The Empowerment Network ( is celebrating another successful Christmas in the Village. Thousands made their way to the 12th annual Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake.

“When we started the event 12 years ago, we wanted to create a cultural community celebration and holiday tradition for kids and families that they look forward to every year,” said Willie Barney, CEO of Empowerment Network. “The fact that thousands would come out in this weather and enjoy themselves with smiles, hugs, and laughter shows us we are accomplishing that goal.”

Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake is presented by the Empowerment Network and Omaha Economic Development Corporation. For a full list of sponsors go to empower Omaha’s website.

Throughout the day visitors could hear the beautiful sounds of Omaha’s top artists and musicians in the background as they walked through the North Omaha arts, entertainment and cultural district celebrating the holidays.

“It was a wonderful time,” said Vicki Quaites-Ferris, vice president of community development and operations for the Empowerment Network, and event manager. “So many families having a great time and enjoying all of the activities put on by our partners. Absolutely wonderful.”

The Empowerment Network’s annual Christmas in the Village wouldn’t be possible without the partnership of many community organizations and businesses, as well as volunteers. For more information about the Empowerment Network visit or call (402) 502-3763.