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.
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.
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
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
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.