Christmas in the Village Brings Families Together
Empowerment Network's event promotes peace through unity
Omaha, NE - Tthe voices of Christmas carollers filled the neighborhood of 24th and Lake. Nearby, horse drawn carriages pulled anxious riders down the street. It's all part of the second annual 'Christmas in the Village.'
"This is one way we can bring people back into the village, if you will, down in the 24th and Lake Street area this is what we call our historical culture and arts district and it builds on the assets of what's happening in north Omaha," Vicki Quaites-Ferris said.
The Empowerment Network's event aims to bring life back to what was once the city's entertainment mecca. The event also promotes peace through unity.
"They're showing the kids you can have a good time without being violent," Jeritha McIntyre said.
"I got to pet the animals and make a candy cane reindeer," Kevin Thornton said.
"Just to be around everybody and finally be able to hear something besides bad news on this north side. Right now everything's at peace," Dina Nared said.
Christmas in the Village is part of a bigger effort to revitalize north Omaha and bring arts and music back to the area.