Holiday FUN for the whole family!  

Deck the District in the Czech Village – New Bohemia Main Street District is December 1-3, 2017!

Check out our Calendar for the full line up of events!

African American Museum Celebrates Kwanzaa

The African American Museum of Iowa is celebrating the holiday season with a small exhibit looking at a few of the holiday traditions that African Americans have participated in. This year, we will be highlighting traditions such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa and Jonkonnu, African American tradition from the 1800s. Items representing these holiday traditions will be on display in our lobby exhibit case, which will be on display until 1/2/2018. 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 On December 2nd, the museum will host holiday craft tables for children to learn about these four holiday celebrations and their connection to the African American community from 11am-3pm. We will also have Mrs. Clause here to read stories and greet families and visitors from 11am-1pm. Two of these crafts will teach visitors about both older and more current traditions celebrated by African Americans in the United States. The first of these is a tradition from the 1800s called Jonkonnu. When Africans were captured and sold as slaves, they brought many religious, ceremonial, and festival traditions with them. Jonkonnu, also called John Coonering, was one that blended West Africantradition and adornment with holiday traditions such as Christmas caroling. During these celebrations there would also be dancing, costumes, masks, plays, and more. The other celebration, which is currently still celebrated in many communities, is Kwanzaa. The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanzaa,” or “first fruits.” Kwanzaa is modeled after traditional African harvest festivals and celebrated in the seven days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The primary focus of the holiday celebrates the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith.The Kinara and the seven candles symbolize ancestry and the earth, while... read more

Window Wonderland

District-wide November 26 (Small Business Saturday) – December 18

Visitors to the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District can experience the spirit of the holidays during Deck the District, with an abundance of events, shopping and more.

Main Street’s “Window Wonderland” kicks off the festivities, with businesses decked out for the holidays in a competition that begins Nov. 26, on Small Business Saturday.

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Svaty Mikulas Celebration

Friday Dec. 1, 6:30 pm reception, 7pm tree lighting Svaty Mikulas (St Nicholas) Andel (angel) and Cert (devil) will be at the Aces & Eights Saloon, 62 16th Ave SW to greet the children followed by a short presentation on the Czech and Slovak traditions of Christmas. Activities include singing by the Czech Heritage Singers, cocoa and cookies, Christmas Traditions of the Czech and Slovak Republic, Candlelight walk to Kosek Bandstandto light the official Czech Village Christmas... read more

A Very Cherry Holiday

The Historic Cherry Building 329 10th Ave SE Saturday Dec. 2 10am-5pm   This year’s Very Cherry Holiday open house and studio tour will be held at the Cherry Building on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Since 2000, the artists and entrepreneurs of the Cherry Building have been hosting this annual event to showcase their work and invite the public to visit their suites and studio spaces.  This year, we will feature a Very Cherry Art Show on the first floor.  The sensational Five Season Jazz Trio will be on-hand to perform holiday music.  The Ceramics Center will have a “walk in workshop” where the public is welcome to try their hand at making ceramics and/or fused-glass artworks, and the Friends of the Library will have a book sale in the basement.  The resident practitioners at Illuminations will conduct various demonstrations, and there will be holiday photo sessions by photographers in the building, and art class demonstrations on the third floor.  Many studios will offer special holiday gift items, refreshments and demonstrations.  The Cherry Building is located at 329 Tenth Avenue SE.  Visitors are welcome to access the building from the Eleventh Avenue Entrance (on the North side of the NewBo City Market) as well.  The wheelchair accessible ramp is on the Eleventh Avenue entrance. We hope to see you... read more

Old World Christmas Market

Saturday, December 2, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Experience the magic of the Christmas season at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library at the 8th annual Old World Christmas Market!

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Upcoming Events

Nov
30
Thu
10:00 am Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
NewBo City Market is your one stop shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Join us November 30 – December 3 for our Deck the DistrictHoliday Markets: pop-up markets featuring artisans, crafters, and home-based businesses.[...]
Dec
1
Fri
10:00 am Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
NewBo City Market is your one stop shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Join us November 30 – December 3 for our Deck the DistrictHoliday Markets: pop-up markets featuring artisans, crafters, and home-based businesses.[...]
6:00 pm Fridays@NewBo: A Christmas Story @ NewBo City Market
Fridays@NewBo: A Christmas Story @ NewBo City Market
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fridays@NewBo: A Christmas Story @ NewBo City Market
Join us for Fridays@NewBo as we watch A Chrsitmas Story! In this Christmas favorite, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really[...]
6:30 pm Svaty Mikulas Celebration @ Czech Village
Svaty Mikulas Celebration @ Czech Village
Dec 1 @ 6:30 pm
Svaty Mikulas Celebration @ Czech Village
Friday Dec. 1, 6:30 pm reception, 7pm tree lighting Svaty Mikulas (St Nicholas) Andel (angel) and Cert (devil) will be at the Aces & Eights Saloon, 62 16th Ave SW to greet the children followed by[...]
8:30 pm National Lampoon’s Christmas Vac... @ NewBo City Market
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vac... @ NewBo City Market
Dec 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation & Ugly Sweater Contest @ NewBo City Market
Get in the Christmas spirit at NewBo City Market! Join us the Friday, December 1st at 8:30pm to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, partake in an ugly sweater contest, and party in Holiday style! In[...]
Dec
2
Sat
9:00 am Very Cherry Holiday Art Sale @ iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio
Very Cherry Holiday Art Sale @ iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Very Cherry Holiday Art Sale @ iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio
Join us on December 2nd at the annual “Very Cherry Festival” in the historic Cherry building (across from the NewBo Marketplace). The iCCGS will return again this year with activities for the kids, a visit[...]
10:00 am 8th Annual Old World Christmas M... @ National Czech and Slovak Musuem
8th Annual Old World Christmas M... @ National Czech and Slovak Musuem
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
8th Annual Old World Christmas Market @ National Czech and Slovak Musuem
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Experience the magic of the Christmas season at the National Czech & Slovak Museum &[...]
10:00 am A Very Cherry Holiday Open House @ The Cherry Building
A Very Cherry Holiday Open House @ The Cherry Building
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
A Very Cherry Holiday Open House @ The Cherry Building
This year’s Very Cherry Holiday open house and studio tour will be held at the Cherry Building on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Since 2000, the artists and entrepreneurs of the Cherry Building[...]
10:00 am Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
NewBo City Market is your one stop shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Join us November 30 – December 3 for our Deck the DistrictHoliday Markets: pop-up markets featuring artisans, crafters, and home-based businesses.[...]
11:00 am The African American Museum of I... @ African American Museum of Iowa
The African American Museum of I... @ African American Museum of Iowa
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The African American Museum of Iowa Celebrating the Holidays @ African American Museum of Iowa
The African American Museum of Iowa is celebrating the holiday season with a small exhibit looking at a few of the holiday traditions that African Americans have participated in. This year, we will be highlighting traditions such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and[...]
Dec
3
Sun
10:00 am 8th Annual Old World Christmas M... @ National Czech and Slovak Musuem
8th Annual Old World Christmas M... @ National Czech and Slovak Musuem
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
8th Annual Old World Christmas Market @ National Czech and Slovak Musuem
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Experience the magic of the Christmas season at the National Czech & Slovak Museum &[...]
10:00 am Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
NewBo City Market is your one stop shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Join us November 30 – December 3 for our Deck the DistrictHoliday Markets: pop-up markets featuring artisans, crafters, and home-based businesses.[...]
10:00 am Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
NewBo City Market is your one stop shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Join us November 30 – December 3 for our Deck the DistrictHoliday Markets: pop-up markets featuring artisans, crafters, and home-based businesses.[...]
10:00 am Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Deck the District Holiday Market @ NewBo City Market
NewBo City Market is your one stop shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Join us November 30 – December 3 for our Deck the DistrictHoliday Markets: pop-up markets featuring artisans, crafters, and home-based businesses.[...]
12:00 pm Santa at the Market @ NewBo City Market
Santa at the Market @ NewBo City Market
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Santa at the Market @ NewBo City Market
Santa is coming to NewBo City Market! While shopping at the Market forDeck the District, stop to tell Santa what you want for Christmas and get your picture in front of our Christmas tree display.[...]