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Holiday Events 2017

posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Holiday Events 2017

(the magic of Holiday Hoopla captured by Karen Everling, courtesy of Community Main Street Cedar Falls)
 

It is the season for hot cocoa, horse-drawn trolley rides, shopping, and concerts. So grab your calendar. We've compiled a list of more than 30 events you can share with family and friends...
 

Holiday Arts Festival
November 11 & 12
10:00am-4:00pm

This two day fine arts festival, held inside the Waterloo Center for the Arts, falls at the perfect 
time to kick off the holiday shopping season. Original works by the finest Midwest artists working in mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, wood, glass, jewelry, metal, ceramics, fiber and more will be available for purchase.
Location: Waterloo Center for the Arts
Tickets: FREE admission
Contact: 319-291-4490
 

The Nutcracker, presented by the Minnesota Ballet
November 17-19

Friday at 7:00pm and Saturday/Sunday at 3:00pm

Whether you are experiencing The Nutcracker for the first time or as part of your family’s holiday tradition, you’ll relish the sparkling production created by Allen Fields.
Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $20.75+/adult, $17.75+/youth, Buck a Kid (1-2 youth/adult)
Contact: 319-273-4TIX


Holiday Events 2017 | Santa's arrival at Holiday Hoopla Kickoff

(Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival to Holiday Hoopla Kickoff, courtesy Community Main Street Cedar Falls)


Holiday Hoopla Kickoff
November 24

6:00-8:00pm

Santa Claus is coming to downtown Cedar Falls! Shop and dine in downtown Cedar Falls, then gather on Main Street for live musical entertainment at 6:00pm. Don’t miss Santa’s grand entrance when he arrives to help kickoff the Holiday Hoopla seasonal celebration in the downtown district! How will he arrive this year? It’ll be a surprise! 
Location: Downtown district of Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-0213
 

Winter Wonder’Loo
November 25

3:00-7:00pm

Main Street Waterloo's annual family Christmas Party. Shopping, Treats, Crafts, Santa Claus and more!
Location: Black’s Building (501 Sycamore Street, Waterloo)
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-291-2038
 

John Denver Christmas
November 26

7:00pm

Get in the spirit of the holidays with Jim curry as he plays his tribute to Christmas through the music of John Denver and holiday favorites.
Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Tickets: http://concertassociation.net/waterlooIA/membership.cfm
Contact: 319-273-4TIX

Holiday Events 2017 | Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

(Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center decorated for the holidays)

Cedar Valley Christmas
November 27

7:30pm

Annual sing-along of classic holiday carols featuring the festive sounds of the wcfsymphony brass section. Presented in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley to benefit both organizations’ music education programs.
Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $5.00
Contact: 319-273-3371
 

Festival of Trees in Waverly
November 29-December 14

Celebrate holiday cheer with more than 30 decorated Christmas trees. Trees are decorated by area clubs, businesses and organizations. 
Location: Classroom Technology Center, Wartburg College
Tickets:  Free
Contact: 800-772-2085
 

#Elfie Night
November 30

6:00-8:00pm

The streets of downtown Cedar Falls will be alive with #Elfie fun during the first ever #Elfie night! Enjoy #sElfie photo ops, decorate your #Elfie cookies for Santa, #Elfie workshop preparations, create your own #Elfie name, enjoy an #Elfie buffet for the entire family candy style, Buddy the Elf strolling the streets, caroling loud for all to hear on the trolley and so many more fun shenanigans throughout downtown.
Location: Downtown district of Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-0213
 

Toys in the Attic
December 1-22

This year’s musical-comedy from Lampost Theatre is Toys in the Attic. Don’t miss the theatre’s very popular dessert theatre this year!
Location: Lampost Theatre (204 W. Seerley Blvd, Cedar Falls)
Tickets: see website
Contact: 319-277-8034

Holiday Events 2017 | UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club Christmas Variety Show

(UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club photo courtesy the Glee Club and UNI School of Music)


UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club Christmas Variety Show
December 1 & 2

Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

The UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club will offer their highly anticipated holiday concerts. These sell-out events feature the Glee Club men performing holiday favorites and beautiful winter songs.
Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $16.75
Contact: 319-273-4TIX
 

Winter Wonderettes
December 1-3 and 8-10

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

This energetic and glittering holiday musical is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. The “Wonderettes,” a 1960’s girl group who are the entertainment for Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party discover that Santa is missing! They use their creativity and talent to save the day. You’ll hear holiday favorites such as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Run Rudolph” and “Winter Wonderland.”
Location: Oster Regent Theatre (103 Main Street, Cedar Falls)
Tickets: visit website
Contact: 319-277-5283
 

Breakfast with Santa
December 2

8:00-11:00am

Enjoy sausage, coffee, beverages, and stacks of pancakes with plenty of syrup! Santa and all his favorite holiday friends will be there to join in on the fun all morning.
Location: Cedar Falls Community Center (528 Main Street)
Tickets: $6/person (available online)
Contact: 319-277-0213
 

North Pole Party
December 2

1:00-3:00pm

Stop by the North Pole Party before welcoming Santa to Waverly. Write letters to Santa, hear holiday music and mix up your own special blend of Reindeer Food for Christmas Eve.
Location: Waverly Chamber of Commerce
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-352-4526
 

Santa Arrives in Waverly
December 2

2:00-6:00pm

Welcome Santa to Waverly at his house in Kohlmann Park. Bring your wish list and a camera to capture priceless memories with the Jolly Old Fella himself!  You can also mail a letter to Santa by dropping it in his mailbox at Kohlmann Park.
Location: Kohlmann Park (212 2nd Street NW, Waverly)
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-352-4526
 

Christmas with Wartburg
December 2 & 3

Saturday at 3:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:00pm

Christmas with Wartburg has inspired audiences for 70 years. Let the warmth of this musical tradition fill your heart during this holiday season.
Location: Neumann Auditorium, Wartburg College (100 Wartburg Blvd, Waverly)
Tickets: $18.00
Contact: 319-352-8691
 

College Hill Holiday Tree Lighting
December 2

7:00-7:30pm

Location: Sharky’s patio (2223 College Street)
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-273-6228
                                                   

Family Holiday Ornament Workshop
December 3

1:30-3:30pm

Design unique ceramic ornaments hand made by your entire family! Various shapes and glazes provide a fun family activity.
Location: Hearst Center for the Arts
Tickets: $10/person
Contact: 319-273-8641
 

Christmas Celebration with the UNI Woman’s Chorus
December 3

2:00-4:00pm

Don't miss this delightful event! Enjoy Christmas treats and beverages provided by the Cedar Falls Woman's Club as you enjoy the holiday sounds of the UNI Woman’s Chorus. And don't miss this opportunity to see one of the most beautiful and historic houses in Cedar falls, Iowa in all its Christmas glory.
Location: Cedar Falls Woman’s Club (304 Clay Street, Cedar Falls)
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-266-1431
 

Straight No Chaser
December 3

7:00pm

Ten crystal clear a cappella voices trading the lead and blending for heartwarming harmonies are the trademark of this group. They’ll perform songs from their Billboard Chart topping holiday albums, Holiday Spirits and Christmas Cheers. Straight No Chaser brings the joy of Christmas in beautiful harmony and doing so with a sense of humor.
Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Tickets: See Website
Contact: 319-273-4TIX
 

Meet Santa and His Live Reindeer
December 5

4:00-7:00pm

Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer at SCHEELS. See them before they are called back to the North Pole. Pictures are welcomed and encouraged. Bring the whole family. You won't want to miss this popular event.
Location: SCHEELS Cedar Falls (402 Viking Plaza Drive)
Tickets: FREE
Contact: 319-277-3033
 

UNI Holiday Concert
December 5

7:30pm

Join the UNI School of Music choral ensembles and Jazz Band One in celebrating the joys of the season. Enjoy holiday favorites, majestic, winter-inspired works, and more.
Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $13.75+
Contact: 319-273-4TIX
 

Jingle & Mingle
December 7

5:00-8:00pm

Find unique gifts for everyone on your list during holiday open houses. Shop to the sounds of carol singers and stroll the sidewalks to view the beautifully decorated windows, smell the fresh greenery and enjoy the sparkle of holiday lights!
Location: Downtown district of Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-0213

Holiday Events 2017 | Santa's Snow Shuffle

(Santa's Snow Shuffle in downtown Cedar Falls, courtesy Community Main Street Cedar Falls)


Santa’s Snow Shuffle
December 9

8:00-10:00am

Don your best holiday costume for Santa’s Snow Shuffle 5K Fun Run/Walk in downtown Cedar Falls! All runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up in your favorite holiday costume gear. The more festive, the better! Prizes will be awarded following the race.
Location: First United Methodist Church (718 Clay Street, Cedar Falls)
Tickets/Registration: http://www.trekmanracing.com/shuffle.html
 

Winter Wonderland at Hick’s Place
December 9 & 10

12:30-4:30pm

visit santa he arrives at 1pm !
Treats , crafts and other fun will take place at Hick's Place! Santa arrives at 1pm and Mrs. Claus will be baking fresh cookies for you to enjoy while you wait to see Santa in the log home. At the shack, enjoy crafts and treats!
Location: Hick’s Place (6658 Pashby Road, Cedar Falls)
Tickets: $35/car day of the event (6 people per car or less). Purchase tickets ahead at EventBrite for $30/car
Contact: 319-504-2883
 

The Snowman
December 10

4:00pm

The eloquent animated film “The Snowman” alongside a live performance by the wcfsymphony of its beautiful soundtrack, preceded by popular, kid-friendly activities in the lobby.
Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $23.75-$42.75+/adult, $12.75+/college student, $7.75+/yourth
Contact: 319-273-4TIX
 

Christmas Greetings on Main
December 14

6:00-8:00pm

This annual holiday event in Waverly features live Christmas windows along with Santa, horse-drawn trolley rides, and ice carver and free Nestle hot cocoa.
Location: Downtown Waverly
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-352-4526

Holiday Events 2017 | Hoopla Cheer Contest downtown Cedar Falls

(Hoopla Cheer Contest, courtesy Community Main Street Cedar Falls)
 

Holiday Cheer & Ugly Sweater Contest
December 14

6:00-10:00pm

The bars and restaurants of downtown Cedar Falls are spreading the cheer again this year during our Hoopla Cheer drink contest! Elves will be concocting special batches of cheer in the hopes of earning your vote. And, don’t forget to sport your ugliest Christmas sweater! Elves will hand out awards for the Ugliest Sweater, Ugliest Vest, Ugliest Couple, Ugliest Group (3 or more), and Ugliest Headwear!
Location: Downtown district of Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free events (purchase drinks)
Contact: 319-277-0213
 

Santa’s 7th Annual Beard Contest
December 14

7:00-9:00pm

Come into Kate & Co. and flaunt what you’ve got during the 7th annual Santa’s Beard Contest! Whether you participated in "no shave November," are keeping warm for the winter, or you're just a year round beard man...let our judges pick the winners in four categories.
Location: Kate & Co. (200 State Street, Cedar Falls)
Tickets: Free to enter
Contact: 319-266-7517
 

Movie Magic
December 16

10:00am-noon

Enjoy a free showing of Elf in the nostalgic Oster Regent Theatre in downtown Cedar Falls. Coloring Contest winners will also be announced at the showing (need not be present to win).
Location: Oster Regent Theatre (103 Main Street, Cedar Falls)
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-0213
 

Santa and His Live Reindeer
December 16

2:00-4:00pm

A few of Santa’s magical friends will touch down in Waverly! Be sure to join Santa and bring your camera.
Location: Kohlmann Park (212 2nd Street NW, Waverly)
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-352-4526
 

Jim McDonough
December 16

2:30pm

This elegant, all-new stage production features International Steinway Artist, Jim McDonough, joined by his 14-piece professional orchestra and a cast of sensational singers and dancers performing your favorite Christmas music and other all-time favorites.
Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $30.75+
Contact: 319-273-4TIX
 

MacMaster and Donnell Leahy present a Celtic Family Christmas
December 17

2:00pm

Join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas album and concert series you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true MacMaster Leahy Christmas celebration.
Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $19.00+
Contact: 319-273-4TIX

Holiday Events 2017 | Ice Sculptors at Holiday Hoopla's, Baby It's Cold Outside event

(Ice sculptor at Holiday Hoopla's event, "Baby, It's Cold Outside")


Baby, It’s Cold Outside
December 21

6:00-8:00pm

Ice sculptures created by three area chefs and 1000 luminaries will light up Main, Washington, State and 2nd through 5th Streets. It’s a magical atmosphere for your stroll down the streets to shop, dine and greet your favorite holiday characters.
Location: Downtown district of Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-0213
 

Wrap it Up
December 23

11:00am-2:00PM

It is the last Saturday before Christmas and we invite you to Downtown Cedar Falls to Wrap it Up! Get your last minute gifts, visit Santa one more time. It has been a magical Christmas season Downtown and this year we have one extra Saturday to celebrate it!
Location: Downtown district of Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-0213
 

Would you like to visit Santa? We hear he’s splitting his time between the malls, Waverly and downtown Cedar Falls! Right now, we have his schedule for Waverly and the downtown Cedar Falls. Visit Holiday Hoopla to find out when he’ll be in his downtown workshop and to find out more about Letters to Santa and the Coloring Contest! In Waverly, visit Santa's Schedule
 

The Cedar Falls Visitor Center would be happy to help you find Places to Eat & Drink and a Place to Stay. Give us a call at 800-845-1955 or stop by and see us at 6510 Hudson Road.
 

Happy holidays! 

Holiday Events 2017 | Santa 50613 in downtown Cedar Falls

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