Festival Events

See Omaha Dazzle! November 25 through January 8

Lighting Ceremony (in partnership with The RiverFront)Saturday, November 25th, 6pmGene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront
KETV Family FestivalSunday, December 3rd, 11am to 4pmFive downtown locations
New Year’s Eve Fireworks SpectacularSunday, December 31st, 7 p.m.Charles Schwab Field Omaha, CHI Health Center

Lighting Ceremony

With Lighting Displays Produced by The RiverFront

Saturday, November 25th | 6pm | Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront

Come celebrate the beginning of the holidays with us and kick-off the 2023 Holiday Lights Festival season with the annual Lighting Ceremony! This year’s event is on a NEW DATE – Saturday, November 25th.

The lighting ceremony serves as the official “kick-off” for the Festival. A short performance precede the program, where Mayor Jean Stothert and emcee Terri McCormick from STAR 104.5 The Christmas Station will lead the entire Omaha community in a countdown to the start of the holiday season!

Gene Leahy Mall’s holiday production, which is produced by The RiverFront, will incorporate color-changing up lights, video projections onto the Gene Leahy Mall Performance Pavilion and Burlington Building, thematic video on the 10th Street Bridge LED wall and holiday music sounding throughout the park. The multimedia show, which is about seven minutes long, can be seen every Friday and Saturday throughout the holiday season, running every hour. For more information on decorations and displays at The RiverFront, visit their website here.

2022 Lighting Ceremony photos

KETV Family Festival

Sunday, December 3rd | 11am to 4pm

Enjoy a festive day full of family-friendly activities at your favorite Downtown Omaha attractions! See below for information about which Downtown venues are participating and what activities they’re offering!

PLUS! Ollie the Trolley will be providing FREE transportation between all the venues!

View the Ollie the Trolley route HERE!

2022 Family Festival photos

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

Sunday, December 31st | 7 p.m.

Launch and viewing location — 10th & Cass Street (near CHI Health Center & Charles Schwab Field Omaha)

For the last signature event of the Holiday Lights Festival, enjoy the spectacular firework show in the warmth of your vehicle!

The fireworks will be launched from Parking Lot D (no public parking) of the CHI Health Event Center. Arrive early and park for FREE to view the up-close show in the recommended viewing areas listed below. In addition, all Downtown Omaha parking meters will be free after 5 p.m. on December 31, courtesy of Park Omaha.

Produced by J&M Displays, each shell is choreographed to open on cue to a musical score developed specifically for this event. Spectators are encouraged to tune in to STAR 104.5 in the warmth and safety of their vehicle to listen to a special soundtrack of music chosen to accompany the bursts of color. Join us as we ring in the new year safely with this dazzling display!

Arrive early for FREE parking to view the show in the recommended viewing areas (lots open at 6 p.m.)