Fun Things to Do in Omaha, Nebraska in December
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Fun Things to Do in Omaha, Nebraska in December

Omaha has much to offer in December. Enjoy holiday outings with the family.

Christmas Holiday Events

Start this hectic month at the zoo! Santa will be at Omaha’s Henry Doory Zoo on 1 December 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. He will be there again on the 8th and the 15th as well. Watch Santa as he swims with the sharks in Scott’s Aquarium. On the 21st Santa will return to the Zoo for dinner. This time Mrs. Claus will join him at 6 p.m. each eveing from the 21st through the 23rd. There is a cost for the dinner and reservations are required. Call the zoo at 402-738-2092 for more information. 

The Leon Myers Stamp Center, located in the Boys Town Visitors Center, is holding a stamp exhibit. The month long (2012) exhibit will display Christmas-themed stamps and covers from around the world. Boys Town is also hosting a Tree Lighting on 2 December 2012 and Holiday Creche Nativity Displays at the Village Circle. The nativity displays will remain up through 12 January 2013. Take part in an Irish Christmas at Boys Town when Father Flanagen’s house is filled with the sounds and sights of a traditional Irish Christmas. Dubbed Nollaig Shona Duit, this celebration runs from 8 December through 16 December 2012. Admission is free to all four events. 

Visit with Santa at the Rockbrook Village on 1 December 2012. Children can enjoy chatting with Santa in a horse drawn carriage. Seasonal music will be provided by local school and church groups. The event is scheduled from 11 am to 3 p.m.  


The Durham Museum, at 801 S 10th Street, offers various exhibits promoting travel and Omaha history. Throughout the year, the museum offers Lecture Series on various subjects. “Where to Go From Here? October – December 1862” will be the subject matter on 8 December at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on 18 December. Space is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling 402-444-5071.  

The Omaha Children’s Museum is open year round. Winter hours are shortened and they are closed on Mondays however there is still plenty of time to enjoy the Creative Arts Center or the Charlie Campbell Science & Technology Center.  


Mike Gurciullo & His Las Vegas Lab Band will perform Monday, 3 December 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Ozone. The Ozone is located at 7220 F Street.

Check out various talented musicians at “Shoot Your Mouth Off” on 4 December 2012 at 9 p.m. at the Hideout Lounge on South 72nd Street. The open mic night is open to comedians as well. The event recurs every Tuesday night. 

New Year’s Eve Events

Bring in the new year with the animals.- the animals at the Zoo that is! Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo will celebrate the New Year on 31 December from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a ball drop at noon. 


Visit the Henry Doorly Zoo. In addition to Santa’s visits, the zoo regularly holds various activities throughout the month. Older zoo enthusiasts may partake in the Walking Club while young children may enjoy the Polar Bear and Cubs Club. If you like pancakes and penguins then you will want to reserve your spot for “Penguins and Pancakes” at 8:30 a.m. on the 27th through the 29th. There is a cost for the breakfast and all children must be accompanied by a paying adult. To reserve your ticket, call 402-738-2038. 

Regardless of what you personally consider “fun,” Omaha has something for everyone regardless of the time of year.


Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman began writing in 1985, with her work appearing in several local newspapers. From 2003-2009, she spearheaded an online newspaper company, which had two newspapers, the PA Farm News and The latter covered everything from hometown heroes and new businesses to the Nickel Mines Shooting. She received my Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Lock Haven University, and was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009. Her interests include learning more about diabetes and how to deal with it, genealogy, history/travel, gaming and Orthodoxy. You may contact Jeanne with your comments and questions.

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Comments (3)

Certainly fun...

Sounds like great fun in the heartland! Voted up! xoxoxo

Your avatar changed and I thought I was on a different account.thank you for this good travel information.Well done!