October 23, 2017

Things To Do In Omaha This November

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

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

 

Llama Llama Visits Story Time

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

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime

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

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Family Night 

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night: Superhero Night

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

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

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

 

Teen Gaming Lock-In

When: Nov. 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

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

 

“Van Gogh and Me”

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

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

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

 

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

 

Bird Banding Demonstration

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

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

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

 

International Games Week Celebration

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Popping Dance Class

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

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

Cost: FREE (must be 10 or older)

 

Games Day

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Blood Drive & Free Day At Fontenelle Forest

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

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

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

 

Festival of South African Dance

When: Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15-$30

 

De-Stress Fest

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

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

Cost: FREE (teens only)

 

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

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

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

Cost: Tickets start at $35

 

Mystery at the Library: Tween/Teen Lock-In

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

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

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

 

“A Christmas Story” Screening

When: Nov. 10, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $24

 

Veteran’s Recognition Day

When: Nov. 11 during regular hours

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

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

 

Get Smart: Aviation

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

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

A Holiday at Hogwarts

When: Nov. 11, noon to 3 p.m.

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

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

 

Teen Poetry Workshop

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

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

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

 

“The Wizard of Oz” Screening

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

Where: Hollywood Candy, 1209 Jackson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Fall Family Craft

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch

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

 

Princess & Superhero Party

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

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

Cost: FREE (recommended for ages 5 and younger)

 

Winterfest: Annual Bayliss Park Holiday Lighting 

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Project Reindeer at the Union Pacific Museum

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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

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

Cost: $42-$67

 

“The Art of the Brick”

When: Nov. 17 through Feb. 19, 2018

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

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

 

Star Wars Party

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

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

 

“A Christmas Carol”

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

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse,

Cost: $38

 

KinderNature: Seeds Please

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

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

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

 

Milk and Cookies With Santa

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage!”

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

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

Cost: $20-$56

 

DIY Fidget Spinners – Teens

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

“PJ Masks LIVE”

When: Nov. 20, 6 p.m.

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

Cost: $21.50-$95.50

 

NRG Energy Ice Rink

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

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

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

 

Full STEAM Ahead

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Helping Hands Community Event

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

Where: The Wonder Nook, 10806 Prairie Hills Drive

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Lights Festival Downtown Holiday Lights

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

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

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

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

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

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show

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

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

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

 

Sounds of the Season

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

Where: Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show Aglow

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

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

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

 

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

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

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$79

 

“MJ Live”

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

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

Cost: $35-$150

 

“Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!”

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

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

Cost: $25-$100

 

Holiday Music by George Walker

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

Things to do November

More Fun November Events

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

“Point A to Point B”

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

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

Cost: $12

 

“Zoom into Nano”

When: Through Jan. 7, 2018

Where: Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

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

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

“Forever Forest”

When: Through April 15, 2018

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

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

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

Toddler Tuesdays

When: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon

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

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

 

Crafty Tots

When: Wednesdays, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Inflatable Fridays

When: Fridays, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

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

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

 

Kidz Kayak Racing

When: Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m.

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

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

 

Arts for All

When: Saturdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha South Public Library, 2808 Q St.

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

 

 

Sunday Funday

When: Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

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

 

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December 22, 2016

3 Things To Do On Christmas Weekend In Omaha

If you’ve pinned and revisited my lists of December events and the HUGE list of holiday events, you’ll notice that there aren’t a whole lot of things open on Christmas Weekend in Omaha. Maybe that’s an obvious statement?

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So what can you do, if say, you celebrated Christmas early, or you don’t celebrate Christmas, or you just got to get away from your in-laws for a little bit? Here’s what you can do this weekend:

1. Dine out. Here’s the Omaha World-Herald’s big list of restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas. We’ve ate at Jaipur on Christmas last year to celebrate my dad’s birthday. It’s a local Indian restaurant with delicious and their own beer (get the jalapeno beer). Where do I recommend going with kids? I’m a sucker for Salt 88 and the after-dinner cotton candy. My kids are recent fans of the desserts at Delice European Bakery.

2. Movie time. Go local and see “Moana,” “Rogue One” or “Sing” at Aksarben Cinema or “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Eagle Huntress” at Film Streams (both theaters open all weekend).

3. Get outdoors. There are a couple great state parks nearby for families to explore over the weekend. Layer up and head outside! Two I recommend: Mahoney State Park (read my guide to winters there) and Platte River State Park (find the waterfall!). Not all of the facilities will be open, likely, but the fresh air and scenery will be a nice change of pace.

Please, share your ideas in the comments!

Want a couple more ideas? Head over to Family Fun in Omaha for some more fun things to do in Omaha.

December 19, 2016

What To Expect At The Holiday Lights Spectacular

There are holiday lights and then there’s the Holiday Lights Spectacular.

In its third year, this is beginning to be a holiday tradition in Omaha and would you believe it, this is the first year I caught a full show? Midtown Crossing invited my family down to see it (and grab a treat) and I’m glad we went!

A still photo of the Holiday Lights Festival only hints at the whole production. There is music and a light show.

A still photo of the Holiday Lights Spectacular only hints at the whole production. There is music and a light show.

You can’t help but get into the holiday spirit with the pretty show. There’s Christmas music accompanying the light display projected on the buildings.

If it’s a cold night – and, boy, was it when we went – you can watch from the comfort of your car (you just can’t hear the music well).

The festively decorated interior of Delice, a European bakery in the heart of MIdtown Crossing.

The festively decorated interior of Delice, a European bakery in the heart of Midtown Crossing.

We topped off our night with some baked treats from Delice, one of my favorite bakeries in Omaha. It’s located right in the heart of Midtown Crossing. Try the French macarons! Hot cocoa is served there, too, which can be topped with homemade marshmallows.

We sampled cookies, a mint brownie and the macarons during our feast. My favorite, as well as Mooch's, was the macarons.

We sampled cookies, a mint brownie and the macarons during our feast. My favorite, as well as Mooch’s, was the macarons.

Every year, Midtown Crossing holds different events that add to the festivities of the light show. Here’s a list of this year’s events. They had a featured nonprofit each week, where a representative flipped the switch for each show and retailers collected donations for them. You’ll have to pay attention to next year’s dates – they always have a FREE family fun day.

 

If you go

Holiday Lights Spectacular

Where: Midtown Crossing, 31st between Dodge and Farnam streets

When: Through Jan. 1; shows are Thursday through Sunday, 7 p.m. (lasting 20 minutes)

Cost: FREE

Website 

 

Disclosure: I was provided a gift card for the hot cocoa for sharing details about the Holiday Lights Spectacular. I was not compensated for this post in any other manner. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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 27, 2016

Review: Prancer World Premier

It’s holidays in full-gear in Omaha. There are so many theatrical performances to see (check out the list here) that will put you into a Christmas-y mood. One that’s a kid-pleaser is “Prancer,” now on stage at The Rose. You can WIN tickets at the end of the post, so stick with me.

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Chloe Irwin and puppeteer Shannon Wade in “Prancer,” on stage at The Rose through Dec. 18.

We saw a preview of “Prancer” last week, so here’s the low-down:

What to expect:

– This was a more dramatic production than my kids were used to, though that’s not to say there weren’t a few moments that made them chuckle.

– There are some stellar performances, including the young actress that plays the lead, Jessica (Chloe Irwin – keep an eye on her). The cast also includes two of my favorite Omaha actors – Nils Haaland as Jessica’s dad, and Moira Mangiameli as the grouchy Mrs. McFarland. It’s not always typical to see character arcs in children’s theater, but those three characters all had wonderful stories and changes.

– Cool puppetry. Have you seen “War Horse”? That Broadway show definitely inspired the puppeteers in this performance. The Prancer puppet is a beautiful construction and the three puppeteers who move him do so with great skill.

– The main character, Jessica, grapples with being 11 years old and still believing in Santa and flying reindeer. There are several points in the play where her faith is tested, and if you’re a parent who doesn’t like even the hint of “Is Santa real?” in shows, you might squirm a bit. It’s an endearing show, though, and makes everyone a believer in the end.

– Snow. Expect some snow indoors during the performance. Bubble snow blows my kids’ minds, how about yours?

– Suspense. If you haven’t seen the movie this show is based off of, you’ll be wondering whether or not Prancer will fly when he’s supposed to.

Timing a potty break

There is an intermission, but the first half is pretty long, so I’d recommend getting your kids to go to the bathroom before the show starts.

Is it kid-friendly?

Yes. This show is recommended for ages 7 and older. It’s a long one (2 hours), and the first act has more talking than action. Unless you’re child is used to sitting through a longer show, this one might be difficult to sit through. The second act does get more exciting, and the ending is worth waiting for.

Is it grownup-friendly?

I liked the show for sentimental reasons – I saw the movie growing up and thought it was magical. It’s very much inspired by “Yes, Virginia, there is Santa Claus,” if you love that message, you’ll like this show.

What was it about again?

"Prancer" stars Chloe Irwin as Jessica. The Christmas show runs through Dec. 18 at The Rose in Omaha. Photo by MJB Photography

“Prancer” stars Chloe Irwin as Jessica. The Christmas show runs through Dec. 18 at The Rose in Omaha. Photo by MJB Photography

Young Jessica Riggs’ family has fallen on hard times. Still, she keeps her belief in Santa Claus and the idea that there are miracles in the world. When an injured reindeer appears in Jessica’s backyard, she believes it is Prancer. While she is nursing the creature back to health, the whole community of Three Oaks eventually learns about Prancer, causing big problems for Jessica as she tries to return the reindeer home. Based on the cherished film, “Prancer,” this piece uses a heartwarming story and breathtaking puppetry to bring light into your family’s holiday season.

If you want to go

“Prancer”

When: Through Dec. 18, with performances on Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the performance will be interpreted for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Saturday, Dec. 17 performance will feature audio description for audience members who are blind, but arrangements must be made at least two weeks prior to the show date; call (402) 502-4637.

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: Tickets are $27 Main Floor and $22 Balcony. Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores through a purchase of a Kid Cuisine product. Members of The Rose receive discounted tickets to the production. For reservations, call (402) 345-4849, go to www.rosetheater.org, or visit the box office.

Win tickets!

One reader can win four tickets to any performance of “Prancer” at The Rose! Winner will receive four vouchers, good for any performance of “Prancer,” but the winner must call the box office and make a reservation for the show. Must be 18 or older to enter. Ticket value is $108.

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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!).