Make this season one to remember together
As we gear up for the holiday season, I can’t help but feel the excitement in the air. The holidays are an excellent time to gather with loved ones and explore the vibrant community we’re fortunate to call home. Omaha, NE, is a place bursting with charm, and there’s no better time to get out and experience it than during the holiday season.
Below are some fantastic free family events in Omaha that will make your holiday season extra special. These events are an excellent opportunity to take a break from your hectic schedule and enjoy quality time together. So, let’s dive into the festive fun!
Holiday Lights Festival: Three events for three times the fun!
The Holiday Lights Festival kicks off with a Lighting Ceremony at the Gene Leahy Mall on Saturday, November 25. Witness the moment when the city comes alive with the twinkle of thousands of lights.
The celebration continues with the KETV Family Festival on Sunday, December 3. Spread across five locations in downtown Omaha, including the Omaha Children’s Museum and Durham Museum, there are a variety of activities for the whole family. Check their website for event details; it’s a day of fun you won’t want to miss!
The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular is the grand finale on Sunday, December 31. Pack your car with lots of snacks and goodies, then park anywhere along CHI Health Center or Charles Schwab Field to enjoy the fireworks show and welcome the new year.
Lights on Dundee: Small-town vibes in the heart of Omaha
Get into the holiday spirit with a trip to downtown Dundee on Thursday, November 30, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM for Lights on Dundee. Local students will serenade you with Christmas carols while you snap a picture with Santa! Remember to explore the local venues for face painting, art projects, and more. It’s a delightful evening of community and festivities.
Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting: Shadow Lake Towne Center
Kickstart your holiday season with the Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting at Shadow Lake Towne Center on November 22 at 6:00 PM. Santa will appear, accompanied by Cinderella and other beloved friends. It’s a festive event that will light up your spirit.
Village Pointe Tree Lighting & Horse and Carriage Rides
On Friday, November 24, at 6:00 PM, Village Pointe offers pictures with Santa’s friends, an enchanting parade, and captivating entertainment. It’s a night of joy and wonder that the whole family can enjoy.
If you want a more relaxed way to enjoy the holiday season, don’t miss the Horse and Carriage Rides at Village Pointe. They run every Saturday from noon to 5:00 PM throughout December. It’s a charming and leisurely way to take in the festive atmosphere.
Winter Wonderland: A Papillion tradition
Downtown Papillion invites you to its Winter Wonderland on Saturday, November 25, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The lighting ceremony includes hot chocolate, pancakes, entertainment, and free carriage rides. Santa will be at the Historic Portal School House to add a sprinkle of magic to the evening.
Santa’s Sleigh Ride & Tree Lighting: La Vista’s tradition
Santa will be making his rounds through the city, ending at Central Park on Sunday, November 26, from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM for Santa’s Sleigh Ride & Tree Lighting. Join the festivities, watch the tree lighting, and participate in a joyous sing-along. It’s a beautiful way to kick off the holiday season.
The holidays are all about creating cherished memories with your loved ones, and these free family events in Omaha offer the perfect opportunity to do just that. Whether you’re watching fireworks, singing carols, or enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
As your trusted Omaha realtor, I encourage you to take a break and enjoy the festive fun. Embrace the season’s joy, explore our wonderful community, and make this holiday season one to remember. Wishing you and your family a fantastic and festive holiday season!