Nebraska Holiday Events & Activities 2011


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Events taking place in Nebraska during November and December, 2011.
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A Rescue Mission on the Home Front: Japanese internees at Boys Town — Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 (Boys Town) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Exhibit highlighting Father Flanagan’s work to bring Japanese American families out of internment camps to live and work at Boys Town during WWII. Village of Boys Town Hall of History, 14057 Flanagan Blvd. www.boystown.org/discover

American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West — Sept. 17 to Dec. 31 (Omaha) Photographs featuring the complexities of our relationship with the landscape. Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street. www.joslyn.org. 402-342-3300.

Storytelling in African-American Quilts — Oct. 7 to Dec. 31 (Lincoln) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring layers of meaning, reflection and storytelling in the art of several well-known quilt artists. International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 1523 N. 33rd Street. www.quiltstudy.org. 402-472-6549.

Portraits of the Prairie by Richard Schilling — Oct. 15 to Dec. 15 (Red Cloud) This traveling show of original artwork features 110 watercolor paintings and ink drawings accompanied by short excerpts from Willa Cather’s writings. www.willacather.org. 402-746-2641.

Explore American Indian Heritage Month — Nov. 1-30 (Bellevue) History trail hikes and exhibits. Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N., www.fontenelleforest.org. 402-731-3140.

New Images – Hal Holoun Oil Paintings — Nov. 1-30 (Fremont) Tue. to Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Gallery 92 West, 92 W. 6th Street. www.92west.org. 402-721-7779.

Nature’s Bounty — Nov. 1-30 (Grand Island) Reception Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Free. Featuring painters Patricia Scarborough and Dee Rodgers, along with wood turner Harry Adams. Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd Street. www.prairiewindsart.com 308-381-4001.

Fall Market — Nov. 3 (Columbus) 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Farmers Market. St. Luke’s United Church. www.visitcolumbusne.com. 402-564-8862.

Holiday Craft Show & Specialty Food Expo — Nov. 4-5 (Gering) Crafts/quilts/antiques show. Gering Civic Center. www.geringtourism.com. 308-436-6886.

Annual Nebraska Governor’s Pheasant Hunt — Nov. 4-5 (Beatrice) Admission: $250. Enjoy a classic hunt and European hunt. Entrance fees include dogs, guides, reception, breakfast and more. Beatrice Gun Club,  5954 W. Hoyt Rd. www.mainstreetbeatrice.org. 402-223-3244.

37th Annual Craft Show — Nov. 5 (Bertrand) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Crafts/quilts/antiques show. 80 vendors in two buildings. Community building and school auditorium. 308-472-5092.

Seasons of Crafts — Nov. 5-6, 19 (Lincoln) Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Crafts/quilts/antiques show. Lancaster Event Center, 84th & Havelock Ave. www.lancastereventcenter.com. 402-489-5001.

Nebraska’s Official Veterans Day Parade — Nov. 5 (Bellevue) 10 a.m. Free. Patriotic parade. Downtown on Mission Ave. www.bellevuenebraska.com. 402-898-3000.

O’Connor House Christmas Tour — Nov. 5-6 & 12-13 (Homer) Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun. noon to 4 p.m. Admission: Donation. Featuring the Victorian mansion with 15 rooms decorated for the holidays. Two miles east of the Pronto Station. www.dakotacountyhistoricalsociety.com. 402-987-3330.

Nebraska Pigeon Show — Nov. 5 (Hastings) Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore. 308-986-2650.

Honoring American Indian Heritage Month — Nov. 6 (Beatrice) 2 p.m. Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. Hwy. 4. www.nps.gov/home. 402-223-3514.

NSAA State Girls High School Volleyball Championships — Nov. 10-12 (Grand Island) Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Road. www.nsaahome.org.

Veterans Day Event — Nov. 11 (Burwell) www.visitburwell.org. 308-346-5251.

Veterans Day Observance — Nov. 11 (North Platte) 2 p.m. In honor of all veterans who have served. 20th Century Veterans Memorial. www.20thcvetsmem.org. 308-532-6579.

31st Annual Festival of Trees — Nov. 17 to 20 (Columbus) Thu., noon to 8 p.m.; Fri to Sun., noon to 5 p.m. $6. Library Art Gallery. www.visitcolumbusne.com. 402-564-2769.

Downtown Christmas Stroll — Nov. 17 (Columbus) 4 to 8 p.m. Free. Start off the holiday season with a festive atmosphere of lights, music, carriage and trolly rides, food, fun and bargains. Downtown, 13th Street to 26th Ave. www.columbusnedowntown.com. 402-564-1307.

Craft Show at Parish Center — Nov. 18 (Burwell) Crafts/quilts/antiques show. Parish Center. www.visitburwell.org. 308-346-5040.

Candlelight Christmas and Lighted Vehicle Parade — Nov. 18 (Hartington) Free. Silhouette lighting, living Christmas scenes, luminaries and a lighted vehicle parade. Downtown. www.hartingtonchamber.com. 402-254-6939.

Annual Arts & Crafts Show — Nov. 19 (Ogallala) Crafts/quilts/antiques show. Keith County Fairgrounds. www.visitogallala.com. 308-284-4066.

Candy Cane Craft Fair — Nov. 19 (Ord) Crafts/quilts/antiques show. www.visitvalleycounty.com. 308-496-4477.

Harvestfest — Nov. 19-20 (Platte Center) Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Craft show and pancake feed. Town Hall. 402-564-1845.

Seward Jr. Woman’s Club Annual Craft Show — Nov. 19 (Seward) 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. More than 95 vendors with a variety of items. Fairgrounds. www.sewardne.com. 402-643-4189.

27th Annual Midwest Toy & Collector Show — Nov. 20 (South Sioux City) Sneak peek Sat. at noon; Sun. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5. Wares from 300 regional vendors. Marina Inn, 4th and B Streets. www. visitsouthsiouxcity.com. 712-239-1466.

Christmas Decorating Party — Nov. 20 (Lodgepole) Make hand-strung popcorn for the tree and enjoy a hayrack ride or sleigh ride. Museum on Hwy. 30. 308-483-5353.

Christmas Window Opening — Nov. 21 (Humboldt) Shopping, games, soup supper, visits from Santa, horse and buggy rides and more. www.ci.humboldt.ne.us. 402-862-2821.

Red Cloud Shopping Night — Nov. 21 (Red Cloud) Free. Holiday event featuring festive holiday lights, carolers, cider and cookies, friendly merchants and more on the brick streets of downtown Red Cloud. www.redcloudnebraska.com. 402-746-3238.

Holiday Cheer in Geneva — Nov. 22 to Dec. 24 (Geneva) Visits from Santa, caroling, wine and cheese festival, cookie walk and a variety of activities. www.visitfillmorecounty.org. 402-759-1155.

Tree Lighting — Nov. 23 (Papillion) Shadow Lake Towne Center. Visits from Santa, ice carvers, carolers, horse-drawn sleigh rides and more. www.shadowlakeshopping.com.

Holiday Lights Festival — Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 (Omaha) Showcasing downtown Omaha and celebrating the spirit of the holidays with a full season of attractions and family friendly activities. Various downtown and Old Market locations. www.holidaylightsfestival.org. 402-345-5401.

Santa’s Village — Nov. 25 to Dec. 17 (Gering) Saturdays. Holiday parade held Nov. 25 to kick off the season. Downtown. www.geringtourism.com. 308-436-6886.

Fantasy of Trees — Nov. 25 to Dec. 31 (Grand Island) Experience the wonder of the Christmas Tree through this beautiful display. Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. Hwy. 34. www.stuhrmuseum. org. 308-385-5316.

Festival of Trees — Nov. 25-27 (North Platte) Christmas trees decorated by local businesses are on display. Sandhills Convention Center, 2102 S. Jeffers Street. 308-532-9090.

Christmas at Union Station Tree Lighting Ceremony — Nov. 25 (Omaha) Lighting of Omaha’s largest Christmas tree, live music, holiday miniatures display and more. Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th Street. www.durhammuseum.org. 402-444-5071.

Candy Cane Lane — Nov. 25 to Dec. 25 (Superior) 6 to 9 p.m. Admission: Donation. The park becomes a magical winter wonderland decorated with holiday lights and displays. Lighted parade, hayrack rides and festive foods. Lincoln Park, 840 W. 4th Street. www.cityofsuperior.org. 402-879-3419.

It’s a Wonderful Life — Nov. 25 (Aurora) Visits from Santa, storytelling, free matinee and more. Downtown 13th and M Streets. www.auroranebraska.com. 402-694-6911.

Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures — Nov. 25 to Dec. 31 (Beatrice) Programs on Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Free. Celebrate the winter traditions of homesteaders with special programs and entertainment. Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. Hwy. 4. www.nps.gov/home. 402-223-3514.

Christmas Open House in Downtown Falls City — Nov. 25 (Falls City) Downtown. www.fallscityareachamber.com. 402-245-4228.

Old-Fashioned Christmas and Lamplight Tours — Nov. 25 (Sidney) Events begin at 5 p.m. Free. Holiday decorations, lamplight tours, music, refreshments and holiday kick-off activities including a visit from Santa and hayrack rides. Ft. Sidney Museum & Post Commander’s Home, 6th & Jackson. www.cheyennecountychamber.com. 308-254-5851.

Turkeyfest Creative Crafters Craft Show — Nov. 26-27 (Columbus) Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Crafts/quilts/antiques show. Center 30 Mall, 23rd Street & 32nd Ave. 402-564-1845.

Annual WJ Ranch Cowboy Christmas — Nov. 26-27 (Fordyce) Free. Featuring arts and crafts from more than 50 vendors, buggy and pony rides, trick roping demonstrations and more. WJ Ranch, 55659 892 Road. www.schiferlswjranch.com. 402-357-2102.

Craft Fair — Nov. 26 (Odell) Crafts/quilts/antiques show. Old West Trails Center, 301 Main Street. www.visitodell.com. 402-766-3700.

Holiday Tour of Homes — Nov. 26 (Henderson) 4 to 7:30 p.m. $10. Tour area homes fully decorated for the holiday season. Memmonite Heritage Park. www.hendersonheritage.org. 402-723-5793.

Santa’s Arrival — Nov. 26 (Columbus) Frankfort Square. www.visitcolumbusne.com. 402-564-2769.

Parade of Lights — Nov. 26 (Kimball) 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Downtown. Enjoy the arrival of Santa and downtown displays. www.ci.kimball.ne.us. 308-235-3782.

Winterfest — Nov. 26 (Ord) Christmas parade, caroling, children’s movies and more in the spirit of the holiday season. www.visitvalleycounty.com. 308-728-7899.

Christmas in the Park — Nov. 27 (Beaver Crossing) 2 to 8 p.m. Lighting of holiday lights, hayrack rides, living nativity, food and vendors, visits from Santa. City Park and Legion Hall. www.beavercrossingne.com. 402-532-2030.

Father Flanagan’s Irish Christmas — Dec. 1-31 (Boys Town) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Irish Christmas. Father Flanagan House Museum, 14153 Grodinsky Circle. www.boystown.org/discover. 402-498-1186.

Christmas at the Museum and Frahm House — Dec. (Fort Calhoun) Weekends 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy the museum and Frahm House decorated for the holidays. Washington County Historical Museum, 102 N. 14th & Frahm House, 220 S. 15th. www.newashcohist.org. 402-468-5740.

In the Spirit — Dec. 1-31 (Grand Island) Holiday Open House Dec. 4, noon to 5 p.m. A holiday fantasy of art and gifts to put you in the Christmas spirit. Prairie Winds Art Center, 112 W. 3rd Street. www.prairiewindsart.com. 308-381-4001.

Parade of Lights — Dec. 1 (Ogallala) Downtown. www.visitogallala.com. 308-284-4066.

Christmas in Burwell — Dec. (Burwell) City-wide. www.visitburwell.org. 308-346-5210.

Nancy Fairbanks Exhibit: Pawnee Technique Pottery — Dec. 2-30 (Fremont) Tue. to Sun. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Gallery 92 West, 92 W. 6th Street. www.92west.org. 402-721-7779.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling — Dec. 2 (Plattsmouth) 6:15 p.m. Free. Cass County Historical Museum, 646 Main Street. www.nebraskamuseums.org/casscountymuseum.htm. 402-296-4770.

Ethnic Holiday Festival — Dec. 2 (Omaha) Enjoy Christmas around the world without leaving Omaha. The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th Street. www.durhammuseum.org. 402-444-5071.

Seasons of Crafts — Dec. 3-4 (Lincoln) Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Crafts/quilts/antiques show. Lancaster Event Center, 84th & Havelock. www.lancastereventcenter.com. 402-489-5001.

Come Home for the Holidays — Dec. 3 (Weeping Water) Cookies and candy, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorating contests, coloring contest, craft show and more. City-wide. www.weepingwaternebraska.com. 402-267-5152.

Holiday Air Affair — Dec. 3 (Ashland) 9:30 a.m. The 501st Legion Storm Troopers will escort Santa into the Museum at 10am. Photos with Santa inside the FB-111. Strategic Air & Space Museum, I-80 Exit 426. www.sasmuseum.com. 402-944-3100.

Light Up the Fort — Dec. 3 (Crawford) Historical Christmas Dinner and holiday lighting. Fort Robinson State Park. 308-665-2900.

Creighton’s Santaland — Dec. 3-23 (Creighton) Free. Drive through the holiday light displays, open daily 6 to 9 p.m. Visit Santa’s workshop! Bruce Park. www.creighton.org. 402-358-3737.

Journey Into Christmas Open House Weekends — Dec. 3-24 (Elmwood) Weekends 2 to 5 p.m. $3 to $5. View the rooms decorated for the holidays and enjoy a tour with complimentary refreshments. Bess Streeter Aldrich House, 204 E. F Street. www.bessstreeteraldrich.org. 402-994-3855.

Cut! Costumes and Cinema — Dec. 3-31 (Omaha) $5 to $7. An in-depth look at the art of making costumes. The Durham Museum, 801 S. 11th Street. www.durhammuseum.org. 402-444-5071.

Christmas Past & Present — Dec. 3 & Dec. 9-11 (Grand Island) 6 to 9 p.m. nightly; 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 11. $6 to $8. Beautiful lamp lit tours of Railroad Town, cooking, crafts, decorations, live music and the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. US Hwy. 34. www.stuhrmuseum.org. 308-385-5316.

Christmas at the Bowring — Dec. 3 & 11 (Merriman) 5 to 9 p.m. Admission: Meal ticket and park entry permit required. A fun-filled evening including a delicious meal and entertainment. Arthur Bowring Sandhills Ranch State Historical Park. 308-684-3428.

Wilber Christmas Weekend — Dec. 3-4 (Wilber) City wide. www.wilberchamberofcommerce.com. 402-821-2304.

Christmas on the Prairie — Dec. 3-4 (Wahoo) 2 to 8 p.m. Free. Old-fashioned displays, activities, demonstrations and programs. Saunders County Museum. www.saunderscountymuseum.org. 402-443-3090.

Christmas on the Square — Dec. 4 (Auburn) 1 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Visits from Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, crafts and holiday ornaments. 19th & O Streets and Nemaha Valley Museum. 402-274-3735.

Brownville Old Time Christmas — Dec. 4-5 (Brownville) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Open houses, light displays, concerts and more. City wide. www.brownville-ne.com. 402-825-3982.

Old-Fashioned Christmas — Dec. 4 (Potter) 5 p.m. Free. Caroling, hayrack rides, food and visits from Santa. Downtown. www.potter.ne.com. 308-879-4332.

Christmas Celebration — Dec. 4 (Wisner) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donation. Activities for all ages including a soup dinner, caroling, games, visits from Santa, living windows, tree lighting and more. Busineesses along Ave. E and city auditorium. www.wisnerareachamberofcommerce.com. 402-529-3338.

Downtown Christmas Celebration — Dec. 5 (Chappell) Christmas shopping, rides for children on the fire engine, pictures with Santa and food vendors. Downtown. www.chappellchamber.com.

Parade of Lights — Dec. 5 (Sutton) 5 p.m. Free. Kick off the holiday season with a lighted parade, cookie decorating, Santa visits, holiday music, train rides, horse and buggy rides and more. Downtown. www.suttonchamber.org. 402-773-4233.

Annual Madrigal Christmasse Feaste — Dec. 7-10 (Omaha) 6 to 9:30 p.m. $50. This unique form of dinner theatre invites you to return to the Renaissance years for a festive holiday evening in an English castle. Four course feast complete with a jester, wench and cast of 30. Omaha Marriott Hotel, 10220 Regency Circle. www.ibsencostumes.com/madrigal.htm. 402-556-1400.

Hometown Holiday Open House — Dec. 7 (Brule) Community Center. 308-287-2228.

Christmas Rush Creative Crafters Craft Show — Dec. 10-11 (Columbus) Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafts/quilts/antiques show. Center 30 Mall, 23rd Street & 32nd Ave. www.visitcolumbusne.com. 402-564-1845.

Christmas on the Farm — Dec. 10-23 (York) 1 to 4 p.m. $2-$5. Experience the sights, sounds, scents and flavors of the 1920s. Lighted village and refreshments. Wessels Living History Farm, 1 mile south of I-80 Exit 353. www.livinghistoryfarm.org. 402-710-0682.

Annual Christmas Bird Count at Ponca State Park — Dec. 13 (Ponca) 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park permit required. Amateur and expert birdwatchers are invited to attend this annual event. Noon chili feed. 88090 Spur 26 E. www.outdoornebraska.org. 402-755-2284.

Christmas at the Cody’s — Dec. 16-19 (North Platte) 5:30 to 8 p.m. $5, ages 12 and under free. Hot cider, cookies, chestnuts, holiday music, horsedrawn carriage rides and visits from Santa. Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road. www.outdoornebraska.org. 308-535-8035.

Christmas Movie and Santa Claus — Dec. 17 (Red Cloud) 10 a.m. Free. Enjoy a Christmas movie and visit from Santa. Red Cloud Opera House, 411 N. Webster Street. www.willacather.org. 402-746-2641.

Noon Year’s Eve — Dec. 31 (Omaha) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Party with the animals! Activities, entertainment and an early countdown to 2012. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th Street. www.omahazoo.com. 402-733-8401.


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