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10 FREE Holiday Events in Omaha
1. Omaha Gingerbread Festival – Nov. 16 – Dec. 15, FREE
- Gingerbread displays and holiday performances.
- Location: Ramada Inn, 3321 S. 72nd St., Omaha, NE.
2. Tree Lighting Ceremonies
- Bass Pro Shop’s Magical Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival – Nov. 16 (5 – 8 p.m.)
- Cabela’s Magical Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival – Nov. 16 (5 – 8 p.m.)
- Winterfest 2019: Bayliss Park Holiday Lighting – Nov. 21 (5:30 – 8 p.m.)
- Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade at Shadow Lake Towne Center – Nov. 27 (6 – 7:30 p.m.)
- Holiday Lighting Celebration at Village Pointe – Nov. 29 (6 – 10 p.m.)
- Lights of Aksarben Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 29 (6 – 8 p.m.)
3. Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s and Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop – Nov. 16 – Dec. 24, FREE
- Santa’s Wonderland offers free crafts throughout the season, featuring a different craft each week. Plus, families can enjoy games and activities and visits and pictures with Santa. (Bass Pass required for free photo with Santa.)
- Location: Cabela’s, 12703 Westport Pkwy., La Vista, NE and Bass Pro Shops, 2901 Bass Pro Dr., Council Bluffs, IA.
4. Helping Hands: Count Your Blessings at The Wonder Nook – Nov. 27 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), FREE
- We count our blessings the day before Thanksgiving! Tie fleece blankets for The Humane Society, put together a meal for Youth Emergency Services, and decorate placemats for The Children’s Hospital.
- Location: The Wonder Nook Omaha, 10806 Prairie Hills Dr., Omaha, NE.
5. Lights of Aksarben – Fridays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 20 (6 – 8 p.m.), FREE
- Nov. 29 – Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Dec. 6 – Backwoods Art Activity
- Dec. 13 – Cocoa with a Cop
- Dec. 20 – Santa & Mrs. Claus
- Location: Stinson Park, 2232 S. 64th St., Omaha, NE.
6. Carriage Rides at Village Pointe – Nov. 30 – Dec. 21 (1 – 5 p.m.), FREE
- Holiday shoppers can enjoy complimentary horse and carriage rides on Saturdays throughout the center. Weather permitting.
- Location: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 17305 Davenport St., Omaha, NE.
7. KETV Family Festival – Dec. 1 (12 – 5 p.m.), FREE
- Enjoy family activities and experience many of Omaha’s leading downtown attractions for FREE including Omaha Children’s Museum, The Durham Museum, Downtown YMCA, Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn, W. Dale Clark Library, and Joslyn Art Museum. A free trolley service will connect the participating venues.
8. Omaha Public Library Holiday Events – Dec. 1 – 31
- Enjoy many special Holiday Events at Omaha Public Libraries. Some events require registration as space is limited.
9. Deck the Howls – Dec. 5 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
- Howl-iday Fun– read holiday tails to adoptable animals, decorate dog treats, and make toys for shelter pets in your Howl-iday pajamas.
- Location: Nebraska Humane Society’s Center for Humane Education Building at 8929 Fort St., Omaha, NE. (behind Walgreens)
10. Santa Visits Saddlebrook – Dec. 7 (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), FREE
- Santa will be visiting the Library and community center, so make sure you bring your camera. Enjoy storytime, crafts, inflatables, and lots of seasonal activities.
- Location: Saddlebrook Community Center & Library, 14850 Laurel Ave., Omaha, NE.
11. Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake – Dec. 7 (12 – 5 p.m.), FREE
- Families are invited to create more memories with carriage rides, photos with Santa, shopping at the Holiday Boutique, outdoor concerts, and more!
12. Hot Shops Art Center’s Holiday Open House – Dec. 7 (12 – 6 p.m.), Dec. 8 (12 – 5 p.m.), FREE
- The event features fun and informative art demonstrations, with residents of the Hot Shops opening their studios to the public. Local acoustic musicians will perform throughout the center.
- Location: Hot Shops Art Center is located at 1301 Nicholas St., just one block north of TD Ameritrade Park’s home plate.
13. Santa Party at A.V. Sorensen – Dec. 11 (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.), FREE
- Santa is making a special stop to visit all the little girls and boys. Plus, enjoy an exciting story time, crafts, games, and the bounce house!
- Location: A.V. Sorensen Community Center, 4808 Cass St., Omaha, NE.
14. Holiday Extravaganza at Florence Community Center – Dec. 11 (6 – 7:30 p.m.), FREE
- Join in for storytime at Florence Branch library, then head to the gym for crafts, activities and refreshments! Meet Buddy the Elf and Mrs. Claus.
- Location: 2920 Bondesson St., Omaha NE.
15. Holidays at Hummel – Dec. 14 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), FREE [REGISTER]
- An all ages event with a nature storytime, nature bingo at 11am, crafts, hikes, outdoor games, and hot cocoa.
- Location: Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Park Rd., Omaha, NE.