11.22.2010 / Join the Holiday Magic at Union Station

It is that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and soon we will all be busy shopping, wrapping and spreading holiday cheer. But do not let the holiday season pass you by without participating in the holiday magic at The Durham Museums Christmas at Union Station.

"The Durham Museums Christmas at Union Station is one of the regions most cherished traditions."

There are festivities planned from November 26, 2010 – January 2, 2011 so there is plenty of time for everyone to participate.

About Christmas at Union Station
The Durham Museum’s Christmas at Union Station is one of the region’s most cherished traditions. Union Pacific Railroad began the tradition over 75 years ago by cutting down a Christmas tree from along its right of way in the Pacific Northwest and transporting it to Omaha’s Union Station. The tree greeted the thousands of passengers arriving on trains during the holiday season in the heyday of passenger rail service.

The Durham Museum, with the assistance of many community partners, has continued the tradition by accepting donations of trees from local homeowners and putting it on display during the holiday season. Each year, Union Pacific employees cut down the tree and place it in The Durham’s Suzanne & Walter Scott Great Hall.

Christmas at Union Station 2010 is presented by ConAgra Foods. Additional holiday magic provided by Union Pacific, Mangelsen’s, Claas Omaha LLC, Jay Moore Landscaping, Omaha Public Power District, Husker Glass, Duke Aerial Equipment, and Baker’s.

The Durham Museum begins this season-long celebration with the Tree Lightening Ceremony and then continues the festivities with an exceptional line-up of events and exhibits:

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 26, 4-7PM
The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is a holiday favorite! Renowned vocalist, Michael Lyon will perform live in front of The Durham’s beautiful Christmas tree. His Frank Sinatra style of music is certain to put visitors in the holiday spirit. During this family-friendly event, visitors can also take part in cookie decorating, create holiday crafts in Mangelsen’s Craft Corner, and children can share wish lists with Santa and Mrs. Claus under the glow of the tree.

Ethnic Holiday Festival
Friday, December 3, 5-9PM
Visitors will learn how the world celebrates this joyful time of year during the Ethnic Holiday Festival. Local cultural organizations proudly display their crafts and traditional dress while musicians and dancers perform throughout the evening. Visitors can also purchase hard-to-find ethnic foods and gifts.
Sponsored in part by The Durham Museum’s On Track Guild.

Family Nights with Santa
Tuesday, December 7, 14 and 21, 5-8PM
During the busy holiday season, The Durham Museum is making it easy for families to create special memories! Children will be able to share their wish lists with Santa and meet his reindeer, who will be making a special stop at the museum! Families will also be able to take part in holiday crafts in Mangelsen’s Craft Corner and enjoy live musical performances. During your stay, be sure to warm up with a free cup of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa topped with Reddi Wip, compliments of ConAgra Foods.

The Durham Museum’s Holiday Concert Series
Saturday & Sunday, December 4 & 5; 11 & 12; and 18 & 19
Enjoy some of the area’s most beautiful holiday music under the glow of The Durham’s Christmas tree. Talented local entertainers, school musicians, and choirs perform on weekends as part of The Durham Museum’s Holiday Concert Series.

Ethnic Holiday Trees Exhibit
Nov. 26, 2010 – Jan. 2, 2011
During your visit, be sure to stop by the Ethnic Holiday Trees Exhibit and explore holiday traditions from around the world! Created by local ethnic community groups, the exhibit showcases beautifully decorated trees representing their special holiday customs.
Sponsored in part by Pinnacle Bank.

The Durham’s Noon Year’s Eve Celebration
Friday, December 31, 10AM-1PM
Get an early jump on your New Year’s Celebration! Children will especially enjoy to this fun-packed party with music by Dino O’dell, special crafts and activities. The day ends with a celebratory bubble wrap stomp and ball drop at noon in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall.
Sponsored by ConAgra Foods.

Food Drive
Throughout the holiday season, The Durham will be accepting non-perishable food donations for the Omaha Food Bank. Visitors are encouraged to drop off donations and help support ConAgra Foods’ Shine a Light on Hunger Campaign! 

Have you participated in Christmas at Union Station in the past? We want to hear your stories!

For information about The Durham Museum please visit the museum’s Web site at

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