NoW – January 8, 2023
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.
🎄 This year’s tree was graciously donated by Janice Teegarden and Wayne Ogle of Omaha.
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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!
Holiday Memories at Brandeis Department Store
Holiday Cultural Tree Display
Christmas at Union Station is Presented By
Special thanks to DH Pace & Norm’s Door Service, Terry Hughes Tree Service, Omaha Police Department and Duke Aerial.
Media support provided by
Seniors (62+): $10
Children (ages 3 – 12): $7
Children 2 years and under FREE
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Advanced tickets are encouraged but not required. Walk-ins welcome.
VISITOR INFORMATION: This year our Noon Year’s Eve event will be the only event during Christmas at Union Station to have limited capacity and required advanced registration. Advanced admission is highly recommended throughout the popular Christmas at Union Station season to help expedite entry. Reserve your admission ticket online or by phone.
HOLIDAY HOURS: November 24 – January 8
- SPECIAL HOURS!
The museum reopens from 5-8PM for Family Nights with Santa:
Tuesday, November 29
Tuesday, December 6, 13 & 20
Mondays • Thanksgiving Day • Christmas Day • New Year’s Day
- EARLY CLOSE at 2PM on Christmas Eve
ADDITIONAL EVENT PARKING: The Conagra Brands parking lot at 7th & Leavenworth, with shuttle drop-off at the museum, is available during the following events:
- Holiday Cultural Festival, December 2 • Noon Year’s Eve, December 31
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.
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. 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:
THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS AT UNION STATION
Back in the 1930s, Union Pacific employees would select and cut a tree from along the railroad right-of-way in the Pacific Northwest, and then transport it to Omaha’s Union Station. In 1971, Union Station closed after Congress established the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, now Amtrak, to handle all railroad passenger travel. The building was donated to the City of Omaha. Union Station reopened as the Western Heritage Museum in 1975, and within the first two weeks the decision was made to re-install a giant tree in the Main Waiting Room of the Museum for Christmas. The Christmas at Union Station tradition was alive again!
While Union Pacific employees still harvest today’s tree, they haven’t had to travel nearly as far, as the museum’s tree is donated by a local family. Each summer we send out a call to Omaha area residents for tree nominations. Trees must meet a number of criteria to be considered. Durham staff then scout out each nomination, narrowing it down until the official tree is chosen!
Archive photos shown are from The Durham Museum Photo Archive, or shown courtesy of Union Pacific museum
Tune in as the tradition continues…
Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony
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Did you miss our 42-foot Christmas Tree come aglow on Thanksgiving Night? No worries! Watch the 20-minute replay, which features musical performances by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Concert Choir, Enjoli & Timeless, a greeting from Santa and the countdown to the lighting of the region’s largest indoor Christmas Tree.