Special Events and Activities at Arbor Day Farm

Christmas at the Mansion Christmas at the Mansion

Select dates November 19 - December 30 @ Lied Lodge and Arbor Lodge Mansion

Step back in time and experience the holidays the way J. Sterling Morton did with a one-of-a-kind Christmas at the Mansion experience.

Historic Mansion: Open for Weekend Visitors

See the 52-room mansion at its festive best during the holiday season. Enjoy vintage décor, special holiday-themed collections on display, and holiday music to get you into the spirit of the season.

Saturdays, 10am to 5pm
Sundays, 11am to 5pm

Closed December 24 & 25
Open December 30 from 10am to 4pm

Daytime admission: $8 adults, $6 youth (age 3-12)

Special after-hours Mansion viewings
Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30pm to 8pm
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23

Evening admission: $12 adults; $6 youth (age 3-12)

Arbor Lodge Mansion address: 2600 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Make it a Getaway: Christmas at the Mansion Overnight Package

Want a really unique holiday experience? Choose the Christmas at the Mansion Overnight Package, which includes either a Friday or a Saturday night stay at the all-new Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, plus two tickets for an exclusive, after-hours tour (6:30-8:00pm) of Arbor Lodge, beautifully trimmed with vintage décor. Learn about holiday traditions of yesteryear, find tour hosts in their best holiday finery, and enjoy Christmas tunes and treats as you explore the historic home. Transportation from Lied Lodge to the mansion is included in the package. To reserve: call 800-546-5433, or reserve it online now.

Lied Lodge address: 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Christmas at the Mansion is funded in part by the Otoe County Visitors Committee.

Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights

Weekends in December @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Back by popular demand — it’s the Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights in Nebraska City.

Weekends this December, climb aboard the Arbor Day Farm trolley for a one-hour tour of Historic Nebraska City and the best show of Christmas lights.

During the ride, you’ll enjoy a reading of the classic Christmas book, The Polar Express.
The trolley departs the Lied Lodge lobby at 6:00pm sharp and returns approximately one hour later.

Price is $15.00 + tax for adults; $10 + tax for children age 3-12. Under three’s ride for free.

2016 Holiday Trolley Tour Dates:
December 2 & 3
December 9 & 10
December 16 & 17
December 23 & 24
December 30

This popular activity fills up quickly, so reserve your seats on the holiday trolley by calling Lied Lodge: 402-873-8733.

*Want to make it a memorable holiday getaway? Ask for the Holiday Trolley Tour Package, which includes the trolley ride / tour of lights listed above for up to four people, plus an overnight stay at the all-new Lied Lodge. Please call to reserve: 800-546-5433.

Make-and-Take Ornaments Make-and-Take Ornaments

Dec. 3, 10 & 17 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Come experience the fun of the holiday season at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure with Make-and-Take Ornaments. Create Santa and his reindeer from pine cones along with other holiday themed ornaments from nature.

Event is available December 3, 10 & 17, from 12pm to 4pm. Activity is included with regular Tree Adventure admission. Questions? Call 402-873-8717.

Brunch with Santa Brunch with Santa

Dec. 11 & 18 @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

One of Santa's favorite stops is at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. Bring your children (and their wish lists) for this holiday tradition and enjoy live Christmas tunes on our grand piano, along with very special "child friendly" Sunday Brunch Buffet selections in the Timber Dining Room.

Brunch with Santa is served 11am to 2pm on  December 11 and December 18. We'll also be collecting canned food items for the Nebraska City Food Bank; all non-perishable items are welcome.

For brunch reservations, please call: 402-873-8740, or reserve a table online here

New Year's Eve Getaway & Concert New Year's Eve Getaway & Concert

Saturday, December 31 @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Celebrate 2017 by ringing in the new year at Lied Lodge! This popular year-end package includes:

• an overnight stay at the all-new Lied Lodge on Saturday, December 31
• grand buffet dinner for two in the Timber Dining Room
• two tickets for live band High Heel in Concert (8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.)
• a midnight champagne toast and party favors
• breakfast buffet for two the next morning in the Timber Dining Room

Reserve your New Year’s Getaway, starting at $339++. Rooms are filling up quickly, please call 800-546-5433 to reserve.

Want to enjoy the High Heel concert without staying over? Concert tickets are available at the door for $20 + tax. Call 800-546-5433 or stop by the Lied Lodge front desk to purchase concert tickets.

Arbor Lodge Mansion Open Weekends Arbor Lodge Mansion Open Weekends

Now @ Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Step back in time and be inspired for tomorrow at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. Tour the 52-room mansion, loaded with family artifacts and mementos from J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, the tree planter's holiday first established in 1872.

Also on the grounds: a carriage house and tack room, Monument Square, a whispering bench, 200+ varieties of lilacs from around the globe, a playground, picnic areas, and other trails. Admission applies for mansion access.

Questions? Please call (402) 873-7222.

Discover a holiday favorite, Christmas at the Mansion, open select dates November 19 through December 30. 

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is owned by Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, and is managed by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm

Now @ The Tree Adventure

Discover something new every season at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure. Here you can hike miles of forested trails, climb a 50-foot-tall treehouse, embark on the guided Discovery Ride, and play and learn in the Nature Explore Classroom. Your paid admission includes a tree seedling to plant at home. The Arbor Day Farm experience isn't complete until you've explored the many activities at the Tree Adventure. Open daily. Photo: R. Neibel.

The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge

Now @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, enjoy nature-inspired cuisine made with locally-grown ingredients in the Timber Dining Room. Choose from seafood, Nebraska steaks, buffalo, vegetarian options, an extensive wine list featuring Arbor Day Farm signature wines, and a decadent dessert menu. Children's menu also available. For reservations, call 402-873-8740, and find complete menu selections on our dining page.

Olympic-sized indoor pool at Lied Lodge Olympic-sized indoor pool at Lied Lodge

Now @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Whether you swim laps or just splash around, all guests are welcome in the olympic-sized indoor pool. Take a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi or steam away stress in the red cedar sauna. Young swimmers will appreciate the separate baby pool, just 18" deep. The pool is open daily from 6:30am to 11:00pm, and is reserved exclusively for Lied Lodge guests.

The Lied Greenhouse at Arbor Day Farm The Lied Greenhouse at Arbor Day Farm

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

Tour the state-of-the-art growing facilities where many thousands of tree seedlings flourish at Arbor Day Farm. Learn about the important role you play in the Arbor Day Foundation's tree planting mission and, in peak season, watch as thousands of tree seedlings are sorted, labeled, boxed and shipped to destinations around the world. Access to the Lied Greenhouse is included with your Tree Adventure admission. More about the Lied Greenhouse.

Weekend Wine Tasting Weekend Wine Tasting

Every Friday & Saturday Night @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center Lobby

Sip, savor, and enjoy Arbor Day Farm's selection of wines, made from grapes grown right here on our 260-acre property.

Arbor Day Farm wine tastings are offered most Friday and Saturday evenings in the Lied Lodge lobby, 5:00-7:00pm. For just $7, receive four tastes and the wine glass is yours to keep.

Questions? Contact the Lied Lodge front desk: 402-873-8733.

The Apple House Market The Apple House Market

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

The Apple House Market is your one-stop shop for Arbor Day Farm's freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables, signature wines, fudge, fresh-baked pies, light lunch entrees, and unique gifts. Within walking distance of Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure and Lied Lodge & Conference Center, the Apple House Market is open daily. Apple House Market phone: (402) 873-8710.

Arbor Day Farm Guided Tour Arbor Day Farm Guided Tour

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

Enhance your visit to Arbor Day Farm with an engaging Nature Interpreter who shares the history of this 260-acre National Historic Landmark. The tour begins at Lied Lodge, then includes a look inside the Fuelwood Energy Plant, and concludes with a walk to the Tree Adventure. Available year round.

  • Guided time is 2 hours; attendees may then explore at their leisure.
  • 15 to 25 people per guide. Smaller or larger groups, please call.
  • $18 per person, age 13 and older ($23 when you include the Discovery Ride)
  • $16 per person, age 3-12 ($21 when you include the Discovery Ride).
  • Tree Adventure admission is included.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757.

Discovery Ride Discovery Ride

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

Climb aboard and embark on a guided tour into the heart of the orchards and forest. See and learn about Arbor Day Farm's conservation practices at work. 25 adults approximate capacity. Rides offered April through October.

  • Rides last approximately one hour.
  • Private Discovery Rides available. Call 402-873-8705 to schedule.
  • Tree Adventure admission plus $5.00 per person, ages 3 & up.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757.

Twilight Discovery Ride Twilight Discovery Ride

Now @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Your group will enjoy a private, enchanting guided Discovery Ride through the orchards and forest at sundown as the magnificent colors of sunset cast a spectacular glow across Arbor Day Farm. Available April through October. 25 adults approx. capacity.

  • Twilight rides last approximately one hour.
  • $18 per person, age 13 and older , $16 per person, age 12 and younger
  • Minimum of 15 people;  25 people maximum.
  • Tree Adventure admission is included.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757.

Gnome Hunt - Group Favorite! Gnome Hunt - Group Favorite!

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

Find the forest gnomes climbing trees and hiding in the brush. Using clues and a map, looking high and low, the hunt is on. Available year round.

  • Gnome Hunt lasts approximately 1 - 1.5 hours.
  • $8 per person, age 13 and older; $6 per person, age 12 and younger.
  • Set up charge of $100 for groups up to 50 people.
  • Minimum of 15 people per group. 
  • A great rain-or-shine activity.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757.

Sunset & S’mores Sunset & S’mores

Now @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Share in a summer evening treat at the Tree Adventure! Climb aboard for a guided, one-hour Sunset Discovery Ride as you journey through the orchards and vineyards at Arbor Day Farm. Following the ride, gather ’round for a twilight bonfire complete with make-your-own s’mores.

  • Allow two hours for this activity
  • 15 to 25 people. Smaller or larger groups, please call.
  • Ride departs approximately one hour before sunset
  • $19 per adult & $15 per child (ages 3-12)
  • Price includes admission for the Tree Adventure, ticket for the Discovery Ride, s'mores, and beverage
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757

Arbor Lodge Mansion Arbor Lodge Mansion

Now @ Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Arbor Lodge is the original estate of J. Sterling Morton -- the founder of Arbor Day, the tree planter's holiday. What started as a four-room home evolved into the 52-room mansion that still stands today. The home is filled with priceless artifacts of the Morton Family's life and legacy; you will be impressed. 

  • Allow 1-2 hours for mansion visit
  • Additional fee required for guided tours
  • Adults: $8, chldren (age 3-12) $6, children 2 and under free
  • Request this activity now or call (402) 873-8705

Tree Sleuth Tree Sleuth

An indoor teambuilding activity @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Learn to identify and classify trees by their leaf shape, structure, seeds, fruit, and leaves. 

  • Tree identification activity lasts about one hour.
  • $15 per person; minimum of 15 people
  • Includes a What Tree is That? 76-page tree ID field guide for each participant to keep
  • Request this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757

Welcome Presentation Welcome Presentation

Now @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm is a bustling place -- and this 15-minute welcome presentation from one of our employees gives you an overview of who we are, what we do, and the global impact of our tree-planting mission. Takes place in your meeting room; includes PowerPoint. Complimentary.

Wine Tasting Wine Tasting

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

The vineyards at Arbor Day Farm bring forth several varietals of red, white, and fruit wines. Find your new favorite with our wine tasting activity.

  • Allow 15-30 minutes 
  • Participants select any four tastes (1 oz. each) of Arbor Day Farm wines; the wine glass is theirs to keep.
  • $7 per person; must be age 21.
  • Available year round. 
  • Request this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705

Canvas Painting Session Canvas Painting Session

Available for Scheduling @ Apple House Market

Get your creative juices flowing with a canvas painting activity at the Apple House Market, one of the retail shops at Arbor Day Farm. Sip a glass of Arbor Day Farm wine and join your colleagues in painting individual 16"x20" canvasses with the guidance of a local artist; all materials provided and the art is yours to keep. The perfect creative outlet for those seeking something new and different -- makes a great team building activity. Shop the Apple House Market before and after your session, too. 

  • Allow two hours for this activity
  • Minimum of 25 people
  • $35 per person plus tax and service charge
  • Reserve this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705