See beautiful Tree Lighting Ceremonies throughout the Omaha Area this Holiday Season!
It is always a good idea to verify the information with the business before visiting as details and times may change.
Tree Lighting Ceremonies in the Omaha Area
Nov 12th – Season of Lights at Midtown Crossing Kick Off – Dusk – FREE
- Don’t miss the radiant kickoff of Midtown’s Crossing’s Season of Lights – Sunday, November 12 at dusk. And come early for the annual Midtown Merry Market. Settle into the peace and tranquility of a winter’s night. Stroll through tens of thousands of white LED lights strung throughout Turner Park and along Farnam Street. Plus, visit the beautifully decorated tree in Farnam Court.
- Location: Midtown Crossing at Turner Park – 200 S 31st Ave, Omaha, NE
Nov 17th – Winterfest at Bayliss Park – 6:00-8:00pm – FREE
Bayliss Park transforms into a wonderland at Winterfest. Arrive early as Winterfest activities begin promptly at 6 p.m. with the Bayliss Park holiday lighting ceremony. Free Winterfest Activities: Lighting Ceremony (takes place promptly at 6 p.m.), Santa’s Workshop featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, Reindeer, Festive Photo Ops, Face Painting, Balloons, Free Hot Cocoa, Ice Sculpting, Outdoor Movie, Art Activities, Crafts inside UP Museum, Live Music, Food Trucks, Giveaways, NEW: Horse and Carriage Rides, NEW: Bike rides with the Grinch, NEW: Snow! As long as temperatures are below 32 degrees, Pottawattamie County Conservation will be making snow with equipment from Mt. Crescent!
- Location: Bayliss Park – 100 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Nov 19th – Tree of Lights Family Festival 2023 – 4:00pm (Tree Lighting at 6:00pm) – FREE
- The festivities kick off in the American National Bank parking lot at 4 p.m. with free food, family-fun activities, and pictures with Santa. Then, the big show starts at 5:30 with a live musical performance from one of the metro’s favorite local artists—and finally, we’ll light the 75-foot-tall LED-enhanced Christmas tree just before 6 p.m. All are welcome.
- Location: American National Bank – 8990 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE 68114
Nov 22nd – Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Event – 6:00pm – FREE
- Join Shadow Lake Towne Center for our annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade on November 22nd at 6 p.m. in the center of the mall. Santa and his friends will be here along with horses and Cinderella in her carriage.
- Location: Shadow Lake Towne Center – 7775 Olson Dr, Papillion, NE 68046
- Join in-person for the official kickoff to Christmas at Union Station, presented by FNBO. That’s right, this year the ceremony is back to an in-person event after going virtual for the past three years! Mark your calendars now. More details to come.
- Location: The Durham Museum – 801 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE.
Nov 24th – Lights of Aksarben Tree Lighting Ceremony – 5:00-8:00pm – FREE
- Excited about the holidays and there are lots of things planned at the Lights of Aksarben! Come see the annual Tree Lighting in Stinson Park at Aksarben Village…where there is always something fun going on.
- Location: Stinson Park – 2232 S. 64th St., Omaha, NE
Nov 24th – Village Pointe Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration Presented by Woodhouse – 6:00pm – FREE
- Join Village Pointe for the annual tree lighting to kick off the holiday season! Free carriage rides will be offered immediately following the lighting ceremony until 9 PM. Holiday characters will be available for pictures after the tree lighting. Santa will be inside Marcus Village Pointe Cinema lobby after the event.
- Peppermint Elves Performance – 6:00 PM
- Santa Parade – 7:00 PM | Davenport Street – Santa will arrive by carriage led by the Arlington High School marching band along with favorite storybook and holiday characters.
- Location: Village Pointe – 17305 Davenport St, Omaha, NE 68118
Nov 25th – Winter Wonderland 2023: Downtown Papillion – 4:00-8:00pm
- Join Mayor David Black as he flips the switch to light the City! Bring the whole family to enjoy hot chocolate, candy canes, pancakes, entertainment and FREE carriage rides! Visit with Santa and his reindeer friends at the Historic Portal School House. Downtown businesses will have extended hours and there will also be a Christkindl Market featuring local artisans. This is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit!
- Story Times: 4:30, 5:30, & 6:30pm inside of Sump Memorial Library
- Location: Downtown Papillion, NE
Nov 25th – Holiday Lights Festival – Lighting Ceremony – 6:00pm – FREE
- Come celebrate the beginning of the holidays with us and kick-off the 2023 Holiday Lights Festival season with the annual Lighting Ceremony!
- Location: Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront
Nov 26th – Ralston’s Holiday Magic – 1:00-7:00pm – FREE
- Join Mayor Groesser as we light up downtown and get into the holiday spirit! Bring your family out to enjoy a Ralston tradition! Visit Santa and enjoy FREE carriage rides, children’s activities, hot chocolate, and cookies.
- Location: Independence Square – 77th St. & Main St., Ralston, NE
Nov 26th – Santa’s Sleigh Ride & Tree Lighting – 3:00-7:30pm – FREE
- The City received some exciting news this fall—and it came directly from the North Pole! When Santa comes to town later this month for his annual sleigh ride, he’ll be adding extra holiday cheer and a brand new stop to his route. This year, Santa will end his cruise through La Vista in Central Park where he’ll light the City’s Christmas tree, lead a holiday singalong and pose for a giant group selfie. Oh what fun!
- Because Santa will use his magic to turn on La Vista’s twinkling lights following his sleigh ride, there will not be a separate tree lighting event on the Monday following Thanksgiving. Instead, two of La Vista’s favorite holiday events (Santa’s Sleigh Ride and the Tree Lighting Celebration) will be combined into one fun-filled festive event on Sunday, November 26.
- Location: Across City streets/Central Park & Santa’s Workshop (8305 Park View Blvd.)
More Holiday Fun:
Events We Hope Return
Elkhorn Tree Lighting Party – TBA for 2023
- Location: Main St. in Olde Towne Elkhorn, with the lighting of the Elkhorn Christmas Tree.
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