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Downtown Holiday Pop-Up Market

November 8 @ 8:00 AM - December 24 @ 5:00 PM

There is no other place like Downtown for the holidays-- Come experience the holiday season in Downtown Iowa City and explore the Downtown Holiday Pop-Up Market, back again in the heart of the city! For 7 weeks, beginning November 8th, the beautiful pop-up market, sponsored by GreenState Credit Union will transform Black Hawk Mini Park into a festive holiday destination. Each week, for the seven weeks, new pop-up shops will fill the spaces. Here is the full calendar of shops…

Downtown Iowa City Small Business Saturday

November 30 @ 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Our FAVORITE DAY of the year! It's time to celebrate what we in Downtown Iowa City Celebrate EVERY DAY but on a national level! Support your favorite small businesses and Downtown Iowa City as a regional center of locally owned businesses. When you #ShopSmall, you make a big impact on the stores and the whole community and that's something worth celebrating! Join us on November 30th for the 10th year of celebrating the importance behind shopping local.

Downtown Hunt for the Elves

November 30, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 PM

50+ mischievous elves are hiding within downtown businesses and the hunt begins November 29th, participants have until January 1st to track them down! Those who find at least 10 of the hidden elves will receive a prize and be entered for a chance to win a grand prize basket. Participating stores will have a reusable card detailing the list of businesses children can pick up and get stamped after finding the hidden elves. Turn them in at one of these…

Downtown Teddy Bear Room

November 30 @ 10:00 AM - December 24 @ 8:00 PM

Who doesn't want to visit a room full of over 300 teddy bears?! Yes, the Downtown Teddy Bear Room is exactly how it sounds, for 4 weeks, there will be an entire room at Hilton Garden Inn, filled with hundreds of teddy bears, big and small. From November 30th to December 24th; families, children, everyone is invited to come hug a bear, take photos, and spread the holiday cheer! All small and medium sized bears will be available for purchase…

Downtown Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

November 30 @ 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

There is no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season than a Horse-Drawn Trolley 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. **“TICKETS” WILL BE HANDED OUT AT HILLS BANK AND TRUST IN DOWNTOWN IOWA CITY EACH SATURDAY STARTING AT 11:00AM. We recommend arriving early to reserve your spot!

Santa Saturdays at FilmScene

November 30 @ 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

SANTA SATURDAYS Downtown Iowa City Saturdays November 30th and December 7th, 14th, & 21st. 11:30am – 2:30pm 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 in the Chauncey (404 E. College St. Suite 100). In addition to the free photos provided, families are welcome to take pictures using their own cameras. ***PLEASE NOTE: We are at the…

2019 Holiday Retail Open House

December 7 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join our downtown shops for a Holiday Retail Open House! Each participating retailer will be hosting a holiday party in their store that includes snacks, drinks, or a gift for you at each stop. Participating retailers include: Akar, Active Endeavors, Bender’s Yoga, Bread Garden Market, Catherine’s, Discerning Eye, Dulcinea, Domby, Ewers Men’s Store, Glassando, Hands Jewelers, Luxe Interiors, MC Ginsberg, Moss, Pitaya, Prairie Lights, Revival, r.s.v.p., Tailgate, Ten Thousand Villages, Textiles, The Maker’s Loft, The Shop Iowa City, and Velvet…

Downtown Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

December 7 @ 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

There is no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season than a Horse-Drawn Trolley 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. **“TICKETS” WILL BE HANDED OUT AT HILLS BANK AND TRUST IN DOWNTOWN IOWA CITY EACH SATURDAY STARTING AT 11:00AM. We recommend arriving early to reserve your spot!

Santa Saturdays at FilmScene

December 7 @ 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

SANTA SATURDAYS Downtown Iowa City Saturdays November 30th and December 7th, 14th, & 21st. 11:30am – 2:30pm 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 in the Chauncey (404 E. College St. Suite 100). In addition to the free photos provided, families are welcome to take pictures using their own cameras. ***PLEASE NOTE: We are at the…

Downtown Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

December 14 @ 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

There is no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season than a Horse-Drawn Trolley 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. **“TICKETS” WILL BE HANDED OUT AT HILLS BANK AND TRUST IN DOWNTOWN IOWA CITY EACH SATURDAY STARTING AT 11:00AM. We recommend arriving early to reserve your spot!

Santa Saturdays at FilmScene

December 14 @ 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

SANTA SATURDAYS Downtown Iowa City Saturdays November 30th and December 7th, 14th, & 21st. 11:30am – 2:30pm 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 in the Chauncey (404 E. College St. Suite 100). In addition to the free photos provided, families are welcome to take pictures using their own cameras. ***PLEASE NOTE: We are at the…

Downtown Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

December 21 @ 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

There is no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season than a Horse-Drawn Trolley 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. **“TICKETS” WILL BE HANDED OUT AT HILLS BANK AND TRUST IN DOWNTOWN IOWA CITY EACH SATURDAY STARTING AT 11:00AM. We recommend arriving early to reserve your spot!

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