What's the Hoopla for the Holidays?

posted on Sunday, November 10, 2019

Santa's Arrival during Holiday Hoopla in the Cedar Falls Downtown District

In 2016, Santa arrived in the Cedar Falls Downtown District by rocket! How will he arrive this year? (photo: Community Main Street)

Holiday Hoopla is the Cedar Falls Downtown District’s annual, month-long celebration! The month of December is filled with activities for the kids, horse-drawn trolley rides, shopping events and holiday contests!

Breakfast at the North Pole, Movie Magic, Jingle & Mingle and Baby, It’s Cold Outside are just a few of the can’t-miss events taking place in 2019, the 11th anniversary of Holiday Hoopla.

On the 1st and 3rd Thursday in December, enjoy FREE horse-drawn trolley rides from 6:00 – 8:00 pm starting from the parking lot of the Cedar Falls Community Center. The FREE Holly Trolley will also be in operation the first three Thursday evenings in December. And don't forget to look for Santa at his workshop from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursdays and 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturdays until December 21. 

November 29
Santa Arrives 
Visit the downtown district from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for this special event with live music, entertainment and Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival. Every year, it’s a surprise how they will make their entrance. This very special event is capped off by fireworks!  

December 5
Jingle & Mingle

5:00 – 8:00 pm
If you like to shop….this is the place to be! Enjoy merchant open houses, carolers in the district and horse-drawn trolley rides. Holiday characters will be greeting everyone, too!  

December 7
Breakfast at the North Pole
8:00 – 11:00 am
Cedar Falls Community Center
This is always a popular event for families…because Santa and friends will be at breakfast! Tickets are just $7/person for pancakes, sausage and a beverage ($8/person the day of the event). 

Holiday Hoopla in the Cedar Falls Downtown District - ice carvers at Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Ice Carver at the Holiday Hoopla event, Baby It's Cold Outside!

December 12
Hoopla Cheer and Ugly Sweater Contest
(and Santa’s 10th Annual Beard Contest 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Kate & Co.!)
6:00 - 9:30 pm
Hoopla Cheer? This is a contest of unique, adult beverages from participating bars and restaurants. And, on the same evening, Berk's Main Street Pub will host the Ugly Sweater Contest at 9:00 pm.  

December 14
Frosty 5K Fun Run Walk

8:00 – 10:00 am
First United Methodist Church
Dress up in your favorite holiday costume and have some holiday fun while you run! Kids 10 years old and younger also have a 1/2-mile run just for them! There are so many fun activities taking place, be sure to check out their Facebook event HERE. Click HERE to register.  

December 19
Baby, It’s Cold Outside  
6:00 - 8:00 pm
It’s never too cold to shop the quaint and locally-owned shops of the downtown district! The streets will be lined with luminaries and sculptors will be carving blocks of ice. 

December 21
Movie Magic: Happy Feet

10:00 am – noon
This is a free showing of the movie Happy Feet at the historical Oster Regent Theatre in the downtown district. After the movie, be sure to walk down to 4th street to see Santa who will be at his workshop from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm!

BE SURE to visit the Holiday Hoopa website to find out about Letters to Santa, the coloring contest, Window Wonderland and more!  

Would you like to find more Things to Do or a Place to Eat & Drink while you’re in Cedar Falls? Stop by the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 6510 Hudson Road or give us a call at 1-800-845-1955. We’d be happy to help!

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Santa's Workshop at 4th and Main Streets is a great photo op! 
Holiday Hoopla in the Cedar Falls Downtown District - don't forget to visit Santa!

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