Making seasons bright

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November 24th, 2010

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Holiday Lights (Photo courtesy Holidaylightsfestival.org)

Omaha, NE – After you’ve had your fill of turkey and trimmings, family, friends, and football on Thanksgiving Day; don’t forget to attend the big holiday lighting ceremony and free concert later that evening in downtown Omaha. 

The city of Omaha will officially turn the holiday lights on at the Gene Leahy Mall, this Thanksgiving Day beginning at 6pm.  Vic Gutman is the event manager for this year’s Holiday Lights Festival.  Gutman said after the traditional lighting ceremony there’s a free concert featuring the Nebraska Wind Symphony, guest vocalist Camile Metoyer Moten, and a traditional community Christmas sing-a-long.

Gutman said the event will feature many of the favorite carols, “Some Silent Night for example,” he said, “some sleigh bells.” Gutman said this year’s programs will feature the carol lyrics too. “So you’ll actually have that there for you so you’re totally prepared to participate in the sing -a-long.”

Gutman said the concert will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center and can accommodate the first 2,000 people through the doors.  He also said this is a great way to kick off the holiday season.

“It’s also a drive to raise food for the Food Bank of the Heartland, and people are encouraged to bring down non-perishable food to the lighting ceremony, and to all of our other events that will going on between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.”

This is the 11th year for the Omaha Holiday Lights Festival.  Other events scheduled for the holiday season include the popular Wells Fargo Family Festival and the Old Market Holiday Festival which includes ice skating at the ConAgra Foods campus. You can also enjoy a Charles Dickens “Victorian Style” Christmas in the Old Market, and, of course, there is a the big fireworks display ringing in the New Year.

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