Finding the best Christmas light displays is one of the least stressful traditions you can partake in this holiday season. All you need is a car full of loved ones, a little bit of gas in the tank, and enough hot chocolate to go around. Of course, your favorite Christmas music is also a delightful necessity to set the mood. But once you have all of those things in order, the rest is easy, especially if you use our list to guide you to the most spectacular light displays near you.
The State Capitol
The State Capitol, located in downtown Lincoln, is open every day for the rest of the year except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Capitol’s indoor Christmas tree display is the perfect way to incorporate a bit of history into your Christmas light search. The annual Christmas tree at the Capitol is the Nebraska version of the Rockefeller tree. Not nearly as tall, but still a tradition you won’t want to miss. The tree arrives the first week of December and is decorated to represent Nebraska’s 93 counties.
Another indoor option is the Stuhr Museum located in Grand Island. Now thru January 4th, the Stuhr Museum offers a Fantasy of Trees Exhibit that showcases dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m , and admission will definitely fit into your budget with winter season pricing ranging by age from $4-$6, and everyone five and under free!
If you live in Omaha, or you’re just feeling like a little drive, you can’t miss the Christmas displays lighting the way through the Old Market. You can even stop to eat at one of the many popular restaurants in downtown Omaha, or simply drive through and enjoy the white twinkle lights that almost seem to make winter just a little bit warmer. While you’re there, you can check out some other Omaha festivities, as shared by our sister company, CBSHOME.
Lincoln Children’s Zoo
If you have little kids who need a little more entertaining than just driving around town, try the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. It’s an outdoor event, so you’ll still get to enjoy all that winter has to offer, and it’s open December 1-4, 9-11, and 16-18. You’ll need to purchase a ticket, but you’ll get to enjoy Christmas lights, decorations, hot chocolate, elves, and even Santa Claus. You can find more details about The North Pole Express here.
Keep it Simple
If all you really need to keep you happy is a drive through town, then check out the Journal Star’s 2015 list of the best light displays. It’s a good bet that these houses will rise to the occasion again this year with whimsical Christmas displays.
But the best place to start is your own neighborhood (and maybe even your own home if you’re feeling creative). Start on your home turf and branch out from there. Just don’t forget to drive through a few of the nativity scenes at local churches. There are a number to choose from, but Southern Heights Presbyterian Church hosts a living nativity December 15-16, and Piedmont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church offers a Journey to Bethlehem.