Omaha comes to life in a magical way during the holiday season. Shop at an authentic German market. Watch poinsettias grow 20-feet tall in a botanical world filled with color. Explore Greek holiday traditions under stunning gold décor. And let Scrooge be your guide on a fanciful theatrical journey.
“This year, we all faced new challenges and gained a greater appreciation for the little things that make life sweet,” said Jessica Settje, sales manager at Visit Omaha Tourism. “In Omaha, that’s what we do. We make the holidays a little sweeter with unique experiences that warm your soul and fill your heart with cheer. Groups always enjoy this tour because it allows them to observe traditions from around the world while also getting to sample Omaha’s festive entertainment.”
Create enchanted memories with holiday tours in a city that twinkles with more than a million holiday lights.
Jessica Settje, sales manager
Stop 1 – Christmas in Germany
Come celebrate a German Christmas at the German American Society Center. Enjoy a holiday program of dancing, singing and food! Listen to traditional German holiday favorites by the Men’s Choir. Shop for crafts & items imported from Germany at the Christmas Market! Experience the German dancers as they perform various holiday dances from various regions of Germany. The evening ends with a sing-a-long of the song “Silent Night.”
Stop 2 – A Christmas Carol
This evening see the traditional A Christmas Carol performance. For over 35 years, the Omaha Community Playhouse has been offering this quality holiday performance. It has become an Omaha family holiday tradition! Enjoy a professional production of Dickens’ classic tale with musical score, special effects and elaborate costumes.
Stop 3 – Christmas in Greece
This evening visit the St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church for dinner and tour of the Byzantine Style church. Groups are amazed by the décor of gold and traditional icons. Tour includes a presentation of the meaning of the décor and the history of the Greek Orthodox Church. After tour, travel downstairs via elevator where members of the congregation will join your group for dinner and holiday program. Learn about how Christmas is celebrated in Greece. Listen to Christmas carols in the Greek language.
Stop 4 – Holiday poinsettias at botanical gardens
View hundreds of poinsettias on display including trees consisting of 700 poinsettias at Lauritzen Gardens. Miniature trains travel across the display which includes replicas of famous Omaha Landmarks. Visit includes short presentation on poinsettias. Enjoy the holiday poinsettias or do a little shopping in the extensive gift shop.