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Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District Celebrates the Holidays

The new Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District, managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, is rolling out new packages to celebrate the holiday season in the city.

According to a media release, while there, guests can experience LEGO sculptures from the Art of the Brick exhibition or ask the all-important question "will you marry me?" at the new NRG Energy Ice Rink in The Capitol District, which is open now through February 14, and is the new home for Omaha's beloved Holiday Lights Festival.

"Following our first successful months in operation, our team is ready for our first holiday season," said Steve Hilton, general manager of the Omaha Marriott Downtown. "We have a beautiful new ice skating rink next door, a new Starbucks coffee shop for drinks that warm hands and stomachs and a fantastic bar and restaurant where guests can cap off the evening with a seasonal cocktail. With these unique packages, guests will have a chance to experience all Omaha has to offer this holiday and winter season."

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