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HOLIDAY EVENTS 2020
- Holiday Mansion Tours, through Dec. 20, 2020 at Brucemore. With thirteen trees and garlands galore, the mansion is decked out on all four floors during this annual holiday tradition.
Home for the Holidays, beginning Dec. 4, 2020 in Uptown Marion. Enjoy the virtual lighting of the Peace Tree, Santa waving through local neighborhoods, residential holiday lights tours and more.
Deck The District, Dec. 4-6, 2020 in Czech Village/New Bohemia Mainstreet District.
Old World Christmas Market, Dec. 5-6, 2020 at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. This year you can shop in-person or online, participate in a drive-through cookie walk and enjoy free admission (masks and distancing required) to the galleries.
Downtown Cedar Rapids Holiday Lights Driving Loop, Nov. 30 - Jan. 1, 2021 drive around downtown to take in the holiday light displays courtesy of the Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Commission.
Laser Light Show, Dec. 11-13, 2020 at Hawkeye Downs. Drive-in event, multiple shows each evening.
Maddie Poppe's Acoustic Christmas, Dec. 12 at Paramount Theatre.
Community Tree Festival, daily through Dec. 31 at Lindale Mall in the food court area.
Photos with Santa at Lindale Mall, Daily through Dec. 24. New safety measures in place.
Holiday Light Finder, by The Gazette - enjoy residential lights throughout the area.
Noon Year's Eve At Home, Dec. 31 - celebrate online with the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
- Check out our Holiday Event Calendar for more holiday fun!
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 and the many locally owned boutiques - from clothing to home decor.
- 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 African Americam Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The History Center and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.
HOLIDAY HOTEL SPECIALS
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.
TAKE & BAKE / READY-MADE
Rodina - Holiday Special carry out menu focused on large format dishes, serve take and bake, or hot and ready items.
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.
OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY
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.
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.