OMAHA HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL
The Holiday Lights Festival is produced by Mayor Jean Stothert and the Downtown Omaha Inc. Foundation and presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, KMTV3 and STAR 104.5, The Christmas Station.
The Festival showcases Downtown Omaha and celebrates the spirit of the holidays by providing a full season of festive, family-friendly activities. More than 40 blocks of dazzling lights will illuminate Downtown Omaha and add that extra shine to each Festival event. The 2016 Holiday Lights Festival will feature great traditions including:
- Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony
- Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert
- Sounds of the Season
- ConAgra Foods Ice Skating Rink
- Wells Fargo Family Festival
- New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular
Shine the Light on Hunger
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 ice skating rink as well as at collection barrels that will be placed at other locations throughout the community, including area Baker’s stores. Community members can also donate cash online by visiting www.shinethelightonhunger.org. One hundred percent 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 more than 144,000 pounds of food and raised nearly $448,000 during the campaign, the equivalent of 1.4 million meals donated to Food Bank for the Heartland. The ConAgra Foods Foundation matched donations to Food Bank for the Heartland dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. Not only did the campaign reach its goal of 1.4 million meals, the total collected was an increase in meals raised over the previous year.
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.