Holiday Spirit Shines Throughout the Corridor

This time of year the Corridor is full of holiday spirit as family-fun events bring people together. This is a perfect opportunity to get out and learn about other cultures in our diverse area and how we all celebrate this time of year in different ways but for the same reason, family and tradition. Keeping up with old traditions and starting new ones are important to keeping us connected as people and with a better understanding, so make sure to stop out to these local events. This is also a great time for you to start your holiday shopping. Remember, your dollars keep the locally-owned businesses here in the Corridor and help to make all of these and more family-fun events possible.

Immigrant Foodways: Holiday Traditions: Dough Ornaments/ Vizovické Pečivo
November 11, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Come learn how to make Vizovické Pečivo, or dough ornaments, which have been made in the Czech lands since the 16th century and is traditionally made to decorate Christmas trees! They will also be talking about other holiday traditions, including watching oral histories from their archives about holiday memories.

8th Annual Old World Christmas Market
December 2 & 3, 2017
December 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. December 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Experience the magic of the Christmas season at the National Czech & Slovak…
Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids

Experience the magic of the Christmas season at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library at the 8th annual Old World Christmas Market! Shop for specialty imports and handmade gifts by select artisans, stop for seasonal treats, see live music and dance performances, and enjoy free family activities all weekend long. Admission to museum exhibition galleries will also be free on December 2nd and 3rd! Bring the whole family for one of Cedar Rapids’ best-loved holiday events. Old World Christmas Market is part of Deck the District, a neighborhood holiday celebration!
Look back next month for event details!

Tannenbaum Forest
Friday-Sunday November 25 – December 16, 2017
4707 220th Trail, Amana
Walk through an array of decorated Christmas trees and visit with Santa. Visit www.festivalsinamana.com for dates and times open.
Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk
December, 2017
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Marion Square Park –
7th Ave & 10th St

Christmas in the Park kicks off the holiday season for Marion. Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa & popcorn, holiday music and the lighting of the Peace Tree. Don’t forget the jolly man himself! Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style escorted by the Marion Fire Department. Each year we welcome Santa by firetruck to the Park at 4:00pm and he greets kids throughout the evening. Be sure to also SHOP all of the open Uptown Marion businesses for a peppermint treat!

Uptown Marion is a collection of more than sixty boutiques, restaurants, galleries and entertainment venues offering an experience that’s made for you. From your morning latte to evening lager, you’ll enjoy the full itinerary our historic district has to offer.

Christmas With Mrs. Claus
December 9
8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Donation of a cold weather item
Participation is limited, registration is required
The Granger House Victorian Museum
970 10th St, Marion

Experience a fun morning with Mrs.Claus while helping Keep Your Neighbors Warm! Mrs. Claus will share fun facts from the North Pole while children enjoy cookie decorating, crafts and a tour of the Granger House, learning about the holidays in the late-19th century. Then sit in the parlor while Mrs. Claus shares a story about giving during the holiday season.

Bring a NEW cold weather item for each child attending. Items can be hats, mittens, gloves, or blankets. Following the event items will be donated to Keep Your Neighbors Warm which is part of the Marion Holiday Giving Project helping families in need in our community.
•Open to children ages 4-10
•Parent or guardian must remain on-site
•Limited to 20 children per session
•All donations benefit Marion Holiday Giving Project

About the Marion Holiday Giving Project
Each year the Marion Independent School District organizes a giving project for families in need within the school district. Through the joint efforts of school groups, community organizations and local businesses each family is provided with non-perishable food items, clothing, and gifts. In 2016 the project assisted 142 families. Special thank you to the Granger House & Museum and Hills Bank & Trust for sponsoring this event!

Make sure and check out the December issue for more family-fun events and our Shop Local feature!

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