Holiday Hoopla Kick-Off: “How Will Santa Arrive This Year?”

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Santa Claus is coming to downtown Cedar Falls! Don’t miss his grand entrance on Friday, November 29th as he arrives to help us kickoff the Holiday Hoopla seasonal celebration in the downtown district! Shop and dine in downtown Cedar Falls, then join us on Main Street for live musical entertainment at 6:00pm. Our fifth anniversary is going to be the best yet, so mark your calendars to enjoy the magic of Christmas with us!

Prior to Santa’s arrival, there will be a large stage at 4th and Main with WAGG and other local singers performing your favorite holiday music, including new songs by “Alvin and the Chipmunks!” Sponsored by PIPAC and Cup of Joe. Also, visit Mrs. Claus in Santa’s Workshop and get your picture taken with her and your other favorite Holiday Characters.

In addition to the music on stage, there will also be is a special magic show performance by Las Vegas Magician and local native Kevin Barnes to help celebrate Holiday Hoopla’s 5th Anniversary [SEE MORE DETAILS about Kevin Barnes in other press release].  You won’t want to miss this professional act!!  Come early before the live music and magic show begins and dine in the many downtown restaurants or grab some tasty treats and hot chocolate from our street vendors.

After Santa’s big arrival, make sure to join Santa and Mrs. Claus in the “Magical March Down Main Street” to the Hoopla Tree at 1st and Main where we’ll “countdown” to light the tree and conclude the evening with a grand Winter Fireworks Finale over the Cedar River!  The Hibbs Memorial Bridge (North Main Bridge) will be open to the crowd, providing a spectacular view of the tree lighting and fireworks. You’ll love the energy of the evening so bundle up and come join the fun!

Thanks to the sponsors and volunteers of this evening’s events:  PIPAC, Bike Tech, Viking Pump, Cup of Joe, and all the musicians!

Holiday Hoopla events continue through the month of December in downtown Cedar Falls. Check the website at www.cfholidayhoopla.com for a complete list.

Friday, November 29 – 6 – 8pm – BIG Kick-off Event – Main Street, Cedar Falls
Holiday Characters, Food, Fun
Live Entertainment & Music
NEW!  Professional Magic Show
Thursday, December 5– 5-8 pm – Jingle and Mingle — Merchant open houses
Saturday, December 7 – 8-11 am – Breakfast at the North Pole – Dine with Santa and Favorite Holiday Characters at the Cedar Falls Community Center
Thursday, December 12 – 6-9 pm – Hoopla Cheer Contest – Vote for your favorite Christmas Drink Concoction
Thursday, December 12 – 7 pm – Santa’s Beard Contest – Kate’s on Main
Saturday, December 14 – starts at 9 am – Santa’s Snow Shuffle 5K Fun Run/Walk — Starts at St Patrick’s School, 615 Washington Street
Thursday, December 19 – 6 to 8 pm– Baby, It’s Cold Outside—Ice carving demonstrations, luminaries, musicians on Main
Saturday, December 21 – 10 am – Free Movie Magic – “Prancer” at Oster Regent Theatre and announcement of four age group Coloring Contest Winners

ONGOING Events

NEW! Window Scavenger Hunt
November 20 – December 23 – Find items in Thirteen merchant windows. Entries put in $50 gift drawing.
Window Wonderland Contest
Window Competition in five categories, winners announced Nov 29 at Kickoff Stage
People’s Choice Award voting through December 16, announced Dec. 18
Coloring Contest
November 29 – December 16 – Four age-group winners announced at Movie Magic on Dec 21
Santa 50613 –Letters to Santa 4th and Main
Nov 29 – Dec 19 – Drop your letters off in Santa’s mailbox so they can be answered (MUST include NAME and RETURN ADDRESS!)
Salvation Army Toy Drive: Drop off new unwrapped gifts valued up $25, ages infant-18 years old by Mon., Dec. 9 at Cedar Falls Library or Spinutech
Horse Drawn Trolley Rides (THURS ONLY)
Thursdays, Dec 5, 12, 19 – 6-8 pm – Hop on for a FREE ride beginning and ending at the Cedar Falls Public Library parking lot
Live Nativity (THURS ONLY) – 6th and Main – Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 6-8 pm
Santa’s Workshop
(THURS & SATURDAYS)– 4th and Main
Friday, Nov 29 – Starting at 6 pm – Mrs. Claus and elves at Santa’s Workshop
Saturdays, Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21 – 11 am – 2 pm – Santa’s Workshop Open
Thursdays, Dec 5, 12, 19 – 6-8 pm – Santa’s Workshop Open

Guest Blogger
Emily Yaddof
Events & Promotions Coordinator
Community Main Street . 206 Main St, Suite B
Cedar Falls, IA 50613 . 319-277-0213

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