SantaLand in Creighton
Through Dec. 31, 6-10 p.m. Life-sized shadowboxes depict Santa’s Next Stop, Winter Wonderland and a Nativity Scene. Santa’s workshop will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day from Saturday, Dec. 6, through Tuesday, Dec. 23.
Christmas at Union Station
Through January 7 at Omaha’s Durham Museum. Largest indoor Christmas tree, holiday concerts and Santa visits.
The Trolley of Lights Tour in Nebraska City
Weekends December 1-30. Includes a one-hour holiday light tour of historic Nebraska City with a reading of “The Polar Express.” Trolley rides begin at 6 p.m. During the ride, you’ll enjoy a reading of a classic Christmas book. The trolley departs the Lied Lodge lobby at 6:00 p.m. sharp and returns approximately one hour later. Call 402-873-8733 or visit the website.
Breakfast With Santa at the Kearney Area Children’s Museum
Saturday, December 2 at 8 a.m-11 a.m. Pancake breakfast, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, listen to stories, ride a Special Christmas train, crafts. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their holiday pj’s and capture your memories with Santa by purchasing holiday photo packages by Katie Autry Photography
Santa Goes To Space
Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland. The event includes Star Wars characters, cookie decorating, make-and-take ornaments, the Heartland Flute Choir. Santa arrives at 10 a.m.
Christmas on the Farm
Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 2-25 and Dec. 26-28, 1-5 p.m. in York at the Wessels Living History Farm. Enjoy a 1920s Christmas and see how rooms were decorated and popular gifts from 100 years ago. Experience a Sunday afternoon church service in the rural church.
Christmas Past & Present
Dec. 2, 8, 9 & 10 at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island. The Stuhr Museum’s 1890s Railroad town will be decked out for the holidays. Special activities include making ornaments, paper chains or wooden cars. Father Christmas will attend. Visit the Fantasy of Trees in the newly-renovated Stuhr Building.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Dec. 2-3 at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha.
Christmas in the Woods
Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at Ponca State Park. Family fun includes making crafts, family photos, cookie or cupcake decorating, attending an outdoor program and taking a ride on a holiday decorated lighted hayrack. For more information, call the park at 402-755-2284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minden Light of the World Christmas Pageant
Sunday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 10, 7-7:30 p.m. “The Light of the World” is a Christmas Pageant is performed by local residents on the side of the courthouse square every year. The narration is broadcast across the downtown, while the actors pantomime the Christmas story. Every performance is free and culminates in the illumination of more than 12,000 bulbs that adorn the courthouse and the square. Bring your own chairs or sit on the sidewalk.
Feast Day of St. Nick Celebration
Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Pius X High School in Lincoln. Caroling, coloring, hot cocoa, cookie decorating and photographs with St. Nick. Free event (donations accepted). Please RSVP to Kristin.email@example.com to ensure enough cookies and cocoa.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Thursday, December 7 at 7 p.m., Lied Center in Lincoln.
Christmas at the Cody’s in North Platte
December 8-10, 15-17 and 22 & 23, 5:30–8 p.m. Admission is $7. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. The Cody Mansion will be decorated in its holiday splendor. Enjoy cider, cookies, roasted chestnuts and horse-drawn carriage rides while being serenaded by Christmas carolers. While in North Platte, also be sure to drive through the famous Candy Cane Lane, just off of Walker Road near Buffalo Bill Avenue to see an amazing Christmas light display.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Performed by the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Lied Center in Lincoln.
Christmas with the Cows
Darby Springs Farm, Ceresco. Sunday, Dec. 17, 4-6 p.m. with shows at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Live nativity, meet the animals, bonfire, decorate Christmas cookies and enjoy hot cocoa.