Gretna tree lighting
» Third-annual holiday tree lighting with hot cocoa, caroling and an appearance by Santa.
» 6 p.m., Peterson Park in Gretna
Nice weather, cheap entertainment
» The Wells Fargo Family Festival offers free and discounted admission to the Omaha Children's Museum, Durham Museum, Joslyn Art Museum and Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn from noon to 5 p.m. There is a free trolley service between attractions. Info: www.holidaylightsfestival.org.
» The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium also is offering free admission between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Lincoln Holiday Run
» 5K run to benefit the Capital Humane Society
» 10 a.m., Pioneers Park cross-country course in Lincoln
» Fee: $10. Info: Lincolnrun.org/races/holiday
» Former Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry is expected to be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. in Sarpy County Court. Lawry pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor charges related to her misuse of city finances. Watch Omaha.com for updates.
Sign the beam
» Before the Nebraska men's basketball game against Creighton, fans are invited to sign the last steel beam for Lincoln's new Pinnacle Bank Arena. The beam will be available for signing at halftime, too.
» Location: Devaney Center. Tipoff: 7 p.m.
» Can't make it? There's another public signing on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Iron Horse Park in Lincoln's Haymarket district.
» Christmas concert featuring traditional and contemporary favorites
» 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 2416 Wright St.
» Info: www.artsincorporated.org/nb
OPS superintendent search
» Omaha Public Schools will announce the three finalists to replace interim Superintendent Virginia Moon. Learn more about the candidates on Omaha.com.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
» 5K run/walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation
» Registration: 8 a.m., Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs
— Compiled by World-Herald staff writer Josh Frigerio