Winter Events & Festivals

Looking for ways to celebrate the upcoming cold season? Nebraska has events and festivals for those who prefer their winter spots cozy and indoors as well as those who are willing to brave the chill!


Santaland, Creighton

This community becomes a magical wonderland every winter with attractions such as Santa’s Workshop and Mrs. Claus’ Gingerbread House. Enjoy the lights and decorations decked out across town!

Zoo Lights, Lincoln

Zoo Lights is one of the largest light displays in the Midwest complete with a tree canopy light walk, light tunnel and more. Be sure to visit the Lincoln Children's Zoo to enjoy the holiday season in a new light!

Christmas at the Cody’s, North Platte

Find all of your favorite festivities including caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts on the grounds of Buffalo Bill’s mansion.

Christmas Past & Present, Grand Island

Explore Christmas traditions while strolling through historic buildings in the Stuhr Museum’s 1890s railroad town. Alongside the historic past, enjoy a modern experience with the Fantasy of Trees exhibit and visits with Santa!


First Day Hikes, Across the State

Celebrate the New Year with a visit to one of Nebraska’s 76 state parks, state historical parks and state recreation areas to explore trails, watch wildlife, and create memories!


Groundhog Day Celebration, Unadilla

Celebrate Groundhog Day in Unadilla, also known as the Groundhog Capital of Nebraska, the first Saturday of February with a parade, crafts fair, food and more!

Bull Bash, Valentine

Across Main Street experience bull, heifer and commercial exhibitors along with additional activities from Running with the Bulls 5K, wine tastings, a vendor show and quilt show.

Omaha Fashion Week, Omaha

The Midwest’s premier fashion event features over 65-plus designers each year during a glamorous red-carpet occasion. Enjoy a part of the landscape of annual arts and culture that help make Omaha’s vibrant community!