A-MAY-zing Things to Do

Side-by-side pictures of mom and kids entering cabin at Lincoln Pioneer Village and the Thunderbird roller coaster at Holiday World

What’s on the itinerary for the month? A lot! From live music to theme park fun, there are plenty of things to do in May! 

May Things to Do 

The Santa Claus Christmas Store begins the season on May 1. Stop in to shop the festive selection and enjoy a giant cookie! 

Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum opens for the season on May 1. Then on May 8, the Village hosts Spring Heritage Day, with costumed interpreters, demonstrators, kids’ activities, museum tour, and so much more. 

Like a little music with your wine? Head to Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery and Pepper’s Ridge Winery on May weekends to see live, local entertainment. 

The Lincoln Amphitheatre stage comes to life in May! See an Acoustic Tribute to Bon Jovi on May 1 and an Acoustic Tribute to Pearl Jam on May 22. 

See a movie under the stars every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this month when Holiday Drive-In reopens for the season on May 7. 

Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you race your way through Lincoln State Park during Mr. Lincoln’s Neighborhood 5K Run/Walk on May 8. 

Who doesn’t love a sugar rush? Find old-fashioned favorites and the newest candies at Santa’s Candy Castle, tentatively scheduled to reopen on May 15.

Who’s ready for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari fun? The theme park starts welcoming guests back on May 15. And just a short week later, the water park reopens on May 21. 

Want to learn about the town of Santa Claus, write a letter to Santa, and get a photo of the 22-foot-tall historic Santa statue? Be at Santa Claus Museum & Village’s opening day on May 15. 

Food trucks come to Matilda’s Event Barn on the third Thursday of each month during the summer. Check out the first Third Thursdays event on May 20.  

Dive into Memorial Day weekend! The Lake Lincoln beach inside Lincoln State Park reopens for the season on May 29. 

You can zip into the holiday weekend, too—Santa’s Express Ziplines begins the season on May 29! 

What’s Open When? 

Stay up to date on your favorite attractions, shops, and restaurants… check out our What’s Open page for the latest hours of operation.  

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