Old World Christmas Around the World

Experience Christmas around the world in Omaha, NE! Nebraska’s largest city seems like an unlikely place to experience international culture, but holiday seekers are flocking to attend its local cultural festivals.

Leaving Lubbock, we will first overnight in Great Bend, KS, then drive to Omaha the next day, arriving in time for our first holiday adventure, the Madrigal Christmas Dinner Show. This unique form of dinner theater will transport us to the Renaissance years in an old English castle! The next morning, we will enjoy kolaches and coffee at the Czech & Slovak Museum while learning about Omaha’s Czech culture. Next is the gingerbread house exhibit at the Mormon Trails Center, where over 100 professionally created gingerbread houses of all shapes and sizes are displayed. For lunch, an authentic Polish meal will be served with a special dance presentation. That afternoon, we will head to Lauritzen Gardens to see the poinsettia display that includes miniature trains traveling across their flaming red leaves. Before attending “A Christmas Carol” musical that evening, we will tour behind the scenes of the largest community theater in the country. The next morning a step-on guide will give us a tour of Omaha’s past, present, and future, then we lunch at the Joslyn Art Museum, where more than 11,000 works of art are on display. After lunch we head to Union Train Station and Durham Museum, exploring Omaha back in the 1930’s, and maybe some ice cream for dessert. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at the General Crook House, experiencing a Victorian Christmas back in the 1880’s. The grand finale of our time in Omaha is the Christmas Celebration Show at Holland Performing Arts Center, where Broadway stars sing and dance with the Omaha Symphony. The next morning, we begin our journey south toward home, stopping in Dodge City, KS to overnight.

The cost is $994 per person/two to a room, $1324 per person/single room, and $886 per person/triple room. A $100 deposit (per person) reserves your space. The remainder is due no later than November 5.  Cost includes transportation, lodging and breakfast each morning, activities, and planned meals (see above). Deposit refunds are subject to King’s Highway’s prepaid obligations.

Activity level: low to medium