Omaha’s Christmas Around the World
Holiday Music & International Foods
4 Days | November & December
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
Experience Christmas Around the World in Omaha. A community of the World’s People, Omaha offers you the chance to see, hear, taste, and feel the Christmas traditions of her many ethnic communities like Poland, Germany, and Ireland. Come celebrate the holidays in a city like no other.
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Day 1 – Omaha, NE – Christmas in Germany
Arrive today in Omaha, NE where you enjoy a four-night stay at a local hotel. Tonight, start Christmas Around the World in Germany.
Enjoy a Christmas in Germany Dinner at the German-American Society. (Merry Christmas) “Frohe Weihnachten,” let festive German traditions create a wundervoll celebration filled with music, dancing and food. (D)
Day 2 – Omaha City Tour – Christmas in Scotland, Christmas in Lithuania & Christmas on the Frontier
This morning, meet your local guide for an Omaha City Tour exploring Omaha’s past, present and future. This tour will include a visit to Pioneer Courage Park featuring more than 100 larger-than-life sized bronze sculptures that tell the story of the pioneer’s westward journey.
Next, enjoy some free time and lunch on own at the Old Market Entertainment District. This historic area is a lively shopping, dining destination. Street musicians and artists offer entertainment as you wander in and out of the many boutiques and galleries and restaurants that line the cobblestone streets. Plus, the area is decorated for the holidays.
This afternoon, enjoy Christmas in Scotland with a visit to elegant Joslyn Castle. This Scottish Baronial four story, 35-room mansion was built in 1903 as the private home of George and Sarah Joslyn. The Joslyn Castle is a premier historic landmark located in Omaha’s Gold Coast in the heart of midtown. The mansion was designed by John McDonald, one of Omaha’s most prominent architects in the early 1900s. The Castle was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and designated a local landmark in 1979.
Next, its Christmas in Lithuania with a tasty treat from the Lithuanian Bakery. The Lithuanian Bakery has been a sweet Omaha staple for more than 40 years, filling the city’s air with the smell of sweet breads, tortes, kolaches and other treats. The number one seller is the Napoleon Torte – a true gift straight from Lithuania. The dessert takes three days to make, but trust us, it’s worth the wait.
End the day with a Christmas Dinner on the Frontier at the General Crook House Museum. It is the authentically restored home of Civil War and American Frontier Wars veteran, General George Crook. The museum comes alive every holiday season with themed décor from a Victorian-era Christmas.
Enjoy a delicious dinner complete with actors playing the part of the General and his wife, Mary. After dinner, take a tour through the historic home and enjoy the traditional Christmas Decorations. (B,D)
Day 3 – Christmas in Ireland, Christmas in the South, Christmas at Union Station, Christmas in Greece
Today, start with Christmas in Ireland with a visit to Boys Town, a National Historic Landmark District, it is all decked out for the holiday. Feel the Irish heritage and holiday traditions with a walk through Father Flanagan’s historic home. Get a first-hand look at the world-famous Village established by Father Flanagan. See where our children live, work, play and pray while building successful futures.
Next, enjoy Christmas in the South with lunch at Big Mama’s Kitchen. Big Mama’s soul food has become a television culinary staple, featured on the Food Network’s Diners, and Drive-ins and Dives. Visitors travel from all around the world to taste her soulful signature dishes.
The afternoon features Christmas at Union Station with a visit to the Durham Museum. Step back in time as historic Union Station transforms for the holidays. Carolers, holiday miniatures and even a little indoor snow create magical memories. The Durham Museum houses an extraordinary array of permanent exhibits including restored train cars, 1940s store fronts, numerous artifacts showing the history of the region. Be sure to stop by the authentic soda fountain and enjoy a phosphate or malt.
Then enjoy some delicious Christmas Tea at The Tea Smith featuring a variety of fresh loose leaf teas (approx. 150) from around the world.
Tonight’s highlight is Christmas in Greece with dinner and a tour at the St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church. Learn the history of the Church building, an explanation of the icons and of the Liturgy service. A Greek dinner is included this evening consisting of Kota Riganato (chicken greek style) with potatoes or rice, vegetable dish, salad, drink and Baklava for dessert. There is also a presentation of the Vasilopita – the Greek traditional New Year’s bread. Everyone in your group will receive a delicious slice and someone will receive the blessing coin! (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Christmas in Ukraine, Christmas in Poland, Christmas in Czech, Christmas in the Garden & A Christmas Carol
The morning begins with Christmas in Ukraine with a visit to the Assumption Ukrainian Catholic Church for a holiday presentation. Learn the holiday traditions of this unique culture.
Next, its Christmas in Poland with Lunch at The Polish Home Omaha. Established in 1933, the Polish Home promotes and celebrates Polish culture in Omaha. Enjoy an authentic lunch and special dance presentation prepared by the Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska.
The afternoon features a Czech/Slovak Christmas with a visit to the Czech and Slovak Educational Center and Cultural Museum. See the Traditional Czech and Slovak Exhibit to learn how Christmas has been celebrated in the “old countries”. See Christmas trees decorated with traditional Czech and Slovak handmade ornaments, nativity scenes and to listen to traditional Czech and Slovak Christmas music.
Then enjoy the Holiday Poinsettia Show at the Lauritzen Gardens of the Omaha Botanical Center. Walk through a botanical wonderland, with more than 5,000 poinsettias including the iconic 20’ tall poinsettia tree, on display at Lauritzen Gardens.
This evening, enjoy a taste of Ireland with dinner at the Brazen Head Irish Pub. Enjoy a traditional Irish meal and live music. Following dinner, enjoy a performance of The Christmas Carol at the Omaha Community Playhouse. It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes you on a life-changing journey filled with lovely costumes, exquisite music, beautifully crafted sets and special effects second to none. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Depart for Home
After breakfast, depart for home. (B)