We only have one week left until Christmas, and that means lot of holiday events! Here are some of the pre-Christmas events coming up here in Eastern Iowa this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

  • Orchestra Iowa Presents Holiday Spectacular
    • Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids
    • Dates/Times
      • December 20th at 7:30 p.m.
      • December 21st at 7:30 p.m.
      • December 22nd at 2:30 p.m.
    • "Celebrate the holidays at Cedar Rapids’ beautiful & historic Paramount Theatre with Maestro Timothy Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa, and star blues guitarist, Kevin “B.F.” Burt. Friends from the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, Discovery Chorus, Espressivo Strings, and more will make a festive start to the season for family and friends!"
    • Tickets range from $18 to $59 - get yours HERE
  • A Very Ugly Sweater Party
    • NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
    • December 20th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Featuring ugly sweater contests, a secret Christmas celebrity, a craft table, and more
    • Event is free, but $10 donations will be accepted
  • Cookies & Claus
    • Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids
    • December 21st from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • "We'll have cookies to decorate, milk to enjoy along with your cookies, face painting, crafts, and of course Santa will be stopping by to say hi! PLUS, the Ice Queen and Snow Princess will be joining us!"
  • Breakfast With Santa
    • Edgewood Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids
      • December 21st from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • Breakfast buffet is $12 for adults and $6 for kids
    • Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids
      • December 21st from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • Breakfast buffet is $6.99 for adults and $3.99 for kids
  • NewBo City Market's Annual Gingerbread House Party!
    • NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
    • December 21st from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • "This year, we are presenting TWO CATEGORIES for COMPETITION: Adult/Small Group or Family Team."
    • Must be registered in advance to compete
    • Cost is $25 - get registered and see the rules HERE
  • Doggie Christmas
    • Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City
    • December 22nd from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • "Mrs. Claus will be here to take holiday photos from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your dog all dressed up for the holidays and be entered to win a Big Grove Brewery gift card."
    • Event is outdoors on the patio
  • Skate with Santa
    • Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
    • December 22nd from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • "Admission includes skating with Santa, face painting, cookie decorating, and more holiday fun!"
    • Cost is $10
  • Brunch with Santa
    • Cedar Ridge Winery in Swisher
    • December 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • "Families enjoy an endless buffet of your favorites (hot-off-the-griddle pancakes with bourbon maple syrup, prime rib with horseradish sauce, cherry-wood smoked bacon, roasted vegetables, fresh fruit, and more!), bottomless mimosas, plus carved ham, hot chocolate & holiday cookie decorating for the kids!"
    • Cost is $18.99 per adult, $8 for children 6 to 12, and free for children under 5 by reservation only - call (319) 857-4300 for reservations
    • Santa will be present from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - families not dining are welcome to visit with Santa without reservations
  • Toys for Tots Kids' Christmas
    • Five Flags Center in Dubuque
    • December 22nd from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Featuring a live DJ, dancing, inflatables, a free toy giveaway, photos with Santa, face painting, free cookies & popcorn, and more
    • For ages 10 and under
    • Event is free

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