The holidays officially return to The RiverFront in 2023! With hundreds of trees wrapped in white, twinkling lights, along with festive decorations scattered throughout Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis & Clark Landing, seasonal cheer can be seen throughout the park. Every Friday and Saturday night, watch as park comes to life with a dazzling multimedia show that can be seen on the Gene Leahy Mall Performance Pavilion, Burlington Building, and 10th Street Bridge video wall. New to The RiverFront in 2023, a nearly 70-foot-tall holiday will welcome visitors at 8th Street Arrival Plaza in Heartland of America Park. To learn more about some of The RiverFront’s seasonal activities and events, follow the links below.

Holly Days, December 2nd and 9th, 2023

Join us to celebrate the magic of the season at Holly Days – an enchanting holiday event set at The RiverFront December 2nd and 9th from 2 to 6 PM. With an array of festive activities, live holiday music, and heartwarming traditions, Holly Days promises to be a winter wonderland that will fill your heart with holiday cheer.

Capture the memories and create holiday cards with picturesque backdrops and charming seasonal props. Click on the link above to learn more about Holly Days at The RiverFront.

The RiverFront Food Drive, December 9th, 2023

The RiverFront is proud to announce an inaugural holiday food drive, sponsored by our partners at Valmont. The wintertime season is one of generosity and compassion, but it can also be challenging for some of our friends and neighbors. That’s why this December 9th, you can bring four nonperishable food items to our Skate Ribbon in exchange for skate rentals.

The RiverFront Skate Ribbon is located at Heartland of America Park. Click on the link above to learn more about The RiverFront Holiday Food Drive, as well as a list of accepted items.

Holiday Lights Festival

In partnership with the City of Omaha and Holiday Lights Festival producers Mayor Jean Stothert and Downtown Omaha Inc. Foundation, The RiverFront is proud to present the 2023 Lighting Ceremony at Gene Leahy Mall.  Following the return of holiday lights in 2022, this year’s celebration will commence on Saturday, November 25th at 6 PM. To learn more about the Holiday Lights Festival, which decorates various other locations around downtown Omaha, follow any of the links below.

While you’re enjoying holiday lights at The RiverFront, be certain to explore some of the other festive decorations that can be found in downtown Omaha!

In the Old Market, white lights, garland, and dazzling snowflakes will illuminate the brick streets and historic architecture. This sparkling spectacle spans several blocks, from 10th to 13th Streets, between Farnam and Jackson Streets.

The North Omaha lighting display will be showcased within a six-block area near 24th and Lake Streets.

In South Omaha, more glittering lights will be thoughtfully placed along 24th Street between L and Q Streets.