The holiday spirit will be in full shine at Midtown Crossing this week as Opera Omaha, the Heartland Hoedowners and another chorus of celebrity carolers join the season-long Miracle on Farnam celebration.
Omaha’s newest holiday happening, Miracle on Farnam has drawn thousands to Midtown Crossing to marvel at the 14 dazzling window displays, each one showcasing the artistry and
imagination of Omaha’s most respected arts and cultural organizations.
The displays are available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. through New Year’s Day. On Thursday, December 20, in conjunction with Miracle on Farnam, superstar talent from Opera Omaha -- Amanda DeBoer, Kirk Vaughn Robinson, Laura Quest and Drew Duncan – will be caroling around the 24-foot Christmas tree in Farnam Court from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
“It’s just the event to heighten your holiday spirit as you take in the window displays while shopping and dining at Midtown Crossing,” said Josh Tague, communications manager, Opera Omaha.
He added, “We (Opera Omaha and Omaha in general) are fortunate to have such experienced, charismatic, and driven singers like these. “
The festive, free entertainment continues on Friday, December 21 with a high-powered performance by the Heartland Hoedowners and "Celebrity Bell Ringing and Caroling," Midtown Crossing’s Christmas collaboration with The Salvation Army.
“Carolers and other talented volunteers will entertain and hopefully attract the attention of shoppers and diners to help raise donations for The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign,” said Susan Eustice, director of public relations, The Salvation Army Western Division.
Celebrity carolers will ring and sing from 5-7 p.m. with a break at 6 p.m. for the performance by the Heartland Hoedowners, the award-winning clogging organization from Elkhorn, NE.
“You can expect to see a toe-tapping, hand clapping show with exciting partner tricks, holiday music and just plain fun,” said Vicki Dunkle, event coordinator, Heartland Hoedowners.
The Hoedowners’ Midtown Crossing performance follows a thrilling appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City just last month. Some of the 54 girls who danced for more
than 3.5 million spectators will be performing on Dec. 21.
Further enhancing the holiday experience this season are Midtown Crossing’s holiday lights.