PLEASE NOTE: Current public health measures may affect these events. Please visit the organizations’ website or Facebook pages for updated information.
Red Kettle Christmas Campaign – Salvation Army
It’s that time of year again! Every holiday season, The Salvation Army hosts “Red Kettle Bell Ringing” across cities around the world. The program began decades ago by a Salvation Army office just trying to raise money to provide social service programs to those in need. Today, when you volunteer to ring bells, all money donated will go right back into our local community. By volunteering for just 2 hours, you could raise enough money to feel a family of four for an entire week! Consider signing up for bell ringing in your community by visiting the link above.
Drive Through Holiday Light Display – Hospice Home of Johnson County
Open from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, a one-mile route at West Overlook Campground will be full of holiday lights and animated displays! Drive through this winter wonderland each night (with walking on Wednesdays) and even meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on Wednesday and Sunday nights! It is sure to be a magical event! All funds raised will go to The Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County, which is an independent hospice home in Iowa City benefitting people in the entire Eastern Iowa Area.
Nature’s Noel – Indian Creek Nature Center
This long-running, beloved holiday fundraiser takes place annually on the first Saturday in December at Indian Creek Nature Center. Guests shop for wreaths, tree toppers, and other holiday décor that are lovingly handmade with fresh, fragrant greens by Friends of the Nature Center members. Frozen soups and appetizers, baked goods, and artisan vendors round out the holiday market. This event also features an array of fun activities for the whole family! Visit Indian Creek Nature Center on December 3rd for this fun filled event starting at 9am.
December 3 - 4
12th Annual Old World Christmas Market – National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is proud to host its 12th annual Old World Christmas Market from Saturday 10/3 through Sunday 10/4 starting at 10am! This local holiday tradition brings a small piece of the “old world” to Eastern Iowa. During the 2-day event, guests will enjoy free admission to the event and exhibits. Visit local vendor booths, learn about and create traditional crafts, see live performances, and more!
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