There are a TON of great holiday events going on this weekend here in Eastern Iowa! Here are some of the big ones happening this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

  • Prelude to Christmas
    • Amana Colonies
    • Dates/Times
      • November 30th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • December 1st from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • December 2nd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Featuring live music, children's activities, Santa, shopping, a cookie walk, the Tannenbaum Forest and more
    • For a full schedule of events click HERE
  • Deck the District
    • Czech Village – New Bohemia Main Street District in Cedar Rapids
    • November 30th, December 1st, and December 2nd
    • Featuring crafts, Santa, shopping, live music and more
    • Old World Christmas Market 2018
      • December 1st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      • National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
      • Featuring artisans, seasonal treats, live music/dance performances, free visits to the museum galleries, and free family activities
    • For a full schedule of events click HERE
  • Elf the Musical

    • Theatre Cedar Rapids
    • Dates/Times
      • November 30th at 7:30 p.m.
      • December 1st at 7:30 p.m.
      • December 2nd at 2:30 p.m.
    • Tickets range from $22 to $50 - get yours HERE
  • Playtime Poppy Presents Disney's The Little Mermaid JR.
    • Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids
    • Dates/Times
      • November 30th at 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
      • December 1st at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
      • Tickets are $5 at the door
  • Disney on Ice Presents Frozen
    • TaxSlayer Center in Moline
    • Dates/Times
      • November 30th at 7 p.m.
      • December 1st at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., & 7 p.m.
    • Tickets range from $14 to $37 - get yours HERE
  • American Wrestling League
    • U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids
    • November 30th at 7 p.m.
    • Tickets are $13 for ages 3 to 12, $18 for students, and $30 to $100 for adults - get yours HERE
  • The Nutcracker
    • Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids
    • December 1st at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    • Tickets range from $18 to $49 - get yours HERE
  • Downtown Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides
    • Iowa City Downtown District
    • December 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • "The trolley ride is FREE and it fills up very quickly (we normally are completely full within 30 minutes of opening), so get there early because spots are not guaranteed"
    • Tickets will be handed out at Hills Bank and Trust in Downtown Iowa City starting at 11 a.m.
  • Christmas in Kalona
    • Downtown Kalona
    • December 1st from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Featuring a cookie walk, a vendor market, an ice skating rink, a toy drive, Santa, kids' activities, carriage rides, and more
    • For a full schedule of events click HERE
  • Winter Market 2018
    • Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Coralville
    • December 1st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nature's Noel
    • Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids
    • December 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Featuring children’s crafts, naturalist-guided activities, live music, Santa, holiday vendors, and more
    • Event is free
  • Merry TubaChristmas Performance
    • Cedar Rapids Public Library
    • December 1st from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • "A limited amount of seating is provided. People are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs, but asked to follow Library guidelines for access and safety"
  • Christmas Tree Walk & Festival 2018
    • Downtown Solon
    • December 1st from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Featuring decorated trees, food, local vendors, and more
  • IMU's Holiday Theives' Market
    • Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City
    • Dates/Times
      • December 1st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • December 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • "A wide variety of artists showcase their work, ranging from painting, jewelry, photography, and printmaking, to glass, clay, metal, wood, fiber, mixed media, and more"
    • Wine & craft beer tasting from 1 p.m.to 3 p.m. both days
    • Event is free and open to the public
  • Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
    • Don Bosco Hall in Urbana
    • December 1st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Featuring vendors and food
    • "Please bring a non-perishable, non-expired food item to donate to the local food banks!"
  • CR Craft & Vendor Fair
    • City of Hiawatha Parks and Recreation
    • December 1st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Free parking, admission, and raffle opportunities
  • Christmas in the Park
    • Lowe Park in Marion
    • December 2nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Featuring local vendors and holiday refreshments
  • Heights Holiday Market 2018
    • Prairie Heights PTO
    • December 2nd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Featuring 30 local vendors and Prairie spirit wear
  • Santa at the Market!
    • NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
    • December 2nd from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • "While shopping at NewBo City Market for all your unique, locally made holiday gifts, stop to tell Santa what YOU want for Christmas and get your picture in front of our Christmas tree display"
    • Free and open to the public
  • Breakfast with Santa
    • Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids
    • December 2nd from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • "Bring the whole family for a special holiday breakfast buffet with Santa Claus! Children will be able to whisper their wishes into Santa's ear, write a letter to Santa, and other fun activities"
    • Adult buffet is $6.99 and kids' buffet is $3.99