Celebrate the holiday season with fun, free events at Omaha Public Library

The holidays can be hectic. Don’t forget to take some time to slow down and enjoy the best the season has to offer. Omaha Public Library (OPL) can help with fun, free, pre-planned programs and activities for all ages to enjoy, including music, crafts, parties, and even visits with Santa! In the listings, a designation of RR means that registration is required. There may be age recommendations for some events. Daycare groups planning to attend an event are asked to call the hosting location in advance. Visit omahalibrary.org or call your local branch for more information.

Holiday hours: Nov. 28-29 – all locations closed; Dec. 24 – all locations close at 3 p.m.; Dec. 25 – all locations closed; Dec. 31 – all locations close at 6 p.m.; Jan. 1 – all locations closed

Parties & Santa Visits

  • Sunday, Dec. 1, noon-5 p.m.: Holiday Lights Family Festival at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800
  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Morning with Santa at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Dr., 402-444-5780
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Tiny Tots Santa Party at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6-7:30 p.m.: Holiday Extravaganza at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299, RR
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24, 10-11 a.m.: Snow Much Fun at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848
  • Friday, Dec. 27, 1-2:30 p.m.: Family De-Stress Fest at Millard Branch
  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Noon Year’s Eve at Saddlebrook Branch
  • Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-12:30  p.m.: Noon Year’s Eve Party at Florence Branch, RR

Crafts

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Make a Gingerbread House at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850, RR
  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 10-10:45 a.m.: Explore & Play – Winter Fun at South Omaha Library
  • Friday, Dec. 13, 3-4 p.m.: Teens Chat & Create Holiday Edition at W. Dale Clark Main Library
  • Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-3 p.m.: Winter Family Craft at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
  • Friday, Dec. 20, 3-5 p.m.: Teen Food & Fun – Gingerbread Stories and Houses at W. Dale Clark Main Library
  • Saturday, Dec. 21, 1-3:30 p.m.: Gingerbread Stories and Houses at W. Dale Clark Main Library, RR

Live Holiday Music

  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Holiday Music with George Walker at Milton R. Abrahams Branch
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Holiday Music with George Walker at Florence Branch

Storytimes

  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 10:15-11 a.m.: “Snowmen at Night” Family Storytime at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Gingerbread Preschool Storytime at W. Dale Clark Main Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24, 10:30-11 a.m.: Twas the Night Before Christmas Story & Craft at Saddlebrook Branch

While visiting your favorite OPL branch, be sure to stock up on books, music, movies and more to help get you set for the holidays. Cozy up with a winter romance or find a holiday survival handbook, and don’t forget about cookbooks! Put together a holiday playlist by downloading four free songs per week from Freegal or checking out sing-a-long-worthy CDs. Binge watch your favorite seasonal films by taking advantage of OPL’s extensive DVD collection.

Visit omahalibrary.org or your neighborhood branch for information about additional programs and services offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.