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Iowa City / Coralville Area Events

  1. George Washington Slept Here

    December 2, 7:30 PM - December 11 @ Exhibit Hall A

    Newton Fuller fulfills a lifetime ambition: to own his very own colonial farmhouse—a home in the country.

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  2. Every Brilliant Thing

    December 8 - December 11

    Starring one of the area's most beloved actors, Every Brilliant Thing is the story of a young boy who attempts to ease his mother's sadness by creating a list of all the best things in the world.

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  3. History for Lunch - The Sacred Cause of Union: Iowa in the Civil War

    December 8, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Rather than examine the Union states as a whole, Civil War historians over the past 30 years have been narrowing their focus in order to examine the day-to-day experiences of individual citizens and communities.

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  4. Holiday Open House Featuring Live Reindeer

    December 8, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Featuring holiday entertainment, house-made hors d' oeuvres, prize drawings, and a live reindeer!

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  5. Men's Iowa Basketball vs. Iowa State

    December 8, 7:00 PM

    Cheer on the men's Iowa Basketball team as they host Iowa State.

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  6. Night at the Museum: Out of This World

    December 9, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Iowa Hall

    Program is for children in grades 1-5 and space is limited. Pre-registerion required.

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  7. Iowa Women's Basketball vs. Robert Morris

    December 9, 7:00 PM

    Come cheer on the Iowa Women's Basketball team in Carver-Hawkeye Arena!

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  8. Asleep at the Wheel - Merry Texas Christmas Y'all!

    December 9, 7:30 PM

    The band will boogie into the holiday season with its Western swing sound - a sound Benson calls “jazz with a cowboy hat.” Or perhaps a Santa hat.

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  9. Ballroom & Latin Dancing - Annual Holiday Dance

    December 9, 7:30 PM

    Annual holiday dance with music of the season. Bring a holiday treat to share if you'd like. Dancers of all levels welcome, but no lesson.

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  10. Fiddler on the Roof

    December 9, 7:30 PM - December 10

    City Circle Acting Company presents this classic musical which tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish dairyman in Imperial Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, who struggles to hold on to his religious and cultural traditions despite pressure to change.

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  11. The Nutcracker

    December 9, 7:30 PM - December 11

    Nolte Academy & The Englert Theatre are proud to present a unique and highly entertaining version of the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. No holiday is complete without a visit to Clara’s house where her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer presents the magical gift of The Nutcracker.

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  12. Ralphie May's White Trash Christmas

    December 9, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    The First Avenue Club is proud to welcome back comedian Ralphie May.

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  13. Iowa City Holiday Market

    December 10, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Don't miss out on this great opportunity to purchase handcrafted, homemade and homegrown items from Iowa City Farmers Market vendors!

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  14. Downtown Holiday Market

    December 10, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM @ Black Hawk Mini Park

    Come experience the magic and excitement of the best holiday gifts downtown has to offer under one warm, festively decorated tent.

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  15. Eulenspiegel Puppets, Little Red Riding Hood

    December 10, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ Senate Chamber

    The Old Capitol Museum is hosting a special performance of Little Red Riding Hood presented by the Eulenspiegel Puppets. A special puppet making workshop will follow the performance.

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  16. Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

    December 10, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM @ Downtown Iowa City

    There is no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season than a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride around downtown. Enjoy a free whimsical ride while singing carols to the tune of antique sleigh bells, nestled in the enclosed comfort provided by Country Gentleman’s Horse and Carriage. Horse drawn trolley rides will be available four Saturdays starting November 26 and ending December 17 outside of Hills Bank. The trolley ride fills up quickly, so arrive early - spots are not guaranteed.

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  17. Santa Saturdays

    December 10, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM @ Downtown Iowa City

    Santa will leave his busy workshop for four special trips Downtown to meet the area’s good girls and boys. Families can enjoy free photos with the jolly ol’ fella at FilmScene.

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  18. Holiday Open House

    December 10, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @

    As part of the Coralville Aisle of Lights, the Old Town Hall will be open to the public to learn about Coralville’s History while enjoying the Sled and Children’s Riding Toy exhibit on display.

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  19. Eulenspiegel Puppets, Finding Home

    December 10, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Senate Chamber

    The Old Capitol Museum is hosting a special performance of Finding Home, presented by the Eulenspiegel Puppets.

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  20. Iowa Wrestling vs. Iowa State

    December 10, 7:00 PM

    Come cheer on Iowa Wrestling as they host Iowa State.

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  21. Hawkeye Model Railroad Club Open House

    December 11, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Come enjoy the fun of model railroading through education and social interaction.

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  22. Chauncey Swan Park Groundbreaking

    December 11, 1:15 PM

    Come celebrate the groundbreaking with a heated tent and refreshments! Free parking in Chauncey Swan parking ramp.

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  23. Every Brilliant Thing

    December 11, 2:00 PM

    Starring one of the areas's most beloved actors, Every Brilliant Thing is the story of a young boy who attempts to ease his mother's sadness by creating a list of all the best things in the world.

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  24. Fiddler on the Roof

    December 11, 2:00 PM

    City Circle Acting Company presents this classic musical which tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish dairyman in Imperial Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, who struggles to hold on to his religious and cultural traditions despite pressure to change.

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  25. Holiday Open House at Coralville Old Town Hall

    December 11, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM @

    As part of the Coralville Aisle of Lights the Old Town Hall will be open to the public to learn about Coralville’s History while enjoying the Sled and Children’s Riding Toy exhibit on display.

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  26. Aisle of Lights

    December 11, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Coralville’s annual Aisle of Lights luminaria display began in 1980. Area businesses and organizations host a merry day of activities for all ages, and then participating residents and businesses light luminarias to burn in the evening.

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  27. Luminaria Free Bus Tour

    December 11, 5:15 PM - 8:15 PM

    Wheelchair-accessible. Each round limited to 40 people. First come, first served. Departs approximately every 45 minutes. Last tour departs at 8:15.

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  28. Pub Quiz

    December 11, 9:00 PM

    Join for Pub Quiz every Sunday. Only $1 to play and the winner takes the whole pot! Hosted by Abba.

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  29. Makerspace Thursdays

    December 15, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Biosphere Discovery Hub

    Do you like to create new things? Join Makerspace Thursdays and unlock your inner architect, engineer, or artist. All ages are welcome.

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  30. Fashion to the Rescue

    December 16, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Storefront Across from 30hop

    Friends of the Animal Center Foundation, Iowa Fashion Project and Iowa River Landing are joining forces to put on the most unique fashion show of the year - a doggie fashion show! All of the dog models are rescued dogs and will be wearing custom made clothing from local designers.

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  31. Fiddler on the Roof

    December 16, 7:30 PM - December 17

    City Circle Acting Company presents this classic musical which tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish dairyman in Imperial Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, who struggles to hold on to his religious and cultural traditions despite pressure to change.

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  32. Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

    December 17, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM @ Downtown Iowa City

    There is no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season than a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride around downtown. Enjoy a free whimsical ride while singing carols to the tune of antique sleigh bells, nestled in the enclosed comfort provided by Country Gentleman’s Horse and Carriage. Horse drawn trolley rides will be available four Saturdays starting November 26 and ending December 17 outside of Hills Bank. The trolley ride fills up quickly, so arrive early - spots are not guaranteed.

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  33. Santa Saturdays

    December 17, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM @ Downtown Iowa City

    Santa will leave his busy workshop for four special trips Downtown to meet the area’s good girls and boys. Families can enjoy free photos with the jolly ol’ fella at FilmScene.

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  34. Movie at the Museum: Up on the Wooftop

    December 17, 2:00 PM

    Join Johnson County Historical Society for the first ever “Movie at the Museum” event. This movie was shot right here in Iowa City by local production company, Backrow Studios!

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  35. Ugly Sweater Party

    December 17, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Grab your most gaudy holiday sweater and join this Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! Enjoy a fun-filled evening of food, music and wine! A photobooth will be on-site.

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  36. A Good Trip with Shane Mauss

    December 17, 9:00 PM

    Comedian Shane Mauss has appeared on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, and has specials on both Comedy Central and Netflix, and interviews scientists for the podcast Here We Are.

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  37. Fiddler on the Roof

    December 18, 2:00 PM

    City Circle Acting Company presents this classic musical which tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish dairyman in Imperial Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, who struggles to hold on to his religious and cultural traditions despite pressure to change.

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  38. HomeBrewed + Kevin BF Burt

    December 18, 3:00 PM @ The Mill

    Local musicians HomeBrewed and Kevin BF Burt will perform a public concert to benefit The Crisis Center. The Last Dash Food Bank Fundraiser is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 18 at The Mill, 120 E. Burlington Street. The show includes two local musical favorites - HomeBrewed and Kevin BF Burt. Admission is $5 or 3 non-perishable food items. Admissions and raffle proceeds will benefit The Crisis Center of Johnson County's Food Bank.

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  39. Advent Cantata Concert

    December 18, 7:00 PM

    Enjoy the beautiful sounds of this joyous season! A great way to hear enchanting music performed by the many talent musicians from St. Thomas More Parish. All are welcome!

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  40. Iowa Women's Basketball vs. Kent State

    December 20, 5:00 PM

    Come cheer on the Iowa Women's Basketball team in Carver-Hawkeye Arena!

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  41. Mark Bernat & Friends: Benny Sharoni Jazz Quartret

    December 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Senate Chamber

    Join this special concert with the Benny Sharoni Jazz Quartet. Benny is a U.S. bandleader, composer and arranger who is a mainstay on the international jazz scene.

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  42. Euforquestra’s Home for the Holidays

    December 22, 8:00 PM

    Eufórquestra is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove.

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  43. Men's Iowa Basketball vs. Delaware State

    December 22, 8:00 PM

    Cheer on the men's Iowa Basketball team as they host Delaware State.

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  44. Noon-Year’s Eve Party

    December 30, 11:30 AM

    Join the kick off of the New Year family style complete with a balloon drop at noon. There will be crafts, snacks, dancing and a special princess guest.

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  45. Iowa Women's Basketball vs. Nebraska

    December 31, 2:00 PM

    Come cheer on the Iowa Women's Basketball team in Carver-Hawkeye Arena!

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Out of Area Events

  1. Winter Wonderettes

    November 17 - December 18 @ Main Stage

    This seasonal celebration finds the “Wonderettes,” a 1960’s girl group, entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party in 1968. When Santa goes missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! This show features lovely four-part harmony 60’s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” and Jingle Bell Rock.” This energetic and glittering holiday show is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Rated G.

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  2. Timeless Toys at Christmas - An Exhibit of Trees

    November 19, 9:00 AM, 2016 - January 2, 2017, 5:00 PM @ The Hoover Museum is located just off I-80 at Exit 254 in West Branch, Iowa

    This exhibit features 20 Christmas trees, each one decorated with a different toy theme.

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  3. The Elves And The Shoemaker

    November 26 - December 17

    Come celebrate the holiday season as a classic tale gets a comic spin. When the kindly old shoemaker can’t pay his rent, it’s elves to the rescue! Rated G.

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  4. Wrap the Town in Red Jubliee

    December 10, 9:00 AM

    Lisbon Holiday Jubilee has activities throughout the day including Breakfast with Mrs.Claus, a pet parade and more. See website for all the details.

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  5. Murder Mystery Dinner

    December 11, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    A Christmas Gory

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