We welcome you to Nebraska, the birthplace of Tom and his photography,
and the home of Omaha's Old Market gallery!
Open since 1995, the Old Market gallery is one of our most spacious; featuring nearly 4000 square feet of polished oak floors and vaulted loft ceilings to showcase Tom's images. A hand-painted safe door (circa late 1800's) shares space with natural beauty from near and far.
Limitless possibilities await you in Omaha's Old Market! Browse distinctive shops and galleries, explore museums and parks, enjoy fantastic theatre and symphony, treat yourself to a horse and carriage ride through cobblestone avenues to a delightful meal in any of the area's many excellent restaurants. Whether you visit for an afternoon, or for an extended stay, you will be enchanted by the charm and character of Omaha and the Old Market!
Dec 1-3rd | Holiday Open House
Weekend Long | MANGELSEN – Images of Nature Galleries
We invite you to visit our gallery for a weekend of holiday cheer. You are sure to find the right gift for everyone on your list! Ask an Art Consultant about our special holiday offer! Tom will not be appearing at this event.
Year Long | First Friday Gallery Walk
6-9pm | MANGELSEN – Images of Nature Gallery and neighboring Old Market galleries.
First Friday is a free event celebrating local creativity in Omaha's most historic neighborhood. Stroll the Old Market's distinctive brick streets as you're serenaded by live music. Ignite your imagination in the art galleries, where you might explore a fresh perspective in the bold brushstrokes of a painting or in the contours of a bronze sculpture. Glimpse views of faraway lands and intense emotions. Many of the galleries celebrate new shows monthly with receptions where you can meet and talk with the artists who create the pieces you admire.
To make your First Friday experience even better we’re offering free parking and free rides on Ollie the Trolley, 6-9pm. Park free in the lot behind the Creighton physician’s clinic (southwest corner of 13th & Leavenworth). Park there and hop aboard the trolley to circulate the neighborhood. Ollie the Trolley sponsored by participating galleries.
Nov 23rd | Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony
6-7pm |Omaha’s Old Market & Gene Leahy Mall
With a countdown to zero, the 2017 Holiday Lights Festival will officially begin! Starting at 5:40 p.m., enjoy a special performance by Omaha Children’s Choir. At 6 p.m., Mayor Jean Stothert will lead the all-ages crowd in a countdown to the 2017 lighting display, with live fanfare by the Jingle Bell Brass Band. See downtown dazzle! The Gene Leahy Mall will be aglow with hundreds of thousands of beautiful white lights. Look for downtown businesses and residences also featuring elaborate lighting and holiday decorations. Enjoy the Holiday Lights every evening from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. through January 1, 2018. After the Thanksgiving Lighting ceremony, shop and dine in the Old Market. Don’t miss this opportunity to jump-start your holiday shopping or just relax with friends and family. Some of the Old Market’s finest shops, restaurants and pubs will be open following the Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony. While shopping in the Old Market, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride with your loved ones, available through Magical Journeys Carriage Service.
Nov 23rd through Jan 1st |Holiday Lights Festival
Every Night |Omaha’s Old Market & Gene Leahy Mall
The Holiday Lights Festival is produced by Mayor Jean Stothert and the Downtown Omaha Inc. Foundation and presented by ConAgra Foods, KMTV3 and STAR 104.5, The Christmas Station.
The Festival showcases Downtown Omaha and celebrates the spirit of the holidays by providing a full season of festive, family-friendly activities. More than 40 blocks of dazzling lights will illuminate Downtown Omaha and add that extra shine to each Festival event. The 2017 Holiday Lights Festival will feature great traditions including:
Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony
Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert
NRG Energy Ice Rink in The Capitol District
Wells Fargo Family Festival
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular
Nov 21st through Feb 14th | NRG Energy Ice Rink
Various dates and times | 10th & Capitol Ave.
Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, November 21 at 6 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 6 – 10 pm
Friday: 6 pm – midnight
Saturday: 1 pm – midnight
Sunday: 1 – 10 pm
Christmas Eve: 1 – 5 pm
Closed Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve: 1 – 8 pm
Shine the Light on Hunger
The Holiday Lights Festival will once again feature the campaign to Shine the Light on Hunger, encouraging the entire community to help fight hunger by dropping off non-perishable food and household items at the ice skating rink as well as at collection barrels that will be placed at other locations throughout the community, including area Baker’s stores. A portion of proceeds from the NRG Energy Ice Rink in The Capitol District are donated to the Food Bank for the Heartland, and Conagra Brands matches admission from the ice skating rink up to $100,000.
Sunday, Dec 31st | New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular
7pm | the Old Market
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with this year’s Fireworks show! The closing event of the Holiday Lights Festival, it is one of the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in the region. Enjoy the spectacular show with family or friends before heading out for the evening. And be sure to arrive early – the event is expected to draw more than 30,000 people. Those needing or requesting accommodations are welcome to view the fireworks from the fourth floor of the W. Dale Clark Library. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Produced by J&M Displays, each shell is choreographed to open on cue to a musical score developed specifically for this event. Spectators are encouraged to tune in to STAR 104.5 The Christmas Station to hear the lively, party-themed music as you watch the dazzling show!
Things to Do | Omaha, Nebraska
Magical Journey’s Carriage Service | The Old Market
Add some magic to your tour of Omaha’s Old Market and Downtown Riverfront area.
Riverfront Trail | Downtown Omaha
Only three blocks from the gallery, this walking and biking trail offers great views of the Missouri River and cuts through the heart of Omaha’s riverfront rebirth, passing many of the city’s points of interest.
Henry Doorly Zoo | Downtown Omaha
Be sure not to miss Nebraska’s number one attraction welcoming more than 25 million visitors over the past 40 years! Nationally renowned for its leadership in animal conservation and research, Henry Doorly features the largest cat complex in North America, the world's largest nocturnal exhibit and indoor swamp, one of the world's largest indoor rainforest, as well as the world's largest indoor desert! Ranked world's #1 zoo by TripAdvisor!
Joslyn Art Museum | Downtown Omaha
As Nebraska’s largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has served as the premier center for visual art since opening in 1931. Joslyn's collection features work from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art.
One of Omaha’s favorite restaurants has reopened in the Old Market, just around the corner from the MANGELSEN - Images of Nature Gallery. Be sure to try their famous Lahvosh or iconic Carrot Dog!
V. Mertz | The Old Market
A review from the Wall Street Journal says it well, "Over at V. Mertz, a former fruit cellar, the atmosphere wavers between chic and bistro, but the plain-paper menu is a showcase of luxury ingredients and intricate combinations."
Old Market Candy Shop | The Old Market
Handmade fudge and chocolates, novelties, licorice from all over the world, salt-water taffy, by the piece or by the pound - what's not to like!