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 – TBD
  • 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 1, 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 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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 – 2018 TBD
13th Street Coffee & Tea Co. Jams
Barry O’s Old Market Tavern JD Tucker’s 
The Berry & Rye Liberty Tavern
Billy Frogg’s Grill & Bar Magical Journey’s Carriage Service  
Dubliner Pub Michael’s in the Market
Dolci Old Market Mr. Toad’s Pub
Falling Water Grille at Embassy Suites Nosh
Havana Garage Tannenbaum Christmas Shop and Old Market Shop
Hollywood Candy/Fairmont Antiques Ted & Walley’s Ice Cream

North and South Omaha Holiday Lights

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

  • North Omaha Lighting Ceremony will be held near 24th & Lake Streets at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, to close out Christmas in the Village. Holiday lights will enhance the six-block surrounding area.
  • South Omaha Lighting Ceremony will be held at 4911 S. 24th Street (24th & N St.) also on Saturday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. Lights will shine brightly along 24th Street between L and Q Streets.