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Iowa City / Coralville Area Events

  1. Celebrate the Season Holiday in Downtown Iowa City - Downtown Hunt for the Elves

    November 29 - December 26 @ Downtown Iowa City
    Iowa City, IA

    A Downtown Elf on a Shelf scavenger hunt where there are 45 Elves hiding in the downtown businesses; find 25 to win a prize and for your chance to win the Downtown Hunt for the Elves grand prize.

  2. "A Year with Frog and Toad", presented by City Circle Acting Company

    December 12 - December 21 @ Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
    1301 5th St.
    Coralville, IA 52241

    This heartwarming musical tells the story of a year in the life of forest neighbors Frog and Toad and their many woodland friends.

  3. FilmScene - Special Sreening of Gremlins

    December 19, 11:00 PM - December 20 @ FilmScene
    118 E. College St.
    Iowa City, IA

    Join us for special late-night holiday shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of GREMLINS!

  4. Celebrate the Season Holiday in Downtown Iowa City

    December 20, All Day @ Various locations in Downtown

    For the first time Celebrate the Season will be a month long celebration with activities for the public planned for each Saturday beginning, November 29th- December 20th, including visits with Santa, Trolley Rides and a number of additional activities.

  5. Family Storytime at the Coralville Library

    December 20, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Children's Storytime room

    Families spend time together listening to stories, music, and poems, and participating in literacy activities. Programs last approximately 30 minutes. Occurs every Saturday.

  6. School's Out Special: Shakespeare, Presidents and Snow

    December 20, 10:30 AM @ Iowa City Public Library
    123 S. Linn St.
    Iowa City, IA

    Come on by with the whole family for a Literary Christmas Extravaganza! Designed for the family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents.

  7. The Englert Presents The Bolshoi Ballet: Pharoah’s Daughter - Cinema

    December 20, 2:00 PM @ Englert Civic Theatre
    221 East Washington Street
    Iowa City, IA

    The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia will be producing live performances in real time of Bolshoi Ballet productions in over 300 cinemas in 22 countries.

  8. Winter Solstice Festival of Light

    December 20, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Social Hall

    The first day of winter on Sunday, Dec. 21 marks the longest night and shortest day of the year for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. Join us on the 20th in a special celebration of this seasonal event.

  9. Night at the Iowa Children's Museum

    December 20, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Iowa Children's Museum
    1451 Coral Ridge Ave.
    Coralville, IA

    Night at the Children's Museum is just for kids - No grown-ups allowed (except for our awesome PLAYologists)!

  10. Sugar & Spice: A Nice & Naughty Cabaret

    December 20, 7:30 PM @ Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
    1301 5th St.
    Coralville, IA 52241

    A sweet, irreverent holiday cabaret returns for a fourth year. Come for the "Nice Cabaret" of family fare, and stay for the "Naughty Cabaret", full of new barbs and old favorites!

  11. Farmers Market at Johnson County Fairgrounds

    December 21, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ 2 miles south of IC Airport Building C

    You will find at least 25 market vendors, selling crafts, vegetables, meat, eggs, pies, cookies and many other fabulous items. Come shop or come sell. See website.

  12. Winter Farmers Market at Johnson County Fairgrounds

    December 21, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Building C

    At least 25 market vendors with crafts, vegetables, meat, eggs, pies, cookies and many other fabulous items.

  13. R.E.A.D. Dogs at Coralville Public Library

    December 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Children's Story Time room

    Are you kindergarten age or older? Do you like dogs? Would you like to practice reading? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you're invited to read to a licensed therapy dog from the Therapy Dogs of Johnson County.

  14. Blue Christmas

    December 21, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Grace United Methodest Church
    300 W Marengo Road
    Tiffin, IA

    Celebrating Christmas during a difficult time is not easy.

  15. Iowa City Recreation Winter Break Camp

    December 22, 9:00 AM - December 23, 4:00 PM @ Robert A. Lee Rec Center
    220 S. Gilbert Street
    Iowa City, IA

    Parents, are you looking for something for your school-aged children to do during winter break? Kids K- 6th grade will enjoy arts and crafts, games, field trips, swimming, roller skating, and visits with special guests. Must have turned age 5 by Sept. 15.

  16. The Iowa Imagination Station Holiday Programs - Santa Snacks

    December 22, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ North Liberty Exit 4 off 380. Turn left onto Penn, 2nd left across from Granite Designs.

    Help HyVee Dietitian Lindsey Frisbie make healthy holiday treats to tickle your tummy.

  17. Totally Tweens: Terrariums with Mari

    December 22, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Storytime Room

    Come by the storytime room for terrarium building! Mari will be bringing Christmas and Winter themed items to help get your new living decoration in the holiday spirit.

  18. Fear Not For I Am With You: Christmas Worship Concert

    December 22, 6:30 PM @ Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
    1301 5th St.
    Coralville, IA 52241

    This special Christmas worship concert features the Elim Arrival, a full band of local area professional musicians celebrating peace and hope.

  19. Iowa Men's Basketball vs. North Florida

    December 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Carver-Hawkeye Arena
    1 Elliot Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242

  20. FilmScene - A special Christmas Day screening of "Joyeux Noel"

    December 25, 1:30 PM @ FilmScene
    118 E. College St.
    Iowa City, IA

    This special screening of "Joyeux Noel" is presented by Iowa Veterans for Peace to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914.

  21. Family Storytime at the Coralville Library

    December 27, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Children's Storytime room

    Families spend time together listening to stories, music, and poems, and participating in literacy activities. Programs last approximately 30 minutes. Occurs every Saturday.

  22. Murder Mystery Dinner

    December 27, 6:00 PM @ Cedar Ridge Winery
    1441 Marak Rd
    Swisher, IA 52338

    I'll Be Homicidal for Christmas

  23. Iowa Women's Basketball vs. Penn State

    December 28, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Carver-Hawkeye Arena
    1 Elliot Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242

  24. Iowa City Recreation Winter Break Camp

    December 29, 9:00 AM - December 30, 4:00 PM @ Robert A. Lee Rec Center
    220 S. Gilbert Street
    Iowa City, IA

    Parents, are you looking for something for your school-aged children to do during winter break? Kids K- 6th grade will enjoy arts and crafts, games, field trips, swimming, roller skating, and visits with special guests. Must have turned age 5 by Sept. 15.

  25. STEM in Action: Race Cars Day Camp at Iowa Children's Museum

    December 29, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Coral Ridge Mall

    Join us for experimentation with shape, spped, velocity, and more!

  26. Iowa Imagination Station Holiday Programs - "Pieces of Eight Pirate Puppet Show" with Jilly

    December 29, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ North Liberty Exit 4 off 380. Turn left onto Penn, 2nd left across from Granite Designs.

    Where aspiring Einsteins play!

  27. Johnson County 4-H offers Fizz Bubble GOO Youth STEM Camp

    December 30, 8:30 AM - December 31, 3:00 PM @ Montgomery Hall

    K-3 grade youth in Johnson County are invited to Fizz, Bubble and GOO their way into the New Year with a hands-on STEM camp just for them. Enrollment in 4-H is not required.

  28. STEM in Action: Fun with Forces Day Camp at the Iowa Children's Museum

    December 30, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Coral Ridge Mall

    Come discover how you can harness a force you cannot see.

  29. Iowa Imagination Station Holiday Programs - "Elmo's Puppet Jamboree" with Jilly

    December 30, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ North Liberty Exit 4 off 380. Turn left onto Penn, 2nd left across from Granite Designs.

    Where aspiring Einsteins play!

  30. Teen Winter Movie Night at Coralville Library

    December 30, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coralville Public Library
    1401 5th St.
    Coralville, IA 52241

    Teens (7th - 12th grade) - Join us for a Teen Winter Movie Night. Start the night off by creating a few movie treats. Then enjoy those treats while singing along to your favorite songs in an all new sing along version of Disney's Academy Award and Golden Globe winning big screen adventure, "FROZEN"!

  31. FilmScene - New Years Eve Sreening of When Harry Met Sally

    December 31, 4:00 PM @ FilmScene
    118 E. College St.
    Iowa City, IA

    Let's make some noise together on New Year's Eve with a special screening of WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and celebrate with a Champagne toast and French Pastries.

  32. Summer of the Arts New Year's Eve Celebration

    December 31, 7:00 PM @ Hotelvetro
    201 S.Linn St.
    Iowa City, IA

    Help us ring in the New Year and Celebrate the 25th year of the Iowa City Jazz Festival at hotelVetro with a night of great food, drinks, and dancing to Rod Pierson's 'Not So Big' Band featuring Craig Boche.

  33. New Years Eve Celebration at Share Wine Lounge

    December 31, 9:00 PM @ at the Sheraton Hotel

    Daily dinner menu available all evening with an additional $9 to enjoy the chocolate & bubbly tasting.

Out of Area Events

  1. Shakespeare Christmas - Christmas Tree Exhibit

    November 15, 2014 - January 4, 2015 @ Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum
    210 Parkside Dr.
    West Branch, IA

    In celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth and of Herbert Hoover's love of Shakespeare, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum presents A Shakespeare Christmas.

  2. Brucemore Holiday Mansion Tours

    November 28 - December 31 @ Brucemore National Historic Site
    2160 Linden Drive SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    Celebrate holidays past by participating in Brucemore’s annual tradition, where visitors will enjoy the seasonal splendor of 13 glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, stunning mantel arrangements, the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, and other seasonal cheer throughout the Mansion. See website for complete details.

  3. Tannenbaum Forest

    December 15, 10:00 AM - December 22 @ Festhalle Barn

    A forest of decorated, live Christmas trees inspires holiday wishes in the heart of the Amana Colonies.

  4. The National Czech & Slovak Museum presents, Three Nuts for Cinderella - Film

    December 20, 12:00 PM @ National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
    1400 Inspiration Place SW,
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    Bring the whole family to watch this classic holiday fairytale.

  5. Shakespeare Readers Theater

    December 20, 2:00 PM @ Auditorium

    William Earl and other staff from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, will perform various selections from Shakespeare plays, including the “Ages of Man” speech from As You Like It.