Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, November 22, 2018 | 6-7 p.m.
Gene Leahy Mall, 14th & Farnam

With a countdown to zero, the 2018 Holiday Lights Festival will officially begin!

  • Starting at 5:40 p.m., enjoy a special performance by Musical Kids
  • At 6 p.m., Mayor Jean Stothert will lead the all-ages crowd in a countdown to the 2018 lighting display, with live fanfare by the Jingle Bell Brass Band
  • See downtown dazzle! The Gene Leahy Mall will be aglow with hundreds of thousands of beautiful white lights
  • Look for downtown businesses and residences also featuring elaborate lighting and holiday decorations
  • Enjoy the Holiday Lights every evening from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. through January 6, 2019

CenturyLink Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony

Gene Leahy Mall Lights

The crown jewel of the Holiday Lights Festival is located along Gene Leahy Mall on Douglas and Farnam Streets between 10th and 13th Streets.

Lincoln Financial Group Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert

Thursday, November 22, 2018 | 7 p.m.
Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th & Douglas

Get in the spirit with holiday classics and sing-alongs!

Old Market Shopping and Dining

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Don’t miss this opportunity to jump-start your holiday shopping or just relax with friends and family. Some of the Old Market’s finest shops, restaurants and pubs will be open following the Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony. While shopping in the Old Market, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride with your loved ones, available through Magical Journeys Carriage Service.

Old Market Merchants and Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Evening
13th Street Coffee & Tea Co. Jams
Barry O’s Old Market Tavern JD Tucker’s 
The Berry & Rye Magical Journey’s Carriage Service 
Billy Frogg’s Grill & Bar Michael’s Cantina in the Market 
Dubliner Pub Mr. Toad’s Pub
Dolci Old Market Tannenbaum Christmas Shop and Old Market Shop
Havana Garage Ted & Walley’s Ice Cream
Imaginarium Laka Lono

North and South Omaha Holiday Light

Luces Navidenas en el Norte Y Sur De Omaha

For the sixth year, the Holiday Lights expand to North Omaha and South Omaha, thanks to the generosity of the Sherwood Foundation.

Por este sexto año, las luces navideñas se expanden al norte y sur de Omaha, gracias a la generosidad de la Fundación Sherwood.

  • North Omaha Lighting Ceremony will be held near 24th & Lake Streets (in Dreamland Park) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, to close out Christmas in the Village. Holiday lights will enhance the six-block surrounding area.
  • La ceremonia de iluminación navideña del Norte de Omaha se llevará a cabo entre las calles 24 y Lake a las 4:30 p.m. el sábado 1 de diciembre, para cerrar la navidad en el pueblo. Las luces navideñas mejorarán el área circundante de seis cuadras.
  • South Omaha Lighting Ceremony will be held at 4911 S. 24th Street (24th & N St.) also on Saturday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. Lights will shine brightly along 24th Street between L and Q Streets.
  • La ceremonia de iluminación navideña del Sur de Omaha se llevará a cabo en la dirección 4911 Sur de la calle 24 (entre las calle 24 y N) también el día sábado 1 de diciembre a las 5:30 p.m. Las luces brillarán a lo largo de la calle 24 entre las calles L y Q.