The busy season is upon us, but why not check out some of these fun holiday events with your family this weekend! Here are my top 5 picks for the weekend in the Corridor!
Saturday, December 5th
Jingle Cross Pro Cyclocross Race Kids Zone 10-4pm at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Strider Bikes are sponsoring Grinch’s Kids Zone featuring many great things for the kids culminating with the infamous Grinch’s Kids Race. There will be TWO Grinch Kids races on Kid’s Day, Saturday Dec. 5th at 1 pm! First we will get the 6-9 year olds out there to take on the Grinch with 3 laps of fun in the traditional Grinch’s Kids Race. Then, Strider Bikes will bring in their special scoot bikes for a Special Strider Race. This will be a one lap cool fun event for the littelest Who’s age 18 months up to 5 years! The Grinch’s Kids Race is sponsored by and brought to you by Build-A-Bear Workshop. Bounce Party Supplies is providing a Bouncy House for the kids to play from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.! Face painting from 12 to 2 p.m.
Winter Wetland Walk with the Elves 10:30-11:30am. Please join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) on Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 AM behind the Mariott Hotel, at the Iowa River Landing Wetland Park, Coralville Iowa. We will be taking a short walk around the wetland along the walkway. Enjoy some hot cocoa along the way. Meet on the south side near the Convention Center south doors. Click the link for more information on the event.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides 11:30-2:30pm. There is no better way to take in the sights and sounds for the holiday season than a horse drawn carriage ride around downtown. Enjoy a whimsical ride while singing carols to the tune of antique sleigh bells, nestled in the enclosed comfort provided by Country Gentleman’s Horse and Carriage. Sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company from 11:30-2:30pm at their downtown location, the carriage rides are FREE, but the line starts early.
Santa Saturday 11:30-2:30pm. Santa will leave his busy workshop for five special trips downtown to meet the area’s good girls and boys. Families can enjoy peppermint treats and FREE photos with the jolly ol’ fella at FilmScene (118 E. College St.) from 11:30am-2:30pm.
Fire and Ice Festival 3:30-6pm. Each year, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance produces the Fire and Ice Festival in downtown Cedar Rapids. For one day, the downtown area is transformed into a winter wonderland, with family-friendly activities, the ceremonial tree lighting, the annual Holiday DeLight Parade, and much more. The Cedar Rapids Public Library is thrilled to be a location for many of the festivities happening this year. Join us from 3:30-6:00 pm, before the parade begins, to take part in the holiday happenings that include an interactive Grinch-themed show, Santa, balloon animals, face painting, crafts, and much, much more! Come in at 2 pm to hear the 14th annual Merry Tuba Christmas performance in the main lobby of the library, a Fire & Ice Festival affiliated event with nearly 100 tuba players. Have a Whoville Holiday at the library with the Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who in Whipple Auditorium, Santa in the Children’s Programming Room, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, live musicians and dancers in the Commons, and Seussical Snacks from the Greyhound Cafe!
Fire and Ice Festival Holiday DeLite Parade 6pm. 2015 brings the Holiday DeLight Parade back to Cedar Rapids. That means it’s time to dust off your elf hat, put together a float, or even volunteer to help and join the festivities with the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. This year, in addition to all the lights and sparkle, the parade will feature special balloons and holiday-themed costumes. There will also be walking entries, community floats and even an appearance by Santa himself!
To see all the Fire and Ice Festival events, click here.
Sunday, December 6th
The Nutcracker 2pm. Nolte Academy & The Englert Theatre are proud to present a unique and highly entertaining version of the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. No holiday is complete without a visit to Clara’s house where her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer presents the magical gift of The Nutcracker. Take a journey with Clara and her hero as they defeat the evil Mouse King. Travel with them through the magical Land of Snow and delight in their arrival in the Kingdom of Sweets. This holiday classic comes to life with performances by dancers from Nolte Academy. The production features a live orchestra, consisting of local musicians conducted by Carey Bostian. Don’t miss the wonder and enchantment of this Christmas tale!
**Don’t forget to get your tickets to our upcoming play date at The Iowa Children’s Museum next Thursday, December 10th at 9:00 a.m! The museum is opening one hour early just for ICMB! Tickets include admission, plus special activities and a snack! For non-members, the admission price is good for playing at the Museum all day!! Get yours here.