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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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The Hotel at Kirkwood - Shop, sip and stay with us as you prepare for the holiday season! Book one overnight stay for two and get 2 bottles of Kirkwood wine, a charcuterie board, a $50 gift certificate to shop or eat in Czech Village and a complimentary shuttle to Czech Village! Call 319-848-8700 to book your reservation.

The DoubleTree by Hilton - Cheers to our new Celebration Package! Book this package to receive a bottle of bubbles in 350 First, breakfast for two, 2pm late checkout upon availability and during the month of December 15% off of any food purchase from our dinner menu at 350 First! Book today using the link here: https://bit.ly/31p1Bsq

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, 2021. Call the hotels directly to ask for their Home for the Holidays special rate.


Stay tuned as we continue to update 2021 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.


  • Bistro 3 Nineteen - Santa is making his list and checking it twice! Check your Christmas meals off your list by ordering take and bake Christmas dinner today. Order all you need from breakfast to dinner and desserts online here
  • Caucho - Having a party this season? Bring the holly jolly cheer with Taco Packs! This taste of Caucho features two proteins (try our pepita chorizo!) & a dozen fresh tortillas per pack, with assorted garnishes, house-made salsa, rice and beans.Call 319-200-2525 or order online at cauchorestaurant.com!
  • Donutland - Make Santa’s job a bit easier this year with this holiday platter of Donutland favorites! This special-edition platter features 13 holiday-themed donuts, including new peppermint flavors, as well as a dozen nibblers to make those elves extra happy! And, at only $29.97 a platter, the holidays have never been more delicious! But hurry…Pre-orders are required and we know these are going to go FAST! Call us at (319)393-0735 to place your order now through Friday, December 17th. Our elves will have these ready for pick-up December 20th - 24th.
  • Feedwell Kitchen & Bakery - Let us make your holiday happy and delicious! Enjoy breads, pastires, cookies, cheesecakes and more from Feedwell. View the entire menu on their Facebook page. All orders are due by noon on December 19th, pickup takes place December 23rd. Call 319-409-6905 to order. 
  • The Hotel at Kirkwood - Have you heard the good news? We’re bringing back our popular Christmas Take & Bake Dinner featuring a bone-in glazed ham, delicious sides, dessert, and a box of Christmas candies to share! Orders taken until Friday, Dec. 17, for pick up on Thursday, Dec. 23. Call 319-398-5665 to place orders or email classactdining@kirkwood.edu for more information.
  • The Hotel at Kirkwood: Holiday Cheesecakes - Need dessert for the holidays? We have you covered with our delicious cheesecakes! Choose between traditional New York, or one of our featured flavors like maple bourbon, white chocolate raspberry, chocolate mint or chocolate toasted marshmallow. Orders taken until Friday, Dec. 17, for pick up on Thursday, Dec. 23. Call 319-398-5665 to place orders or email classactdining@kirkwood.edu for more information.

  • The Hotel at Kirkwood: Cookie Kits - The wait is over. Holiday cookie kits are now availible! Order packages of 18 sugar cookies along with supplies like red, green and white frosting with sprinkles and other toppings all for $28. Call 319-398-5665 to place orders or email classactdining@kirkwood.edu for more information. Orders must be placed with 24 hour notice. 

  • Lightworks Cafe - Get one of our Christmas Treat Boxes to share with your friends and family. Everything is house made and includes: almond joys, chocolate peppermint biscotti, pistachio walnut cookies, Christmas chocolate chip cookies, chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies, orange shortbread,lighpecan snowballs, eggnog fudge, and cranberry fudge. $20/box. Order now Thursday 12/16 through Sunday 12/19 for pick up on Thursday 12/23.  Call 319-449-4046 to place your order. 

  • Lion Bridge Brewing - Family sized portions of our beer mac and cheese for sale for Christmas! Order online on our website through Toast linked here.  Available for pickup December 22, 23 3pm - 10pm and December 24 11am- 3pm. Add a 6-pack or a Disaster Brownie to-go!

  • LP Street Food - You might have a late night on Christmas Eve, helping Santa get everything ready. Let us take the stress out of Christmas Morning and order our brunch take and bake! Add some cocktails for some extra fun. Call us now to reserve yours at 319-364-4042.

  • Rodina - Yes to the holidays!! We will be offering our take and bake casseroles and snacks for your holiday comfort. Offerings include: Breakfast Casserole - scrambled eggs, cheddar, potatoes, gravy, and your choice of chorizo or mushrooms $45 - Dinner Casserole - sweet potatoes, mushrooms, pesto, goat cheese and your choice of braised chicken or additional veggies $60 - Holiday Picnic Box - hummus, cheese, charcuterie and other nibbles $50. Call 319-200-2515 to place your order. Pick up will be December 22nd or 23rd. 

  • Rustic Hearth Bakery - Order your baked goods for Christmas! View the menu here, and order by December 18th. Call 319-200-4008 for more information.
  • Sugarfire Cedar Rapids - Looking for delicious food for the holidays? Check out Sugarfire Cedar Rapids for ham, prime rib, brisket, turkey and their amazing sides that can be reheated for Chirstmas Eve or Day! Call 319-900-7427 to order by Sunday, December 19th.
  • Zeppelins - Beef wellington or glazed ham? Either way, count us in! Zeppelins is offering take and bake meals for pick-up on Christmas Eve. Call ahead to secure your order at 319-393-3047.


  • The Hotel at Kirkwood - The Class Act is open for dine-in on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call 319-398-5665 to get reservations.

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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  • Bistro 3 Nineteen - Reservations are filling up fast for New Years Eve! Enjoy a delicious four course meal with a complimentary glass of champagne. Save your spot by calling 319-363-0500.
  • Black Sheep Social Club - Who’s ready to ring in the New Year? Offering our full dinner menu and fun featured items just for that evening. Now taking reservations! Call 319-200-7070 for your spot. 
  • Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery - Help us ring in the New Year at Cedar Ridge with our New Years' Eve Pairing Dinner! We will have two seatings available on Friday, December 31 for a four course meal. Our first seating will begin at 6 PM and our second seating will begin at 8:30 PM. Call 319-857-4300 for reservations.
  • Cobble Hill - Enjoy Cobble Hill's New Year’s tasting menu. Since the holiday is on a Friday this year, they will also continue the festivities & offer our annual tasting menu on New Year’s Day as well. Call 319-366-3177 to reserve your spot. 
  • Bari Italian - Dine in at Bari for a special NYE meal. Make a reservation by calling 319-200-1500.
  • Feedwell Kitchen & Bakery - Ring in the new year with great food and good cheer! Place your order today for your New Year’s Eve celebration. All orders must be received by noon on Wednesday, December 28th. 
  • LP Street Food - Your favorite spot under the highway is now accepting NYE reservations. Enjoy a four course meal paired with a perfectly crafted cocktail from your friends at Local Pour Street Food. Call 319-364-4042 to save your spot. 
  • Rodina - How about New Year’s Eve?!? Party like it’s 1999 with a 5 course prix fixe menu for $99 with the option of adding oysters and/or caviar. Served from 4pm until 9pm on NYE. If that’s not your style or you want a place to shoo in the New Year, Rodina will be serving a small a la carte menu from 9pm-12am with $6 happy hour cocktails starting to flow at 11pm. Make your reservation at 319-200-2515.
  • The Goldfinch Tap & Eatery -  Ring in the New Year with a Six Course Wine Paired Dinner! Tickets are limited. Reservations are required. Call 319-826-2047 to reserve your seat today. 
  • The hip-stir - NYE!!! Now accepting reservations 319-200-5465. Walk-ins welcome. Serving Friday & Saturday! Limited regular dining menu along with prefix & a la carte items available. Pick a three course prefix menu with complimentary glass of champagne $48.86
  • The Hotel at Kirkwood - Ring in the New Year with a fabulous dinner at The Class Act Restaurant. Our chef will create a memorable meal and with a champagne toast included. The menu will be announced soon! For those who would like to take the elevator home, we’re offering a special New Year’s Eve room rate of $199. Book your dinner and room reservations soon, as space is limited. Call 319-848-8700.

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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