by Holiday Lights Festival Contact
Sunday, Dec 6, 2020 11:00am
Omaha Mounted Patrol Barn
615 Leavenworth Street
To keep the community safe, families can enjoy a free and festive drive-through experience at the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn! The drive-through event will include picking up craft kits (first come, first serve and one per vehicle) to do as a family, holiday characters and Santa, trotting police horses, and holiday entertainment - all in the warmth and safety of your vehicle. The First 500 vehicles will receive one complimentary Paddington Bear book, courtesy of the Omaha Public Library. Participating organizations include Omaha Mounted Patrol Barn, The Durham Museum, Omaha Public Library, Omaha Children’s Museum, and Downtown YMCA.
Additional details can be found at holidaylightsfestival.org.
The idea of decorating Omaha with holiday lights had been discussed by downtown advocates for many years. The occasion of the millennium provided the impetus for the project. In 1999, a coalition of city officials, corporations and foundations chose to present a legacy gift of holiday lights to the City of Omaha as the Millennium Lights celebration. That first year, more than 60,000 people came downtown to witness the lighting ceremony. Because the lights were so well received by the public, the Downtown Omaha Inc. Foundation was established the following year to continue Millennium Lights as the Holiday Lights Festival. The Shine the Light on Hunger campaign, sponsored by Conagra Brands Foundation and in partnership with Food Bank for the Heartland, was added to the Holiday Lights Festival in 2007.
615 Leavenworth Street Omaha, NE