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Iowa City Area Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

We are so fortunate to live in an area with a wealth of holiday activities to enjoy with your family! So take out your calendar, grab a pen, and plan which activities you’ll enjoy this year!

A couple of new additions to the guide this year include some **Mom Events** you can enjoy to have some time for yourself during this busy holiday season and a few of the bigger events in Cedar Rapids!

*Note: Many events are ongoing or take place on multiple dates. For brevity, they are only listed here under their opening day. 


Monday, November 13

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop

What: Join in for a sweet time creating your own gingerbread masterpiece! Each family will decorate one house to take home.
Who: All ages, geared toward families
When: Mon, Nov 13 at 5:30 p.m. or 6:45 p.m.
Where: Solon Public Library, 320 W Main Street, Solon
Cost: FREE, but registration is required. Stop at the circulation desk or call the library at 319-624-2678

Family Night: Fired Up Iowa City

What: Enjoy time together at the library painting pottery at Family Night with special guest Fired Up Iowa City!
Who: All ages
When: Mon, Nov 13, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street, Coralville
Cost: FREE, but registration is required in person at the Children’s Desk or by phone at 319-248-1850

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45th Annual Band Extravaganza

What: Get ready for the biggest band event in Iowa! The Hawkeye Marching Band, alongside the UI Golden Girl and Drum major, perform highlights from the 2017 football halftime shows. Rounding out the evening are powerful performances from the UI Symphony Band and the big band sounds of Johnson County Landmark. Your family will love the music, and you’ll love being part of this Hawkeye Tradition! 
Who: All ages
When: Mon, Nov 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Carver Hawkeye Arena, 1 Elliott Drive, Iowa City
Cost: Adults $7 in advance or $12 at the door, Students up through college $5


Wednesday, November 15

Pom-Pom Making Workshop and Hat Drive

What: We will read A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards, learn to make yarn pom-poms, and collect hats to donate to a shelter. Please bring a hat to donate!
Who: Grades K-6
When: Wed, Nov 15, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m AND 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library, 520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: FREE


Thursday, November 16

A Christmas Carol opens

What: This brand-new, thrilling adaptation of Dickens’s classic comes from the author of the Broadway and West End hit, The 39 Steps. A truly original retelling of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitors brought to life by a small, imaginative cast. It’s the spirit of the Christmas season in a way you’ve NEVER seen it before. Witness Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long in this highly theatrical adaptation.
Who: All ages (rated G)
When: Thurs, Nov 16 through Sun, Dec 17
Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Avenue, Amana, IA
Cost: $31 for adults, $19.50 for students, or $12 student rush (available 30 minutes prior to performance)

Turkey Time Story Time

What: Turkey Time Story Time
Who: All ages
When: Thurs, Nov 16, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Swisher Library, 72 2nd Street SW, Swisher
Cost: FREE


Friday, November 17

** First of two nights! ** Holiday PJ Night with Santa 

What: It’s a PJ Party at the North Pole! Who said that pajamas were only for bedtime? Dress up the whole family in their favorite festive PJs and take an unforgettable photo with Santa. Whether it’s silly or sweet, it will be the perfect picture to share with all your family and friends.
Who: All ages, families
When: Fri, Nov 17 and Fri, Dec 8, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. You may reserve your slot ahead of time here!
Where: Coral Ridge Mall, Belk Court
Cost: $34.99 for: One 5×7, One 4×6, 4 wallets, unlimited digital downloads, and downloadable e-book

Young Footliter’s Production of A Charlie Brown Christmas

What: A family-friendly holiday musical based on the beloved animated TV special. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again!
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Nov 17 at 7:00 p.m., Sat, Nov 18 at 7:00 p.m., and Sun, Nov 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street, Coralville
Cost: Adults $17, Seniors $14, Student $14, Children 12 & under $11


Saturday, November 18

Tales of the Sea Christmas exhibit opens

What: In honor of Herbert Hoover’s love of the sea, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum will be exhibiting, Tales of the Sea Christmas. The exhibit will take you to the watery depths as you discover Christmas trees decorated with the following sea themes: The Sea, Men of the Sea, Myths & Legends, Lighthouses, Maritime force, Shipwrecks, Jaws, Sea Songs, America’s Cup Race, King Neptune, Pirates, Sea Monsters, Mermaids, Biblical Stories, Places of the Sea, Vessels, and Titanic.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Nov 18 through Sun, Jan 7, 2018
Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Where: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, 210 Parkside Drive, West Branch
Cost: $3 – $10
Adults (ages 16 – 61): $10.00
Seniors (ages 62 and over), Active/Retired Military with ID and College Students with ID: $5.00
Ages 6 – 15: $3.00
Ages 5 and under: FREE
Hoover Presidential Foundation members: Free
** Also usually FREE during A Christmas Past weekend **

 Cedar Rapids Festival of Trees & Holiday Market 2017

What: Join the Cedar Rapids Jaycees and The Gazette Special Events to kick off the holiday season! Take time to wander through the Winter Wonderland of decorated holiday trees and festive displays! Each tree is decorated by local businesses, organizations, and artists and will be auctioned via sealed bid to benefit HACAP’s Adopt a Family, Shoes for Kids, and Toys for Tots.

As you enjoy your walk through the trees, check out the holiday market featuring a variety of local vendors offering cash-and-carry items and samples of their holiday goods and products. Start your holiday shopping before the Black Friday rush!

Don’t forget to bring the kids! Our little attendees will be able to stop into Santa’s Workshop for a snack, a holiday craft and an opportunity to snap a selfie with the big guy himself.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Nov 18 & Sun, Nov 19, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day
Where: Hawkeye Downs, 4400 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Bear Says Thanks Storytime

What: Join us for this special Storytime in celebration of Thanksgiving. When Bear decides to throw a feast to thank his friends, they show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Nov 18, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave. Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: FREE


Sunday, November 19

Alternative Christmas Market

What: Purchase your first gifts of the giving season to benefit others! Sweet & Savory Silent Auction, Alternative Gift Tags, Live Music, and Treats to Sample. Help people in need by purchasing alternative gifts and Fair Trade items. All proceeds go to local & global outreach ministries.
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Nov 19, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. (between services)
Where: Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson Street, Iowa City
Cost: Cost of items purchased


Wednesday, November 22

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

What: Enjoy a feast with your favorite Peanuts characters as Charlie Brown celebrates Thanksgiving with Snoopy and all of their friends. There will also be a craft and a snack with the movie.
Who: Preschool (recommended for children age 3, 4, or 5)
When: Wed, Nov 22 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE


Friday, November 24

Alternative Black Friday

What: Instead of buying gifts, make a gift at the library! We’ll provide all the supplies you need to make something special.
Who: Geared toward kids through tweens
When: Fri, Nov 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library
Cost: FREE

Tannenbaum Forest opens

What: This is a must-do holiday event! Tannenbaum Forest is a holiday tradition for many of our visitors. Come see the twinkling lights of over 40 decorated real Christmas Trees, visit Santa, stop by St. Nick’s Cafe, and see our 17 foot German style Christmas pyramid!
Who: All ages
When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Nov 24 through Dec 17. See schedule here.
Where: 622 46th Avenue, Amana
Cost: A good-will offering is collected with proceeds benefiting the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Iowa City holiday events and activities

Sweets with Santa

What: Decorate your own holiday cookie and have your photo taken with Santa Claus amidst fanciful trees and wreaths at Brown Deer Golf Club. Proceeds benefit City Circle and the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Nov 24 at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Where: Brown Deer Golf Course, 1900 Country Club Drive, Coralville
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Children age 2 & under save $5. Proceeds benefit City Circle and the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Family Free Friday!

What: Come to Coral Ridge Mall on the last Friday of every month and enjoy an evening called Family Free Friday! This is a year-round event, occurring every month! FREE Admission to the ice arena for all (skate rental is $2/person), FREE Carousel rides for all, FREE Admission to The Iowa Children’s Museum for all, and various Food Court meal deals for kids.
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Nov 24, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville
Cost: FREE


Saturday, November 25

Junie B. Jones is not a Crook opens

What: Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. It is okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook…or is she? Join in on the fun with America’s favorite kindergartener! 
Who: All ages (part of Theatre for Young Audiences)
When: Saturdays Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, and Dec 16 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each date
Where: Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Avenue, Amana, IA
Cost: $10 per person

Santa Saturday in Iowa City starts

What: Santa will leave his busy workshop for four special trips downtown to meet the area’s good girls and boys. Families can enjoy FREE photos with the jolly ol’ fella at FilmScene (118 E. College St.).
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Nov 25, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Also Dec 2, Dec 9, & Dec 16
Where: FilmScene, 118 E. College Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

What: There is no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season than a horse drawn carriage ride around downtown. Enjoy a FREE 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.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Nov 25, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Also Dec 2, Dec 9, & Dec 16
Where: Downtown Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Downtown Hunt for Elves

What: Join us for a FREE kid-friendly scavenger hunt in downtown Iowa City! Starting Saturday, November 25th, there will be elves hiding in different downtown businesses waiting to be found! Once you have found the elves in each participating store, fill out the “I have found _____” cards and turn them in to Englert Theatre, Iowa Book, or Children’s Room at the Iowa City Public Library to receive a prize and to be entered to win a grand prize gift basket.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Nov 25 through Mon, Jan 1, 2018
Where: Downtown Iowa City
Cost: FREE

** Mom Event! **  Cider and Ceramics

What: Looking for something fun to do over Thanksgiving Weekend? Join Wilson’s Orchard, Wilson’s Hard Cider, and Big Picture Gallery & Studio for Cider & Ceramics! Create a hand-built mug and enjoy some hard or soft cider! Spots are limited – to sign up, simply register on the Big Picture Gallery and Studio website.
Who: Moms!
When: Sat, Nov 25, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Big Picture Gallery & Studio, 185 IA-965, Suite #3, North Liberty
Cost: $35 per person. Register here.

** First of two nights! ** Adult Gingerbread House Making

What: Come to the library and decorate gingerbread houses! This is the first adult gingerbread event. Please sign up ahead of time so they have the right amount of supplies.
Who: Adults
When: Wed, Nov 29, 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Oxford Public Library, 112 Augusta Avenue, Oxford
Cost: FREE (Reservations required. Sign up by stopping by the library or call to get on our list. 319-828-4087)


Sunday, November 26

Sunday Fun Day: Newspaper Snowy Owls

What: As the season of snow rolls in, it’s time to look to the sky for snowflakes and birds! Using round shapes, create a snowy owl collage out of newspaper and colored paper.
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Nov 26, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE


Thursday, November 30

Dance Me a Story: The Nutcracker with Ballet Quad Cities at the ICPL

What: This is a storytime, a dance class, and dress-up fun all in one! Dance Me a Story ties together ballet performances and the literature that inspires the choreography. Ballet QC dancers will read the classic story of the Nutcracker and explore and teach the dance movement. Preschoolers also have the opportunity to see costumes, head pieces, props and pointe shoes—all important elements to bring the story to life. 
Who: Preschool (geared toward ages 3, 4, 5)
When: Thurs, Nov 30, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost:
FREE

** Mom Event **  Ladies Night Wreath or Container Decorating

What: Enjoy a night out with the girls. Enjoy wine, food, and fun while you create your own holiday decoration. We’ll provide the supplies, decorations, and instructions; you have fun putting your touch on it. Choose either a 24″ wreath or 12″ container. Call Forever Green 319-626-2774 to register. Space is limited.
Who: Moms!
When: Thurs, Nov 30, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Forever Green, 125 W. Forevergreen Road, Coralville
Cost: $45 ($5.00 of each registration will go to provide hats and gloves for those in need)


Friday, December 1

Read on the Rug storytime: Snowflakes

What: Bring your toddler to enjoy a story and related activities at the Pentacrest Museums! Recommended for ages 2-4 years old.  Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.
Who: Ages 2-4
When: Fri, Dec 1, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Iowa Hall of the U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Iowa City
Cost: Free, but sign-up required as space is limited to 10 kids for each program. Sign up here

First week of Holiday Classics at Marcus Theatres 

What: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we want to celebrate it with you! Bring the whole family to the theatre this December to see classic holiday films, back on the big screen! The best part is, tickets are only $5! Start a new holiday tradition with Marcus Theatres!
Who: All ages
When: December 1-7, times vary. See dates/times here
It’s a Wonderful Life (rated PG)
The Polar Express (rated G)
Elf (rated PG)
Where: Marcus Sycamore Cinema, 1602 Sycamore Street, Iowa City
Cost: $5 per ticket

Crafting Fridays for kids

What: Join us the 1st Friday of each month during our regularly scheduled Tot Time for a special craft activity. Some activities may be messy so dress kiddos accordingly. December’s craft is a pony bead snowflake!
Who: Tots (birth to pre-K)
When: Fri, Dec 1, 10:30 a.m.
Where: North Liberty Library, 520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: FREE, but registration is required

Friday Flick: The Nightmare Before Christmas

What: Get into the holiday spirit with tonight’s showing of The Nightmare before Christmas. Friday Night Movies are open to children of all ages and their families. We will not be serving snacks, however you are welcome to bring your own from home.
Who: All ages (rated PG)
When: Fri, Dec 1, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Ugly Sweater Night with Santa – Put on Your Ugliest Sweater for Santa!

What: Break out your ugliest holiday sweater (you know the one!) and take a fun photo with Santa. Whether it’s adorned with pom-pom snowmen or glitter gingerbread man, the sillier the sweater the better! Bring your family and friends for a night full of laughter.
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Dec 1, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. You may reserve your slot ahead of time here
Where: Coral Ridge Mall, Center Court
Cost: $34.99 for One 5×7, One 4×6, 4 wallets, unlimited digital downloads, and downloadable e-book

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

What:  A unique opportunity! Come hear A Christmas Carol performed by Ben Carling, from the original script Dickens edited himself for a public reading in Boston in 1867.
Who: Teens, Adults
When: Fri, Dec 1, 6:30 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library, 520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: FREE

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever stage production by The Young Footliters opens

What:  In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem (and the fun) when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. and Sat, Dec 2, 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Herbert Hoover Museum, 210 Parkside Drive, West Branch 
Cost: FREE, but tickets are required due to large crowds in the past

Iowa City holiday events and activities

The Polar Express Storytime

What: All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual storytime of the beloved classic, The Polar Express. Coloring and activities to follow.
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Dec 1, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave. Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: FREE

Sing-Along Messiah 2017

What: Conductor Ed Kottick brings together an orchestra, professional soloists, and local choirs for a joyful holiday celebration. Buy your tickets in advance for general admission or to sit by vocal part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, or Bass). Tickets purchased the day of the show will be seated in the general admission area. General admission seating is for any voice part, for families wishing to sit together, or for those who would simply like to listen and enjoy the music. (Limited sheet music will be available for purchase at the event, so please bring your own sheet music with you.)
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Dec 1, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street, Coralville
Cost: Adult: $12, Senior (55+): $10, Student (18 & under): $8

Nolte Academy’s The Nutcracker opens

What: Nolte Academy & The Englert Theatre are proud to present a unique and highly entertaining version of the beloved Christmas classic, 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. Don’t miss the wonder and enchantment of this Christmas tale!
Who: All ages
When: Performances Fri, Dec 1 at 7:30 p.m., Sat Dec 2 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun Dec 3 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington Street, Iowa City
Cost: $32 Reserved Seating Adult, $26 Senior/Student, $20 Youth (12 and under)

Prelude to Christmas

What:  Join us for the 32nd Prelude to Christmas celebration. Enjoy candlelit streets, the beautiful Tannenbaum Forest, great shopping for unique gifts, and our delicious food all in a place like no other. Prelude to Christmas is a special time in the Amana Colonies with the main village of Amana decorated for the Christmas Holiday. Our Heritage Museum has a special display for you to catch a glimpse of what Christmas in the communal era was like, and the Amana Church presents a Cookie Walk on Saturday that is always a sellout. Join us for this wonderful celebration and start a Christmas tradition of your own! Find the complete listing of events here.
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Dec 1 through Sun, Dec 3
Where: Amana Colonies, 622 46th Avenue, Amana, IA
Cost: Varies

A Christmas Past

What: Annually the first weekend in December, Main Street West Branch, the City of West Branch, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Foundation, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Musuem, and the National Park Service, celebrate the spirit of the season. Enjoy carolers, music, horse drawn carriages/wagons, Christmas tree exhibit, the Gibson Trains, ice carving, Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus much, much more.
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Dec 1, and Sat Dec 2
Where: West Branch & the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, 210 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA
Cost: Mostly FREE (although some events have a charge). See Details here!


Saturday, December 2

** Mom Event ** Holiday Extravaganza

What: Need some last minute gift ideas? This is the perfect place to find them. Gifts for family, friends, teachers, and more, all while supporting local businesses. Shop your favorite vendors: Scentsy, Thirty-One gifts, Pampered Chef, and more. Make sure you stop by and get in on the raffle drawing. Drawings will be done from each vendor.
Who: Moms (all ages welcome)
When: Sat, Dec 2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Rec Center, 1506 8th Street, Coralville
Cost: Free

Christmas in Kalona

What: This year there will be a polar run with the YMCA, a vendor fair at the historical village, cookie walk and movie at the library, pictures with Santa, walking stocking, ornaments, cooking decorating, ice skating rink, toy drive, mission market, tour of churches, and the carriage rides. Christmas in Kalona has a lot to offer for all ages!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 2
Where: Downtown Kalona
Cost: FREE

Pinterest Presents

What: Make some Pinterest-inspired projects! Classes are free, and supplies are provided. Your finished projects will make great gifts!
Who: Upper elementary and older
When: Sat, Dec 2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Ely Library, 1595 Dows Street, Ely
Cost: Free, but registration is required online or by calling 319-848-7616. (Facebook registrations are not accepted)

** Mom Event – Calling all teachers! ** Barnes & Noble Educator Holiday Shopping Event 

What: Pre-K through Grade 12 educators are invited to a special holiday shopping event. Educators will receive a 25% discount on books, toys, games, movies, music, and more. Plus, 10% off Café consumables. Our booksellers can help educators find the perfect gift for themselves and everyone on their holiday shopping list!
Who: Educators of pre-K through 12th grade students
When: Sat, Dec 2, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave. Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Just what you buy!

Holidays at the IMU

What: Come to the Iowa Memorial Union for a great group of holiday activities! In addition to the Holiday Thieves’ Market (see below), the following events will be taking place:

  • Festival of Wreaths Silent Auction (Ground Floor): Bid on beautifully decorated wreaths with all proceeds going to UI Dance Marathon, a student organization providing year-round emotional and financial support to pediatric cancer patients and their families treated at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
  • Cocoa and Carols with Old Gold Acapella, Sat and Sun at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Hawkeye Room, Ground Floor): Listen to classics sung by the Old Gold Acappella, the U of I co-ed vocal group. Old Gold A cappella was born out of the Old Gold Singers, an original student show choir that dates back to 1957. In 2014, the group underwent massive administrative changes and voted to re-brand as an a cappella group, a decision that’s resulted in a unique take on collegiate a cappella.
  • Children’s Activities (Ground Floor): Enjoy crafting activities with the kids both mornings, including making your own sock-puppet snowman, coloring, and other craft activities. Also, new this year, take the family on a free trolley ride downtown and back with stops at the Iowa Memorial Union, and two locations in Downtown Iowa City (Saturday only).
  • Craft Wine & Beer Tasting, Sat & Sun 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. (River Room): Sip craft wine and beer from breweries and vineyards around Iowa and the mid-west. Must be at least 21 to participate.
  • Free Gift Wrapping (Iowa Hawk Shop, Ground Floor): Take your purchases from the Thieves’ Market to the Hawk Shop for free gift wrapping and shop while you wait with store-wide holiday sales! Note: Not all products available at the Thieves’ Market will be wrappable due to size and fragility restrictions.

Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 2, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sun, Dec 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Iowa Memorial Union 1st and Ground Floors, 125 N. Madison Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Iowa City holiday events and activities

Holiday Thieves’ Market

What: The University of Iowa Fine Arts Council is proud to present the 2017 Holiday Thieves’ Market accompanied by our Wine & Craft Beer Tasting. This indoor art exhibition and sale is an Iowa City and Coralville community tradition held at the Iowa Memorial Union. 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.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 2, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sun, Dec 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Iowa Memorial Union 1st and Ground Floors, 125 N. Madison Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Villages of Amana Christmas Haus Tour

What: The Amana Arts Guild welcomes visitors to its 12th annual Christmas Tour of homes. Progress has not eradicated the town’s treasured traditions and quaint customs. Amana’s cedar-sided, limestone, and time bleached brick buildings have weathered for well over a century. Tour private homes decorated for the holidays and take part in the ambiance of Christmas in the Amana Colonies. Visit with homeowners and get to know the colonies in a whole new way while you visit homes with stories as remarkable and varied as the colonies themselves.
Who: All ages (possibly upper elementary and older)
When: Sat, Dec 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sun, Dec 3, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Homes are located in Amana, South Amana, Middle Amana, and Homestead
Cost: $10 per person. Tickets are on sale now at the Amana Colonies Visitor’s Center and at the Amana Arts Guild and will be available at each home on the days of the event. The $10 cost is for the entire tour.  Children under 12 free.

Iowa City Public Library Arts & Crafts Bazaar

What: Support the ICPL Friends Foundation at the annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar fundraiser
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 2, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Meeting Rooms A,B,&C, Iowa City Public Library, 123 North Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: Just the cost of your shopping!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Storytime 

What: This classic, heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts three sizes. Activities to follow.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 2, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave. Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: FREE

Star of Wonder an Original Christmas Celebration 

What: Celebrate the season with traditional and original music from Joe Mattingly and the Encore Singers & Orchestra. A fabulous event with special guest appearances to start your season on an up-note! 
Come early for the pre-concert wine and cheese gathering–stay late for the post-show party!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street, Coralville
Cost: Adult: $25, Senior (55+): $20, Student (includes college): $20, Child (age 10 & under): $15


Sunday, December 3

** Mom Event ** Downtown Iowa City Holiday Retail Open House 

What: Join our downtown retailers for a holiday open house! Each participating retailer will be hosting a holiday party in their store that includes snacks, drinks, or a gift for you at each stop. Participating retailers include: Akar, Bread Garden, Catherine’s, Dulcinea, Glassando, Home Ec, Iowa Artisans Gallery, Moss, Over the Moon, Prairie Lights, Revival, Tailgate, Velvet Coat, Ten Thousand Villages, Discerning Eye, Domby, Hands, MC Ginsberg, RSVP, and Textiles. Enjoy a free trolley ride to and from the Thieves Market at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). The trolley will be running from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and making stops outside the IMU, Washington St., and Market St.
Who: Moms (although you may want to bring your older kids along)
When: Sun, Dec 3, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Iowa City
Cost: FREE + cost of your shopping!

** Mom Event ** String Art at the Black Squirrel Tap 

What: Join Shawna of Strung by Shawna for a fun, new take on a striking old-fashioned art form. You can choose from any of Strung by Shawna’s class designs or pitch us your own idea by signing up for a NEW DESIGN TICKET. Registration closes November 29th at midnight so we can prep supplies/materials in time for the class.

In this three-hour class you will learn how to create a beautiful wall hanging using simple supplies like wood, string, and nails. All of the supplies, other than a hammer, are provided, so all you have to worry about is completing your project! Step-by-step instructions are provided to guide you every step of the way, with lots of room left for individual creativity. String art is a unique and engaging way to create an art piece that will be treasured for years to come.
Who: Moms!
When: Sun, Dec 3, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Black Squirrel Tap, 72 2nd Street SE, Swisher
Cost: $44.19 – $54.84, depending on design chosen

Cirque Musica Holiday presents BELIEVE

What: BELIEVE is a fun-filled holiday entertainment event for the entire family. The perfect celebration for the holidays as the cast of Cirque Musica performs incredible feats of strength, skill, and grace to great Holiday music favorites performed by a live symphony.
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Dec 3, 7:30 p.m.
Where: U.S. Cellular Center, 370 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids
Cost: Tickets are $35-$85


Monday, December 4

First week of Making Mondays

What: The first Monday of each month a new activity will be put in the Teen Lounge. Stop by any Monday in the month to complete the activity! This month is mugs with hot cocoa!
Who: Teens
When: Mondays Dec 4, Dec 11, and Dec 18, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library, West Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: FREE


Tuesday, December 5

First week of Christmas Crafts for 3-5 year olds

What: Youngsters will make some holiday take-home crafts to enjoy this season.
Who: 3-5 year olds
When: Three Tuesdays from Dec 5-19 at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m., or 6:30 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: North Liberty Residents $20; Non-residents $25 (Internet registration deadline is Nov 28)


Wednesday, December 6

** Second of two! ** Adult Gingerbread House Making

What: Come to the library and decorate gingerbread houses. This is our the first year we’ve done adult gingerbread events. Please sign up ahead of time so we can buy the right about of supplies.
Who: Adults!
When: Wed, Dec 6, 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Oxford Public Library, 112 Augusta Avenue, Oxford
Cost: FREE (Reservations required. Sign up by stopping by the library or call to get on our list. 319-828-4087)


Thursday, December 7

Kids Create

What: Join us for a different activity each month.  We might make a craft, build with Legos, or play a game.
Who: Kids grades K through 6th
When: Dec 7, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street, Coralville
Cost: FREE (Sign up online here or at the Children’s Desk beginning Nov 30)


Friday, December 8

2nd week of Holiday Classics at Marcus Theatres 

What: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we want to celebrate it with you! Bring the whole family to the theatre this December to see classic holiday films, back on the big screen! The best part is, tickets are only $5! Start a new holiday tradition with Marcus Theatres!
Who: All ages
When: December 8-14, times vary. See dates/times here.
A Christmas Story
Christmas Vacation
White Christmas
Where: Marcus Sycamore Cinema, 1602 Sycamore Street, Iowa City
Cost: $5 per ticket


Saturday, December 9

Iowa City holiday events and activities

Iowa City Moms Blog Pancakes & Pajamas

What: Bring the whole family out to enjoy a delicious holiday breakfast and an impressive line-up of festive and fun children’s games, crafts, and activities to celebrate the holiday season! Don’t forget to wear your festive PJs, and snuggle up for a cozy story time with Mrs. Claus from 9-10 a.m.!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. (This is an open house event, so come anytime during these hours. Breakfast will be hot & ready the entire time!)
Where: South Slope, 980 North Front Street, North Liberty
Cost: Tickets are $5 for kids and $7 for adults

 

** Mom Event ** Holiday Vendor Fair

What: Local vendors, crafters, and sellers have the opportunity to rent a spot and sell items to get your holiday shopping done with local, homemade flair. Shopping runs all morning so stop by to see what’s available. 
Who: Moms!
When: Sat, Dec 9, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: Free to attend

2017 Holiday Market

What: Shop local this holiday season! The Iowa City Farmers Market is pleased to host two Holiday Market events (the first was Nov 11), which feature handcrafted, homemade, and homegrown items from some of your favorite Iowa City Farmers Market vendors.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City
Cost: Free to attend

North Liberty Breakfast with Santa

What: Santa will be waiting for kids (10 and under) to enjoy a hot meal provided by the North Liberty Lions Club. Event also includes live music, crafts, special holiday movies on the big screen, and a model Christmas village and train will be on display for everyone to enjoy. Photos will be taken free of charge by Sandi Spurrell Photography and posted to her website.
Who: Kids 10 and under
When: Sat, Dec 9, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: North Liberty Rec Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: $3 per person, regardless of intent to eat. Advanced registration required, no walk-ins. Register here

What: Just in time for the holidays, let the library do your baking for you! Get your homemade holiday cookies here!
Who: Families, all ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library, 520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: $6.00 per dozen cookies

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

What: Join us for this family fun tradition! Basic house structures, icing, and candy will all be provided. However, feel free to drop off any donations for decorating! One house per family will be provided, with additional houses available for $5 each.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Ely Public Library, 1595 Dows Street, Ely
Cost: FREE (or $5 each for additional gingerbread houses), but registration is required so stop by or call 319-848-7616 by Wednesday, December 6th.

Winter Walk with Elves

What: Take a brisk winter walk, hosted by Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO)! Explore the Iowa River Landing Wetland Park.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Start at Coralville Marriott Hotel, 300 E. 9th Street, Coralville
Cost: FREE

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book Storytime

What: Join us as we follow Olaf, Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa through a frozen adventure to find the best holiday traditions. Activities to follow.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave. Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: FREE

Holiday Open House at Coralville Old Town Hall

What: As part of the Coralville Aisle of Lights, the Old Town Hall will be open to the public to learn about Coralville’s History while enjoying the Sled and Children’s Riding Toy exhibit on display
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Old Town Hall, 407 5th Street, Coralville
Cost: FREE

Holiday Percussion Pops 

What: Come check out Iowa Percussion, under the direction of Dan Moore, as they put on their holiday show!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Voxman Music Building, 93 E. Burlington Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Jingle Bell Trot 5K

What: The Jingle Bell Trot is an annual fundraiser and 5K walk/run that benefits Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO). TAKO is a non-profit group for all ages that promotes unstructured outdoors play in nature. This year’s Jingle Trot will feature a Winter Carnival in addition to the 5K event. Many fun family activities are scheduled including (subject to change): photos with Santa, reindeer food making, cookie decorating, and more! Watch for updates online (on Facebook and our web page)! All participants that pre-register for the 5K are guaranteed a one-of-a-kind Jingle Bell Trot T-Shirt!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Lower City Park, 200 E. Park Road, Iowa City
Cost: Adults $25, 5K run + volunteer $20, Child (6-18) $15, Just Winter Carnival activities $5, Family Plan (4 people) $60, Additional child (no t-shirt) $5, T-shirts $15. Please register for the race at least a week in advance to ensure you get a t-shirt.

Swisher’s A Very Merry Christmas Celebration 

What: Come to Swisher for some Christmas festivities! Enjoy Santa, reindeer, and elves, the lighting of the Christmas tree, kids crafts, a cookie walk, horse drawn carriage rides, and the lighted Christmas parade!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 9, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 2nd Street in Swisher
Cost: FREE


Sunday, December 10

Gingerbread House Competition

What: For all gingerbread lovers and connoisseurs! Join us for a gingerbread house competition from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the beautiful hotelVetro, in the events and meeting halls. There will be two 2-hour shifts of the competition with 1 hour and 30 minutes for creating and 30 minutes for judging and awards. Winners will be announced and receive a prize at the end of each shift. The first competition will be from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and the second competition will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Each competition will have a 12 and under category and an all-ages category. New this year, there will be a professional baker category during the 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. competition. Homemade gingerbread & royal frosting from Molly’s Cupcakes as well as all candy will be provided, and participants can also bring extra supplies. A cash bar will also be available serving up holiday drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Who: All ages (Categories: Adult, 12 & Under, Professional Baker)
When: Sun, Dec 10, 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: hotelVetro, 201 S. Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: $40 per gingerbread house (up to 4 decorators)

Iowa City holiday events and activities

Santa Sunday

What: Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus right to Bella Sala in Tiffin! Come meet Santa and join us for an afternoon filled with Santa, arts and crafts, letters to Santa, and much more! Also, don’t forget to bring your pre-created gingerbread house to Santa Sunday for your chance to win a first place prize!!
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Dec 10, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Bella Sala Event Center, 205 S. Park Road, Tiffin
Cost: Free will donations are accepted. (This event will help support TIFFUN Creek Fest fireworks in 2018)

Johnson County Historical Society open house

What: In conjunction with Coralville’s 37th annual Aisle of Lights weekend, the Johnson County Historical Society will be having kids crafts, snacks, and free admission to the JCHS Exhibit Hall
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Dec 10, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Johnson County Historical Society Museum, 860 Quarry Road, Coralville
Cost: FREE

Sunday Fun Day: Hawaiian Holiday with the Ukulele Social Club 

What: Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian holiday! On this special Sunday Fun Day we are joined by the Johnson County Ukulele Social Club for a special holiday concert in the Storytime Room at 2 p.m. We will have some Hawaiian themed holiday crafts in the back corner of the Children’s Room, including homemade leis to wear for the occasion!
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Dec 10, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Coralville Aisle of Lights

What: See how 30,000 white paper sacks, each filled with sand and a votive candle, create a magical scene on a winter evening! Miles of luminaria are available for viewing by foot or car.
Area businesses and organizations host a merry day of activities for all ages, and then participating residents and businesses light luminarias to burn in the evening.
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Dec 10, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Throughout Coralville
Cost: FREE


Monday, December 11

Family Night at the Library

What: Program for the whole family that might involve crafts, games, stories, music—or any combination! Check the link for the specific topic!
Who: All ages
When: Mon, Dec 11, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street, Coralville
Cost: FREE, but registration is required in person at the Children’s Desk or by phone at 319-248-1850


Tuesday, December 12

Super Tuesdays!

What: Join us most Tuesdays for fun activities! This time we’ll first read Sweetest Kulu and then make an arctic animal craft.
Who: Grades K-3
When: Tues, Dec 12, 4:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library, 520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: FREE

Stage production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

What:  The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to. It’s an adventure that teaches us what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
Who: All ages
When: Tues, Dec 12, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
Cost: $48 to $68. Buy tickets here.


Thursday, December 14

Makerspace Thursdays – Bird Feeders

What: It’s getting cold out there! Make a bird feeder for your feathered friends. Explore the connection between technology, engineering, art, science, craft & creative problems solving.
Who: All ages
When: Thurs, Dec 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa Hall of the U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 39-53 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE (no reservation is required, but some supplies may be limited)

**Mom Event** DIY Raw, Vegan Chocolates for the Holidays 

What: Join Laurie Moritz, creator of Mystic-Chocolate and Sweet Raw Joy (truly delicious raw, vegan desserts and chocolates sold exclusively at New Pioneer Co-op), and learn how easy and fun it is to make your own chocolates. She will demonstrate the preparation of three simple raw, vegan chocolate recipes: Peppermint Crunch, Dark Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Ganache (for icing, dipping, or eating with a spoon!). She’ll also offer samples of Sweet Raw Joy chocolates to turn up the holiday joy.
Who: Moms (and Dads, too!)
When: Thurs, Dec 14, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: New Pioneer Co-op Coralville, 1101 2nd Street, Coralville
Cost: $15, get your ticket here


Friday, December 15

Friday Flick: Elf

What: Not feeling the holiday spirit? Maybe Buddy the Elf can help. Come on by the Children’s department for a holiday screening of Elf

Friday Night Movies are open to children of all ages and their families. We will not be serving snacks, however you are welcome to bring your own from home.
Who: All ages (rated PG)
When: Fri, Dec 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

North Liberty Family Movie Night: Despicable Me 3

What: Bring pillows and blankets for your viewing comfort. You can also bring snacks and covered beverages. Popcorn provided!
Who: All ages (rated PG)
When: Fri, Dec 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library, 520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.


Saturday, December 16

Ely Winterfest

What: Come celebrate winter with a variety of fun activities, including a vendor fair, 5K, chili cook-off, LIVE reindeer visit, Bluemoon carriage rides, a holiday-themed photo booth, free cookie decorating, and a lighted parade!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 16, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. See schedule details here.
Where: Business district, Ely
Cost: Free admission

Santa Visit in Hills

What: News from the North Pole states that Santa has scheduled a visit to Hills! He is expected to arrive at the Hills Community Center around 10:00 a.m. Santa’s sidekick “Elfie” will accompany him to help keep track of those that have been nice and those that have been naughty!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 16, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Hills Community Center, Hills
Cost: FREE

** First of 3 showings! ** FilmScene’s The Picture Show: Elf 

What: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
Who: All ages (rated PG)
When: Sat, Dec 16 & Sun Dec 17, 10:00 a.m. and Thurs, Dec 21, 3:30 p.m.
Where: FilmScene
Cost: Children are FREE with the purchase of a $5 adult ticket. Special Picture Show pricing on concessions, too! Pick-Two combo: choose any two of candy, popcorn, or a drink for $5!

Holiday with the Hound

What: Come to the holiday open house and share the joy of the season by donating a wish list item for the animals at the IC Animal Care & Adoption Center! Each animal will have a stocking hung on their kennel for holiday gift stuffing. View the Center’s wish list at www.icanimalcenter.org  Enjoy cookies, cocoa, lots of opportunities to meet the animals, and much more! Join us for a fun and festive day and maybe you’ll meet your new best friend–a four-legged one! Celebrate our furry friends at the Iowa City Animal Center’s Holiday with the Hounds!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center
Cost: FREE

River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime

What: It’s Christmas Eve and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a note to Santa, but she and her dog fall asleep only to find they’ve been swept off on another magical adventure. Activities to follow.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 16, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave. Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: FREE

Kids Gingerbread House Program

What: Come to the library and decorate a gingerbread house! Please sign up ahead of time so we can buy the right amount of supplies.
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Oxford Public Library, 112 Augusta Avenue, Oxford
Cost: FREE (Reservations required. Sign up by stopping by the library or call to get on our list. 319-828-4087)

Winter Solstice Celebration

What: Enjoy the Festival of Light at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. There will be games and craft activities for all ages.
Who: All ages (All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver)
When: Sat, Dec 16, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

** (Sort of!) Mom Event ** Night at the Children’s Museum

What: Moms, schedule a date night or an evening of Christmas shopping while your kiddos join in the fun at a Glow in the Dark Party at the Iowa Children’s Museum! Your kids will get to play in their favorite exhibits, play with glow in the dark slime, create glow jewelry, and boogie-woogie in the theater during a dance party. Night at the Children’s Museum is just for kids – no grownups allowed (except for our awesome PLAYologists)!
Who: Kids ages 4-12
When: Sat, Dec 16, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Iowa Children’s Museum, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville
Cost: $20 per child, members receive a 10% discount. Reservations are required.


Sunday, December 17

Iowa City holiday events and activities

Sunday Fun Day: Holiday Kindness Rocks

What: Help spread Holiday Cheer by making a kindness rock. No matter what holiday you celebrate, the end of the year is the perfect time to spread cheer and inspiration. Decorate a kindness rock with a holiday theme or not, and then give away your rock or leave it for someone to find! It’s amazing how a few kind words can change someone’s day! We’ll provide all the supplies, including the rocks.
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Dec 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Agudas Achim Annual Hanukkah Party

What: Come out to the  Annual Hanukkah Party at the Agudas Achim Congregation! This event includes a meal featuring traditional Hanukkah foods like latkes (potato pancakes) & sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), Hanukkah menorah candle lighting, and games for adults and children.
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Dec 17, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Agudas Achim Congregation, 401 Oakdale Boulevard, Coralville
Cost: Tickets available from Agudas Achim . (Watch this link & the one above for details!)


Thursday, December 21

Gingerbread Fun Storytime!

What: Join us for a special gingerbread-themed storytime, and then stay for gingerbread making, holiday crafts, and winter stories on the big screen. We will provide gingerbread men to decorate and craft supplies for a fun wintry morning.
Who: Preschool (recommended for children age 3, 4, or 5)
When: Thurs, Dec 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE


Friday, December 22

Friday Flick: The Muppet Christmas Carol 

What: Feeling the holiday humbugs? Get them out with Michael Caine as Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol. Friday Night Movies are open to children of all ages and their families. We will not be serving snacks, however you are welcome to bring your own from home.
Who: All ages (rated G)
When: Fri, Dec 29, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE


Saturday, December 23

Brunch with Santa

What: Start your morning off right with a visit from Santa! Families enjoy a delicious buffet featuring hot-off-the-griddle pancakes with bourbon maple syrup, prime rib with horseradish sauce, cherry-wood smoked bacon, roasted vegetables, fresh fruit, pastries, and more! Santa will be present between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Families not dining with us are welcome to visit with Santa without reservations. Don’t forget your camera for photos!
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, 1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher
Cost: $18.99 per adult, $8 for children 6-12, and free for children under 5 (By reservation only. Call (319) 857-4300 for reservations.)

** First of 3 showings! ** FilmScene’s The Picture Show: It’s a Wonderful Life 

What: In Frank Capra’s definitive holiday classic, an angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.
Who: All ages (rated PG)
When: Sat, Dec 23 & Sun, Dec 24, 10:00 a.m. and Thurs, Dec 28, 3:30 p.m.
Where: FilmScene, 118 E. College Street, Iowa City
Cost: Children are FREE with the purchase of a $5 adult ticket. Special Picture Show pricing on concessions, too! Pick-Two combo: choose any two of candy, popcorn, or a drink for $5!

Santa’s Magic Key Storytime

What: In this unforgettable holiday story, a boy realizes on Christmas Eve that his new house does not have a chimney. With the post office closed and Santa coming by the end of the night, he has no way of telling Santa. But when the boy finds a mysterious key, he’ll soon discover just how this key will solve his problem. Activities to follow. 
Who: All ages
When: Sat, Dec 23, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave. Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: FREE


Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve Brunch

What: Make reservations for the entire family to join us on Christmas Eve for 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 turkey, hot chocolate, and holiday cookie decorating for the kids! 
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Dec 24, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, 1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher
Cost: $18.99 per adult, $8 for children 6-12, and free for children under 5 (By reservation only. Call (319) 857-4300 for reservations.)


Friday, December 29

Iowa City Public Library Noon Year’s Eve Party

What: We’re celebrating the end of 2017 early at a kid friendly, daytime bash! Join us in Meeting Room A at 11 for crafts, games, and dancing. And at 11:59 we’ll ring in the lunch hour with balloons, noise and fun!
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Dec 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Iowa City holiday events and activities

North Liberty Library Noon Year’s Eve Party

What: Join us as we kick off the New Year family style complete with a balloon drop at noon. There will be crafts, snacks, dancing, and super hero & princess guests. Register NOW!
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Dec 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library, 520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: FREE, but registration is required

Friday Flick: Frozen

What: We could be making jokes like ‘It’s time to let 2017 go’ but we’re better than that. Come watch Frozen in the Children’s Storytime Room. Friday Night Movies are open to children of all ages and their families. We will not be serving snacks, however you are welcome to bring your own from home.
Who: All ages (rated PG)
When: Fri, Dec 29, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE

Family Free Friday!

What: Come to Coral Ridge Mall on the Last Friday of Every Month and Enjoy an Evening Called Family Free Friday! This is a year-round event, occurring every month! FREE Admission to the Ice Arena for all (skate rental is $2/person), FREE Carousel rides for all, FREE Admission to The Iowa Children’s Museum for all, and various Food Court meal deals for kids.
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Dec 29, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville
Cost: FREE 


Sunday, December 31

Sunday Fun Day

What: Get prepared for your New Year celebration by creating a handmade silent firework. Join us for crafting and fun!
Who: All ages
When: Sun, Dec 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Cost: FREE


Grab those calendars, choose your favorite activities, and start making those holiday memories!

 


 

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