OMAHA HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL
The Holiday Lights Festival is produced by Mayor Jim Suttle and the Downtown Omaha Inc. Foundation and presented by ConAgra Foods, Action 3 News and Star 104.5. The Festival showcases Downtown Omaha and celebrates the spirit of the holidays by providing a full season of festive, family-friendly activities. Festivalgoers will find an abundance of holiday spirit in Downtown Omaha this winter. The six-week Holiday Lights Festival is packed with exciting activities to offer a little something for everyone each weekend. And, of course, more than 40 blocks of twinkling lights will illuminate Downtown Omaha and add that extra sparkle to each Festival event.
The 2012 Holiday Lights Festival will feature great traditions including:
- CenturyLink Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony
- Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert
- Pacific Life Sounds of the Season
- ConAgra Foods Ice Skating Rink
- Wells Fargo Family Festival, and
- New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular co-sponsored by TD Ameritrade and Alegent Creighton Health
The Holiday Lights Festival will once again feature the campaign to “Shine the Light on Hunger,” encouraging the entire community to help fight hunger in the local area by dropping off non-perishable food and household items at the ice skating rink as well as at other locations throughout the festival. In addition, 100% of the proceeds from the ConAgra Foods Ice Skating Rink are donated to the Food Bank for the Heartland, and ConAgra Foods matches the donation of the ice skating rink proceeds dollar for dollar up to $100,000.
Last year, ConAgra Foods and the community collected over 235,000 pounds of food and raised more than $283,000 during the campaign, the equivalent of nearly 1,033,000 meals donated to Food Bank for the Heartland. Not only did the campaign reach its goal of one million meals, the total collected was a 20 percent increase in meals raised over the previous year.
Whether you are an Omaha resident or a visitor from out of town, 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.