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Iowa’s Best Holiday Attractions

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While many activities have been canceled or changed recently as more COVID-19 restrictions have been implemented, there are still plenty of holiday-esque events and activities to enjoy this season. Here are some of Iowa’s best holiday attractions.

Holidays at Amana Colonies

Amana Colonies is one of Iowa’s most charming areas, with enough character to entice visitors year round, though they carry a particular beauty during the holiday season. And this year, the Amana Colonies will be decorated for the holidays. Additionally, visitors can enjoy Christmas carols and view the majesty of the Tannenbaum Forest beginning in early December. For more information, visit amanacolonies.com.

Old World Christmas Market

Happening at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library throughout the month of December is the Old World Christmas Market—a unique and seasonal market which will feature locally made gifts and other items that offer a traditional Old World flare. For more information, visit ncsml.org.

Children’s Holiday Celebration at Cedar Rapids Country Club

The Children’s Holiday Celebration at the Cedar Rapids Country Club is an annual event that features a fireworks display with music and a visit from Santa and his elves. This year, guests will be treated to the holiday experience via their car, where Santa himself is expected to deliver sweets and goodies to each person’s car. For more information, visit communitycancercenter.org.

Holiday Laser Light Show at the Hawkeye Downs

From Dec. 11 through Dec. 13, families can get in the spirit of the season at the Holiday Laser Light Show at the Hawkeye Downs. The Hawkeye Downs will host a drive-through laser light show through three half-hour time slots per evening. For more information, visit hawkeyedowns.org.

Holidays at the Indian Creek Nature Center

On Dec. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m., families can visit the Indian Creek Nature Center and explore the stars on a brief nature walk while learning the stories attached to each constellation. The experience is special for this year’s holiday season. For more information, visit indiancreeknaturecenter.org.

Maddie Poppe’s Acoustic Christmas at the Paramount Theatre

This December, get into the holiday spirit at Maddie Poppe’s Acoustic Christmas at the Paramount Theatre. At this event, Maddie Poppe will perform a selection of acoustic Christmas music. Dates and admission prices vary. Visit creventslive.com for tickets and more information.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

On Dec. 12, embark on the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train virtually. The online event will allow you to view the train as it is lit up without leaving your home. For more information, visit cpr.ca/en/community/holiday-train.

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