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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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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!

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DoubleTree by Hilton - The Kris Kringle Suite experience includes an overnight stay, gift cards to local businesses, meal for 4 at 350 First and more! Call 319-731-4444 to book your reservation.

Country Inn & Suites, TownePlace Suites and Tru by Hilton are offering safe slumbers at a great rate this holiday season. Out of town family members and guests can rest easy knowing these hotels are taking care of the details. Special rates through December 31, 2020. Call the hotels directly to ask for their Home for the Holidays special rate.


Stay tuned as we continue to update 2020 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.


Rodina - Holiday Special carry out menu focused on large format dishes, serve take and bake, or hot and ready items.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Take and Bake dinner featuring spiral ham, sides and dessert. Order by Dec. 18 for pick up Dec. 22-23.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Holiday Cocktails for Two to-go! 

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Holiday Cheesecake, several varieties. Order by Dec. 18 for pick up Dec. 22-23. Or order a fun Cookie decorating kit throughout December. Order one day in advance.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Gift of Gratitude meals for employees, etc.

Caucho - Order by Dec. 16 for pick up Dec. 18-19. Holiday Take & Bake items include Taco Pary Pack, enchiladas, and more.

Lion Bridge Brewing Company - Order by Dec. 20 for pick up on Dec. 24 - beer braised short ribs, mashed potatoes and more.

Bistro 3 Nineteen - Order by Dec. 19 for pickup Dec. 22-24 - go to More, Holiday Preorder for selections including starters, sides, turkey, ham and dessert.

Thistle Summit - Holiday shop inclues vegan and gluten free options. Free local delivery.

Rustic Hearth Bakery - order dinner rolls, pies and more.

Feedwell Kitchen & Bakery - Order by Dec. 19 for pick up Dec. 23-24. Breads, cakes, pastries and more.

Shawnniecakes - order Holiday Heat & Serve meals and delicious dessert options.

Sugarfire Cedar Rapids - order by Dec. 19 for hot or cold pick up on Dec. 24.

Zeppelins - Oven roasted ham and sides available. Pick up is Dec. 24. 

LP Streetfood - Order by Dec. 20 for pick up Dec. 23-24. Main, sides and dessert - order together or ala carte.

Edith & Lucille's - Pre-order a Smoked Prime Rib Christmas dinner for pick up on Christmas Day.

Anvil Meat Market - Yuletide meats including ham, turkey and pork roasts ready to cook. Order now for pick up ahead of Christmas and New Years.

Lightworks - Order by Dec. 19 for pick up Dec. 23. Brunch, soup, salads, mains, sides and of course, desserts.

Dash Coffee Roasters - Take and Bake OR Heat and Serve options. Order by Dec. 21 for pick up Dec. 23-24. Scones, quiche, coffee cakes.


Bea's Cafe, 2727 6th Ave SW - open 7am-1pm, dine in, carryout, curbside

Brick's Bar & Grill, 320 2nd Ave SE - open 6pm - 2am

The Class Act at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW

Edith & Lucille's, 6913 Mount Vernon Road SE

Leonardo's Pizza & Restaurant, 2228 16th Ave SW

Lucky's on 16th, 86 16th Ave SW - open 6am-1pm (breakfast menu only)

Moco Game Room & Hotdog Bar, 1602 E Ave NE

Mr. B's, 629 2nd Ave SW

Parlor City Pub & Eatery, 1125 3rd St SE - open 1-9pm

Sushi House, 2665 Edgewood Pkwy SW

Vernon Bar & Grill, 3025 Mt Vernon Rd SE, 5pm-2am

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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A Night to Remember, A Year to Forget - New Year's Eve In - full-course meal made by Jude Villafana, Peppercorn Food Company. Order by Dec. 22 for pick up (hot and ready) at Eastbank Venue & Lounge from 4 to 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Cobble Hill Restaurant - THREE evenings to accommodate appropriate social distancing. Dec. 31-Jan 2 - MUST have reservations.

LP Streetfood - special NYE dinner menu  - make a reservation by calling 319-364-4042.

Bari Italian - special NYE menu (and regular menu) for dine in or to go.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Dine in or get their special NYE menu to go! 

Bistro 319 - Make reservations to dine in or order the special NYE meal for carryout by 12/30.

The Edison - Dine in for a special 3-course meal!

La Cantina Bar N Grill - Food and drink specials.

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