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Holiday events: Get in the holiday spirit this weekend

A crowd gathers to watch the lighting of the City of Cedar Rapids Christmas Tree at Greene Square Park in Downtown Cedar
A crowd gathers to watch the lighting of the City of Cedar Rapids Christmas Tree at Greene Square Park in Downtown Cedar Rapids on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Prior to the lighting were children's activitiy at the Cedar Rapids Public Library along with music by the Sweet Adelines and toy collection for Toys for Tots. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette

Here’s a guide to putting yourself in the Christmas spirit with this week’s spirited events. See even more events and holiday concerts at HooplaNow.com

Christmas In The Park & Peppermint Walk

MARION — 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (12/6), City Square Park, 10th Street and Seventh Avenue. Santa arrives by firetruck at 4 p.m., horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, kids’ activities, Peace Tree lighting at 6 p.m., activities at the library from 4 to 7 p.m., Peppermint Walk shopping at Uptown Marion merchants. Details on Marion’s website.

Nativity Celebration

CEDAR RAPIDS — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday (12/6), 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (12/7), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4150 Blue Jay Dr. NE; free. With Nativity sets from around the world; music, activities, carol singalong 6 p.m. Saturday. Details at crnativity.info

Deck The District

CEDAR RAPIDS — Friday (12/6) to Sunday (12/8), open houses, markets, workshops and holiday events throughout Czech Village SW and New Bohemia SE, on either side of the Cedar River. Santa at NewBo City Market noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (12/8), 1100 Third St SE. Details: crmainstreet.org/calendar

Svaty Mikulas And Tree Lighting

CEDAR RAPIDS — 6:30 p.m. Friday (12/6), Czech Village, 16th Avenue SE; free. Schedule: 6:30 p.m., Kosek Building, 83 16th Ave. SW, with Svaty Mikulas, angel and devil; cookies and cocoa; Czech Singers. 7 p.m., short presentation about Czech & Slovak Christmas customs, then Christmas tree lighting.

10Th Old World Christmas Market

CEDAR RAPIDS — 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (12/7) and Sunday (12/8), National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW. Museum Guild Cookie Walk, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Rozek Grand Hall; vendor market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days; also wagon rides, ornament personalization, photos, entertainment. Details: ncsml.org

Very Cherry Holiday

CEDAR RAPIDS — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (12/7), Cherry Building, 329 10th Ave. SE; free. Studio tours, music, Santa and Cher E. Pitts.

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Prelude To Christmas

AMANA — Friday (12/6) through Sunday (12/8); holiday events throughout the Amana Colonies. Tannenbaum Forest; Amana Church Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. Saturday, $25; Amana Church Christmas bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Haus Tour

AMANA — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (12/7), 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday (12/8); $10, free under age 12, tickets available at each house, Amana Arts Guild or Amana Colonies Visitors Center. Includes: Jeff & Suzanne Conquest Haus, 621 46th Ave., Amana; Lothar & Lynn Beyer Haus, 4529 220th Trl., Amana; Scott & Ursula Williams Haus, 1111 26th Ave., Middle Amana; Brad & Amy Yoder Haus, 716 12th Ave., High Amana. Also, “Khristmasmarkt” at Amana Arts Guild Center, 1210 G St., High Amana.

Christmas Past

WEST BRANCH — 4 to 9 p.m. Friday (12/6); 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday (12/7), downtown West Branch. Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, bonfire, hot dog and marshmallow roasting. Details: westbranchiowa.org

Nature’s Noel

CEDAR RAPIDS — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (12/7), Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd. SE; free. Shop for centerpieces, wreaths and swags; frozen soups and appetizers and more. Also includes live music, Santa visits, crafts, naturalist-guided activities and winter nature walks. Details: indiancreeknaturecenter.org

Downtown Cedar Rapids Tree Lighting Ceremony

CEDAR RAPIDS — 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday (12/6), Greene Square. Events: children’s activities, 4 to 5 p.m., Cedar Rapids Public Library and Greene Square; storytelling and caroling, 5 p.m., Greene Square; tree lighting ceremony, 5:30 p.m.; new, unwrapped toy donations accepted for Toys for Tots.

Cedar Rapids Genealogy Library

CEDAR RAPIDS — Open house: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday (12/7), lower level, Masonic Building, 813 First Ave. SE; free. Refreshments, library tours. Details: gensoclinncoia.weebly.com

Winter Wonderland

CEDAR RAPIDS — 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday (12/7), St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 Third Ave. SE; free. Cookie decorating, ornament making, STEM activities, games and more.

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