Spending The Holidays In Nebraska

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nebraska Tourism for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

In less than two weeks I'll be driving back to Nebraska with my mom and sister for holiday vacation. How can it possibly be that Christmas is already here?

Feels like just yesterday I made the trip back toVisit Nebraska for a little fall getaway. It was a weekend my niece and nephew met me in Omaha and we did everything and more within just two short days.

We had brunch at Wheatfields in the Old Market. (Always delicious and way too much food!)

A trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo.

And of course a stop at the biggest and best pumpkin patch in the world, Valas.

I've never been one to pass up old timey photos. They're just too fun. Also, I'm pretty sure Vala's gets bigger and better every time I visit. If you've never been before, definitely put this place on your list. It's more like an amusement park than a pumpkin patch these days.

But I have to say I think the kids' favorite part of the trip was staying at one of Omaha's newer hotels downtown, the Even Hotel. The rooms are equipped with exercise accessories (like medicine balls and jump ropes) which blew Knox and Lola's mind. And we can't forget the indoor pool which is as good as it gets when you're a kid.

When I head back in a couple of weeks we'll do all of our December traditions which includes ice skating at the Conagra rink, lights in the Old Market, and the holiday display tour in my hometown of Norfolk. I absolutely love driving back at holiday time and passing through all of the quaint downtowns with their wonderful Christmas decor on the way.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

To view a full list of things to do in Nebraska check out Nebraska Events.

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  1. Old photos with the family are the best, and they are so awkward too. So looking back on them right after, and years later the laughter never dies.

  2. Christmas eve: Throw a party for my family's Jewish friends at my parents' place, where we have Chinese food and revel.

    Some evening during the holiday season (frequently Christmas night): Drive around town looking at Christmas lights. Follow up the drive with hot chocolate and maybe a movie.

    One night of Hanukkah: Mom's latkes and hot dogs. Yum, yum, yum!

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