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Day 1 – Joslyn Castle & Celtic Music Concert – Madrigal Christmas Feast
Arriving in Omaha for a festive and luxurious holiday, you check into the chic Regency Marriott. Your afternoon begins with a visit to elegant Joslyn Castle, which today serves as a reminder of the immense philanthropic legacies of George and Sarah Joslyn, multi-millionaires who believed that the possession of great wealth carried a great obligation. While touring this 35-room Scottish Baronial Mansion (1903) you will enjoy a wonderful catered lunch and a concert of Celtic Christmas Harp music.
Your next stop is the Omaha’s Botanical Center a 100 acre urban oasis of beauty and tranquility. Come experience the glory of the garden and discover a hidden sanctuary within the heart of Omaha. Enjoy the wonder of the holiday Poinsettia gardens as you enrich your knowledge of nature.
You then check in to your home for next three nights the Regency Marriott. The exclusive Regency Court is just a short walk across the street with popular stores and restaurants like Borsheim’s, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Bonefish Grill, Whole Foods and Flemings Steak House. Here tonight, you enjoy a Madrigal Christmas Feast Dinner Show. Celebrate Christmas Renaissance Style with a yearly interactive dinner theatre that has entertained audiences since 1991! A cast of over 30 will treat the audience with beautiful Christmas music plus the antics of the Jester, Wench and Magician. (D)
Day 2 – Greek Christmas Dinner & The Play “A Christmas Carol”
This morning begins at a Lithuanian Bakery where you enjoy Torts & Coffee. The creation of this masterpiece evolves into a lengthy 3 day process. Painstaking care is taken in combining 8 wafer layers with butter creams of vanilla and lemon extracts – the middle layer is laced with a delicate hint of apricot.
The morning Bakery Adventure continues at the Mormon Trails Center’s Gingerbread Festival. From Calvin and Hobbes, to classic nursery rhymes, the Wizard of Oz, to religious scenes there is a gingerbread house fit for anyone to enjoy. Members of the community enter over 150 homes every year, the center is also decked out in holiday fashion with Christmas trees, lights and wreaths with an occasional music performance.
If you have an appetite after the Bakery Tours you’ll love a Polish Holiday Luncheon where an authentic polish meal is served with a special dance presentation celebrating the culture of Poles in Nebraska. This is followed by a visit to the campus of Boys Town, a National Historic Landmark District, it is all decked out for the holiday. Preserved in time inside this world-renowned village are the Hall of History museum, historic chapels, gardens, and Father Flanagan’s 1920s home. In fact, it’s the stuff that movies are made of; Boys Town, the 1938 movie starring Spencer Tracey and Mickey Rooney, won two Academy Awards (one of which is on display in the Hall of History).
This evening, you head to St. John’s Parish for a tour and dinner. Learn the history of the Church building, an explanation of the icons and of the Liturgy service. A Greek dinner is included this evening consisting of Kota Riganato (chicken greek style) with potatoes or rice, vegetable dish, salad, drink and Baklava for dessert. There is also a presentation of the Vasilopita – the Greek traditional New Year’s bread. Everyone in your group will receive a delicious slice and someone will receive the blessing coin!
Tonight, you enjoy a performance of The Christmas Carol. It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes you on a life-changing journey filled with lovely costumes, exquisite music, beautifully crafted sets and special effects second to none. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Dinner & Irish Music – Christmas with the Omaha Symphony
Start the day with a tour of the Historic Crook House. The Italianate house built in 1879 and on National Register of Historic Places, shows how a Commanding Officer lived on the Frontier in the 1880s and will be decorated for the holidays.
Next, you will have some free time for shopping and lunch on own in the Historic Old Market District. Discover unique boutiques, antique emporiums, pubs, restaurants, art and entertainment plus tasty sweet shops along cobblestone streets.
The afternoon features a tour the Durham Museum. Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at The Durham Museum. Making its home in one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, the festive Union Station, The Durham Museum provides a fascinating look at the history of the region with exciting, hands-on opportunities to experience history like you’ve never seen it before. From turn-of-the century innovations, a bison named “Scout” and a massive steam locomotive and rare coins.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at Cascio’s Steakhouse followed by a Traditional Irish Music Performance. Your Irish musician will compel you to dance a jig, clap your hands and join in. You will also discover the musical history of the Christmas Carol and various styles of Christmas music throughout the ages.
Then you have tickets for a Christmas Celebration at the Omaha Symphony. The magic at the Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration begins the moment you walk in. The lobbies are decorated in a winter wonderland theme, sprinkled with complimentary photo opportunities, holiday-themed beverages and snacks, and pre-concert entertainment such as bell choirs, dancers, singers, and musicians. It’s the merriest way to celebrate the season! Ernest Richardson, the Omaha Symphony, and a stellar cast of Broadway singers and dancers send your spirits soaring with festive favorites and Christmas classics. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Depart for home – After breakfast at the hotel, check out and travel home. (B)