Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival kicks off with the illumination of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights on Thanksgiving night. As the centerpiece attraction of the Holiday Lights Festival, more than 40 blocks of lights paint an impressive picture in downtown Omaha. Thanks to the support of generous community sponsors, Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival is more than just lights. There are many affordable events that families have enjoyed since the festival began in 2000. Bring the kids to the Family Festival, ice skate in the Old Market, enjoy live music, and view the New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Gene Leahy Mall. The 2012 Holiday Lights Festival take place November 22 - January 6.