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Can’t-Miss Events Around Omaha This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

Can you believe it is the last weekend of 2018?! We can’t either! What better way to end one year and ring in a new one than to enjoy fun events making beautiful memories with family and friends. And lucky for you, this weekend is bringing festivities such as a gingerbread festival, a holiday lights festival, art exhibits, a walking food tour, a basketball and hockey game, and much more! We hope you are enjoying this time of year with loved ones and wish you a wonderful 2019! See you in the New Year! 

What: Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas
When: December 28th
Where: 1200 Douglas Street Omaha, NE

What: University of Nebraska-Omaha vs. Denver NCAA Men’s Basketball Game
When: December 28th
Where: Baxter Arena | 2425 S 67th Street Omaha, NE

What: 33rd Annual Gingerbread Festival
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters

What: Christmas at Union Station
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Poinsettia Show
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Cultural Trees Display
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Lights Festival: The Capitol District Ice Rink
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: 11th & Capitol Streets Omaha, NE

What: Holidays in The Old Market
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: Old Market | Harney to Jackson Streets & 10th to 13th Streets Omaha, NE

What: Interrogated (Improv)
When: December 28th
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Miracle on Farnam 
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: Midtown Crossing | 31st – 33rd and Farman Dodge Streets Omaha, NE

What: Omaha Holiday Lights Festival
When: December 28th – 30th 
Where: Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall | 14th & Farman Streets Omaha, NE

What: Richard Mosse Exhibit
When: December 28th – 30th 
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Thomas D Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Old Market Walking History Tour
When: December 29th & 30th
Where: Omaha Visitors Center | 1001 Farman Street Omaha, NE

What: University of Nebraska-Omaha vs. Alaska Anchorage NCAA Men’s Hockey Game
When: December 29th
Where: Baxter Arena | 2425 S 67th Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Lights Festival: The Capitol District Ice Rink
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: 11th & Capitol Streets Omaha, NE

What: Old Market Walking Food Tour
When: December 29th
Where: 1002 Howard Street Omaha, NE

What: Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship and Smarts 
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Urban Surf
When: December 29th
Where: Neighborhood Offshore Boutique & Board Shop

What: Omaha in the Anthropocene Exhibit
When: December 28th – 30th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

With all the beautiful places in this country to live, you may be asking yourself why so many people settle on Omaha as their place to call home. And while we may be a little biased, we tend to think that our city has so much to offer from great food, incredible entertainment, endless things to do and safe, friendly neighborhoods – just to name a few. If Omaha has been on your list of potential places to move to but you have been going back and forth on if it will be the right fit for you and your family, today’s post is for you! We will be diving into a few reasons why you should call Omaha home and some of the many reasons why residents are glad they settled here.

We understand that when moving to a new city, many families want to know that there are safe and friendly neighborhoods for them to settle into. And we are happy to report that Omaha is known as being one of the friendliest cities in the country, boasting welcoming neighborhoods with individuals from all walks of life. Located in downtown Omaha is Old Market, which is known as one of the city’s top neighborhoods, sporting many dining and shopping options, taverns, galleries and even charming cobblestone streets. A few other areas to name that offer lots of appeal and desirability are South Omaha, North Omaha, West Omaha and Central Omaha. And for those with young children, rest easy knowing that Omaha has some of the best school systems in the state, and Nebraska overall has a high school graduation rate of about ninety percent – which is one of the highest in the country! There are also many universities and colleges nearby, including University of Nebraska, Creighton University and College of St. Mary. 

If you are worried about running out of events and things to do in Omaha, lets us reassure you that there are plenty of activities to keep you busy every day of the week! Everything from art and theater, to craft breweries, creameries, museums, and much more! A few of the top attractions around the Omaha area include Omaha Children’s Museum, The Rose Theater, Holland Performing Arts, Joslyn Art Museum (the largest art museum in Nebraska), The Durham Museum and CentruryLink Center Omaha, which is home to many large and popular events throughout the year. And for the avid golfer, there are sixteen public and semi-public courses for you to choose from that will allow you to practice your swing and challenge all skill levels. Omaha is also home to Aksarben’s River City Rodeo, which is part of a four-day western festival and the world’s second-largest rodeo. While we could go on about all the wonderful things that Omaha has to offer its residents, we hope that we have provided a little insight as to why so many people love to call Omaha home. We hope to see you soon! 

Fun Activities Around Omaha This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

Can you believe this is the last weekend before Christmas!? We sure can’t. And while many people will be scurrying around town to purchase those pesky last minute gifts, we want to remind everyone that there are many fun and festive activities happening around Omaha this weekend. Take advantage of these events while they are still going on, and enjoy the spirit of the holidays with friends and loved ones!

What: Christmas at Union Station
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: 33rd Annual Gingerbread Festival
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters

What: A Christmas Carol
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Comedy in Omaha at The Backline
When: December 21st & 22nd
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Cultural Trees Display
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Game On: The History and Science of Gaming
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum

What: Holiday Poinsettia Show
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Lights Festival: The Capitol District Ice Rink
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: 11th & Capitol Streets Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Under Glass at Joslyn Art Museum 
When: December 21st
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

What: Holidays in The Old Market
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: Old Market | Harney to Jackson Streets & 10th to 13th Streets

What: Karaoke Friday Nights
When: December 21st
Where: 510 N. 33rd Street Omaha, NE

What: Omaha Holiday Lights Festival
When: December 21st – 23rd 
Where: Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall | 14th & Farnam Streets Omaha, NE

What: Santa’s Magic
When: December 21st & 22nd
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship and Smarts
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Cocktails & Appetizers Cooking Class
When: December 22nd
Where: Provisions by the Grey Plume | 3167 Farnam Street Suite 7106

What: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
When: December 22nd & 23rd
Where: Orpheum Theater | 408 S 16th Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Concert Series
When: December 22nd
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Omaha in the Anthropocene Exhibit
When: December 21st – 23rd
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE 

What: Urban Surf
When: December 22nd
Where: Neighborhood Offshore Boutique & Board Shop

What: Richard Mosse Exhibit
When: December 21st & 22nd
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE

It’s that time of year when people trade their light, fall jackets for an insulted, warm coat, and their fashion forward strappy sandals for knee high boots. It also means that when outside temperatures drop, homeowners can expect their monthly electric bill to rise. It happens each year, yet many people are still shocked when they see that first heating bill come their way. So instead of breaking out the extra blankets and sleeping with seven layers on, we have a few tips and tricks below that will help to keep your home warm and comfortable, without breaking your wallet with extreme heating bills every month!

The first tip we have for you may come as a surprise to many people as it involves your ceiling fan. Many people associate their ceiling fan with keeping cool in the warmer summer months, but many fan models can also be adjusted to spin clockwise to help keep you warm in the winter. How does this work you ask? With the blades spinning clockwise, the fan will actually drive the warm air that rose up to the ceiling back down to keep the temperature of the room warmer.  Next, you want to be sure to seal any ducts and/or cracks in windows and doors as that can account for much of the heat loss that can occur within your home. Fun fact – you can also save up to ten percent on your monthly heating costs just by caulking leaky windows and doors or installing weather-stripping throughout your house.

Our third tip is to make sure that you are keeping your chimney closed when it is not in use. You may also consider investing in a chimney balloon, which is an inflatable device inserted into the chimney to help keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Lastly, you want to always make sure that you are changing your air filters, as dirty filters can actually restrict airflow which in turns increases the energy use in your home. And did you know that just by changing your furnace or heating unit filter every three months can actually save you from four to six percent on your heating costs yearly!? If that isn’t a motivator to get those filters changed I don’t know what is!  

Weekend Activities Around Omaha

by Nancy Heim-berg

Because we are almost halfway through December (crazy, we know!), there is no better time than to head out of the house and enjoy all the fun and festivities happening in and around Omaha this weekend!  Whether you are looking to meet Santa Clause himself, take in a gingerbread festival or just adore the twinkling lights of the Christmas trees, there is truly something for everyone. We have listed a few must-see events below, and wish you all the joy and happiness this time of year brings! 

What: Cookies, Carols and Cider: A Holiday Lights Tour!
When: December 14th
Where: Omaha Culinary Tours | Various Locations 

What: Lights of Aksarben: Santa & Mrs. Claus
When: December 14th
Where: Aksarben Village | 67th and Center Streets Omaha, NE

What: Creighton vs. Green Bay NCAA Men’s Basketball Game
When: December 14th
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N 10th St. Omaha, NE

What: A Christmas Carol
When: December 14th – 16th
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Omaha Lancers vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Game
When: December 14th
Where: Ralston Arena | 7300 Q Street Ralston, NE

What: 33rd Annual Gingerbread Festival
When: December 14th – 16th 
Where: Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters 

What: Christmas at Union Station
When: December 14th – 16th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Cultural Trees Display
When: December 14th – 16th
Where: 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Lights Festival: The Capitol District Ice Rink 
When: December 14th – 16th
Where: 11th & Capitol Streets Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Poinsettia Show Aglow
When: December 14th -16th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE

What: Karaoke Friday Nights
When: December 14th
Where: 510 N. 33rd Street Omaha, NE

What: Interrogated (Improv)
When: December 14th
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre | 1618 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Holidays in The Old Market
When: December 14th – 16th
Where: Old Market | Harney to Jackson Streets & 10th to 13th Streets

What: Omaha Holiday Lights Festival
When: December 14th – 16th
Where: Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall 

What: Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration
When: December 14th – 16th
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center | 1200 Douglas Street Omaha, NE

What: Richard Mosse Exhibit
When: December 14th – 16th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge Street

What: 2018 City of Omaha Carol Concert
When: December 15th
Where: Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center 

What: Jitterbug Jingle Ball
When: December 15th
Where: 201 S 24th Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Happenings at the Zoo
When: December 15th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | 3701 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

What: Old Market Walking Food Tour
When: December 15th & 16th
Where: 1002 Howard Street Omaha, NE

What: Urban Surf
When: December 15th
Where: Neighborhood Offshore Boutique & Board Shop

What: Gaudete: The Third Sunday of Advent Concert 
When: December 16th
Where: Boys Town | 13943 Dowd Drive Boys Town, NE

What: Miracle on Farnam
When: December 14th – 16th 
Where: Midtown Crossing 

What: Santa’s Magic
When: December 14th & 15th 
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th Street Omaha, NE

What: Thomas D Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
When: December 14th – 16th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th Street Omaha, NE

While Omaha has a longstanding reputation for having some of the country’s best and tastiest steaks, many people don’t realize that our beautiful state has so much more to offer its residents! Omaha has a population of just under one million, which allows the city to retain a small community feel, while also boasting many features of a big city that people love. With a growing economy, top rated restaurants, affordable living and endless entertainment options, we tend to agree with the notion that Omaha is one of the best places in the Midwest to live and work – and we are confident that you too will agree after reading this blog post! 

While the chic culinary scene in Omaha may not be the top reason many people choose to settle down here, we tend to think of it as a huge bonus! You will find many chefs around town that once left Omaha to train in larger cities, but have since returned to share their culinary talents with their home town. Residents and guests to the area are always pleased to find mouthwatering dishes and booming restaurants around every corner of Omaha. Next, when it comes to entertainment, residents young and old alike are able to fill their calendars year round with fun and exciting things to do. Everything from thrilling sporting events and theatrical plays, to musicals, food festivals and much more! 

And did you know that Omaha is home to The Joslyn Art Museum, which is one of the top art museums in the country. Also, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is located here and boasts the largest indoor rainforest in North America, and is another top destination for guests year round. Are you always thinking of the next big idea and constantly dreaming of that company you’ve always wanted to start? If so, you are in luck! With the low cost of living and thriving startup scene, Omaha is a top rated city to start a business in. Lastly, Omaha is known for its safe and friendly neighborhoods, as well as top rated school districts, which are important lines to check off when looking for a new place for you and your family to settle into. It is safe to say that here in Omaha, we truly have it all! 

Family Holiday Events In Omaha You Won’t Want To Miss!

by Nancy Heim-berg

If you have been following our weekly blogs then you know we let you in on all the fun events, festivals and activities that happen around Omaha each weekend. Our hope is for you to spend some quality time out of the house with family and friends exploring all that our beautiful city has to offer, and make some fun and lasting memories in the process! With Christmas just a few weeks away (we can’t believe it either!), we are sure many people will find themselves trying to find gifts so they can start checking off their list, preparing their home for out of town visitors and putting together a holiday food menu – all while trying to enjoy the holiday spirit and remember what this season is all about. Putting all the hustle and bustle aside, we wanted to dedicate this blog post to some special holiday events that are taking place around Omaha in the coming days and weeks. These events are the perfect excuse to put your to-do-list away and spend some quality time with family enjoying this joyous time of year. 

The first can’t-miss event we wanted to highlight is Christmas at Union Station, which has grown to become one of the regions top holiday destination and is a long standing tradition for families of the area. Held at The Durham Museum, visitors can expect to meet Santa himself, see holidays from around the globe and be in awe of the forty-foot, breathtaking Christmas tree. It truly is a spectacle and holiday experience you won’t want to miss!  The next event we wanted to point out is Miracle on Farnam, which is a stunning showcase of creative imagination and talented artistry. With over 20 window displays, each collection was created by students, independent artists or local nonprofits, and is the perfect place for a stroll to take in and appreciate the undeniable local talent. 

Can you think of many things better than Holidays in The Old Market? We didn’t think so! Omaha’s Old Market Entertainment District is ready to show off its yuletide spirit by tickling your senses with fresh, scented greenery and bright, festive lights. Inside you will be pleased to find holiday specials that will draw you in and make you want to explore the beautiful boutiques and tasty restaurants/pubs. Lastly, if you really want to make your children happy this holiday season, be sure to check out Santa’s Magic at the Omaha Children’s Museum. This holiday tradition is the perfect way to bring your family together with the magic of the season, and not only get a chance to visit with Santa, but also enjoy a short interactive show with the Snow Queen and elves. It is an event that you won’t want to miss this Christmas! 

Activities Around Omaha This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

With so many events and festivities happening in and around Omaha this weekend, there simply won’t be time to hit them all! But we have listed a few of them below for you to check out and hopefully will make you set aside some time to spend some time enjoying this special time of year with family and friends. There are many holiday festivals, musical events and plays that are sure to please everyone in your group, young and old alike! 

What: 33rd Annual Gingerbread Festival
When: December 7th – 9th 
Where: Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters | 3215 State St. Omaha, NE

What: A Christmas Carol
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse | 6915 Cass St. Omaha, NE

What: Lights of Aksarben: Cocoa with a Cop
When: December 7th
Where: Aksarben Village | 67th and Center Sts. Omaha, NE

What: Benson First Friday
When: December 7th
Where: S.14th Street and Harney

What: An Act of God
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: Blue Barn Theatre | 1106 S. 10th St. Omaha, NE

What: Christmas at Union Station
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th St. Omaha, NE

What: Curling World Cup
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: Ralston Arena | 7300 Q St. Ralston, NE

What: First Friday Old Market
When: December 7th
Where: Old Market | Harney to Jackson Sts. & 10th to 13th Sts. Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Cultural Trees Display
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: 801 S. 10th St. Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Lights Festival: The Capitol District Ice Rink
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: 11th & Capitol Sts. Omaha, NE

What: Milk & Cookies with Santa
When: December 7th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th St. Omaha, NE

What: Miracle on Farnam
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: Midtown Crossing 

What: Omaha Holiday Lights Festival
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall | 14th & Farnam Streets

What: Santa’s Magic
When: December 7th & 8th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th St. Omaha, NE

What: The Madrigal Christmasse Feaste
When: December 7th
Where: Omaha Marriott Hotel | 10220 Regency Cir. Omaha, NE

What: 15th Annual Jane Austen Tea Party
When: December 8th
Where: Omaha Public Library | 215 S 15th St. Omaha, NE

What: Justin Timberlake: The Man of the Woods Tour
When: December 8th
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N 10th St. 

What: Yoga & Kittens
When: December 8th
Where: 2450 Harney Street Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Happening & A Visit From Santa
When: December 8th & 9th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft St.

What: Holiday Happenings at the Zoo
When: December 8th & 9th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium 

What: Holiday Lights Festival: Sounds of the Season
When: December 8th
Where: The Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market

What: Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration
When: December 8th & 9th
Where: Holland Performing Art Center | 1200 Dougas Street Omaha, NE

What: Pioneer Christmas Gift Show
When: December 8th & 9th
Where: 1304 Skyline Dr. Council Bluffs

What: Royal Holiday Ball
When: December 9th
Where: 655 N 108th St. Omaha, NE

What: Holiday Lights Festival: The Capitol District Ice Rink
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: 11th & Capitol Streets Omaha, NE

What: Winter Wonderland at Sycamore Farms
When: December 7th – 9th
Where: 1150 River Road Drive Waterloo, NE

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