December 12, 2016

Gingerbread Festival In Omaha

Families looking for a quick, FREE, Christmas outing in Omaha can head to the annual Gingerbread Festival at the Mormon Trail Center at the Historic Winter Quarters in Florence. Each year, the gingerbread display typically runs from mid-November through Dec. 31.

Gingerbread houses on display during the holiday season at the Mormon Trail Center in Omaha
Gingerbread displays of all sizes can be found annually around the holidays at the Mormon Trail Center.

What to expect

This was our first year visiting, even the Historic Winter Quarters which is a landmark in our city. You can simply walk through the exhibit, admiring the details, or try the scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunt at the Gingerbread Festival in Omaha
There’s a scavenger hunt for families do to at the Gingerbread Festival.

I recommend doing the hunt. The kids enjoyed seeking little details like a penguin and Tinkerbell. Upon completing the hunt, kids are given a small candy cane.

There is a stage there for occasional performances, but we didn’t catch any while we visited.

You’ll also find a few photo opps, which my kids cannot resist.

Outdoor "life-size" gingerbread house at the Gingerbread Festival at the Mormon Trail Center in Omaha

About the Historic Winter Quarters

If time allows, you can tour the Historic Winter Quarters. It is an interesting piece of Omaha history I knew very little about. The tour includes some interactive and hands-on elements.

Inside the Mormon Trail Center at the Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha, Nebraska
There’s a free tour at the Mormon Trail Center to learn more about the Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha.

The tour does, however, involve a short documentary, so factor in that for time (and your child’s patience).

The kids’ favorite part was the interactive map, that lit up to the corresponding short video clip about the Mormons’ journeys.

If you go

Gingerbread Festival

When: Typically, the annual festival runs daily from mid-November through Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State St.

Cost: FREE

This is a great, free annual event each Christmas in Omaha! Get details on the Gingerbread Festival at the Historic Winter Quarters in north Omaha. #Omaha #Nebraska #Christmas #holiday
November 15, 2016

Omaha’s Huge Holiday Events List

If you wanted to, you could enjoy holiday events nearly every day through Christmas. From elaborate theatrical productions to special meals with Santa (or penguins), this list has it all.

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November

Nov. 15-20, “White Christmas,” Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Nov. 17, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Nov. 18 through Dec. 23, “A Christmas Carol,” Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Nov. 20 and Dec. 3-4, Omaha Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College (Nov. 20) and Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. (Dec. 3-4)

Nov. 22, Iowa Western holiday jazz ensemble, Iowa Western Community College Arts Center, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Nov. 23, Shadow Lake Tree Lighting, Shadow Lake Towne Center, 72nd Street and Highway 370, Papillion, Neb.

Nov. 25 through Dec. 18, “Prancer,” Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony, Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Nov. 24, Holiday Lights Festival concert, Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Nov. 25, Tree Lighting Ceremony, The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Nov. 25 through Dec. 19, “The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged),” The Bluebarn, 1106 S. 10th St.

Nov. 25 through Dec. 23, Santa’s Magic, Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017, Ethnic Trees Exhibit, The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Nov. 25 through Jan. 4, 2017, Holiday Poinsettia Show, Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Nov. 26, Milk and Cookies With Santa, Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Nov. 26 and 27, Handmade Omaha Craft Show, Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St.

Nov. 26 through Jan. 1, Holiday Lights Spectacular, Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam streets

Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, Sounds of the Season, Gene Leahy Mall and Old Market

Nov. 27, Santa’s Sleigh Ride, route begins west of 84th Street from approximately 3 to 5 p.m. and he’ll conclude east of 84th Street

Nov. 28, Santa at Freddy’s Steakburger, 5210 S. 136th St.

Nov. 28 through Dec. 27, “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” Mahoney State Park Kountze Memorial Theatre, Ashland, Neb.

Nov. 29, “An Advent Celebration” with Kenneth Bé, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 239 Frank St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Through Dec. 31, Gingerbread Festival, Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State St.

Through Dec. 31, Gingerbread at the Tabernacle, Kanesville Tabernacle, 222 E. Broadway St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

 

Have a holiday event to add to this list? Leave a comment with event details like the date and location, and I’ll add it!

December

Dec. 1, “Home for the Holidays” with The Ten Tenors, Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Dec. 1, Bit of Bronze Holiday Handbell Choir, Omaha Public Library Millard branch

Dec. 2, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Catherine Russell

Dec. 2, First Friday Family Date Night – Winter Wonder Fun, Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Dec. 2-17, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Circle Theatre at Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson St.

Dec. 2 and 4, “Christmas at the Cathedral” with Omaha Symphonic Chorus and Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra

Dec. 2, Christmas concert at College of St. Mary, 700 Mercy Road

Dec. 2, Cocoa With A Cop, Stinson Park at Aksarben Village

Dec. 2, Ethnic Holiday Festival, The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Dec. 3, Saddlebrook Welcomes Santa, Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch

Dec. 3, Christmas in the Village, 24th and Lake streets

Dec. 3, Holiday Music with Cecilia Jensen, Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch

Dec. 3, Santa in the Village, Rockbrook Village, 2800 S. 110th Court

Dec. 3, Handmade Holiday for Kids: Gingerbread Houses, Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch

Dec. 3 and 4, Hot Shops Art Center Holiday Open House, 1301 Nicholas St.

Dec. 3, 10 and 17, Holiday Happenings, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Dec. 3-24, Holiday Concert Series, The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Dec. 4, Wells Fargo Family Festival, Various downtown Omaha locations

Dec. 4, Salem Baptist Church Choir “Joyful Noise,” Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Dec. 4, Old Towne Christmas, Bellevue Volunteer Firefighters Banquet Hall, 2108 Franklin St., Bellevue, Neb.

Dec. 6, 13, and 20, Family Nights With Santa, The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Dec. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23, Holiday Under Glass concerts, Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Dec. 8, “Creighton’s Classical Christmas: Beethoven Mass in C,” Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 9-17, Ever After Productions presents “Nutcracker Delights,” Bellevue Little Theatre, 203 W. Mission Ave. (Dec. 9-11), and at Kroc Center, 2825 Y St. (Dec. 17-16)

Dec. 9 through Jan. 2, 2017, Conagra Brands Ice Rink, 10th Street and Capitol Avenue

Dec. 10, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Dec. 10, Holiday Harp with Karen Larsen, Omaha Public Library Elkhorn branch

Dec. 10, Merry Movie With Santa, Village Pointe Cinema

Dec. 10, Santa Visits Washington Branch, Omaha Public Library Washington branch

Dec. 10Ugly Holiday Sweater Extravaganza, Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch

Dec. 10, Ornament Making For Teens, Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch

Dec. 10, Celebrate the Season on Center, Westwood Plaza

Dec. 10, Afternoon with Santa, Omaha Public Library Florence branch

Dec. 10, Holiday Music with Kenny Bowtie, Omaha Public Library Florence branch

Dec. 10, Holiday Princess Tea Party, Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch

Dec. 10-18, Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration, Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Dec. 11, “Gaudete: The Third Sunday of Advent,” with the Omaha Public Schools Mini-Singers and the Omaha Central High School Bel Canto, All Saints Episcopal Church, 9302 Blondo St.

Dec. 13, Christmas Cookie Decorating for Teens, Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch

Dec. 14, Kids Holiday Craft-a-thon, Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark Main Library branch

Dec. 15, “Lightwire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas,” Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Dec. 15, Trains and Trees, Union Pacific Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Dodge House in Council Bluffs

Dec. 15-18, Supper With Santa, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Dec. 17, Breakfast With Santa, Maple Street YMCA, 7502 Maple St.

Dec. 17, Holiday Open House, Lauritzen Outpatient Center, 4014 Leavenworth St.

Dec. 17, Get Crafty: Gingerbread Houses, Various Omaha Public Library branches (South Omaha and W. Dale Clark Main Library)

Dec. 17, Get Crafty: Ugly Holiday Sweaters, Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch

Dec. 17, Holiday Strings and Open House, Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch

Dec. 17, The Pathfinder Choirs Annual Christmas benefit concerts at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont (afternoon) and St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Omaha (evening)

Dec. 20, Make and Take Reindeer Food, Omaha Public Library Elkhorn branch

Dec. 22 and 23, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Dec. 22, Kids Holiday Craft, Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch

Dec. 23 and 24, Holiday Family Sing-Along, Omaha Public Library Swanson branch

Dec. 26-30, Penguins and Pancakes, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Dec. 27, Get Crafty: Gingerbread House, Omaha Public Library Washington branch

Dec. 28 and 30, Kwanzaa Celebration, Omaha Public Library Washington branch

Dec. 30, Light The Night, Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Dec. 31, Noon Year’s Eve Party, various Omaha Public Library locations (Saddlebrook, Sorensen, South Omaha, Main and Swanson)

Dec. 31, Noon Year’s Eve, The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Dec. 31, Noon Year’s Eve, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Have a holiday event to add to this list? Leave a comment with event details like the date and location, and I’ll add it!

Note from Kim

Many of these events are FREE (like all library events), but several do require tickets. Make sure you’re purchasing tickets from a reputable ticket outlet or go right to the box office to get them (you avoid service fees if you do that!).

December 5, 2014

Durham Museum’s Holiday Activities

Any other time of year, The Durham Museum is “the train museum” to my kids. But starting the day after Thanksgiving each year, it’s a magical place to them all the way up to New Year’s Eve.

Never thought of visiting “the train museum” during the holidays? Here’s what you’re missing out on:

Day after Thanksgiving

Every year, the museum holds a popular tree lighting ceremony with lots of kid-friendly activities planned throughout the museum before the big countdown.

I attended this year's tree lighting with my family and my sister's family. Once the tree was lit, white confetti fell from above.

I attended this year’s tree lighting with my family and my sister’s family. Once the tree was lit, white confetti fell from above.

The tree? A gigantic real tree with huge ornaments. Kids love getting up close to check it out.

Also, Santa and Mrs. Claus are at this tree lighting event, with the tree serving as a cool backdrop to your photos. Expect a long wait, but kids usually get a present after talking with the big guy. And, in my opinion, this Santa looks like the real deal.

 

Santa at The Durham

Hard to believe this was Farley and Mooch at the Durham just one year ago.

Hard to believe this was Farley and Mooch at the Durham just one year ago.

If you missed him on Black Friday, he’s at the museum through Dec. 23 on:

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m.

 

Ethnic Holiday Trees Exhibit

Tucked in the basement of museum is this annual exhibit of mini trees showcasing how cultures from around the world celebrate the Christmas season. It’s on display through Jan. 4, 2015.

This photo was taken of the tree display in 2013, since this year my kids breezed past the room.

This photo was taken of one tree in the Ethnic Holiday Tree exhibit in 2013, since this year my kids breezed past the room.

This is one of those exhibits that adults like way more than kids. We were lucky to get a cursory glance from my son, and my 3-year-old didn’t even pause to notice the room.

 

Ethnic Holiday Festival

Held Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., this event features more than 20 local cultural organizations proudly displaying their crafts and traditional dress, while musicians and dancers perform throughout the evening. It’s also a good spot to buy hard-to-find ethnic foods and gifts you know your grandma will love.

 

Holiday Concert Series

You can hear holiday music performed live by local entertainers, school musicians and choirs each weekend leading up to Christmas. Performances are by different groups at different times on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21. Want the schedule? Head here.

 

Family Nights with Santa

The museum stays open late on Tuesdays, so they’ve planned fun nights of holiday crafts, live music and of course, the man of the hour, Santa and his reindeer (including a baby reindeer – SQUEE!). The remainder of these special nights are Tuesdays, Dec. 9 and 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.

 

Winter Camps

Camps are held Dec. 22-23 and December 29-30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each day of camp will feature a unique theme with hands-on activities, tours, games and crafts.

 

Noon Year’s Eve

Celebrate the 2015 early with an afternoon party on Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s live music, special crafts and activities, culminating in a celebratory bubble wrap stomp and balloon drop at noon.

 

If you go

Durham events

The Durham Museum

Where: 801 S. 10th St.

Hours: Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Mondays and major holidays.

Cost: Adults, $9; seniors (62+), $7; children (ages 3 – 12), $6; and FREE for children 2 years and under and members.

Website 

Tip: Throughout the holiday season, you can drop off non-perishable food items at The Durham for the Food Bank for the Heartland in support of ConAgra Foods’ Shine the Light on Hunger campaign.

 

December 1, 2014

Dine With Santa In Omaha In December

There are more special dinners with Santa in Omaha than you can shake a candy cane at. The jolly old man isn’t the only making special appearances at meals around Omaha, though.

 

Santa dining list

 

Check out this list of special themed meals in Omaha this holiday season. Please note nearly all of these require reservations or pre-registration  even if I don’t put that below. Assume you’ll need a reservation. Spaces are typically limited so don’t wait if you want to go to one of these events.

 

The Madrigal Christmasse Feaste

When: Dec. 3-5, warming hour is at 6 p.m., dinner and show is at 7

Where: Regency Marriott Ballroom, 10220 Regency Circle

What: A Renaissance-style dinner show

Cost: $52 per person; $48 Groups of 10 or more

Website

Note: I’d guess out of any events listed on this page, this is the one least likely to appeal to kids. Find a sitter.

 

Milk & Cookies with Santa

When: Thursdays, Dec. 4, 10 and 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

What: A private event with Santa and Snow Queen, complete with crafts, cookie decorating, songs and play time in the museum.

Cost: $20 per child and $5 for adults

Website

 

Breakfast with Santa

When: Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.

Where: General Dodge House, 605 Third St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

What: Probably exactly what it sounds like

Cost: Unknown

Website

Reservations: 712-322-2406

 

Lunch With Santa

When: Mondays, Dec. 8 and 15, 11 a.m.

Where: Old Chicago and Texas Roadhouse at Shadow Lake Towne Center, 7775 Olson Drive, Papillion, Neb.

What: Exactly what the title says it is

Cost: The price of your lunch

Website

Reservations: 402.537.0046

 

Third Annual Pancakes for the Parks

When: Dec. 13, 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Where: LongHorn Steakhouse, 7425 Dodge St.

What: Proceeds from this will benefit the 15 Community Centers in Omaha. Santa will be at the breakfast.

Cost: Tickets are $5 each or six for $25.

Website  (Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Omaha Parks Foundation at 402-926-8299 or purchasing them online)

 

Cheerfest

When: Dec. 13, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. or 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (public can stop by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get photos with the big guy)

Where: Storm Chasers Clubhouse/Locker Room at Werner Park

What: Breakfast with Santa features pancakes as well as a photo with Santa (and a visit from Stormy).

Cost: $10 per person (pre-register ASAP with Madison Rozell at (402) 738-5103 or MadisonR@OmahaStormChasers.com)

Website

 

Breakfast With Santa

When: Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Bravo! Cucina Italiana restaurant at Village Pointe, 17151 Davenport St.

What: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at a hot breakfast.

Cost: Unknown

Website

Reservations: 402-289-5500

 

Breakfast With Santa

When: Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m.

Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

What: There will be breakfast served, as well as a keepsake photo with Santa and other activities.

Cost: $5 for non-members, FREE for members (Must register by Dec.  11 at the Kroc Center Welcome Desk or 402-905-3500.

 

Morning with Santa

When: Saturday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Florence branch of the Omaha Public Library, 2920 Bondesson St. (in the meeting room)

What: Enjoy stories then follow Santa to the Community Center gym for games, snacks, crafts, and a personal visit and photo with Santa.

Cost: FREE

Registration preferred: 402-444-5299

 

Supper with Santa

When: Dec. 18-21, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

What: Enjoy dinner with Santa and Mrs. Claus the zoo, with some holiday crafts thrown in for good measure.

Cost: Cost: $15 per person for members, $20 for non-members, and children 2 and under are FREE.

Website

 

Breakfast With Santa

When: Friday, Dec. 19, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Eagle Hills Golf Clubhouse, 501 Eagle Hills Drive, Papillion, Neb.

What: Dine on pancakes and more, then play some games and get pictures with Santa.

Cost: $8 per person. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 12.

Information: 402-597-2041.

 

Penguins and Pancakes

When: Dec. 27-29, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

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

What: Along with pancakes and a visit from African penguins, kids will get plush penguin toy and admission to the zoo.

Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members, kids 2 and under FREE

Website Oh, snap! This event is sold out!

 

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November 21, 2014

Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular Giveaway

A long-running holiday tradition in Omaha is “The Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular.”

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I saw the “Christmas Spectacular” years ago with friends – it’s a large-scale production that goes beyond what you’d expect from an orchestra.

Think Santa, elves and reindeer.

Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony.

Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony.

Think Broadway stars singing and dancing. Think crowd singalongs.

Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony

Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony

And of course, think lush music from our city’s talented Omaha Symphony.

It’s a fun show for the family!

The “Christmas Spectacular” is Dec. 18-21 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas streets. Show times are Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 21, 2 and 7 p.m. You can get your tickets online now!

 

Giveaway

Symphony giveaway

 

Oh My! Omaha and the Omaha Symphony wants one lucky winner to go to “The Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular” for FREE! Enter to win FOUR (4) tickets to the Friday, Dec. 19, performance (starts at 7:30 p.m.) using the easy Rafflecopter entry form below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Deadline to enter the giveaway is Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be drawn randomly. I will contact the winner via email within 48 hours – the winner will have 48 hours to respond before another name is drawn. Good luck!

 

Disclaimer: Omaha Symphony provided the tickets for this giveaway. 

 

Be sure to check out the post “50 Holiday Activities in Omaha” – it’s full of great family-friendly events and ideas to make this year’s holiday season memorable!

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Find out more about the following awesome events and giveaways:

Nov. 14 – BLUEBARN Theatre presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”  – Giveaway ends Nov. 30

Nov. 15 – The Rose presents “A Christmas Story” – Giveaway ends Nov. 30

Nov. 19Amazing Pizza Machine – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 21 – Omaha Symphony’s Christmas Spectacular – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov 22Ugly Sweater Run – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 26Omaha Children’s Museum presents Santa’s Magic – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 28Sky Zone Omaha – Giveaway ends Dec. 14

 

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November 17, 2014

Review: Radio City Christmas Spectacular

How many of you have seen “Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes”? It opened on Thursday, and I attended with three generations of my family: My dad, my sister and Farley.

My dates to "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" at a pre-show dinner at Wilson & Washburn.

My dates to “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at a pre-show dinner at Wilson & Washburn.

(I was there first and foremost for work, but a nice perk of work is being able to attend things like this after my job is done. Disclaimer: I work for Omaha Performing Arts, the nonprofit organization presenting “Christmas Spectacular”).

Original plans called for Mr. Wonderful and Mooch to join us but Mooch has some mystery illness that’s kept her at home (and binging on “Curious George” on Netflix).

Anyway.

What to expect

The Rockettes are the draw of this show, and for good reason. You have not seen such precise dancing, such flawless execution.

The famous kick line

The famous kick line

You’ll also see Santa in several scenes, and he’s a lot of fun, especially the scene “Magic Is There,” when it’s explained how he can seemingly be in many places at once.

There are beautiful costumes – as you can imagine, the Rockettes have quite a few stunning outfits. The sparkly number at the end will impress. There are also fun costumes, especially the animals in “The Nutcracker” scene. Kids love the dancing animals in that scene.

There's a playful look at "The Nutcracker" in the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular."

There’s a playful look at “The Nutcracker” in the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.”

There are six singers in the show. I’ll be honest, they are my least favorite part of the show. They’re all great singers, they’re just less exciting in comparison to 18 women high kicking and tap dancing and making it look easy.

Timing a potty break

It’s a 90-minute show with intermission, so you can expect asking your kid to hold it for about 45 minutes on either side of the show. You do not want to get up and leave during the performance (at different times of the show, cast members are in the aisle briefly).

Is it kid-friendly?

It’s great for kids! You know your kids best and their tolerance of live theater, but I was about to bring a 3-year-old so if you ask me, a well-rested preschooler can handle this show. Farley is a few days shy of 5 and he sat through the 7:30 p.m. show with no problem. It’s only 90 minutes long with intermission in there to stretch your legs a bit.

A preschooler’s favorite scenes? Farley’s favorite was the “Wooden Soldiers” bit, which is a feat of precision you have to see. He’ll try to act out the end if you ask him. A

My son loved the falling toy soldiers.

My son loved the falling toy soldiers.

lso, see what I wrote below about “New York At Christmas.” You put a moving bus in a show, this kid is going to sit up and take note.

Will adults like this?

I’d seen this show in Branson two decades ago. As a teenager, I was not thrilled with it. As a mom watching her kid in awe of the hundreds of Santas on stage, I loved the experience. It was magical seeing it all over again. Plus, I really could appreciate the talent of the Rockettes.

It is meant for young and old, and to demonstrate that I give you “New York At Christmas”: Farley loved the scene because it had a moving, life-size double-decker bus – my dad was equally impressed with that scene, more so because of the 50-foot LED screen that made the bus ride through New York look incredibly realistic.

What’s it about again?

Well, it’s kind of a celebration of Christmas without a storyline. There is a brief story that covers a few scenes in the second act, which is about two boys trying to find their sister a present and Santa helps them out by sending them to his workshop (those scenes are where you’ll see the fun 100 Santas number and the rag doll dance).

"The Living Nativity" is one of the final scenes of the show.

“The Living Nativity” is one of the final scenes of the show.

You get both the secular and religious sides of Christmas in the show. Many people love the beautiful “Living Nativity” scene. But you also get Santa and his reindeer.

 

 If you want to go

“Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes”

When: Now through Nov. 30, show times vary

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

Tickets: There are tickets still available to it! There are 34 performances at the Orpheum Theater through Nov. 30 – if you’ve been thinking of going, you haven’t missed the bus. Get tickets at TicketOmaha.com.

 

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