Christmas Traditions

Get in the spirit with the Downtown Christmas celebration just before Thanksgiving. Entertainment, gingerbread houses, story time and, of course, Santa Clause himself can be found during this event.

In December, visit a live Nativity at Fonner Park and the Grand Island City Singers give an annual Christmas Concert. The La Camerata Madrigal Singers’ dinner theater is thoroughly festive. Grand Island Little Theatre is likely to perform a Christmas play, and the Heartland Events Center may well have a Christmas concert.

Many of Grand Island's Christmas events have endured and grown for decades.

A Holiday Tour of Homes is a must-see for anyone who wants new ideas on how to decorate their own homes.

Stuhr Museum offers abundant Christmas activities. A recently created railroad-themed event, the North Pole Express, is a great addition to Railroad Town’s beautiful, lantern-lit Christmas Past & Present. Costumed interpreters fill the 1890s community making popcorn on wood stoves, stringing the popcorn for their Christmas trees and crafting Christmas cards. A myriad of decorated Christmas trees fill Stuhr Museum’s main building — designed by renowned architect Edward Durell Stone — for the Fantasy of Trees exhibit.