Omaha’s Festival of Lights; Shining the Light on Hunger

One essential part of Omaha holidays is seeing the downtown area really dazzle. After a warm sit down meal at M’s Pub or Spaghetti Works, there’s nothing like a stroll to get you fully ready for the holiday vibe in this diverse and fantastic holiday landscape. Whether inspired by classic movies like “Home Alone” or “It’s a Wonderful Life”, getting out the door and into downtown Omaha for a light show will absolutely put you in the mood for 40 blocks of top notch holiday lights. Everyone on the hunt for family friendly activities that ring true for the season and make you think of stockings and well lit trees will not be disappointed. Put on by Mayor Jean Stothert and the Downtown Omaha Inc. Foundation, it is also backed by Con Agra Foods, KMTV Channel 3, and Star 104.5. There are a slew of activities here that everyone can enjoy as the neighbors get their decorations ready for display.

Sounds of the Season:

Each Saturday from the early part of the month until December 27, Pacific Life Insurance Company rounds up the cream of the crop as far as choral performers to take  the stage in the Gene Leahy Mall and The Old Market; young teens on up to seasoned professionals will take the stage here, providing a festive favorite for all in attendance. Acts such as Galmanaviches and Giselle, The renowned Master Singers, Jingle Bell Brass Ensemble, Millard North Middle School, and The Cuivre Brass Quintet will light up downtown Omaha in spirit and in voice. Five days before Christmas itself, The Omaha Academy Choir will perform at 11th and Farnam, while the people of Omaha really get ready to prepare their family stocking stuffers and trimmings.


Shining the Light on Hunger:

More than 24,000 children in Douglas County and 95,000 across Nebraska live unnecessarily hungry from day to day in this beautiful state we call home. There is absolutely a way to combat this need, and it comes to play by donating non perishable items for the holidays. Last year this campaign grew in support and provided around 1.3 million meals, making the day and entire month better for those who need a helping hand to lift them out of mounting bills, joblessness or other economic desperation. There really are plenty of good feelings that come from giving to others in unfortunate situations, and extending a hand where it’s really needed most. The Con Agra Foods Foundation will match donations to the Foodbank For the Heartland up to $100,000, and see to it that a few more members of the community don’t have empty stomachs for the season of 2014. One dollar providing three meals to those in need truly rivals inflation, and can make you feel like the magic of the holidays is at least reaching a few others in this time of year where giving is essential.

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