Omaha's Holiday Happenings (2022)

It's time to ring in the holiday season with all the fun, festive events around the metro! Check out this guide to Omaha's holiday happenings and stay warm out there!


CHRISTMAS LIGHT EVENTS

LIGHTS OF AKSARBEN


Stop by Aksarben this season to see the village transform into a winter wonderland! There will be photos with Santa, live music, face painting, crafts & more!


When: Every Friday from 6-8 p.m. from November-December 25.

Where: Aksarben Village, 2121 S 67th St.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL


Enjoy the Omaha tradition of viewing the holiday lights at the newly renovated RiverFront! There will be all new lights, video features and family fun.


When: November 24 - January 2

Where: Downtown Omaha, the RiverFront, 900 Farnam St.

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VILLAGE POINTE TREE LIGHTING


The Village Pointe Tree lighting and holiday celebration will be on Nov. 25 from 6-8 p.m! Enjoy performances, a parade, the tree lighting ceremony, and photos with Santa and storybook characters.


When: Nov. 25 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Village Pointe, 17305 Davenport St.

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LAURITZEN GARDENS BRIGHT NIGHTS

Laurtizen Gardens is all lit up for the annual Merry & Bright holiday poinsettia show! On select evenings this season, get tickets for Bright Nights, where the gardens will be open late with light spectacles, s’mores, and more.


When: November 19-20, 23, 25-27and December 2-4, 9-23, 26-30

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

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DURHAM MUSEUM: CHRISTMAS AT UNION STATION

This long-standing tradition features Omaha’s official Christmas tree, holiday concerts and Santa himself. On Thanksgiving night, gather the family on the couch and kick off the holiday season by watching the Virtual Tree Lighting at 7 p.m.


When: November 25 - January 8

Where: Durham Museum, 801 S 10th St.

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SEASON OF LIGHTS IN MIDTOWN CROSSING

Enjoy the beautiful lights in Turner Park at Midtown Crossing all season long.


When: November 13 - February 14, daily at dusk

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St.

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LIGHTS ON DUNDEE


Visit the heart of Dundee for photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, local carolers, and a gingerbread contest will be included! Be sure to stop into the area’s small businesses for specials, events, and donation drop-offs.


When: Dec. 1, 4-8 p.m.

Where: 50th and Underwood

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SANTA'S ROCK N LIGHTS

Santa's Rock N Lights is an animated drive-thru light show. Attendees are invited to experience the reimagined layout with themed worlds of light including the dinosaur world, over 700 feet of tunnels, and a longer route.


When: Nov. 18 - January 1

Where: 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion

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CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL EVENTS & POP-UP BARS

COTTONWOOD HOLIDAY HUT


The Holiday Hut is the Cottonwood Hotel’s seasonal pop-up bar! Including over-the-top decor, seasonal cocktails, and Instagram-worth photos.


When: Every Thursday-Sunday now through December from 4-10 p.m.

Where: The Cottonwood Hotel, 302 S 36th St.

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BARNATO CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL POP-UP


Grab a Christmas cocktail at this over-the-top decked-out holiday pop-up cocktail bar at Barnato!


When: Wednesday to Saturday, 6 p.m. until close, now through December 23rd.

Where: Barnato Speakeasy,

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TINY HOUSE WINTER IGLOOS


It’s winter igloo season again at Tiny House Bar! Reserve a heated igloo that includes blankets, a Bluetooth speaker, a game box, and even an optional charcuterie board. $150 for 1.5 hours and seats 2-10!


When: This winter!

Where: Tiny House Bar, 1411 S 13th St.

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WINTER WINE WALK AT ROCKBROOK VILLAGE


Sample wine while holiday shopping at your favorite Rockbrook Village stores. 21 & up.


When: December 3 from 12-3 p.m.

Where: Rockbrook Village, 2800 S 110th Ct.

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MIDTOWN CROSSING COCKTAIL CRAWL


Participating Midtown Crossing establishments will offer a signature holiday cocktail for you to stop in and cast your vote for the best cocktail in the area!


When: Dec. 10, 2-5 p.m.

Where: Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam Street

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SANTA VISITS

SANTA AT REGENCY

Bring the kids to meet Santa and get a professional photo package of this cherished holiday memory.


When: Friday, November 25 - Saturday, December 24

  • Monday – Friday 2pm – 8pm | Break at 4:30pm

  • Saturday 12pm – 8pm | Break at 3:30pm

  • Sunday 12pm – 6pm | Break at 3:30pm

  • Saturday, December 24th 12pm – 4pm | No Break

Where: Regency Shopping Center, 120 Regency Parkway

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SANTA AT ROCKBROOK VILLAGE


Ring the season in with a Santa visit at Rockbrook! The whole family can enjoy a horse and carriage ride around the village and celebrate Small Business Saturday by stopping into Mary’s Mountain Cookies and Great Harvest Bread Co. for free cookies and hot cocoa!


When: Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Rockbrook Village, 2800 S 110th Ct.

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SANTA & HIS REINDEER AT MULHALL'S


While he’s here, Santa will check on his reindeer, Dasher and Dancer, then sit with all his young friends, carefully noting each and every request. Santa’s visits to Mulhall's are part of the Mulhall’s Member program.


When: November 25th – December 18th

  • Fridays: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Saturday + Sunday: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Mulhall's, 3615 N 120th St.

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MISC. HOLIDAY EVENTS

PAPILLION WINTER WONDERLAND

Bring the whole family to enjoy hot chocolate, s'mores, popcorn, 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.


When: November 26

Where: Downtown Papillion

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LA VISTA 'TWAS THE LIGHTS EVENTS

Party with the city of La Vista for Santa Visits, crafts, cookies, and more throughout November and December!


When: November 27- December 31

Where: Throughout La Vista

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AKSARBEN HOLIDAY FARMER’S MARKET


Do all your holiday shopping at the annual Physicians Mutual Holiday Market! Shop local vendors, enjoy food and drinks from Benson Brewery and more!


When: Dec. 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 2121 S 67th St.

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