Digital Editor Ginger Crichton shares must-visit destinations for a holiday trip to Omaha.

By Ginger Crichton
October 24, 2016

1. Lauritzen Gardens More than 5,000 poinsettias + model trains running past miniature Omaha landmarks = instant holiday hit (

2. The Durham Museum The city's largest indoor Christmas tree stretches 45 feet toward the Art Deco ceiling of the train-station-turned-history-museum (


3. The Berry and Rye Craft cocktails- like the Trinidad Smoke made with dark rum and infused with tobacco smoke- reflect the bar's sexy appeal (

4. Pitch Pizzeria Coal-fired Thai Pie with peanut sauce or Pitch Your Own with fresh mozzarella warms a winter day at this lively Dundee spot (


5. Residence Inn Marriott Omaha Downtown A vintage FBI poster, vault door and terrazzo tile remind guests of the all-suite hotel's days as the Federal Building (

6. Old Market Snowflake-shape lights, an ice-skating rink and strolling musicians bring the holiday spirit to the revived warehouse district (


7. Over Easy Locally sourced ingredients flavor dishes like fruit-filled Pop Tarts and Dutch Baby pancakes with house-made jam (

8. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Gaze into a klipspringer's eyes and you'll never want to leave the toasty Desert Dome, part of this huge zoo containing an indoor jungle, too (


Three Things You Probably Didn't Know

1. The 2,080-piece Chihuly glass sculpture at the Joslyn Art Museum weighs 15,000 pounds (

2. Even the ice cream at Modern Love restaurant is vegan (it's made with coconut milk) (

3. Magnolia Hotel Omaha sets out free milk and cookies every night-and not just for Santa (