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Downtown Iowa City joins in on the holiday spirit this weekend

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 29, 2012 6:30 AM

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For 10 years, Celebrate the Season has been a part of downtown Iowa City, attempting to put people in the spirit for the holiday season.

Leading up to the event, community members have seen the sweater “Tree Huggers” that encase the tree trunks downtown, and this weekend, they will have two days of events beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Free parking in the city parking ramps will be available.

Besides the window displays at local venues, carriage rides through downtown, and Santa coming to town, this year’s event will feature a glass-blowing demonstration in which glass ornaments and blown-glass pieces will be created.

“The Iowa City community can get a sneak peek at what the holiday shopping has in store for them and get everyone in the holiday spirit,” said Nick Arnold, the assistant director of the Iowa City Downtown District.

Friday:

• 5:30 p.m., Snowflake Stroll, various venues downtown

Saturday:

• 10 a.m., Downtown and North Side Retail Open House, various venues
• 10 a.m., Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Celebration in Film, Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn
• 10:30 a.m., Family Story Time, Iowa City Public Library
• 11 a.m., Activities at Old Capitol Town Center
• 11:45 a.m., Countdown to Santa’s Arrival, Old Capitol Town Center
• Noon, Santa Comes to Town, Old Capitol Town Center
• Noon, Free Carriage Rides, Downtown
• 1 p.m., Magical Music Performance, Tom Nothnagle, Old Capitol Town Center Food Court
• 2 and 7:30 p.m., Nutcracker, Englert, 221 E. Washington

— by Sam Gentry


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