December is one of my all time favorite months of the year and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else during the holidays than right here in The Corridor. |
I love driving by houses and down Main Streets prettily decorated with wreaths and lights, taking in the light scent of cozy fireplaces burning, and a light dusting of snow.
Of course, there are so many festive things happenings all throughout the Creative Corridor that add a little extra holiday joy to your days, keeping you in the holiday spirit all season long. Whether you enjoy holiday music, classic Christmas stories, holiday festivals, or even engaging in some winter activities outdoors, the Corridor has so much to offer, festive or not, this holiday season.
On behalf of everyone at the Cultural Corridor Alliance, I’d like to wish each and everyone one of you a safe and joyous holiday season.
Visit the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance website, www.culturalcorridor.org, or browse our mobile app to find a calendar full of fun and exciting winter events brought to you by our 100+ arts and culture partners. Here is a small sampling for December:
12/1/15 – Brucemore’s Daytime Holiday Mansion Tours – Brucemore is excited to bring you a unique holiday experience. Enjoy the seasonal splendor of 13 glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, stunning mantel arrangements, the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, and other seasonal cheer throughout the Mansion. The holidays at Brucemore are sponsored by Pearson. Daytime tours will be offered Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and, Sundays, 12 to 3 p.m. Tours begin on the hour except on Saturdays and Sundays when they begin on the half hour. The last tour will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $3-$7 and can be purchased by calling 319-362-7375.
12/4/15 – Prelude to Christmas – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Amana Colonies. The Amana Colonies Convention Center and Visitors Bureau invite you to start your holiday season with a visit to the Tannenbaum Forest. Visit the craft bazaar and cookie walk. Enjoy live music, refreshments and demonstrations. Prelude to Christmas is December 4-6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. This is a free event and open to the public.
12/4/2015 – Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk – Join the Marion Chamber of Commerce for a family event that has been a holiday tradition in Uptown Marion for over 25 years. Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa and popcorn, live holiday music, the lighting of the Peace Tree, and children's activities at the library. Don't forget the jolly man himself! Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style escorted by the Marion Fire Department. Visitors are encouraged to bring new hats, gloves and blankets to donate to the Keep Your Neighbors Campaign, which helps area families in need. Uptown Marion businesses will be hosting a Peppermint Walk, a holiday open house with a minty treat in each store! Join the festivities from 4-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
12/4/15 – Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree – The Coralville Center for Performing Arts brings you a dozen vignettes illuminating important life lessons. Reinventing the classic fables, blending humor, rhythmic elements, rapping, puppetry, poetry, song and storytelling will create a fast-paced, fun-filled show that's filled with Christmas spirit. Performances will be held at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum December 4 and 5. The Friday evening performance starts and 7 p.m. and Saturday performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 319.248.9370.
12/5/2015 – The Nutcracker – Orchestra Iowa once again brings you the most iconic ballet of all time. This captivating performance filled with holiday magic will take your family on an enchanted adventure with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they journey to the Land of Sweets and battle the Rat King. Scores of dancers from our community and the Orchestra Iowa School’s Discovery Chorus join Ballet Quad Cities and Orchestra Iowa for this visually stunning, must-see family favorite. Performances are December 5 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and December 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $19-$49 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 319.366.8203.
12/11/15 – Holiday Tubas Concert – Join the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums as the University of Iowa Euphonium Ensemble brings the sounds of the season to the museum with their annual Holiday Tuba Concert on the steps of the Old Capitol Museum. Hear new takes on traditional favorites such as “Frosty the Snowman” and “Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” The public is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Strong Partners Empowering Change and Solidarity (SPECS). Following the performance cider and cookies will be served inside the museum. The concert starts at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
12/12/15 – Eastern Iowa Brass Band Christmas Concert – The Eastern Iowa Brass Band invites you to attend their annual Christmas concert of exciting holiday brass band music. You are invited to join the musician's after the concert for special holiday treats. The concert will be held in District Auditorium at Mount Vernon Middle School and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4-$10 and available at www.easterniowabrassband.com or at the door.
12/19/2015 – Holiday Spectacular – Let your heart soar as Orchestra Iowa heralds the holidays and rings in the New Year with more merry guest artists than ever before! Gather your family and friends to celebrate the season with a mix of timeless classics, audience sing-alongs, the thrilling sounds of “The Mighty Wurlitzer” organ, special yuletide surprises and warm cheer for all. Performances are December 19 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and December 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $19-$41 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8203.
Rebecca Larkin is a member of the ICCA Board of Directors and Marketing Coordinator at Kirkwood Community College. firstname.lastname@example.org.