Now that we're into the month of December, there's Christmas cheer everywhere! Here are some of the festive events happening here in Eastern Iowa this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

  • Elf the Musical
    • Theatre Cedar Rapids
    • Dates/Times
      • December 7th at 7:30 p.m.
      • December 8th at 7:30 p.m.
      • December 9th at 2:30 p.m.
    • Tickets range from $22 to $50 - get yours HERE
  • Les Misérables
    • Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City
    • Dates/Times
      • December 7th at 7:30 p.m.
      • December 8th at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
      • December 9th at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
    • Tickets range from $60 to $110 - get yours HERE
  • RoughRiders Hockey
    • Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
    • December 7th at 7:05 p.m.
    • vs. Green Bay Gamblers
    • Santa at the Stable Night
    • Tickets range from $12.75 to $25 - get yours HERE
  • Christmas in the Park & Peppermint Walk
    • Uptown Marion
    • December 7th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • "Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa & popcorn, holiday music, and the lighting ceremony. Don't forget the jolly man himself! Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style escorted by the Marion Fire Department"
    • Shoppers will receive a peppermint treat at participating businesses and may enter for a chance to win gift certificates
    • Event is free
  • Tannenbaum Forest
    • Amana Colonies
    • Dates/Times
      • December 7th from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • December 8th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • December 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • "Come see the twinkling lights of over 40 decorated real Christmas trees, visit Santa at select times, stop by St. Nick’s Cafe for a warm drink, and see our 17-foot German-style Christmas pyramid!"
    • A goodwill offering is collected benefiting the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
  • Reason to Drink... Another Tour
    • TaxSlayer Center in Moline
    • December 7th at 7:15 p.m.
    • Featuring Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, and Lauren Alaina
    • Tickets range from $29.75 to $53.75 - get yours HERE
  • Symphony on the Rocks
    • Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids
    • December 7th at 8 p.m.
    • Tickets range from $35.50 to $63 - get yours HERE
  • 2018 Christmas Cabaret
    • Cedar Rapids Public Library
    • Dates/Times
      • December 7th at 7:30 p.m.
      • December 8th at 7:30 p.m.
    • "Song, stories, and Christmas cheer. With Julia Andrews, Greg Kanz, Dave Ollinger, Marita May & Twin Cities guitarist Dan Schwartz"
    • Tickets are $30 - get yours HERE
  • 3rd Annual Cedar Rapids Christmas Craft Show
    • Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids
    • Dates/Times
      • December 7th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      • December 8th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      • December 9th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Featuring 40+ vendors, Santa, gift-wrapping, and live music
    • Free admission and cookies
  • Pancakes With Santa
    • Bloomsbury Farm in Atkins
    • December 8th from 9 a.m. to noon
    • Ticket includes breakfast, sugar cookie decorating, a Christmas craft, a fun photo booth, and a visit with Santa
    • Tickets are $14.95 and you must register in advance - do that HERE
  • Decade The Halls Tenth Avenue North
    • The Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids
    • December 8th at 7 p.m.
    • Tickets range from $23 to $48 - get yours HERE
  • A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher
    • Downtown Swisher
    • December 8th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Featuring a lighted Christmas parade, live music, kids' activities, a cookie walk, the lighting of the Christmas tree, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa, and more
    • See a full schedule of events HERE
  • Winter Market at the Mount
    • Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids
    • December 8th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Featuring 70+ local vendors, food, Santa, and kids' activities
  • 9th Annual Monticello Holiday Craft Show & Vendor Fair
    • Jones County Fairgrounds
    • December 8th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Featuring hundreds of local vendors
    • Admission is free
  • Downtown Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides

    • Iowa City Downtown District
    • December 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • "The trolley ride is FREE and it fills up very quickly (we normally are completely full within 30 minutes of opening), so get there early because spots are not guaranteed"
    • Tickets will be handed out at Hills Bank and Trust in Downtown Iowa City starting at 11 a.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    • Collins Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids
    • December 8th from 99 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Free ornament crafting for kids
    • Breakfast buffet is $7.99 for adults and $3.99 for kids 12 and under
  • Jim McDonough and His Orchestra & Singers: "Holiday Grande 2018"
    • Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids
    • December 9th at 2:30 p.m.
    • Tickets range from $29 to $45 - get yours HERE
  • Frosty's Winter Wonderland and 8th Annual Holiday Expo
    • NW Recreation Center in Cedar Rapids (next to Harrison Elementary School)
    • December 9th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Featuring a stocking scavenger hunt, local vendors, cookie decorating, crafts, Santa, and more
    • Presented by Macaroni Kids
    • Event is free
  • Sensitive Santa
    • Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids
    • December 9th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • "Sensitive Santa welcomes guests with any special needs to a Santa photo experience supportive of sensory, physical, and developmental needs."
    • Snacks, crafts, and the actual visit with Santa is free, but photo packages are available for a fee
    • Register your child HERE
  • Santa at the Market!

    • NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
    • December 9th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • "While shopping at NewBo City Market for all your unique, locally made holiday gifts, stop to tell Santa what YOU want for Christmas and get your picture in front of our Christmas tree display"
    • Free and open to the public
  • Meet Santa and his Reindeer
    • Scheels in Coralville
    • December 9th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • "Come to SCHEELS to meet Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and one of their live reindeer before they are called back to the North Pole. Pictures are welcomed and encouraged. Bring your own camera to take free family photos"
  • Uno's Promise Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair
    • Cedar Rapids Marriott
    • December 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Featuring 35+ vendors