Pandemic forces modifications to Omaha vacation traditions
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Every year organizers make Christmas in the village bigger and better – this year, live crib animals are featured at the annual Christmas party in Northern Omaha.
However, due to the coronavirus, the public must view all attractions from the safety of their cars.
Christmas in the Village is one of the major holiday events in Northern Omaha, drawing a growing number of people to the North 24th Street corridor.
“It’s grown every year, we’ve grown from a thousand to ten years to over 5,000, and we want to continue that tradition,” said Vicki Quaites-Ferris of the Empowerment Network.
This year, Christmas in the village is more about protecting the village.
There will be decorations along North 24th Street, but organizers don’t want pedestrian traffic.
No going from building to building. You want to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Instead, a drive through ceremony will take place. And the organizers say there’s plenty to see on your drive down North 24th Street.
For companies in the region, no pedestrian traffic means no business.
Valerie Bradford is the business owner of the Fair Deal Village Marketplace. She understands that it’s important to be safe.
“Christmas in the village is a huge source of income for my company every year and we will miss that,” she said.
Shopping online helps local businesses, and cruising down North 24th Street instead of walking around keeps people safe. COVID-19 has forced us all to make changes to our vacation events.
This is the 10th year of Christmas in the village.
The event is presented by the Empowerment Network and the Omaha Economic Development Corporation.
It will take place on December 5th.
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