5 Things to Do in Omaha for the Holidays

Holiday Events in Omaha - Aksarben Village holiday lights
photo courtesy of Aksarben Village

With so many things to do in Omaha for the holidays, it can be hard to know where to begin! That’s why we curated this list of our favorite holiday events in Omaha.

5 Holiday Events in Omaha

1. See Holiday Lights

There’s something magical about piling into the car and driving through holiday lights. And there are so many amazing displays around Omaha it’s hard to choose! Some of our favorites are Lights of Aksarben, Holiday Lights Festival, Santa’s Rock n Lights Drive-Through Light Show, and Midtown Crossing Season of Lights. If this isn’t one of your family’s holiday traditions, it’s worth adding to the list! Check out our guide to the best holiday lights in and around Omaha for more.

2. Go to Lauritzen Gardens

Don’t want to miss Bright Nights, the spectacular light show at Lauritzen Gardens, you won’t be disappointed. And you will definitely want to take a photo of the 20-foot poinsettia tree! Timed tickets are suggested during the day and required during the evening.

3. Visit Santa

There are plenty of opportunities to see Santa around Omaha if your kids have made their Christmas list and are ready to talk to the big guy himself. Don’t forget, you can mail him a letter, too!

4. Get tickets to see the Nutcracker

If you’ve never been to the ballet, this is the show to see. The charming Christmas story comes to life on stage with brilliant classical dancing. The American Midwest Ballet is performing the Nutcracker at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, on December 9 and 10.

Holiday Events in Omaha - Festival Fontenelle Forest5. Check out Fontenelle Winter Wonderland

The week-long holiday festival and winter wonderland at Fontenelle Forest in Bellvue are worth the drive. Enjoy daily festivities happening December 9 to January 2.

What are your favorite holiday events in Omaha? 

Andrea Cooley
Omaha Mom is written by moms, for moms. We provide genuine parenting resources, events and community through connecting and empowering local Omaha Moms.


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