New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate and commemorate the past 12 months and to look forward to the year ahead. Luckily, the corridor is offering various events to help get the festivities started. Whether you prefer to go to bed early or ring in midnight with style, there is an event for you. Below is a list of celebrations taking place throughout the day in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area on December 31, 2016. Each celebration is sure to give you a memorable and joyous start to 2017!
Timeless Toys at Christmas – An Exhibit of Trees
210 Parkside Drive, West Branch IA
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum is hosting a festival of trees! 20 beautifully decorated trees will be on display and each centering around a different toy theme.
Noon Year’s Eve Bowling 2016
2020 Scotty Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids IA
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Head on out to Westdale Bowling Center for an afternoon of ALL YOU CAN BOWL, shoe rental, and a punch toast.
Holiday Tours at Brucemore
2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Enjoy some last holiday festivity by taking a tour at one of Cedar Rapids’ most historic sites. Various tours throughout the day take onlookers around a mansion decorated to Christmas perfection.
Hap-Pea All Year Storytime
1451 Coral Ridge Avenue Suite 1108, Coralville IA
The peas from the bestselling LMNO Peas are celebrating the end of the year by exploring the different months which make it up! You won’t want to miss this Storytime and other fun activities.
Noon Year’s Eve Party
123 S Linn St., Iowa City IA
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Iowa City Public Library will be hosting a NYE countdown to noon (basically midnight, right?)! Join those who love to go to bed early and enjoy a balloon drop, crafts, dancing, and snacks.
Into the Woods: The Forest as Artistic Inspiration
410 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art hosts a three-gallery exhibition which highlights artists’ response and interpretation of nature.
New Year’s Make & Take at the Coralville Public Library
1401 5th St, Coralville IA
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The Coralville Public Library will be hosting a craft session where participants can create a festive New Year’s crown. Once finished feel free to check out a book or novel for your 2017 readings!
New Year’s Eve Snowshoe
5300 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids IA
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Indian Creek Nature Center is a guided snowshoe hike in nature’s finest! Topics include how nature and animals respond to the winter months, no experience required.
Cedar Rapids Rampage vs. Florida Tropics
370 1st Ave E, Cedar Rapids IA
Join the Cedar Rapids Rampage soccer team as they take on the Florida Tropics at the US Cellular Center! No better way to start the new year then with a little Cedar Rapids pride.
New Year’s Eve Skate
1100 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
1-5 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Cedar Rapids Ice Arena is holding a NYE Skate!
Early Evening Festivities
350 Commercial Dr, Walford IA
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Go to Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery and listen to live Classic Country, Country Rock, 50s, 60s & 70′s Rock music. Performed by Walford Iowa County Linemen Band.
Wylde Nept at The Mill
120 E Burlington St., Iowa City IA
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Doors open at 2 p.m.)
Playing traditional and original celtic pub tunes is Wylde Nept at The Mill. It’s sure to be a good time at this special Irish New Year’s show!
Cedar Ridge NYE PRIX FIXE Dinner
1441 Marak Rd NW Swisher, IA
Four gourmet dinner courses and cocktails at the winery!
New Year’s Eve 4-Course Dinner Cooking Class
460 Hickory Ct. Robins, IA
Learn to cook a 4-course meal at Nina’s Kitchen.
1028 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids IA
5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Cedar Rapids hot spot “The Pig and Porter,” is offering a 6-course tasting menu with optional drink pairing while tickets last. Bring in the new year with GREAT food and fun company.
Clarion Hotel New Year’s Eve Celebration
525 33rd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids IA
6 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Register by December 17th for a night of celebrating you won’t want to miss! Includes dinner, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight.
NYE with the Do’s and Don’ts at Solon American Legion
222 E Main St, Solon IA
8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Come out to the American Legion to listen to live music as you ring in the New Year! The Do’s and Don’ts specialize in Rock N Roll music that the whole family can dance to.
NYE Country Dance
195 1st Street South, Walford IA
8 p.m. – 12:10 a.m.
DJ Mike Boerjan will be playing country hits as attendees dance the night away. Including line dances, couples style, and mixers, everyone will have their chance to shine on the dance floor!
Nick Stika- Dogs On Skis
90 Twixt Town Rd NE, Cedar Rapids IA
Join Nick Sticka as he plays at the Longbranch restaurant for NYE! Beginning his musical journey in Iowa City, Nick specializes in Folk and Acoustic Rock music.