As a kid, our family would drive around and look at Christmas light displays in different neighborhoods. It's a holiday tradition we continue to this day.

Whether its sharing a favorite meal, or participating in a small gift exchange, creating a few family holiday traditions can be a unique personal way to make the holidays all your own.

Here are five fabulous Cedar Rapids Christmas Traditions that you can add to your annual list.

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    Cedar Rapids Holiday DeLight Parade

    The 34th Annual Holiday DeLight Parade was a terrific success on Saturday evening December 9, but it's just the start of the Christmas Season! This fun event unofficially kicks off our list of Five Fabulous Cedar Rapids Christmas Traditions to share with your family.

  • Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images
    Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

    Caroling and Hot Cocoa

    You may have to bribe your kids with a hot cocoa from the Blue Strawberry to get them to agree to an evening of caroling. But with a little luck they'll be belting out the classics like Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman for appreciative fans (and a captive audience) at area nursing homes and senior living centers.

  • Ugly Christmas Suit - Photo: Barb Ferris
    Ugly Christmas Suit - Photo: Barb Ferris

    Von Maur Shopping Spree

    Welcome to Von Maur, the classy department store that was born in Davenport, Iowa over 100 years ago. This place surpasses everyone (even the legendary Macy's) at Christmas time. I was recently spotted checking out the holiday threads and trying to decide which way to go on the wardrobe update. Red? Or green?

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    Orchestra Iowa's Holiday Spectacular

    It's a festive night of music with Orchestra Iowa Maestro Tim Hankewich and local jazz icon Eddie Piccard. They'll be joined by friends from the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, the Discovery Chorus, Espressivo Strings, and others to ring in the season December 16-18 at the Paramount Theatre.

  • Xmas Pickle Photo: M. Ferris
    Xmas Pickle Photo: M. Ferris

    Find the New Bo Xmas Pickle

    Being the first to find the pickle ornament on the Christmas tree is an old tradition that dates back over 100 years. It's an old American tradition that is claimed to have German and Bohemian roots. And we're big enough to share the credit across the borders. After all, it's the holidays!

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