Thanksgiving Weekend Events in Omaha: A Guide to Fun and Festivities
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Thanksgiving Weekend Events in Omaha: A Guide to Fun and Festivities

Omaha, NE – As Thanksgiving Day gives way to a holiday weekend full of events and festivities, Omaha emerges as a hub of activity and cheer. This year, from November 24th to 26th, the city is bustling with a diverse range of events suitable for families, friends, and individuals alike. Here’s a glimpse into what Omaha has to offer during this festive weekend.

Friday, November 24th: A Day of Theatrical Delights and Holiday Beginnings

  1. A Christmas Carol at Omaha Community Playhouse: Immerse yourself in a classic holiday story at the Omaha Community Playhouse with a 7:30 PM showing of “A Christmas Carol”​​.
  2. A Very DIE HARD Christmas at BLUEBARN Theatre: For a twist on holiday tradition, enjoy “A Very DIE HARD Christmas” at the BLUEBARN Theatre, starting at 7:30 PM​​.
  3. Village Pointe Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration: Kick off the holiday season at Village Pointe with a tree lighting event at 6:00 PM, featuring free carriage rides, holiday characters, and a Santa Parade at 7:00 PM​​.
  4. Christmas at Union Station: Tree Lighting Ceremony: Be part of the official kickoff to Christmas at Union Station from 4:00-8:00 PM. This year the ceremony returns as an in-person event after being virtual for the past three years​​.
  5. Lights of Aksarben Tree Lighting Ceremony: Join the festivities at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village for the annual Tree Lighting from 5:00-8:00 PM​​.

Saturday, November 25th: A Day Full of Excitement and Wonder

  1. Monster Jam at CHI Health Center Omaha: Experience the thrill of Monster Jam at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM​​.
  2. Deborah Lukalu Live Concert: Enjoy an evening of music at the Omaha Conservatory of Music with Deborah Lukalu’s concert at 7:00 PM​​.
  3. Home Depot Kids Workshop: Engage the little ones with a Penguin Ornament workshop at Home Depot stores from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, perfect for a family outing​​.
  4. Visit Santa at Rockbrook Village: From 12:00-3:00 PM, celebrate Small Business Saturday with a visit to Santa, complimentary horse and carriage rides, and free cookies and hot cocoa for kids​​.
  5. Winter Wonderland 2023 at Downtown Papillion: Experience holiday cheer with a variety of activities from 4:00-8:00 PM​​.

Sunday, November 26th: A Relaxing Conclusion to the Weekend

  1. Returning Neighbors at First Unitarian Church: Join the event at 10:30 AM for a serene Sunday morning​​.
  2. Private Time with Santa at The Casual Pint of Countryside Village: Enjoy a unique experience with Santa starting at 11:00 AM​​.
  3. ‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas in LaVista: From 3:00-7:30 PM, partake in Santa’s Sleigh Ride & Tree Lighting and other festive activities​​.
  4. Ralston’s Holiday Magic: Cap off your weekend with Ralston’s Holiday Magic event from 1:00-7:00 PM, featuring free carriage rides and activities for children​​.

Ongoing Events Throughout the Weekend

  • Zoolightful at Omaha Zoo & Aquarium: Visit the zoo for a bright holiday tradition, with evening hours perfect for a family outing​​.
  • See Amazing Christmas Lights & Decorated Houses: Tour the best Christmas lights in Omaha, with homes decked out in thousands of lights and festive decorations​​.
  • Merry & Bright: Holiday Poinsettia Show: Explore thousands of poinsettias at Lauritzen Gardens, open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)​​.

This Thanksgiving weekend, Omaha truly transforms into a city of holiday magic and merriment. Whether you’re a local or visiting, these events offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the season with friends and family. Happy holidays!

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