Every evening this holiday season, lights glow throughout Omaha’s entertainment districts and neighborhoods. Here’s a round-up of the must-see displays perfect for festive strolls with friends and loved ones.

Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront (Holiday Lights Festival)
1001 Douglas St.
November 25, 2023 – January 1, 2024

A lighting ceremony at Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront kick-starts Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival on Saturday, November 25. In addition to a display of traditional white tree lights and sizable ornaments throughout the tri-park development, a festive seven-minute multimedia show can be seen on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the holiday season.

Old Market Entertainment District (Holiday Lights Festival)
Harney to Jackson Sts. & 10th to 13th Sts.
November 25, 2023 – January 1, 2024

Holiday lights festoon the trees and signs at Old Market in Omaha.

Stroll the historic brick streets of Omaha’s charming Old Market in the glow of thousands of twinkling lights. Historic buildings will be dressed from top to bottom with lights, greenery and bows.

Village Pointe Shopping Center
17305 Davenport St.
Beginning November  24

The giant Christmas tree at Village Pointe Shopping Center both lit up at night and with a young couple during the day.

A performance by the Peppermint Elves and a Santa parade with favorite storybook and holiday characters leads up to the official tree lighting to kick off the season at Omaha’s Main Street-style outdoor shopping mall, Village Pointe Shopping Center, on November 24. Free carriage rides follow and are offered every Saturday through December 23.

Midtown Crossing
31st-33rd and Farnam-Dodge Sts.
November 12, 2023 – February 14, 2024

Aerial view of all the holiday lights for Season of Lights at Midtown Crossing in Omaha.

Tens of thousands of white LED lights strung throughout Turner Park and along Farnam Street set a magical mood in the Midtown Crossing entertainment district. While you’re there, admire the decorated tree in Farnam Court, take a photo in the beautiful red sleigh, and enjoy a meal at one of many area restaurants including Modern Love and Pa Mas.

Lights of Aksarben
2285 S 67th St.
Beginning November 24

The enormous trees of lights at night and during the day at Aksarben Village in Omaha.

A lighting of the Aksarben “tree” (a tower twinkling with lights) kicks off a season of Friday night fun in Aksarben Village, a mixed-use neighborhood. Stroll around Stinson Park to enjoy the lit trees, shop at Status and Chlorophyll, and cap off your experience with a meal at Inner Rail Food Hall.

South Omaha (Holiday Lights Festival)
Along S. 24th St. between L & Q Sts.
November 25, 2023 – January 1, 2024

View a dazzling stretch of lights in Omaha’s historic South 24th St. District in South Omaha.

North Omaha (Holiday Lights Festival)
Around 24th & Lake Sts.
November 25, 2023 – January 1, 2024

View a cluster of lights along a six-block area in Omaha’s historic North Omaha neighborhood.

Shadow Lake Town Center
7775 Olson Dr. in Papillion, NE
November 23, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Shadow Lake Town Center
7775 Olson Dr. in Papillion, NE
From November 22

Jumpstart your holiday season by witnessing the lighting of a 35-foot tree with over 30,000 lights. Enjoy visits from Santa and his friends. A holiday parade accompanies the lighting ceremony, and then holiday lights all season long.

More malls and shopping centers are decked out for the holidays and offer a festive atmosphere to put you in the holiday spirit, including Westroads Mall, Regency Court, and Oak View Mall.

Surrounding cities have displays infused with character and small-town charm. Across the river in Iowa, Council Bluffs’ historic downtown is decked out for the holidays, with Bayliss Park all aglow in blue lights. In Nebraska, downtown Ralston, Papillion, Gretna and Bellevue feature holiday lights.

In addition to the lights, there are more ways to take in the season in Omaha. From festive events and places to eat to specialty shopping and places to stay, plan your holiday fun in Omaha here.