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Holiday Traditions in Cedar Rapids

The holidays are a magical time in the Cedar Rapids area! Join in the celebrations throughout the season!

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A Christmas tree centered behind a metal sculpture surrounded by Christmas lights at night


We all know the holidays can be stressful, from deciding who’s going to make the turkey, to addressing and stamping the holiday cards.  Whether you’re a shopper who likes to plan ahead, or a procrastinator who waits until the last minute, it’s our goal to help you cross everyone off your shopping list this season!

  • Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District: Shop dozens of local retailers offering unique and personal gifts for everyone on your list - from outdoor gear to vintage wear to vinyl records! 
  • Uptown Marion: Be sure to stop into Scout of Marion, The Marion Chocolate Shop and the many locally owned businesses - from clothing to home decor to sweet treats.
  • Cedar Rapids Shopping Centers: There are two main areas of town with abundant shopping opportunities within a few blocks. The Lindale Mall area is on the Northeast side of town and the Westdale area is on the Southwest side of Cedar Rapids. Both areas are surrounded with multiple shopping plazas and a variety of stores and restaurants to make for a complete day of shopping!
  • Don't forget the unique treasures you can find out our local museum stores including the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, BrucemoreThe History Center and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

people enjoy listening to christmas carolers in a cedar rapids mall



  • Christmas take and bake options are availible from Lightworks. Enjoy sugar cookie kits, fluffer nutter bars, fresh baked scones and more! Order by December 17th.
  • Let Feedwell Kitchen & Bakery stress about the mess and take some of the work off your plate for the holidays! Order take and bake by Decmeber 18th for the holidays


Stay tuned as we continue to update 2023 Holiday Eats information! Many local restaurants will be offering holiday take out specials to feed the whole family. While most places are closed on holidays, some restaurants in our community are open on Christmas Day.

four friends toast and ring in the new year at a restaurant in cedar rapids




Check back soon to see more restaurants​ that are typically open over the holidays! Their menus and hours may vary from their regular offerings and schedule.

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