Ring in the New Year with fireworks in downtown Omaha

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 10:57 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Out with the old, in with the new: It’s time to celebrate the end of 2020.

What better way to ring in 2021 than with the signature fireworks show on New Year’s Eve at the Holiday Lights Festival.

Every year, families flock to downtown Omaha to watch the show. The fireworks display will still happen tonight; but this year, families are being encouraged to park near the CHI Health Center and stay in their cars.

This year’s theme honors the spirit of the community and pays tribute to essential employees and healthcare workers for the job they’ve done caring for people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They’ve been keeping our hospitals up and running and keeping the patients as comfortable as possible, so it’s really just honoring our everyday heroes, and that’s really our theme this year,” said Kylie Vonnahme from Holiday Lights Festival.

Music goes along with the show so people will be able to listen on the radio from the safety and comfort of their cars.

“If you do get out, stand right by your vehicle. But we would encourage everyone to stay in your vehicles,” said Kylie Vonnahme. If you’re downtown and you do decide to go to the old market that’s up to you, but we do encourage everyone to be as safe as possible watching the fireworks this evening.”

Bundle up and celebrate the New Year with us in downtown Omaha. The Holiday Lights Festival Fireworks Spectacular begins...

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The Holiday Lights Festival starts at 6 p.m. and parking is free in Meca lots A, B, and C near the CHI Health Center, and the Gallup parking lots.

The fireworks start at 7 p.m. but you’re encouraged to arrive early and stay in your car for the 15-minute display. Downtown parking meters will be free of charge after 5 p.m.

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