November 26, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Time to trim the tree, bake some cookies, wrap those presents and, of course, visit The Durham Museum! Christmas at Union Station, presented by FNBO, is back for another year of festive fun. The magic of Christmas continues at The Durham Museum and we hope you will join us! This long-standing tradition features Omaha’s official Christmas tree, holiday concerts and Santa himself.

Christmas at Union Station tree

See the region’s largest indoor Christmas Tree! Standing at over 40-feet-tall, this year’s tree was donated by Rosemary Synowiecki and her late husband Dinker of Omaha and will feature a special nod to Union Station’s 90th anniversary.

HOLIDAY display

Season’s Greetings, Omaha!
November 26, 2021 – January 9, 2022

The Durham has partnered with six local organizations this season to unwrap the joys their programs bring to the holidays. In festive displays, these institutions (El Museo Latino, Omaha Conservatory of Music, The Omaha Symphony, The Rose Theater, Great Plains Black History Museum and the Omaha Children’s Museum) will present tableaus of their programming and decoration for guests to discover. We hope this inspires visits to their sites and more!

give the gift of membership!

A Durham Museum membership is the gift that can truly be enjoyed all year long! From unlimited free admission to discounts on purchases in the Soda Fountain and Hitchcock Museum Shop, a membership is the best way to experience all that the museum has to offer.


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Shine the Light on Hunger

Throughout the holiday season, you can drop off non-perishable food items at The Durham to help support the Food Bank for the Heartland as part of Conagra Brands Foundation’s Shine the Light on Hunger campaign. Please help us fight hunger in our community and assist those in greatest need!

Shine the Light on Hunger

Here comes santa claus…


Santa visits six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, November 26-December 23!
Last year’s Santa experience was so popular we are bringing it back again! Children can sit on Santa’s lap or give the big guy a call on our old-fashioned telephones…you choose!

  • SUNDAYS: Noon-3PM

Santa takes a break from Noon-1PM each day, except Sunday. Please plan accordingly. Visits with Santa are included with museum admission, free to members.

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Santa will also be visiting Tuesday evenings 5-7PM for Family Nights with Santa, advance registration required. See holiday events calendar below.

Holiday concert series

Saturdays, Noon-1PM and Tuesday evenings, November 27 – December 21
Enjoy some of the area’s most beautiful holiday music under the glow of The Durham’s Christmas tree. Talented local entertainers perform as part of The Durham Museum’s holiday concert series.Star 104.5

Special support for the concert series provided by Star 104.5 the Christmas Station.

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Christmas at Union Station is Presented By


Major Sponsor

Conagra Brands Foundation

Supporting Sponsors

Union Pacific OPPD Mangelsen's Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation

Special thanks to DH Pace, Duke Aerial, Terry Hughes Tree Service and Omaha Police Department.

Media support provided by



Adults: $11.00
Seniors (62+): $8.00
Children (ages 3 – 12): $7.00
Children 2 years and under FREE

Members: FREE!


Timed tickets are encouraged but not required. Walk-ins welcome.
Need help with your reservation or ticket purchase? Watch our “How To” video or view PDF Instructions.

**PLEASE NOTE** some events, such as Family Nights with Santa, require advanced registration, and are not included with regular admission. See event listing for registration details or call 402-444-5071 weekdays during normal business hours.

Christmas at Union Station


ADVANCED ADMISSION: is highly recommended throughout the popular Christmas at Union Station season. Reserve your entry time online or by phone.

MASKS: In accordance with CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated visitors are no longer required to wear a mask at the museum, however it is strongly recommended. Masks and social distancing are required for those who are not vaccinated. To ensure a safe and fun experience for the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, masks will be required at this event for everyone.

EVENT CAPACITY: Plan ahead! Our Family Nights with Santa and Noon Year’s Eve events have limited capacity and require advanced registration.

HOLIDAY HOURS: November 26 – January 9
Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-4PM
Sunday, Noon-4PM

  • SPECIAL HOURS!  Open Late 5- 8PM Tuesdays evenings for Family Nights with Santa:
    Tuesday, November 30
    Tuesday, December 7, 14 & 21
    Mondays • Christmas Day • Thanksgiving Day • New Year’s Day
  • EARLY CLOSE at 2PM on Christmas Eve

How can children talk with Santa?
You can visit Santa’s “cabin” located inside the Truhlsen Lecture Hall and talk with him from a distance on one of our “old-fashioned telephones or sit on his lap…you choose! If using the phone, Santa’s elves will be at the switchboard to make sure you get connected to the big guy himself. Then children have time to talk to Santa and tell him their wish list on their private phone call with the jolly old elf himself. (Telephones will be disinfected after each call.)

Social distancing and masks are required for those who are unvaccinated, including children.

This activity is included with museum admission. During the popular Christmas season, we highly encourage guests to reserve or buy a ticket in advance online or over the phone, including museum members. You are welcome to see Santa during his scheduled hours at any time during your visit. If there is a wait time, we ask that you please keep 6’ apart from other parties of guests. Santa takes a break from Noon-1PM each day, except Sunday. Please plan accordingly.

General FAQs may be found on the VISIT page of our website: