November 22, 2016

Huge List Of December Events For Families

Here is a big list of December events for families to enjoy in Omaha – and so many of the activities are FREE! I’ve included kid-friendly theater performances, museum exhibits that will appeal to youngsters, and plenty of holiday events to add to the magic this time of year.

Have an event to add to the list? Leave a comment and I’ll add the event to the list.

 

Bit of Bronze Holiday Handbell Choir

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch

Cost: FREE

 

River City Ringers

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

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark Main Library branch

Cost: FREE

 

Winter Wonder Fun

When: Dec. 2, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for adults and children 2 and older, $11 for seniors, FREE for members and children under 24 months

 

Bah Humbug! Victorian Night at the Museum

When: Dec. 2, 5 to 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Cocoa With A Cop

When: Dec. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village

Cost: FREE (includes coffee and cocoa from ROAST and cupcakes from Jones Bros.)

 

UNO Forum Theater 

When: Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m.

Where: University of Nebraska-Omaha Weber Fine Arts Building, room 006

Cost: FREE (best for older teens and adults)

 

Saddlebrook Welcomes Santa

When: Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon (story time starts at 10:30)

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch

Cost: FREE (includes refreshments and play time in the gym)

 

Holiday Music with Cecilia Jensen

When: Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch

Cost: FREE

 

Christmas in the Village

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

Where: 24th and Lake streets

Cost: FREE

 

Handmade Holiday for Kids: Gingerbread Houses

When: Dec. 3, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch

Cost: FREE (must pre-register)

 

Teen Poetry Bash (grades 8-12)

When: Dec. 3, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark Main Library branch

Cost: FREE (pre-registration is recommended since space is limited)

 

Ballet Nebraska presents “The Nutcracker”

When: Dec. 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 4, 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Up to $62

 

Wells Fargo Family Festival

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

Where: Various downtown Omaha locations

Cost: FREE

 

Merry Movie With Santa

When: Dec. 10, 9 and 9:45 a.m.

Where: Village Pointe Cinema, 168th Street and West Dodge Road

Cost: $3 (may be SOLD OUT, call the theater to be added to the wait list, 402-281-4585)

 

KickstART Saturday

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

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE (exhibition admission is FREE for members and children, and $5 for adults)

 

Holiday Harp with Karen Larsen

When: Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Elkhorn branch

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Visits Washington Branch

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch

Cost: FREE

 

Ugly Holiday Sweater Extravaganza

When: Dec. 10, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch

Cost: FREE (includes refreshments)

 

Celebrate the Season on Center

When: Dec. 10, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Westwood Plaza, 120th Street and West Center Road

Cost: FREE

 

Jane Austen Tea Party

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

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark Main Library branch

Cost: FREE

 

Ornament Making For Teens

When: Dec. 10, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch

Cost: FREE

 

Afternoon with Santa

When: Dec. 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch

Cost: FREE (includes refreshments, registration is preferred)

 

Holiday Music with Kenny Bowtie

When: Dec. 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Princess Tea Party

When: Dec. 10, 3 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE

 

Christmas Cookie Decorating for Teens

When: Dec. 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch

Cost: FREE

 

Kids Holiday Craft-a-thon

When: Dec. 14, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark Main Library branch

Cost: FREE

 

Trains & Trees

When: Dec. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., and General Dodge House, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $15 for non-members, $10 for members

 

Get Crafty: Gingerbread Houses

When: Dec. 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (South Omaha), 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Main, kids), 3 to 4:30 p.m. (Main, teens)

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch and W. Dale Clark Main Library

Cost: FREE (pre-register encouraged)

 

Holiday Open House

When: Dec. 17, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Outpatient Center, 4014 Leavenworth St.

Cost: FREE (includes photo with Santa)

 

Get Crafty: Ugly Holiday Sweaters

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Strings and Open House

When: Dec. 17, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch

Cost: FREE

 

Out and About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

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

Where: Joslyn Art Museum

Cost: FREE

 

Make and Take Reindeer Food

When: Dec. 20, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Elkhorn branch

Cost: FREE

 

Kids Holiday Craft

When: Dec. 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Family Sing-Along

When: Dec. 23, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Swanson branch

Cost: FREE

 

Kids Movie Day

When: Dec. 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Family Sing-Along

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Swanson branch

Cost: FREE

 

Get Crafty: Gingerbread House

When: Dec. 27, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch

Cost: FREE (must pre-register)

 

Winter Break Fundays

When: Dec. 27-30, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE

 

Building Bots

When: Dec. 28, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch

Cost: FREE

 

Kwanzaa Celebration

When: Dec. 28, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Movie Night

When: Dec. 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE

 

Light The Night

When: Dec. 30, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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

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

 

Kwanzaa Family Celebration

When: Dec. 31, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch

Cost: FREE

 

Noon Year’s Eve Party

When: Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Saddlebrook), 10:30 to noon (Sorensen), 10:30 to noon (South Omaha), 11 a.m. to noon (Main), 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Swanson)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m.

Where: Viewed best from Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha

Cost: FREE

 

On-going events

“Prancer”

When: Through Dec. 18; performances Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20, main floor, $15, balcony, for members; $27, main floor, $22, balcony, for non-members

 

Santa’s Magic

When: Through Dec. 23, several shows daily during regular museum hours

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

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

 

“A Christmas Carol”

When: Through Dec. 23; performances Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 and 6:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $38-$42, adults; $25-$29, students

 

“David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum”

When: Through Dec. 31, during museum hours

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Yesterday And Today: A Beatles Tribute”

When: Through Dec. 31; performances Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. (Saurday, Dec. 31, performances are at 7 and 10 p.m.); Sundays, 6:30 p.m. (Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.)

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $40 (Dec. 31 tickets are higher priced)

 

Gingerbread Festival

When: though Dec. 31, 2016, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State St.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Lights Spectacular

When: Through Jan. 1, Thursdays through Sundays, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

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.

 

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 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!).

November 19, 2015

46 Holiday Events At Omaha Libraries + Giveaway

Books play a big part in my Christmas plans each year:
1. My kids get a new Christmas book each year during the 12 Days of Christmas (which I notoriously overplan)

2. We always plan a stop at the Main Library for story time and cookie making during the Wells Fargo Family Festival

How about you? Do books play a part in holiday plans? I’ve got a giveaway for you if they do. Win a children’s book by making a plan to do one of my favorite things in the holidays – visiting a local library.

 

Giveaway

Edited (Nov. 24, 2015): Congrats to Niki for winning the copy of “The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish”! Your book’s in the mail.

Deborah Diesen is back with another wonderful book featuring the Pout Pout Fish. Never heard of him? My kids are big fans of this misunderstood grumpy guy.

Not Very Merry Cover (1)

In The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure), Mr. Fish is on the hunt for the perfect gift. He’s focused on finding the best, the most perfect thing for each person on his list. I can relate. But lucky for him, he has a friend to remind him that the best gift is one that comes from the heart.

It’s kid-approved stuff! My kids love it.

HOW TO WIN: One lucky winner can get a copy of the brand new “The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish” by browsing the list of events at our local libraries – all FREE! – and leaving a comment about the one that sounds the most fun for your kids. That’s all! Giveaway ends Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

 

Omaha Public Library Holiday Events

Please note: Some events will require a reservation, even if it’s free. Check with the library to be certain.

 

Elf on a Shelf

Where: Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plaza

When: Dec. 1-24

What: Receive a sticker for finding our elf, Dewey, each time you visit the library. After four stickers, collect a prize!

 

Dancing Time

When: Tuesdays, Dec. 1-22, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

 

Handmade Holiday Cards

When: Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

Holiday Harp Music with Anita Jaynes

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

Where: Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plaza

 

Santa Visit

When: Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

 

Wells Fargo Family Festival

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

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

 

Santa Party

When: Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

Santa Storytime

When: Dec. 9, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

 

Suncatcher Holiday Craft

When: Dec. 9, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

 

Westside Chamber Singers

When: Dec. 9, 5 to 5:20 p.m.

Where: W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Road

 

Handbell Choir with Joyce Miller

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

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

 

Music for the Seasons with George Walker

When: Dec. 11, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

 

Holiday Ornament Making with Connie Cajka

When: Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

 

Santa Storytime

When: Dec. 12, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

 

Holiday Harp Music with Anita Jaynes

When: Dec. 12, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

 

Jane Austen Tea Party

When: Dec. 12, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

 

Afternoon with Santa

When: Dec. 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

 

Ugly Sweater Ornaments for Teens

When: Dec. 12, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

Holiday Music with Robert Glaser

When: Dec. 15, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

CD Christmas Tree Ornaments for Teens

When: Dec. 15, 4 to 6 p.m.

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

 

Holiday Music with George Walker

When: Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to noon

When: South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.

 

Handbell Choir with Joyce Miller

When: Dec. 16, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

 

Christmas Tree Cone Craft

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

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

Hogwarts Holiday Lock-In

When: Dec. 18, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

 

Holiday Music with Cecilia Jensen

When: Dec. 19, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

 

Holiday Ornament Making with Connie Cajka

When: Dec. 19, noon to 2 p.m.

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

 

Holiday Decoration Craft

When: Dec. 19, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

 

Build a Gingerbread Candy House

When: Dec. 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

 

Gingerbread Houses (for Kids)

When: Dec. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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

 

Concert with Guitarist Dr. Bey

When: Dec. 19, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

 

Build a Gingerbread Candy House (for Teens)

When: Dec. 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

 

Christmas Craft for Kids

When: Dec. 19, 3 to 4 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

Holiday Open House with Music from George Walker

When: Dec. 20, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

 

Holiday Craft for Kids

When: Dec. 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

 

Reindeer Food Bar (make reindeer treat bags)

When: Dec. 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plaza

 

Holiday Treats for Teens

When: Dec. 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

Holiday Music with George Walker

When: Dec. 22, 5 to 6 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

Create a Gingerbread House

When: Dec. 23, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

 

Santa Visit

When: Dec. 23, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

 

Holiday Lock-In for Teens

When: Dec. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

 

Movie Day

When: Dec. 29, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

Holiday Movie

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

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

 

Kwanzaa Celebration

When: Dec. 30, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

 

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Thursday, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

 

Noon Year’s Eve Party

When: Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

 

Noon Year’s Eve Party

When: Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 12:12 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment!

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Nitty Gritty: Open to U.S. residents ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. 

 

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November 2, 2015

100+ Holiday Activities In Omaha

Time to start planning out how you’ll spend your downtime this holiday season.

OK, stop laughing. I know. Who has downtime?

There are so any ways to enjoy the holidays in Omaha – with the kids and without your kids (some you’ll definitely want to find a sitter).

Christmas in Omaha - Holiday fun

 

Make it a tradition

The events below are ones my family attends every year. Not saying you have to follow in our footsteps, but I’m personally vouching that these are experiences to have at least once.

Christmas at Union Station – Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Nov. 27, 4 to 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $9, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children 3-12; and FREE for kids ages 2 and younger and members.

Etc: Get there early for cookie decorating and a photo opp with Santa, and do not leave before you get to watch the countdown. Christmas at Union Station runs through DATE, and features the region’s largest indoor Christmas tree, holiday music most weekends, several chances to see Santa, and a nifty display of trees decorated to represent several countries.

 

Holiday Lights Festival: Wells Fargo Family Festival

When: Dec. 6, noon-5 p.m.

Where: Various locations in downtown Omaha

Cost: FREE

Etc.: Your family has a lot of activities to choose from: Live performances, hands-on activities, and a chance to peek at the Omaha Police Department’s horse barn (in the past, at least). And yet, my kids’ favorite part remains the free trolley ride.

 

Experience It

Immerse yourself and your family in some holiday experiences including meeting Santa.

Family Fun Day

When: Nov. 24, 3 to 6 p.m. (Holiday Lights Spectacular with fireworks starts at 7)

Where: Midtown Crossing, Farnam Street between 30th and 33rd streets

Cost: FREE

Christmas at the Dodge House

When: Tuesdays through Saturdays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: TBD

Etc.: They also host “Christmas at the Dodge House Family Nights” on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Santa visits on Dec. 3)

 

Santa’s Wonderland

When: Through Dec. 24

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2901 Bass Pro Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

“Santa’s Magic”

When: Nov. 27 to Dec. 23 (daily) – Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $9, adults and kids 2-15; $8, seniors 60+; FREE for kids 2 and younger and members

Etc.: The cool thing about this one is that Santa himself calls your child by his/her name to hear their wishes. My daughter’s favorite part is dancing with Snow Queen, though.

 

Lights of Aksarben

When: Nov. 27 through Dec. 18, 6 to 8p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

Etc.:Enjoy horse and carriage rides, caroling, face painting, cookies and hot cocoa, and more. Countdown to tree lighting is Nov. 27.

 

Elf on a Shelf

Where: Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plaza

When: Dec. 1-24

Cost: FREE

Etc.: Receive a sticker for finding our elf, Dewey, each time you visit the library. After four stickers, collect a prize!

 

 

Holiday Happenings

When: Dec. 5, 12 and 19, at 10:45 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is adults (ages 12+), $13.95; military adult, $12.95; seniors (65+), $12.95; children (3-11), $9.95; military child, $8.95; children (under 2) and members, FREE

Etc.: Catch a glimpse of special holiday characters as they dive into the shark tunnel inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium.

 

Santa Visits

When: Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Goes To Space

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

Where: Strategic Air & Space Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is: Adults, $12; child (4-12), $6; children (3 and younger), FREE; military/senior, $11.

Etc.: Celebrate Space Day in a big way. Santa Claus will be escorted into the museum by Astronaut Clayton Anderson and the Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion at 10 a.m. Guests can visit Santa and sit with him in the mini F-4 fighter jet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (FREE pictures).

 

Santa Party

When: Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

 

Santa Storytime

When: Dec. 9, 10:30-11 a.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Breakfast & Story Time With Santa

When: Dec. 12, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (breakfast is 8-10; story time is 10-2)

Where: Stony Brook Hy-Vee, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Storytime

When: Dec. 12, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

 

Afternoon with Santa

When: Dec. 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Boys Town Christmas Family Festival

When: Dec. 12, 3 to 6 p.m.

Where: Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road

Cost: Free

Etc.: Free activities include decorating sugar cookies, making gifts for teachers, creating ornaments, and more. Santa will visit from 4 to 6 p.m.

 

Hannukah Day

When: Dec. 13

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults and kid, $10 for seniors, FREE for 2 and younger

 

Story Time With Santa

When: Dec. 16, 10 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Las Posadas

When: Dec. 16,  6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Hogwarts Holiday Lock-In

When: Dec. 18, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Character Appearances (Santa, Grinch, “Frozen” characters & reindeers)

When: Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Stony Brook Hy-Vee, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd.

Cost: FREE

 

Singing Elves – Holiday Visits From Pepper Mint and Ginger Snap

When: Dec. 20-23, 1 to 7 p.m. (must make an appointment -get more information from Real Princesses Omaha)

Where: Your home!

Cost: $40

 

Santa Visit

When: Dec. 23, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Lock-In for Teens

When: Dec. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Kwanzaa Celebration

When: Dec. 30, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Hear It & Watch It

There’s no shortage of holiday concerts and performances, and for any budget, to boot.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

When: Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 809, S. 16th St.

Cost: $30-$62

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

When: Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $37.50-$65

 

Vienna Boys Choir – Christmas In Vienna

When: Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15-$35

 

“A Christmas Carol”

When: Nov. 20 to Dec. 23, various times

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $36

 

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

When: Nov. 22, 3 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: FREE

Etc.: This consists of a chorus of 235 singers, soloists and orchestra. Audio

 

Holiday Concert With The Omaha Symphony

When: Nov. 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Little Nelly’s Naughty Noël”

When: Nov. 27 through Dec. 20, various days and times

Where: Blue Barn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St.

Cost: $25-$30

Etc.: A Blue Barn perversion of all we hold dear, at that holliest, jolliest time of the year! Not for kids…

 

Holiday Lights Festival: Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert

When: Nov. 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: FREE

Etc.: Time this with the Holiday Lights Festival lighting ceremony, which will be held at 6 p.m. across the street in the mall.

 

Holiday Lights Festival: Sounds of the Season

When: Nov. 28 to Dec. 26 (various days), 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: The Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market

Cost: FREE

Etc.: Hear holiday music as you stroll the mall or Old Market, with performance by choral groups ranging from youth to professional performers.

 

Holiday Under Glass

When: Wednesdays and Fridays, Dec. 2-18, over lunch

Where: Joslyn Art Museum’s ConAgra Foods Atrium

Cost: FREE

 

Cyrus Chestnut Trio – Jazz Christmas

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

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. (inside the 1200 Club on the second floor)

Cost: $30

Etc.: They’ll be playing music from Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

 

A Celtic Tenors Christmas

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

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $20-$45

 

Family Movie Night – “Muppets Christmas Carol”

When: Dec. 4, 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ativities)

Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: TBD (includes free popcorn and activities)

 

 

Michael McDonald – This Christmas, An Evening of Holiday & Hits

When: Dec. 4, 8 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $35-$65, plus VIP

 

Holiday Harp Music with Anita Jaynes

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

Where: Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plaza

Cost: FREE

 

Ballet Nebraska’s “The Nutcracker”

When: Dec. 5, 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 6, 2 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 809, S. 16th St.

Cost: $25-$62

 

Joyful Noise – A Gospel Christmas Featuring Salem Baptist

When: Dec. 6, 4 and 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15

 

Westside Chamber Singers

When: Dec. 9, 5 to 5:20 p.m.

Where: W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Road

Cost: FREE

 

Handbell Choir with Joyce Miller

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

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Music for the Seasons with George Walker

When: Dec. 11, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Harp Music with Anita Jaynes

When: Dec. 12, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

“The Muppets Christmas Carol”

When: Dec. 12-17, various days

Where: Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $4.50, members; $9, adults; $7 seniors, students, teachers, and military; $2.50, kids 12 and younger

 

Omaha Symphony “Christmas Celebration”

When: Dec. 12-20 (Thursday through Sunday)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$78

 

Holiday Music with Robert Glaser

When: Dec. 15, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Music with George Walker

When: Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to noon

When: South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Handbell Choir with Joyce Miller

When: Dec. 16, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

“It’s A Wonderful Life”

When: Dec. 19-25, various days

Where: Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $4.50, members; $9, adults; $7 seniors, students, teachers, and military; $2.50, kids 12 and younger

 

Holiday Music with Cecilia Jensen

When: Dec. 19, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Concert with Guitarist Dr. Bey

When: Dec. 19, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Open House with Music from George Walker

When: Dec. 20, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Music with George Walker

When: Dec. 22, 5 to 6 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour

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

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

Cost: $38.25-$78.25

 

Jim Brickman Comfort and Joy Tour

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

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $38-$48

 

Holiday Movie

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

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Admire It

There’s just something about twinkling lights and fireworks.

Christmas Stamps Display

When: Through Dec. 31, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Leon Myers Stamp Center, 13628 Flanagan Blvd.

Cost: FREE

 

Gingerbread at the Tabernacle

When: Through Dec. 31, daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Dec. 24 and 31, closes at 3 p.m.)

Where: Kanesville Tabernacle, 222 E. Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Gingerbread Festival

When: Through Dec. 31, daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Dec. 24 and 31, closes at 3 p.m.)

Where: Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State St.

Cost: FREE

 

Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival at Shadow Lake

When: Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Shadow Lake Towne Center, 7775 Olson Drive, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Lights Festival: Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony

When: Nov. 26 Postponed unti Nov. 28, 6 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall,1302 Farnam on the Mall

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Lights

When: Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Lights Festival: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

When: December 31, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall, 1302 Farnam on the Mall (though you can have a good view from many places downtown)

Cost: FREE

 

Sweat It

Silent Night Hike

When: Nov. 19, 7 to 08:30 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest Wetlands Learning Center

Cost: FREE for members or with daily admission. Ages 12+

 

Holly Jolly Hike

When: Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $2 per person

 

Ugly Sweater Run 5K

When: Dec. 5, 11 a.m.

Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.

Cost: $40 (goes up the day of the run)

Etc.: We completed this fun run with both kids in tow last year. It’s a lot of fun! Read my recap here. 

 

ConAgra Foods Ice Rink

When: Dec. 11 through Jan. 3, 2016; Sunday through Thursday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Where: ConAgra Foods, 10th and Harney streets

Cost: $5 (includes skate rental), all proceeds will be donated to Food Bank for the Heartland

 

Shop It

Holiday All-Members Exhibit

When: Nov. 24 through Dec. 27; Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Ltd, 405 S. 11th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Farmers Market Holiday Market

When: Dec. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

Hot Shops Open House

When: Dec. 5, noon to 8 p.m., and Dec. 6, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday in the Village

When: Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Rockbrook Village Shopping Center, 108th and West Center Roard

Cost: FREE

Etc.: Children are invited to visit with Santa while riding around Rockbrook Village® in a horse-drawn carriage to the sounds of seasonal music from local school and church groups.

 

Drop, Shop & Roll

When: Dec. 12 and 13; select from these camp times – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; noon to 3 p.m.; 1 to 4 p.m.; 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: Strategic Air & Space Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: $35 per participant (ages 5 to 13); if more shopping time is needed, children are welcome to stay beyond the three-hour camp at an additional $10 per hour per child.

Etc.: Drop, Shop & Roll is an event involving youth education and fun holiday shopping for adults. Parents have the opportunity to enroll their children in a three-hour mini-camp at the museum and be shuttled to NEX Outlets for holiday shopping.

 

 

Make It

Handmade Holiday Cards

When: Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Suncatcher Holiday Craft

When: Dec. 9, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Gingerbread Decorating Party

When: Dec. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: Members, $5; non-members, $7 (pre-register by Dec. 8)

 

Holiday Ornament Making with Connie Cajka

When: Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Ugly Sweater Ornaments for Teens

When: Dec. 12, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

CD Christmas Tree Ornaments for Teens

When: Dec. 15, 4 to 6 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Christmas Tree Cone Craft

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

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Ornament Making with Connie Cajka

When: Dec. 19, noon to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Decoration Craft

When: Dec. 19, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Build a Gingerbread Candy House

When: Dec. 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Gingerbread Houses (for Kids)

When: Dec. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Build a Gingerbread Candy House (for Teens)

When: Dec. 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Christmas Craft for Kids

When: Dec. 19, 3 to 4 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Once Upon A Little Chef Snowball

When: Dec. 19, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Kidz Cook with Joy, Camelot 9270 Cady Ave.

Cost: $25 per child, kids younger than 2 are FREE

 

Holiday Craft for Kids

When: Dec. 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Reindeer Food Bar (make reindeer treat bags)

When: Dec. 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plaza

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Treats for Teens

When: Dec. 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Create a Gingerbread House

When: Dec. 23, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Eat It

Breakfast With Santa

When: Nov. 14, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Oak View Mall food court

Cost: FREE (with suggested donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots, and you’ll want to RSVP early)

Etc.: Activities include face painting, take home crafts, story time with Santa and a parade through the mall.

 

The Madrigal Christmasse Feaste

When: Dec. 1-4, 6 p.m. is Warming Hour and 7 p.m. is the Dinner & Show

Where: Omaha Marriott Hotel, 10220 Regency Circle

Cost: $52/person, or $49/person for groups of 10+

Etc.: Join us for an evening of music and merriment – Renaissance style! Opulent costumes, glorious singing, and spirited toasts make this dinner theatre event a regional favorite.

 

Milk and Cookies With Santa

When: Dec. 3, 9 and 17, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $20, child; $5, adult

 

Christmas in Greece Festival

When: Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Breakfast With Santa

When: Dec. 12, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: Members, $5; non-members, $10 (RSVP by Dec. 9)

 

Penguins and Pancakes

When: Dec. 26-30, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

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

Cost: $15 for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members, $20 for non-members, children 2 and under are FREE; includes a pancake breakfast, plush penguin toy and admission to the zoo.

Etc.: Enjoy pancakes from The Pancake Man, crafts and animal visits from the African penguins.

 

Count It Down

Noon Year’s Eve at The Durham Museum

When: Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Cost: Adult, $9; seniors $7; children, $6; members and kids under 2, FREE

Etc.: Children of all ages will enjoy live music, crafts and activities. Ring in the noon-year while enjoying the celebratory bubble wrap stomp and the balloon drop at noon.

 

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Thursday, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Noon Year’s Eve Party

When: Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Noon Year’s Eve Party

When: Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 12:12 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Noon Year’s Eve at the zoo

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

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is adults (ages 12+), $13.95; military adult, $12.95; seniors (65+), $12.95; children (3-11), $9.95; military child, $8.95; children (under 2) and members, FREE

Etc.: Have a wild time with entertainment from Joe Cole’s Magic Show, fun activities and an early countdown to 2016 complete with a beach ball drop at noon.  Enjoy this fun family event without having to stay up until midnight.

 

New Year’s Eve Celebration

When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: TBD (bring a snack)

 

 

Know an event that should be on this list? Send me an email with the details – ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

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.

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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 2, 2014

Beginners Guide To Wells Fargo Family Festival 2014

I’m a big fan of the Wells Fargo Family Festival. It’s the one time of year you can go to several Omaha institutions for FREE and enjoy kid-friendly entertainment. This year, the festival falls on Sunday, Dec. 7. We’ve gone a few times now, and I feel I’ve learned a few things about getting the most out of this FREE event.

family fest

Make a Game Plan

See what’s going on at each of the venues here. Then decide what’s a priority.

Do you want to go somewhere that usually has an admission but is free during the festival? Check out The Durham Museum or Omaha Children’s Museum. Or head to Joslyn Art Museum to see the exhibit “In Living Color: Andy Warhol & Contemporary Printmaking from the Collections of Jordan D. Schniter and his Family Foundation” – this a special exhibit is usually $10 for adults to view.

Want to go somewhere that isn’t often open to the public? Check out the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn.

Want to see Santa? Get in line at The Durham Museum or Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn.

Decorating cowboy hats at the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn in 2012. Farley is in a serious discussion with his aunt regarding the artistic direction of his hat.

Decorating cowboy hats at the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn in 2012. Farley is in a serious discussion with his aunt regarding the artistic direction of his hat.

Want to listen to live music? Omaha musicians will perform at W. Dale Clark Public Library and the Wells Fargo Bank.

Wants FREE snacks or hot cocoa? Head to Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn, Wells Fargo Bank or W. Dale Clark Library. Side note: The hot cocoa at the horse barn is freaking hot.

Head to the W. Dale Library to decorate - and eat - sugar cookies.

Head to the W. Dale Library to decorate – and eat – sugar cookies.

Your kids like making things? Decorate cowboy hats at the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn or check out Joslyn’s studios to make your own works of art.

Want a unique experience? Head to the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn to ride a stagecoach or a pony.

Don’t Try To Do It All

There are six venues hosting activities and if you try to go to all of them, you’ll wear yourself down. I’ve tried it, and I don’t recommend it. You’ll feel rushed and everyone will be exhausted. Calculate the time needed to get to each place plus parking; or, if you’re taking the free trolley, calculate the wait.

I recommend two to three stops. When Farley was younger and it was just us and him, one stop was enough.

Plan a Quiet Stop

It’s a good idea to stop somewhere to take a breather, either somewhere not a part of the Family Festival, or one of the quieter stops. I’ve found W. Dale Clark Library to be a little less hectic than the other places. The cookie decorating area is always packed, but last year, we enjoyed a little bit of calm during storytime in the kids area.

Getting From One Place To The Next

Riding the trolley with my nieces during our first ever Family Fest in 2007.

Riding the trolley with my nieces during our first ever Family Fest in 2007.

There is a free trolley that takes people to each stop. It’s fun, everyone sings Christmas carols. The kids love it. It is, however, quite popular, so you’ll likely be waiting in line to get on one – in line, outside. If you haven’t checked, it’s pretty cold in Omaha this time of year. That wait, with antsy kids…it is not fun.

Still, it’s probably better than driving yourself to each venue. You won’t get to park too close to the venue, so the time you spend walking from your car to the entrance is probably close to the time you’ll spend waiting for a trolley.

Dress warmly

Which brings me to my next recommendation: Bundle up. Good golly, it is cold out there. The Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn is not a warm place to be, so if that’s on your list to visit, definitely dress accordingly.

 

If you go

Wells Fargo Family Fest

When: Sunday, Dec. 7, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Wells Fargo Bank, 20th and Douglas streets; 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.; Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

Tip: Ollie the Trolley will provide free trolley rides between locations. Have fun participating in holiday sing-alongs during your travels!

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Astute readers will say, “Hey, this looks a lot like the 2013 guide!” Yes, yes it does. It’s been updated, though, I promise.