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Family-Fun Holiday Events in the Corridor

Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk December 4, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Marion Square Park – 7th Ave & 10th St Each year we welcome Santa by firetruck to the Park at 4:00 pm and greet kids throughout the evening. Be sure to also SHOP all of the open Uptown Marion businesses for a peppermint treat!

Old World Christmas Market December 5 & 6, 2020 10:00 am – 1:00 pm National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library We are thrilled to announce that this popular annual event will return in 2020, but like everything else it will look a little different this year. Inspired by traditional European markets, but with our own Midwest magic, experience a delightful market with unique local handcrafted items and delicious ready to eat baked goods, including kolaches!

This year’s event will include: -Vendor Marketplace -Combined bake sale including cookies and kolaches -Free admission to the museum galleries -Our Award-Winning Museum Store -Marj Nejdl Ornament Personalization Old World Christmas Market is a holiday tradition brought to Cedar Rapids by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library that has allowed people of all ages to celebrate together and create memories for over a decade.

All NCSML staff, volunteers, and visitors are required to wear a mask while they are in the building. The NCSML will provide masks to anyone who does not have one. Please practice social distancing and follow our detailed foot trafficking pathways for each visitor. Hand sanitizer stations will be throughout the entire building and please practice CDC recommended guidelines: wash hands often, avoid close contact with others, cover your mouth and nose with a mask, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home if you are feeling unwell, showing any COVID-19 related symptoms and have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Old World Christmas Market is subject to change. This event may be cancelled at any time due to city, county, state, and national public health recommendations, guidelines and proclamations.

Prelude to Christmas Join us December 4th-6th for our 35th Prelude to Christmas celebration. Enjoy candlelit streets, the beautiful Tannenbaum Forest, great shopping for unique gifts, and our delicious food all in a place like no other. Prelude to Christmas is a special time in the Amana Colonies with the main village of Amana decorated for the Christmas Holiday.

Join us for this wonderful celebration and start a Christmas tradition of your own.

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Tanenbaum Forest This is a must-do holiday event. Tannenbaum Forest has become a holiday tradition for many of our visitors. Come see the twinkling lights of over 40 decorated real Christmas Trees, and our 17-foot German-style Christmas pyramid all in a century-old dairy barn! Please dress for the weather as this unique setting is not climate controlled. Tannenbaum Forest is open Friday-Sunday from November 27-December 20, 2020. Each weekend during the holiday season will have a theme and special events are planned in the Colonies.

A goodwill offering is collected with proceeds benefiting the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Suggested $3 donation.

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