Holiday Fun

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Holiday Fun

Before you know it, the ground will blanketed with snow and the twinkle of holiday lights will be around almost every corner. The changing of the season brings the holiday festivities and there is no better place than North Platte to celebrate this special time of year!

Santa’s Workshop at Cody park

This enormous Christmas display is one of North Platte’s favorite holiday traditions! From Saturday, November 27th until Thursday, December 30th you can view the the displays and lights Monday-Thursday from 5:00-10:00pm- but the Cody Park carousel and other rides, concessions with holiday treats and marshmallow roasting pits, hayrack rides, visits from Santa, and more more will be on Fridays-Sundays in December with its final celebration of the season being Monday, December 20th through Friday, December 24th.

You can view the full Cody Park Holiday Calendar here!

1601 N Jeffers St, North Platte, NE

Christmas Village at the Lincoln County Historical Museum

Create holiday memories with your family in the safety and comfort of your own car! The Lincoln County Historical Museum’s Western Heritage Village transforms into an incredible Christmas Village each year during the holiday season! The event is free to the public, but donations are welcomed. The museum has its own radio station playing Christmas songs to help get you into the holiday spirit and popcorn is provided. This display will be open on weekends in December from 6:00-9:30pm as well as being open for it’s final days of the season on Thursday, December 23rd and Friday, December 24th. Trust us- you don’t want to miss out on this magical holiday event!

2403 N Buffalo Bill Ave, North Platte, NE

Christmas Carriage Rides

A magical Christmas carriage ride through the beautiful Historic Canteen District downtown, decorated for the holiday season! Plus, shops will be open late for Christmas shopping. The horses will be out every Thursday in December from 5:30-9:00pm. You can book one seat, two, or the entire carriage for the whole family or a romantic private ride. Make reservations and get more information here!

The Historical Canteen District of North Platte

Christmas At The Cody’s

We are anxiously awaiting the full return of this beloved North Platte tradition in 2022, but for this holiday season you can still admire the beautiful Buffalo Bill Mansion and grounds by driving past or walking around outside. Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historic Park will be decked out with all of the usual outside decorations. The inside will be closed to the public in 2021 due to Covid-19. This display is up now and will remain up through December 25th.

2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Rd, North Platte, NE

Whimsical Wonderland Art Gallery

From Friday, December 3rd until Tuesday, December 28th you can view this light-hearted exhibit at the Prairie Arts Center between 11:00am-4:00pm on Tuesday-Saturday. Feel the holiday cheer by looking at the winter, wonder, and whimsy holiday art produced by all ages.

416 N Jeffers St, North Platte, NE

Cowboy Christmas Craft Show

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! This fun, holiday shopping event will be on Saturday, November 6th from 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, November 7th from 9:00am-4:00pm at the D&N Event Center. We could list all of the amazing things you’ll find here but it would take up the whole page, so you’ll just have to check out the local and handmade goods for yourself! Admission is a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the food pantry.

501 E Walker Rd, North Platte, NE

Christmas in the Neighborhood

This free event offers ton of family fun and is the perfect event to help you kick off the Christmas season! On Saturday, November 13th from 11:00am-2:00pm there will be live reindeer, food, activities, a visit from Santa Clause himself, and much more!

Westfield Shopping Center in North Platte

Holiday Market & Chili Feed

Chili and cinnamon rolls while shopping from local vendors? Yes, please! This event is free-will donation and there will be a drive thru option- so get into the holiday spirit by heading to the Hershey American Legion Hall on Saturday, November 13th from 11:00am-2:00pm.

108 E 2nd St, Hershey, NE

Holiday Craft Fair

Who doesn’t love to shop local for holiday gifts? This Holiday Craft Fair will be at Sox & Nana’s Kids Kingdom and will feature door hangers, quilts, home decor, and so much more! Come find everything hand crafted here from 8:00am-3:00pm on Saturday, November 20th!

109 N Bryan Ave, North Platte, NE

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is back! From November 15th-20th you can bid on all items online here.  Or join in on the real fun by heading to the Prairie Arts Center on Saturday, November 20th at 7:00pm. This evening event will have the online auction countdown and cocktails! Proceeds will benefit Lincoln County CASA.

416 N Jeffers St, North Platte, NE

Tour of Homes

On Sunday, November 21st you can enjoy the Sutherland Tour of Homes! Get inspired by looking at all of the holiday décor and creativity in Sutherland and maybe steal some ideas to up your own Christmas decorating game!

Sutherland, NE

Holiday Kids Fest

Santa, coloring, games, ornaments, prizes- need we say more?! Give the kids a holiday evening to remember on Thursday, December 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm.

The Historical Canteen District of North Platte

Holiday Market

Another great opportunity to shop homemade gifts, craft items, and local small businesses! Plus, a soup lunch will be provided. This event is on Saturday, December 4th from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Brady Community Center.

121 N Main St, Brady, NE

A Christmas Craft Fair

All of your favorite brands such as Tupperware, Scentsy, and Usborne Books will be here, plus plenty of handmade goods! Check it all out on Saturday, December 4th from 9:00am-2:00pm at The Rock Church.

2001 W A St, North Platte, NE

Holiday Craft Fair

On Saturday, December 4th from 9:00am-3:00pm at the First Church you can enjoy this awesome event that builds community and provides an opportunity for you to support local crafters. Every item is homemade and are quality products.

1600 West E St, North Platte, NE 69101

Santa’s Workshop

Children of all ages are invited to attend Santa’s Workshop at North Platte Community College on Thursday, December 9th from 4:30-6:30pm in the fireplace area of the McDonald-Belton Building. Activities will include visits with Santa, cookie decorating, crafts, games, and prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is a canned food item, which will be donated to The Salvation Army of North Platte.

NPCC South Campus, 601 W. State Farm Rd.

Light Up the Bricks Christmas Parade

Bundle up the whole family and watch the Christmas Parade downtown! This holiday staple takes place on Thursday, December 9th at 5:30pm.

The Historical Canteen District of North Platte

NPCC Holiday Concert

The North Platte Community College music department will host a holiday concert that is is free and open to the public. It will include performances by NPCC’s concert choir, jazz band and Knightingales – a women’s select choir. The college’s new youth choir, the Prairie Angels Chorale, will also be featured. Selections will range from traditional Christmas carols to lesser-known Spanish pieces and a Hanukkah song. It’s all happening at North Platte Community College South Campus on Thursday, December 9th from 7:00-8:00pm.

601 W State Farm Rd, North Platte, NE 69101

Christmas Cookie Decorating & Wine Sipping

Get a jump on your Christmas baking and let the Old Depot Vineyard & Winery take care of the hard part! Enjoy a festive night out and get into the holiday spirit all while enjoying local vino and decorating cookies on Thursday, December 9th from 7:00-9:00pm.

33651 E Banner Rd, Brady, NE


Holiday Road Drive Thru

This lighted Christmas block is sure to bring you holiday cheer! There will be plenty to see as well as cookies, coffee, hot cider, and hot cocoa provided by the Guardians of the Children. This event is a free will donation and will run from 6:00-9:00pm on December 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th.

Located on the 700 block of East 10th Street (enter 10th Street from Poplar Street)

Winter Wonderland

Tis the season to be jolly at The Lincoln County Fairgrounds! They will have a Christmas display and activities including hayrack rides, pictures with the Grinch, ornament decorating, a coloring contest, a snowball game, and more. Plus there will be hot apple cider, hot chocolate, smores, and sugar cookies. This event is happening from 4:00-8:00pm on both Saturday, December 11th and Saturday, December 18th.

5015 Rodeo Road, North Platte, NE

Christmas in the Park

Meet Santa Clause himself on Sunday, December 12th from 2:00-4:00pm. This event brings all of the family fun with a visit from Santa and a special mystery guest! So bundle up and enjoy the perfect holiday photo op!

Washington Park, Hershey, NE

Christmas Carol Dinner

Come enjoy an evening of delicious food and holiday cheer at The Old Depot Vineyard & Winery on Sunday, December 12th from 5:00-7:00pm. Soup & appetizer bar, Christmas Carol Bingo with sing-along, prizes, and lots of holiday spirit. Tickets are $40/pair with limited seating.

Big Daddy B & the Wrecking Machine is an acoustic duo that plays a wide variety of music, from old country classics to 80s pop hits, alternative/indie rock songs, and everything in between.

33651 E Banner Rd, Brady, NE 69123

Museum Christmas Lights Tour

Take a magical horse-drawn tour of the beautiful Buffalo Bill Ranch lit up for the holiday season and the nearby Lincoln County Historical Museum to view the festive Christmas Village display on December 12th, 17th, or 24th. This is a great way to skip the long lines to visit the unique Christmas display at the museums! Book seats on the wagon or the Cinderella carriage for this one-of-a-kind Christmas tour. Each tour lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. The tour will check in and begin in the big parking lot at the Buffalo Bill Ranch. To see times and to book a spot click here.

2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Rd, North Platte, NE

Photos & Visits with Santa

Santa will be at District 177! He will be ready for a photoshoot with you and your family at Center Court from 2:00pm-4:00pm on December 12th, 18th, and 19th. Snap your own photo for $10 cash, per family.

1000 S. Dewey St, North Platte, NE

Santa Night

Come see Santa and enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, snacks, candy, gift bags, Christmas ornament decorating, photos with Santa, and more! All of this fun is happening on Monday, December 13th at 6:30pm. Call Becky at the Village of Brady office to ask questions or to volunteer at (308)584-3316.

Brady, NE

Santa & His Reindeer

Meet Santa and his reindeer at Western Nebraska Bank on Thursday, December 16th from 3:00-5:00pm.

600 S. Dewey, North Platte, NE

North Platte Christmas Canteen Festival

A Sentimental Musical Journey will begin at 2:00pm.
This performance will take you through the music of the World War II era, celebrating a mistake which turned into one of history’s largest wartime volunteer efforts: The North Platte Canteen. Come get “In the Mood” with North Platte’s own Glenn Miller style big band and vocalists who will “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

Whistle Stop Stories will begin at 7:30pm
During the North Platte World War II Canteen over six million service members were served. Stories of the generosity, hardship, and kindness that those involved in the North Platte Canteen endured are showcased in this moving production that will transport you back in time.

Both events will be held at the North Platte Community Playhouse and will have concessions and alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Tickets will go on sale December 1st and can be purchased here.

301 E 5th St, North Platte, NE

Holiday Pictures with the Glitch

The Glitch will be at Prairie Arts Center on Saturday, December 19th from 11:00am-2:00pm for pictures! Take your pictures and upload them to North Platte Post to win prizes! The gift shop will also be 20% off all day Saturday!

416 N Jeffers St, North Platte, NE

Christmas Snapshots

The North Platte High School Performing Arts Center is the place to be on Saturday, December 18th from 7:00-8:15pm or Sunday, December 19th from 2:00-3:15 pm. North Platte High School’s Advanced Acting will present a new play written by students and staff. This show will be sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!

1220 W 2nd St, North Platte, NE 69101


Sutherland Christmas Parade/Cruise

On Wednesday, December 22nd Decorated vehicles, farm implements, horses, wagons, and more will line up at the football field parking lot at 6:30pm. The parade/cruise will begin at 7:00pm and will go all over Sutherland looking at Christmas lights. All are welcome to join in or watch!


Ugly Sweater Party

Pal’s Brewing is throwing an Ugly Sweater Party! Enjoy some of their delicious beer, have some wonderful food, and compete in the ugly sweater contest. Join in on the fun Thursday, December 23rd. Judging will start at 8:00pm and prizes will be awarded at 9:00pm.

4520 S Buffalo Bill Ave, North Platte, NE

Seasonal Art & Craft Classes

There are plenty of opportunities throughout November and December to try your hand at holiday painting, ceramics, and more- and some include sipping adult cocktails while you get creative!

Sign up for a festive class at any of these local gems.

Prairie Arts Center

Tipsy Canvas

North Platte Public Library