Christmas in the Village at 24th & Lake is in its 10th year of a holiday tradition and community celebration presented by the Empowerment Network, Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Revive! Omaha, Family Housing Advisory Services and Love’s Jazz and Arts Center in partnership with over 100 organizations, businesses, ministries, artists and community groups. The event has grown from 1,000 the first year to over 5,000 coming back to the Historic 24th and Lake District.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 5 – Noon to 5 pm in the “heart” of North Omaha between 24th & Burdette and 24th & Ohio. Christmas in the Village is one of the fastest and growing events in North Omaha and is part of the ongoing North Omaha Village Zone Revitalization Plan and rebirth of the arts, culture, and entertainment district at 24th and Lake. Christmas in the Village started as a vision from Willie Barney and was initially designed by Vicki Quaites-Ferris, Deborah Bunting, Stacy Henry, Michael Maroney and the OEDC (Omaha Economic Development Corporation) team.
The event, presented by the Empowerment Network in partnership with the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC), American National Bank, Turnback Tax Committee, Nebraska Arts Council, and KETV Channel 7 Omaha, takes place at 24th & Lake, between Burdette and Ohio Streets, from noon to 5 p.m.
It’s an opportunity to purchase your gifts while supporting local businesses, featuring the Holiday Boutique, Styles of Evolution, Fair Deal Village Marketplace, Emery’s Cafe’, Members Market at the Union, Mobile Nail Salon, and other retailers.
Event organizers provide free toys and treats, face painting and balloon artists, interactive arts & crafts, free mitten and gloves giveaway, live nativity animals (including a camel and donkey) and the popular free horse-drawn carriage rides!
Those in attendance also have the opportunity to enjoy delicious food for purchase provided by food vendors, mobile food trucks, Emery’s Café, Revive Center, as well as sno-balls, popcorn, hot cocoa and apple cider.
Entertainment includes live outdoor holiday music, gospel & jazz, local artists, church choirs, dance groups, children can visit with Santa and receive a small toy and interact with popular life-sized characters (Olaf, Elsa, Doc McStuffins, and Mickey Mouse). Visitors can register to win a 40” inch flat screen TV at Styles of Evolution, a 50″ inch flat screen television at the Holiday Boutique, and $50 gift certificates at Family Housing. Christmas in the Village is an annual favorite you won’t want to miss!
Special thanks to the following sponsors: Omaha Economic Development Corporation, American National Bank, Nebraska Arts Council, Revive! Omaha, NIFA, Family Housing Advisory Services, The Omaha Star, Veridian Credit Union, Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, Omaha Small Business Network, Urban League of Nebraska, 75 North, The Sherwood Foundation, and the Holiday Lights Festival.
This event is also in collaboration with: North Omaha Arts Alliance, 100 Black Men, Omaha NAACP, CHI Health, Surreal Media, The Cooler, Black Police Officers Association, Great Plains Black History Museum, Long School Neighborhood Assoc., Neighborhood Action & Fact, Styles of Evolution, Omaha Police Department, Union for Contemporary Art, North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, LeFlore’s New Look Fashion, Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Jesse’s Place, Drips Coffee, plus over 80 other local organizations.