registration required; for ages 7-12)

Christmas Party

When: Dec. 15, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

What: Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, sing and read with Buddy the Elf, and make crafts with the Conductor of the Polar Express. Wear holiday clothes or your pajamas if you like! Parents need to come and chaperone their children, but only kids need to register for the party.

Cost: FREE (registration required)

Gingerbread Houses

When: Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

What: Use your best building skills to create a festive “gingerbread” house out of graham crackers, icing, and candy. The building process can get messy, so please dress accordingly. All supplies will be included. All ages.

Cost: FREE (registration required)

“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

Jingle Ball

When: Dec. 15, 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 38, 201 S. 24th St.

What: It’s Omaha Jitterbugs’ vintage White Christmas swing dance fundraiser with live music by Miss Jubilee. 

Cost: $15 in advance, $10 for students, $20 at the door, and $50 VIP

Get Crafty: Holiday Cards

When: Dec. 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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

What: Drop in to and make a holiday card or gift bag using scrapbooking supplies and washi tape. All supplies provided. All ages.

Cost: FREE

Gingerbread Preschool Storytime

When: Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Main branch, 215 S. 15th St.

What: Enjoy gingerbread and other cookie themed books, fingerplays and songs. We’ll create a “gingerbread” craft to take home. Recommended for ages 3 to 5 years, though children of all ages are welcome. Preschoolers will enjoy stories, activities, creative movements and songs more challenging than those featured in Toddler Storytimes. 

Cost: FREE

Make & Give Thank You Cards

When: Dec. 19, 11 a.m.

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

What: In anticipation of receiving gifts, be prepared with hand-made thank you cards! Come and make as many thank you cards as you might need and take them home with you to give to the special people in your life who deserve some thanks! All supplies will be provided. Ages 5 and younger.

Cost: FREE

Fourth Annual 100 Block Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

When: Dec. 21, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: 100 Block of West Broadway in Council Bluffs, Iowa (registration is at Barley’s Bar at 114 W. Broadway from 6 to 9 p.m.)

What: Wear you ugliest sweater and sample a different beer at each participating location.

Cost: $5

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

Christmas Eve Storytime

When: Dec. 24, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

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

What: Join us for a special holiday themed family storytime. We will be singing Christmas carols, reading stories featuring Santa Claus and celebrating the season. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

Cost: FREE

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

Drive-In Screening “Nightmare Before Christmas” & “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

When: Dec. 31, 5 to 9 p.m. (“Nightmare” starts at dusk)

Where: Falconwood Park, 905 Allied Road, Bellevue, Neb.

What: Drive-in movie experience with a holiday feel to one show.

Cost: Per vehicle, it’s $7 for one person (single occupancy), $14 for two (double occupancy), or $20 for 3 or more people (3+ Occupancy). 

Bubbly New Year’s Eve Party

When: Dec.31, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

What: Have all the fun of a New Year’s celebration without staying up too late. This year, we’re ringing in the New Year with bubbles! Enjoy bubble activities like DIY bubble wands, bubble painting and the popular Bubble Science Show. Plus there will be character meet & greet opportunities with a mermaid! The night ends with a bubble wrap stomp, sparkling apple juice toast and a fizzy countdown at “midnight.”

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $13 for ages 2-59, $12 for seniors, and FREE for members and kids under 2

Holiday Lights Festival – New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall,14th and Farnam streets

What: The show will feature a mesmerizing display of fireworks designed by J&M Displays and choreographed to a special Iconic 60s musical accompaniment broadcasted on STAR 104.5; viewers are encouraged to tune in. The official viewing site is the Gene Leahy Mall.

Cost: FREE

Looking for holiday lights tours?

Here are the tours I’ve come across:

Holiday Omaha Beer & Holiday Cheer Lights Tour with Omaha Brew Bus. Two tour options: A grown-up tour that includes a local brewery stop, and a family-friendly tour where you can view the lights while enjoying Christmas cookie. Grown-up tour includes a brewery visit and pint for up to 13 people for $325 (2.5 hours). Family tour includes water, pop, and cookies 

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

2018 Holiday Events You’ve Missed

A Holiday At Hogwarts

When: Nov. 10, noon to 3 p.m. (VIP entry is at 11:30 a.m.)

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

What: A Harry Potter-themed event in the forest with crafts and activities.

Cost: $15 for members, and $25 for non-members; 100 guests may purchase VIP tickets as well

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

Historic Home Tour & Holiday Boutique

When: Nov. 10 and 11; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

Cost: $20