After the rain, snow, and sleet…
8th Annual Christmas in the Village another big success!
Smiles, hugs, laughs, music, food, shopping, and a camel were all in plentiful supply as the Christmas season officially kicked off in North Omaha.
Shontel Wells brought her son to Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake for the first time when he was just three months old.
“He’s now eight and this is a tradition for our family,” she said. “It’s an awesome celebration and we will be here every year.”
Hearing this is music to the ears of founders Vicki Quaites-Ferris, Director of Operations and Willie Barney, President of the Empowerment Network. The event is now in its eighth year and is achieving what the organizers set out to do.
Quaites-Ferris, a native of North Omaha, has an extraordinary passion for making the holiday event a success. As the lead event manager for the holiday celebration, which now includes over 100 businesses and organizations, she sees the importance of hosting the event at 24th and Lake.
“When I was younger, we would go to downtown Omaha with the whole family to visit the stores, see Santa, look at the window displays and shop,” said Quaites-Ferris. “It was a wonderful time as a kid and now we have the opportunity to create these types of memories right here in our own neighborhood.”
Quaites-Ferris added, “It also allows us to highlight the positive developments, venues, and opportunities here in the reemerging arts, culture, entertainment, and business district.”