Free Family Fun
Sunday, December 4, noon-5 p.m.
Various Downtown Arts & Cultural Institutions
Wells Fargo presents this year’s Holiday Lights Family Festival, offering the community an opportunity to experience many of Omaha’s leading downtown attractions for free. This year’s Family Festival will be held Sunday, December 4, from noon to 5 p.m. A free trolley service will connect the participating venues described below. Each site will offer free admission and family activities. In addition, select Omaha musicians will perform at The Durham Museum, W. Dale Clark Public Library, the Wells Fargo Bank downtown branch and Joslyn Art Museum.
Details subject to change
Wells Fargo Bank, 1919 Douglas Street
- Children can pose for a picture with Wells Fargo’s very own “Jack the Dog” and make holiday crafts
- Snack on a free bag of popcorn
- Stop by the company museum and see the historically accurate reproduction of the Wells Fargo Stagecoach in the lobby before you jet off to the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn and enjoy your very own ride!
- Listen to holiday music and participate in other fun activities
Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 South 20th Street
- Engage in active play in the museum’s exhibits
- Visit Santa from 2 to 5 p.m.
- Enjoy the free Amazing Science Shows in the Science Theatre
- Take a carousel or train ride for $2 each
Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn, 615 Leavenworth Street
- Tour the stables and visit with Santa!
- Learn how police officers care for the animals at the Mounted Patrol Barn and get your picture taken with the horses; officers will present horse demonstrations as guests warm up with Swiss Miss hot cocoa
- Saddle up with LaRue’s Little Horse Ranch Pony Rides
- Wells Fargo will be giving free stagecoach rides from 1 to 4 p.m. and helping young buckaroos decorate their cowboy hats
- The Citizen’s Foundation for the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol will offer face painting and families can enjoy entertainment from a balloon artist
The Durham Museum, 801 South 10th Street
- Experience the wonder of the season at the Durham Museum during Christmas at Union Station
- See Omaha’s largest indoor Christmas tree, visit with Santa and enjoy an exceptional lineup of family-friendly activities, including live musical performances
- Visit the Ethnic Holiday Trees exhibit, an annual favorite which highlights the holiday traditions of approximately a dozen cultures in the Omaha community
- View the wonderful temporary exhibitions on display including American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition from the National Constitution Center and Homebrew: A Spirited History of Omaha.
- Children can also pan for gold and participate in a scavenger hunt sponsored by Wells Fargo
W. Dale Clark Library, 215 South 15th Street
- Meet and get your photo taken with Mouse from Laura Numeroff’s beloved storybook If You Give A Mouse a Cookie and OPL’s mascot Scamper.
- Take home your very own children’s book for FREE — while supplies last.
- Family members of all ages can hear live holiday music, enjoy entertainment from a balloon artist, color, sing songs and listen to fun stories.
- Stop by the Wells Fargo activity area for cookie decorating and Swiss Miss hot cocoa
Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street
- Swing by ART WORKS: A Place for Curiosity, offering nine creative project stations, all with connections to works of art found in Joslyn’s permanent collection. Don’t forget to visit the studios to experiment with hands-on activities and create your own works of art!
- Get a free wizard wand and glasses from Wells Fargo and watch Amazing Arthur perform magic at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Abbott Lecture Hall
- Explore Joslyn Art Museum’s galleries including the current exhibition Dirt Meridian: Photographs by Andrew Moore and David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum. Dirt Meridian is free for youth 17 and under, $5 for adults
Ollie the Trolley will provide free trolley rides between locations.
Wells Fargo Donation Locations
|4650 S. 24th Street
Omaha, NE 68107
|4707 S. 96th Street
Omaha, NE 68127
|14666 Center Street
Omaha, NE 68104
|4425 Center Street
Omaha, NE 68105
|13285 Millard Ave
Omaha, NE 68137
|3808 N. 168th Street
Omaha, NE 68116
|4725 S. 84th Street
Omaha, NE 68127
|5180 Ames Ave
Omaha, NE 68104
|11150 Emmet Street
Omaha, NE 68164
|2587 S. 171st Circle
Omaha, NE 68130
|18030 R. Plaza
Omaha, NE 68135
|1919 Douglas Street
Omaha, NE 68102
|10010 Regency Cir
Omaha, NE 68114
|8450 S 71st Plaza
Omaha, NE 68133
|1101 Galvin Road S
Bellevue, NE 68005
|3536 Comstock Ave
Bellevue, NE 68123