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Omaha is full of fun Christmas Holiday Events this year. How do you pick which one to go to? Here are all the 2018 Christmas Holiday Events in Omaha, be sure to save the dates.

2018 Christmas Holiday Events in Omaha

NRG Energy Ice Rink

When: Nov. 21 through Feb. 14, 2018; hours are Sundays–Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m. (opening ceremony is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Capitol District, 11th Street and Capitol Avenue

What: Outdoor skating in downtown Omaha.

Cost: $8, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting Parade

When: Nov. 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Shadow Lake Towne Center, 72nd Street and Highway 370, Papillion, Neb.

What: Led by the Papillion-La Vista Titan Marching Band, Santa arrives by a Horse Drawn Cinderella Carriage to light the Shadow Lake Towne Center Christmas Tree. Singalong starts at 6, with the parade beginning at 6:30

Cost: FREE

Holiday Harmony

When: Nov. 22, Nov. 24-26, and Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10, and Dec. 15-23, various times

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

What: Enjoy live music amid the festive garden surroundings.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

Deck The Park

When: Nov. 22 (lights on at dusk)

Where: Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam streets

What: Enjoy discounts at some of the stores and restaurants, plus see the trees light up for the season at dusk.

Cost: FREE

Holiday Lights Festival Downtown Lights

When: Nov. 22 through Jan. 1, 2019, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly ( Thanksgiving Lighting Festival event is Nov. 23, 6 to 7 p.m.)

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

What: Trees around the Old Market and mall are lit up for Christmas.

Cost: FREE

Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert

When: Nov. 22, 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: This free concert is part of the Holiday Lights Festival kick-off.

Cost: FREE

“Santa’s Magic”

When: Nov. 23 through Dec. 23, multiple shows daily

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

What: An interactive exhibit featuring Santa, the Snow Queen, elves and indoor snow. Be sure to come with your wish list.

Cost: Included with regular Museum admission, which is $13 for ages 2+, $12 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 24 months and members

Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Nov. 23, 4 to 8 p.m. (tree lighting at approximately 7)

Where: The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

What: Meet Santa, see the Festival of Trees and countdown the tree lighting at Durham Museum.

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

Lights of Aksarben Tree Lighting

When: Nov. 23, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

What: Horse and carriage rides, face painting, food and drink, heated tent, and music by Salem Baptist Church Choir, as well as a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Cost: FREE

Holiday Lighting Celebration

When: Nov. 23, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 17305 Davenport St.

What: Holiday concert begins at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive by carriage and parade starting at 7 p.m. Free carriage rides follow the ceremony and Santa visits take place at the cinema lobby.

Cost: FREE

Holiday Poinsettia Show

When: Nov. 23 through Jan. 6, 2019 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day); the Holiday Poinsettia Aglow even is 5 to 8 p.m. in the evenings.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

What: This indoor flower show is perfect for the holidays, plus the indoor model train is always a hit with kids.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

Christmas At Union Station

When: Nov. 23 through Jan. 6, 2019

Where: The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

What: See the region’s largest Christmas tree, the Holiday Cultural Tree Exhibit, and meet Santa (Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 17, 1-3 p.m.; Tuesdays on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 5 to 8 p.m.). Holiday Concert Series performances are Saturdays at 10 a.m., Sundays at 1 p.m., and Tuesdays (in December) at 5 p.m. Holiday Cultural Festival is Nov. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Family Nights With Santas are every Tuesday in December from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

Winter Wonderland

When: Nov. 24

Where: Downtown Papillion, Neb.

What: The downtown is lit with lights, while families can enjoy free activities like carriage rides, hot chocolate and s’mores, visits with Santa, photos with live reindeer and many more activities. There’s also a Christkindl market.

Cost: FREE

Sounds of the Season

When: Saturdays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 22, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market

What: Carolers and performers will be performing on Saturday nights.

Cost: FREE

La Vista ‘Twas The Light Before Christmas Wintertainment

When: Nov. 26, 5:45 p.m. (Santa’s Workshop runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Where: Tree Lighting and Soup Supper at City Hall and Community Center, 8116 Park View Blvd. and Santa’s Workshop at 8305 Park View Blvd.

What: An annual event in La Vista. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. to help turn on the lights.

Cost: FREE, donations are accepted

Fun with STEM: DIY Holiday Gifts

When: Nov. 28 and Dec. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

What: A lesson in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics while making gifts. For ages 8-12.

Cost: FREE (registration required)

Lindsey Stirling – “The Wanderland Tour”

When: Nov. 28, 8 p.m.

Where: Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St.

What: Violinist Lindsey Stirling brings her popular holiday tour back to Omaha.

Cost: $43-$63

Girls Night Out Holiday Boutique

When: Nov. 29, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Indian Creek Golf Course, 20507 Nicholas Circle

What: Shop the holiday boutique. Proceeds benefit Youth Emergency Services.

Cost: FREE

98 Degrees At Christmas

When: Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: From 1997 to 2002, 98 Degrees sold a staggering 10 million records. The band is back together and touring the holiday season.

Cost: TBD

“Holidays at Hogwarts”

When: Nov. 29 through Dec. 22

Where: The Apollon, 1801 Vinton St.

What: An interactive dinner show featuring Harry Potter characters.

Cost: TBD

Winter Wonderland

When: Nov. 30 through Dec. 9; Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Drive

Cost: $5, adult one-day pass, FREE for children age 12 and younger; adults sneak peek pass for Friday is $10 (includes weekend pass)

Holiday Classics Retro Film Series

When: Nov. 30 through Dec. 13; show times may vary by location

Where: Marcus Cinemas participating locations; in Omaha that includes Majestic, Twin Creek, and Village Pointe

What: Movies screened include “Elf,” “Home Alone” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Nov. 30 through Dec. 6); and “Christmas Vacation,” “The Polar Express” and “Miracle on 34th Street” (Dec. 7-13).

Cost: $5

“Elf: The Musical”

When: Nov. 30 through Dec. 23; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (some performance are already sold out)

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

What: “Elf: The Musical” is Broadway musical-style show based on the hit movie, “Elf.” It features Buddy the Elf who learns from Santa that he’s a human. The enormous former elf embarks on a quest to the sparkling city of New York during the holidays to find his father.

Cost: $20 for members and $27 for non-members on the main floor, and $15 for members and $22 for non-members on the balcony

“Cirque Musica Holiday Presents: Wonderland”

When: Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Where: CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St.

What: A holiday concert featuring music by the Omaha Symphony and aerial performances.

Cost: Tickets start at $32

Morning with Santa

When: Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

What: Saddlebrook Branch and Saddlebrook Community Center co-host Morning with Santa! Come to the gym at 10:30 a.m. for a storytime with Miss Katy from the Omaha Public Library and guest reader Santa. After storytime, families will have an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa, bounce and play in the gym, make reindeer food, do a search & find in the library, and enjoy donut holes and juice in the library’s program room.

Cost: FREE

Santa Sleigh Ride

When: Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When: Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road

What: Ride with Santa on a special sleigh around the park, enjoy hot cocoa, write a letter to Santa, explore the trails and more activities. Bring a new pair of mittens or a non-perishable food item to donate.

Cost: FREE

Elf on the Shelf at Millard Branch

When: Dec. 1

Where: Omaha Public Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

What: Reed, the library elf, is hiding in the Children’s Area! Find him and get a prize.

Cost: FREE

Hot Shops 18th Annual Open House

When: Dec. 1 and 2; Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.

What: Shop for one-of-kind, handmade gifts, and view artist studios and demonstrations

Cost: FREE

Santa Goes To Space

When: Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

What: It’s Santa Claus and Star Wars, with kids activities and free planetarium shows.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12, adults; $11, seniors and military; $6, children (ages 4-12); and FREE for children 3 and younger)

Winter Wonderland

When: Dec. 1

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 111 N. Bellevue Blvd., Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $15, non-members; $5, members

Holiday Music

When: Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St.

What: Concert performed by Cecilia Jensen. Light refreshments provided.

Cost: FREE

12th Annual Holiday Beerfest

When: Dec. 1, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Crescent Moon Alehouse, 3578 Farnam St.

What: Sample close to 100 holiday beers. Wear your best Ugly Holiday Sweater and enter the fourth annual Holiday Beerfest Ugly Sweater Contest.

Cost: $30 in advance, $35 day of (if available). Must be 21+.

Holiday Market

When: Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 1920 S. 67th St.

What: Shop theGerman-style open-air market housed under heated tents with more than 55 local vendors. Santa is there Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Deck The Dundee! Movie Series

When: Dec. 1-27; “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (Dec. 1, 6, 8, 9, and 13) and “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Dec. 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 25, 25 and 27)

Where: Film Streams at Dundee Theater, 4952 Dodge St.

What: Classic holiday family-friendly movies shown on the big screen.

Cost: $10, general admission; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military and those who arrive by bike or bus; $5, members

“Christmas with Dailey & Vincent”

When: Dec. 2, 2 p.m.

Where: The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community Center,

What: Catch Dailey and Vincent from their their nationally broadcast television series bring their Christmas music to you. After a decade preforming fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies, they have gained well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style.

Cost: $30-39, general admission; $27-36, senior; $13, students & under 21

Lights Walk 5k & 10k

When: Dec. 2; registration from 4 to 6 p.m., walk beginning at 4:30

Where: Landmark Building in downtown Omaha

What: Enjoy the lights, sound and bustle of Omaha’s Lights Festival, on either a 5K or a 10K walk. Bring hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and packaged toilet paper to go to a local homeless shelter. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate after your walk, while picking out your door prize. This is a self-paced walk.

Cost: $4 for AVA/IVV credit or $2 for Fun Walkers

Joyful Noise: A Gospel Christmas featuring Salem Baptist Church

When: Dec. 2, 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: An upbeat celebration featuring musical performances, theater and dance.

Cost: TBD

Tween Hangout: Light-Up Cards

When: Dec. 4, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha Branch, 2808 Q St.

What: Kids can use STEAM skills to create light-up cards with copper tape and LED lights.

Cost: FREE

The Nightmare Before Christmas Trivia

When: Dec. 4, 8 to 10:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)

Where: The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.

What: Get your teams together of 2-6 people for a night of trivia for fans of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” All ages are welcome to attend and compete. Prizes will be awarded.

Cost: FREE

“The Madrigal Christmasse Feaste”

When: Dec. 4-7, 6 p.m. warming time and dinner/show begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Marriott Hotel, 10220 Regency Circle

What: Celebrate Christmas Renaissance-style with a yearly interactive dinner theatre.

Cost: $55 per person

Make & Give: Holiday Cards

When: Dec. 5, 11 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

What: Kids will make holiday cards for a local senior center.

Cost: FREE

Storytime With Santa

When: Thursdays, Dec. 6-20, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 17305 Davenport St. at Premier Bank (Dec. 6), Gap (Dec. 13), and Charming Charlie (Dec. 20)

What: Santa will read a holiday story to kids. Treats and/or giveaways will be provided for children attending.

Cost: FREE

Deck The Holidays: Holiday Luncheon Featuring Bill Quade

When: Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: $75+

First Friday Family Date Night – Milk & Cookies With Santa

When: Dec. 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

What: Enjoy winter-themed activities like Hot & Cold Science Show and Snowman Bingo, plus meet Santa and friends inside the special exhibit, Santa’s Magic.

Cost: Included with regular Museum admission, which is $13 for ages 2+, $12 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 24 months and members

Afternoon With Santa

When: Dec. 8, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

What: Event includes a lively telling of “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” enhanced with visuals, and songs in the Library Meeting Room. Greet Santa and pose for photos in the gym. Library open house with holiday music and refreshments.

Cost: FREE, pre-registration preferred

Joslyn Castle Unlocked: Holiday Edition

When: Dec. 8, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

What: The castle will be decorated in full holiday splendor, guests will be serenaded by Christmas carolers and nosh on holiday themed treats. Enjoy dinner in the famous music room then take a walking tour to learn about the architectural elements and hear stories about Omaha’s first millionaires.

Cost: $85 general admission or $76.50 for Keyholder Members

Harvester’s Seventh Annual Holiday Boutique

When: Dec. 8 and 9; hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Harvester Artspace Lofts, 1000 S. Main St., Council Bluffs, Iowa (enter the gallery on the 10th Avenue (North) side of the building)

What: Every hall and floor is decked with art to purchase from local artists. Every floor filled with gifts, treats and entertainment.

Cost: FREE

Holiday Happening

When: Dec. 8 and 9, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

What: Fill yourself with holiday cheer! Stroll the beautiful poinsettia show, listen to live holiday music, and enjoy holiday food in front of the crackling fireplace in the café. Santa Claus will take photos, and children can make creative holiday crafts ($3 per child).

Cost: A $3 program fee for all participating children is charged, along with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children (6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

American Midwest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

When: Dec. 8 and 9; performances are Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

What: The enchanting ballet set to one of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most famous scores.

Cost: TBD

“Sparkle On!”

When: Dec. 8 and 9; performances are Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

Where: Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St.

What: River City Mixed Chorus, Nebraska’s LGBTA chorus, put their whimsical spin on some of the biggest holiday classics, along with special numbers made famous from divas like Bette, Babs, Dolly and more.

Cost: $15-$30

Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration

When: Dec. 8-16; performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 6 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: An annual tradition on stage featuring the orchestra, dancing Santas, singers and more.

Cost: TBD

Candy Cane Course 5k & 10k

When: Dec. 9, 8 a.m.

Where: TBD

What: A Christmas-themed run that includes a costume contest, free kids dash, great post-race food, and activities and vendors

Cost: $32, adults, and $16 for youth

Holiday Craft & Santa Visit

When: Dec. 9, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

What: Holiday crafts and a story time with Santa.

Cost: FREE

Jazz to the World 9 – Vintage Holidays

When: Dec. 9, 4 p.m.

Where: 421 S. 36th St.

What: Ring in the holiday season with the Omaha MasterSingers and Diminuendo. This all acapella concert is sure to put you in the holiday mood as they return to the golden age of holidays tunes.

Cost: $15, adults; $12, seniors & students; FREE for kids 12 & under

Holiday Music By Omaha South High School Chamber Choir

When: Dec. 10, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

What: Celebrate the holiday season with a musical performance by the Omaha South Magnet High School Chamber Choir

Cost: FREE

Dave Koz and Friends: Christmas Tour 2018

When: Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: For more than two decades, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz’s holiday tour has been making spirits bright across the nation featuring an impressive roster of guest vocalists and musicians.

Cost: TBD

Drop-In Holiday Craft Week

When: Dec. 11-15; Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

What: Drop in to make holiday crafts that you can take home for gifts or decorations, while supplies last.

Cost: FREE

Get Crafty: Holiday Cards & Bags

When: Dec. 11, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

What: Drop in and make a holiday card or gift bag using scrapbooking supplies and washi tape. All supplies provided.

Cost: FREE

“Home Alone” Screening

When: Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

Where: Film Streams at Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

What: Screening with an introduction by Kacie Baum, UNMC Events and Science Outreach Coordinator, who will examine the burning question beneath those yuletide antics: Is Kevin McCallister a psychopath?

Cost: $10, general admission; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military and those who arrive by bike or bus; $5, members

Holiday Storytime

When: Dec. 12, 10 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Elkhorn branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn, Neb.

What: Join us for stories, creative movement, music and more. Interaction and participation are welcome. Join your child in making an easy craft for the holiday.

Cost: FREE

Music & Movement Storytime: Jingle Bells

When: Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Main branch, 215 S. 15th St.

What: Music & Movement focuses on literacy through song, dance, and play designed for active toddlers and their participating caregiver(s). This session includes ringing bells.

Cost: FREE

Cookies, Carols and Cider: A Holiday Lights Tour

When: Dec. 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Various locations

What: This tour will take you through some of Omaha’s most-decorated neighborhoods for viewing of lights and holiday decorations.

Cost: $45

Hogwarts Holiday Lock-In

When: Dec. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

What: Join us for a spectacular evening of holiday festivities at Hogwarts. Witches and wizards are encouraged to wear their holiday robes for this night of feasting, questing and camaraderie. A parental permission slip must be signed.

Cost: FREE (registration required; for ages 7-12)

Christmas Party

When: Dec. 15, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

What: Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, sing and read with Buddy the Elf, and make crafts with the Conductor of the Polar Express. Wear holiday clothes or your pajamas if you like! Parents need to come and chaperone their children, but only kids need to register for the party.

Cost: FREE (registration required)

Gingerbread Houses

When: Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

What: Use your best building skills to create a festive “gingerbread” house out of graham crackers, icing, and candy. The building process can get messy, so please dress accordingly. All supplies will be included. All ages.

Cost: FREE (registration required)

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”

When: Dec. 15, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

What: The beloved TV classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.

Cost: TBD

2018 City of Omaha Carol Concert

When: Dec. 15, 6 p.m.

Where: Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2825 Y St.

What: Join more than 10 performing arts groups from across the area as they celebrate the Spirit of Christmas. Guests are asked to bring a toy to donate to the Omaha Angel Tree Program.

Cost: FREE; $10 for VIP

Jingle Ball

When: Dec. 15, 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 38, 201 S. 24th St.

What: It’s Omaha Jitterbugs’ vintage White Christmas swing dance fundraiser with live music by Miss Jubilee.

Cost: $15 in advance, $10 for students, $20 at the door, and $50 VIP

Get Crafty: Holiday Cards

When: Dec. 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

What: Drop in to and make a holiday card or gift bag using scrapbooking supplies and washi tape. All supplies provided. All ages.

Cost: FREE

Gingerbread Preschool Storytime

When: Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Main branch, 215 S. 15th St.

What: Enjoy gingerbread and other cookie themed books, fingerplays and songs. We’ll create a “gingerbread” craft to take home. Recommended for ages 3 to 5 years, though children of all ages are welcome. Preschoolers will enjoy stories, activities, creative movements and songs more challenging than those featured in Toddler Storytimes.

Cost: FREE

Make & Give Thank You Cards

When: Dec. 19, 11 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel St.

What: In anticipation of receiving gifts, be prepared with hand-made thank you cards! Come and make as many thank you cards as you might need and take them home with you to give to the special people in your life who deserve some thanks! All supplies will be provided. Ages 5 and younger.

Cost: FREE

Fourth Annual 100 Block Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

When: Dec. 21, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: 100 Block of West Broadway in Council Bluffs, Iowa (registration is at Barley’s Bar at 114 W. Broadway from 6 to 9 p.m.)

What: Wear you ugliest sweater and sample a different beer at each participating location.

Cost: $5

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

When: Dec. 22 and 23; performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

What: The group’s Christmas concert is full of multimedia special effects and has become an annual holiday tradition at the Orpheum Theater.

Cost: TBD

Christmas Eve Storytime

When: Dec. 24, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

What: Join us for a special holiday themed family storytime. We will be singing Christmas carols, reading stories featuring Santa Claus and celebrating the season. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

Cost: FREE

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas

When: Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

What: Grammy-nominated songwriter and piano sensation, Jim Brickman, brings his 30-city holiday tour “A Joyful Christmas” to Omaha. In honor of this 22nd annual holiday tour, Brickman will debut original songs, along with the sounds and stories of the season.

Cost: Tickets start at $28

Drive-In Screening “Nightmare Before Christmas” & “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

When: Dec. 31, 5 to 9 p.m. (“Nightmare” starts at dusk)

Where: Falconwood Park, 905 Allied Road, Bellevue, Neb.

What: Drive-in movie experience with a holiday feel to one show.

Cost: Per vehicle, it’s $7 for one person (single occupancy), $14 for two (double occupancy), or $20 for 3 or more people (3+ Occupancy).