Holiday Season in the Corridor
There are so many festive things happenings all throughout the Creative Corridor that will hopefully add a little extra holiday joy to your December days. With plenty going on, you’re sure to stay 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:
11/28/16 – Every Brilliant Thing – Riverside Theatre presents a truly beautiful evening at the theatre. Starring one of the area’s most beloved actors, Every Brilliant This is the story of a young boy who attempts to ease his mother’s sadness by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Ice cream, water fights, tigns with stripes, Christopher Walken’s voice are rollercoasters are just a few. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life.
This production is a holiday must-see. Performances are November 26 – December 17. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18-$30 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-338-7672.
12/1/16 – Joseph Hall: Elvis Rock’n Remember Christmas Show 2016 – Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is proud to bring this award-winning Elvis show back to Coralville. Joseph goes through three decades of Elvis hits including some of Elvis’ greatest Christmas songs! Recreating the moves, the looks and the sound of Elvis Presley, you’ll think you are watching the King himself. A must for all ages to see. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-$37 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-248-9370.
12/1/2016 – The Joffrey Ballet, The Nutcracker – Hancher is proud to present special preview performances of he Joffrey Ballet’s new rendition of The Nutcracker. Featuring choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and an updated story and art by Brain Selznick, this Nutcracker is set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair. Local children will once again take the stage with the Joffrey dancers as we usher in a new holiday tradition. Performances are December 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and December 3 and 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$75 and can be purchased by calling the Hancher Box Office at 319-335-1160.
12/3/16 – Sing-Along Messiah – Join the Coralville Center for Performing Arts for a festive sing along with Handel’s beloved oratorio! Conductor Ed Kottick brings together an orchestra, professional soloists and local choirs to fill the Center with a joyful holiday celebration. Buy your tickets in advance for general admission or to sit by vocal part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass). Tickets purchased the day of the show will be seated in the general admission area. General admission seating is for any voice part, for families wishing to sit together, or for those who would simply like to listen and enjoy the music. Limited sheet music will be available for purchase at the event, so please bring your own sheet music with you. Tickets are $8-$12 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-248-9370.
12/1/16 – Gingerbread House Contest – The North Liberty Community Library invites you and your family to create a festive and fun gingerbread house. Gingerbread, frosting, licorice, and Red Hots, oh my! Can your family create the winning gingerbread house? No rules except to have some good old-fashioned family fun! Submissions accepted December 1-19. Give your house a fun festive name and bring it to display in the library by December. 19. You can also email a photo of your house to firstname.lastname@example.org. Images must be clear and close up. Photos of each house will be posted in an album on our Facebook page on Tuesday, December 20. The house with the most likes on Thursday, December 22 at 8 a.m. will win a festive family prize. For more information, call the library at 319-626-5778.
12/3/2016 – Merry TubaChristmas: White Lights Holiday Music Series – Cedar Rapids Public Library brings you the 15th annual Cedar Rapids Area Merry TubaChristmas concert. This concert is part of the Fire and Ice Festival sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. The concert starts at 2 p.m. at the Downtown Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact the Cedar Rapids Public Library at 319-261-READ.
12/17/2016 – Holiday Spectacular – Celebrate the holidays with Maestro Tim Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa, and friends from the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, Discovery Chorus, Espressivo Strings, Carillonneurs and more! This fun and festival musical celebration has become one of Cedar Rapids’ favorite holiday traditions. Enjoy a special performance by local star performer, Alisabeth Von Presley. Performances are December 17 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and December 18 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$54 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8203.