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The holiday season has officially arrived in Eastern Iowa! There’s no better way to get in the spirit than attending some fun, holiday-themed events – once you’ve worked your way out of that turkey coma, of course. Below you’ll find local holiday events going on from now until the end of December.

Events in Cedar Rapids

Holiday Tours at Brucemore
Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

Holiday Cabaret
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Nov. 24 – Dec. 3

Deck the District 2017
Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District
Dec. 1-3

Fridays@NewBo: A Christmas Story
Newbo City Market
Dec. 1 from 6 pm to 8 pm

Breakfast with Santa
Collin’s Road HyVee, Cedar Rapids
Dec. 2 from 9 am -11 am

Old World Christmas Market
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Dec. 2 from 10 am to 5 pm, Dec. 3 from 10 am to 3 pm

Very Cherry Holiday
Cherry Building, Cedar Rapids
Dec 2, 10 am to 5 pm

The Nutcracker with Ballet Quad Cities
Paramount Theatre
Dec 2-3

Cirque Musica Holiday presents BELIEVE
US Cellular Center
Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland and 7th Annual Holiday Expo
Northwest Recreation Center, Cedar Rapids
Dec. 9 from 1 pm – 3 pm

Holiday ParadePhoto provided by Economic Alliance

34th Annual Holiday DeLight Parade

See downtown Cedar Rapids in a whole new light at the Holiday DeLight Parade! The area will be transformed into a winter wonderland full of festive parade floats. Bundle up and enjoy the sights and sounds with your friends and family. The Holiday DeLight Parade is one of the few lighted parades in the area.

Downtown Cedar Rapids
Dec. 9 at 5:30 pm

Jim McDonough and His Orchestra & Singers: “Holiday Grande 2017”
Paramount Theatre
Dec. 10 from 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Paramount Theatre
Dec.12 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Holiday Spectacular
Paramount Theatre
Dec. 16-17

Three Nuts for Cinderella
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Dec. 16 from 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Events in Iowa City

Downtown Holiday Pop-Up Shops

Shop local this holiday season with the first ever Holiday Pop-Up Shops in downtown Iowa City. This is a brand new concept where Black Hawk Mini Park will be transformed into 3 festive (fully heated!) holiday shops, rotating weekly. See the event page for the pop-up shop schedule.

Downtown Iowa City
Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Downtown Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides
Downtown Iowa City
Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16

Santa Saturdays Downtown
Filmscene, Downtown Iowa City
Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16

Downtown Hunt for the Elves
Downtown Iowa City
Nov. 25 – Jan. 2

Downtown Teddy Bear Room
Ped Mall Iowa City
Nov. 27-29, Dec. 3-6 from 11 am – 7 pm

Gingerbread House Competition
Hotel Vetro
Dec. 10 from 1 pm – 8 pm

Events in the Surrounding Area

A Christmas Carol
Old Creamery Theatre Company
Now – Dec. 17

Christmas Tree

Tannenbaum Forest

Looking for a fun, festive place to take the kids? All ages will enjoy the fun at Tannenbaum Forest in the Amana Colonies. See the twinkling lights of over 40 decorated real Christmas Trees, visit with Santa and see the 17 foot German style Christmas pyramid. The event is free, but goodwill offerings will be collected with proceeds benefiting the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Amana Colonies
Nov. 24-Dec. 17

Prelude to Christmas
Amana Colonies
Dec. 1-3

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
North Liberty Community Library
Dec.1 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Holiday Cookie Walk
North Liberty Community Library
Dec. 9 from 8 am – 11 am

Gingerbread House Build
Penn Elementary, North Liberty
Dec. 9 from 9 am – 11 am


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