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!Snap 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!
There’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.
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!
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