With the holidays in full swing, many families are looking for festive activities to keep their kids entertained. And since it is the most wonderful time of the year, there is no shortage of family-friendly holiday activities in Omaha.

Here are just a few of the holiday events you can enjoy with children of all ages.* The best part is that many of them are free, so you won’t break the bank, either!

  1. Omaha Gingerbread Festival: Enjoy spectacularly decorated gingerbread displays, holiday performances and more. Ramada Inn, 3321 S. 72nd Free and open until Dec. 15.
  2. Capitol District Ice Rink. Skate while supporting a good cause. A portion of each admission charge is donated to Food Bank for the Heartland. Open until Jan. 21.
  3. A Christmas Carol: The classic story performed at the Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass Street. Ticket prices vary. Runs until Dec. 23.
  4. Holiday Lights Festival: Construction at the Gene Leahy Mall means that lights now illuminate the Old Market from 10th-13th Streets and from Harney to Jackson. The display also includes 24th Street in North and South Omaha. Free and runs until Jan. 5.
  5. Holiday Poinsettia Show: See thousands of poinsettias with trains, Omaha landmarks and even a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree. There is even Holiday Poinsettia Show Aglow on special nights. Laurtizen Gardens, 100 Bancroft Street. Open to the public. Free to members, non-members pay regular admission. Runs until Jan. 5.
  6. Santa’s Magic at the Omaha Children’s Museum: An interactive show that includes indoor snow, visits with Santa and more. Located at 500 S. 20th Included with regular museum admission. Runs until Dec. 23.
  7. Christmas at Union Station: View the huge Christmas tree and a variety of other activities. The Durham Museum is located at 801 S. 10th Regular museum admission required. Runs until Jan. 5.
  8. Carriage Ride at Village Pointe: Enjoy horse and carriage rides on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. weather permitting. 17305 Davenport St. Free and runs through Dec. 21.
  9. Season of Lights at Midtown Crossing: Stroll among 10,000 magical white lights strung throughout Turner Park along Farnam Street. Lights turn on daily at dusk through Feb. 14. Free and open to the public.
  10. Omaha Public Library: Kid-friendly holiday events at public libraries throughout the city. Runs through Dec. 31. Free but some events require registration.

This is just a short list of the many happenings in the area this holiday season. From ice skating to story times with Santa, there is more than enough family-friendly holiday activities in Omaha to keep your family in the holiday spirit.

*It is a good idea to call ahead before attending any event to confirm details.

From all of us at Premier Academy, we want to wish you and your little ones a happy holiday! If you are looking for a childcare provider in the new year, please visit us at premieracademyinc.com and schedule a tour!