The Holiday Lights Festival is produced by Mayor Jean Stothert and the Downtown Omaha Inc. Foundation, with media sponsors KETV Channel 7 and STAR 104.5, The Christmas Station.

The Festival celebrates its 20th year in 2019 with a new twist in the downtown lighting display. Due to the construction at the Gene Leahy Mall, the lights will illuminate the Old Market and surrounding streets with white lights and garland from November 18 through January 5, with added special events as part of the Holidays in the Old Market. This year’s lights will span from 10th-13th Streets and from Harney to Jackson Streets.

Due to the Gene Leahy Mall construction there will not be the traditional Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony or the Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert, but the Festival will still showcase Downtown Omaha and celebrate the spirit of the holidays by providing a full season of festive, family-friendly activities.  The 2019 Holiday Lights Festival will feature great traditions including:

Shine the Light on Hunger

Supported by Conagra Brands, the Holiday Lights Festival will once again feature the campaign to Shine the Light on Hunger, encouraging the entire community to help fight hunger by dropping off non-perishable food and household items at The Capitol District Ice Rink as well as at collection barrels that will be placed at additional locations throughout the community, including area Baker’s stores. A portion of proceeds from the The Capitol District Ice Rink are donated to Food Bank for the Heartland, and The Conagra Brands Foundation matches funds from the campaign up to $100,000.

Click here to learn how you can support the Shine the Light on Hunger campaign.

In 2018, Conagra Brands and the community collected more than 45,000 pounds of food and raised $712,760 during the campaign, the equivalent of more than 2.1 million meals donated to Food Bank for the Heartland, enough to exceed the campaign’s goal of 1.5 million. The Conagra Brands Foundation continued its tradition of matching proceeds collected from the capaign, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

There is plenty to see and do at Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival! Want to know more about Omaha and where to stay, shop and dine? See our Helpful Links page for more information.