Tannenbaum Forest @ Amana Colonies
Dec 15 all-day

A forest of decorated trees, nativity, 15 ft German pyramid and Santa.
Weekends only. See for times and dates.

Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, 1988-2018 @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Retired computer entrepreneur Peter Norton (Norton Antivirus Software) is a contemporary art collector as well as an active participant in various civic and philanthropic activities. In 1988, the Norton Family Christmas Project began commissioning artists to create original, multiple-edition works that were mailed as holiday greetings to friends, colleagues, and selected institutions.  In 2017, the CRMA received the bulk of these wonderful holiday greetings from Director Emeritus Terry Pitts and his wife Kathy Hall.


The objects and artists’ books that comprise the Project collection are incredibly varied. A sense of whimsy runs through many of the pieces: salt and pepper shakers become snow globes, a music box exhorts us to be silent.  Many works also have a sociopolitical focus, addressing issues as varied as slavery, AIDS, and gender identity.  Taken together, the Norton Family Christmas Project objects and artists’ books provide a wonderful snapshot of the last thirty years of activity in the art world at large, presenting the work of both emerging and more established artists.  The 2018 edition of the Norton Family Christmas Project was the last and ended the series.

Not Another Christmas Letter @ Old Creamery Theatre Main Stage
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm

Book, Lyrics and Additional Music by Paul Cozby. Music and Arrangements by Laura Berquist.

An original musical comedy that celebrates everything that drives us crazy about Christmas… and why we love it anyway!

Scholastic Chess Club @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Group lessons, organized chess activities, friendly tournaments, and free time to just play chess.

Join the Scholastic Chess Club the first and third Sundays of the month (Sept-May) from 2-5 pm at Downtown Library. Students grades K-12 are welcome to come and learn how to play this great universal game! Take part in group lessons, organized chess activities, friendly tournaments, and free time to just play chess. For more information, connect with the Cedar Rapids Chess Club on Facebook or visit

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!