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Omaha's Holiday Lights Festival 2014
Omaha's Holiday Lights Festival begins with the annual lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving night. I hope you'll join me and my family for this holiday tradition at 6:00 p.m. at the Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha.
After the ceremony, take the family to the Holland Performing Arts Center for the Making Spirits Bright concert, featuring Mary Carrick and the Nebraska Wind Symphony directed by Keith Davis. The concert is free.
The Wells Fargo Family Festival offers free family entertainment on Sunday December 7th from noon - 5:00 p.m. Visit the Wells Fargo Bank at 20th & Douglas, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 South 15th Street, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha Children's Museum, the Durham Museum and the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn at 615 Leavenworth Street. Ollie the Trolley will provide free transportation between attractions.
The ConAgra Ice Skating Rick opens Friday December 12 on the ConAgra campus. The rink will be open daily through January 4, except Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 and includes skate rental. Daily hours are 1:00-10:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 1:00 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. The proceeds from the rink are donated to the Food bank for the Heartland as part of the "Shine the Light on Hunger" campaign. The ConAgra Foods Foundation will match ice-rink donations up to $100,000. Look for food donation bins at the ice rink. Your nonperishable donations will be distributed to families in need by Food Bank for the Heartland. Last year, ConAgra Foods and our community collected more than 177,000 pounds of food and raised $460,000 for the food bank. For more information, visit shinethelightonhunger.org.
The New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular returns at 7:00 p.m. on December 31st at the Gene Leahy Mall.