November 27, 2020 – January 10, 2021

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. Although this year may look a bit different, 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.

Here comes santa claus…


Santa visits six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, November 27-December 23!

Our brand new, reimagined socially distanced Santa experience will allow guests to still see Santa in-person while keeping kids and the jolly old elf himself safe.

  • TUESDAYS: 10AM-12PM, 1-3PM and 5-7PM*
  • SUNDAYS: Noon-3PM*
How can I talk to Santa?

Santa knows about COVID-19.  He wants each of you to be safe.  He wants to be safe and keep this sickness away from the North Pole where there have been no cases reported. Santa is pleased that the Durham Museum is taking care to give you an opportunity to visit with Santa and keep safe.

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. 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 inside the museum. Masks must be worn throughout your visit, including while taking photo ops with the tree or during your socially distanced Santa experience.

When you make your ticket purchase/reservation you are selecting your arrival time. You are welcome to see Santa 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 and from 3-5PM on Tuesdays. Please plan accordingly.



…and Rudolph too!

*Don’t forget! Santa’s reindeer join him Tuesday evenings and Sundays.
Reindeer are available to visit with one hour longer than Santa, so you’ll have plenty of time to visit with all our guests from the North Pole:

  • SUNDAYS: Noon-4PM


Did you miss the Tree Lighting Ceremony?
View it now »

HOLIDAY displays

Holiday Cultural Trees Display
November 27, 2020 – January 10, 2021

A holiday favorite returns to The Durham’s galleries during Christmas at Union Station. The display is one of the enduring fixtures of the season and showcases how cultures from around the world celebrate the holiday season. Each tree is decorated by a local Omaha cultural group and is accompanied by interpretative text explaining the meaning behind the various decorations and unique traditions of each culture.

Season’s Greetings, Omaha!
November 27, 2020 – January 10, 2021

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, Lauritzen Gardens, The Omaha Symphony, The Rose Theater, The Omaha Community Playhouse 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!

visitor information

All visitors are required to wear a mask and asked to practice social distancing while inside the museum.

Visitors need to use our timed ticketing system for admissions. Timed ticketing offers reserved time slots to ensure paced guest arrivals and moderated attendance levels. Each person visiting, including members, must reserve or buy a ticket in advance online or over the phone, including children and museum members. 

When you make your ticket purchase or reservation, you are selecting your arrival time. There are currently no time limits to the length of a museum visit, but the average visit is around 90 minutes.


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


Christmas at Union Station is Presented By


Major Sponsor
Conagra Brands Foundation
Supporting Sponsors
Union Pacific Mangelsen's
Special thanks to Norm’s Door Service, Terry Hughes Tree Service, Omaha Police Department and Duke Aerial.
Media support provided by

Tree Lighting Ceremony 2020

On Thanksgiving night we kicked off Christmas at Union Station, presented by FNBO, with the annual lighting of the tree. Watch it now »