If you are planning on getting away this holiday season, Lincoln, Nebraska makes the ultimate destination.
Lincoln is the capital city of Nebraska. Its Capitol building features impressive architecture, a domed tower and observation decks. It is home to the Sunken Gardens, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and the Sheldon Museum of Art.
Christmastime is the perfect time to visit Lincoln. There is so much to see and do. Here are a few things you won’t want to miss out on.
Candyhouse Funshop at Lincoln’s Children’s Museum
The Lincoln’s Children Museum is a must see. The three-level learning museum offers educational interactive activities on every floor.
Be sure to come by during the holiday season for their Candyhouse Funshop event. The museum provides everything kids need to make their candy house including a cardboard house, three colors of frosting and various candies and decorations.
Children have 45 minutes to decorate their house and they can take their masterpiece home with them. Take home kits are also available.
Ice Skate at the Railyard Lincoln
Ice skating is a terrific holiday activity, and the Railyard Lincoln is the perfect location to do it in. Admission is free and skate rentals are available. After skating, stop by Public Market and Railyard businesses to buy a fun item or have a bite to eat.
Marcus Lincoln Grand Cinema
The Marcus Lincoln Grand Cinema opens it doors for a fantastic event that benefits the Foodbank of Lincoln. Visitors can see classic Christmas movies like “The Star” and “A Christmas Story” absolutely free if they bring a donation of five or more non-perishable food items. Santa, the Grinch and many other Christmas characters will be doing meet and greets at the event.
A photographer will be on hand to take pictures of children with Santa free of charge. All photos will be posted on Facebook after the event.
Holidays in the Haymarket
The Historic Haymarket is a historic district just west of old Haymarket Square. They hold events year-round. Visit during the holiday season to enjoy free horse and sleigh rides, and to meet with Santa. Although horse and sleigh rides are free, donations will gladly be accepted.
Holiday Spectacular at Lincoln’s Children’s Museum
Here’s another reason to visit the Lincoln’s Children’s Museum during the holiday season. The Holiday Spectacular will welcome Santa Claus. There will also be costumed characters, an indoor snowball fight and other fun activities. The event is free for members. Nonmembers will need to pay an admission fee of about $10.
Haymarket Breakfast with Santa
Return to the Haymarket area for a fun breakfast with Santa event. It takes place in early December at the Atrium of the Candy Factory in the Historic Haymarket District.
The event kicks off with a live music performance of holiday music. There will be toy trains on display and Shades the Clown will be making balloon animals. Children will also have an opportunity to take a picture with Santa.
Head outdoors to visit Santa’s Sleigh & Reindeer and enjoy a show by the Omaha Bubble Company. Coffee and hot chocolate will be available.
Annual Elk’s Children’s Christmas Party at Pinnacle Bank Arena
The Lincoln Elks Lodge No. 80 will be continuing its hundred years plus tradition of hosting a free children’s Christmas party. Hundreds of toys will be given away and children will receive a goodie bag containing candy, snacks and fruits.
Deck the Halls by the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra
You can count on the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra to perform annual holiday favorites including selections from The Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. They will be accompanied by dancers from Chase Dance, Tap This!, Bring Out Your Swag and Dancing Beyond Limits as well as members of UNL’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Also appearing will be the handbell choir Bell-issimo Lincoln Suzuki students and the winter of LSO’s Young Artists Competition.
It all happens at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in early December. There are typically afternoon and evening performances.
Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Zoo Lights is a fun event hosted each holiday season by the Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests can enjoy a 40-foot-tall dancing tree, hot cocoa, s’mores stations, light tunnels and holiday train rides. If you opt for a VIP ticket, you will get a commemorative cocoa cup, 3D glasses and a free train ride. Santa will also be on hand for visits with children.
Winter Reflections by the Lincoln Boys Choir
The Lincoln Boys Choir are a group of youngsters that promote healthy, lifetime singing skills through musical performance. They strive to promote self-confidence and achievement through a commitment to excellence and provide educational and enrichment opportunities through domestic and international travel and performance.
The group is known to put on a Winter Reflections concert at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church in mid-December. Stop by to support their efforts and to enjoy holiday favorites.
The Nutcracker Ballet
For some people, it’s just not Christmas without a performance of The Nutcracker. The Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company brings it with three performances spread across a weekend in early December. It takes place at the Lied Center for Performing art and features close to 200 dance students, a live orchestra and nationally known guest artists. Come enjoy the classic tale brought to life through fantastic costumes, scenery and choreography.
If you are thinking of getting out of town this Christmas, Lincoln is a fantastic place to visit. There are so many things to see and do. What will you be getting to first during your trip?