Visit the Old World Christmas Market!

Ready to get into the holiday spirit, that good old-fashioned way? Check out the Old World Christmas market at Cedar Rapids’ Czech & Slovak Museum & Library on December 7 and 8!

Christmas markets (Vánoční trhy) are an important part of the holiday season in the Czech and Slovak Republics. This Old World Christmas Market is inspired by these traditional European markets, but with an Iowa twist!Visit the Old World Christmas Market! Cedar RapidsSnap a photo in front of the stunning 17-foot decorated tree, purchase mouthwatering traditional treats like kolaches, and take part in the 21st annual Cookie Walk at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. And, of course, you can munch and sip while checking items off your list–browse tons of unique handmade gifts for sale from a plethora of vendors!

Visit the Old World Christmas Market! Cedar RapidsThere’s plenty to captivate the kids in your life, including the opportunity to meet Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas) and find out if they’ll get candy or potatoes this year for Christmas! Kids will also enjoy horse and wagon rides through Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village/New Bohemia area, arts and craft activities, and performances, including storytelling on Saturday and a puppet show on Sunday by West Liberty’s award-winning Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre.

Visit the Old World Christmas Market! Cedar Rapids

Plus, admission will be free to the extensive Czech and Slovak Museum & Library all weekend, so you can browse exhibits related to Czech and Slovak culture and history (including some cool interactive exhibits for kids), plus an innovative traveling exhibit called Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the GUITAR. 

Consider making Old World Christmas Market part of your family’s holiday traditions–it’s been a Cedar Rapids tradition, bringing historic European charm to Iowa for a decade!

Find out more here.

This is a sponsored post. ICM was compensated for sharing this piece.  However, we love connecting our readers with people and organizations that are doing good in our community, and we think you will find this information helpful and informative!

About: National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library

We are a museum that celebrates life. Czech life. Slovak life. American life. We are a museum that encourages self-discovery, a museum that asks what it means to be free. Through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences, we tell stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity. Our stories connect yesterday with today and tomorrow.


Anne is a kinda crunchy, kinda unapologetically corner-cutting mom who has lived in Iowa City since 2004. She is a graduate student in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa and works in the Children's Services department at the Iowa City Public Library. Before going back to school, she was a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters for several years, and took her children to the library multiple times a week. Basically, she has lived at the library for about a decade. Which is fine, because her biggest passion in life is books. When not reading, Anne also enjoys hiking, low-budget road-tripping, and drinking craft beer on a patio.


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