Events Calendar

The Festival of LIghts at Old Threshers is one spectaular light display!

Friday, November 25 • Fairfield Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Fairfield High School choir sings at 5:30 p.m., lights come on at 6 p.m. sharp, illuminating the elaborate displays. With Santa visits, carriage rides, and free cocoa and cookies. Fairfield Central Park.

Fri-Sat, November 25–26 • Fairfield Festival of Trees. Bid on spectacular holiday trees and wreaths created by local designers. Sweet Shoppe treats available for purchase and kids’ activities. Proceeds benefit the Little Superheroes Foundation. Fri. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., FACC, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Fri-Sat-Sun, November 25–27 • Festival of Lights at Old Threshers. Southeast Iowa’s largest drive-thru holiday light park—not to be missed. Various times, Midwest Old Threshers Campground, enter on S. Grand Ave., Mount Pleasant. Through Dec. 31.

Fri-Sat-Sun, November 25–27 • Holiday Nights ’n’ Lights. Drive a magical route of 50 spectacular light displays. Sun.–Thurs. 5:30–8 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5:30–9 p.m., Greater Ottumwa Park, Ottumwa. Nov. 19–Dec. 30.

Fri-Sat-Sun, November 25–27Disney on Ice: Frozen & Encanto. Sing along to your favorite songs and celebrate the power of love and courage. Various times, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines.

Fri. Sat. Sun, November 25-27 Cinema Fairfield: TAR. Renowned musician Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) is days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career. When all elements seem to conspire against her, Lydia’s adopted daughter Petra becomes an integral emotional support for her struggling mother. 7 p.m. Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets: $6.

Saturday, November 26 • Carriage Rides, Cocoa, Santa & Live Reindeer. Carriage rides begin at the Information Windmill in Pella’s town square, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Santa and live reindeers photo ops, 10 a.m.–noon; and free hot cocoa from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., downtown Pella.

Sat. Sun, November 26-27 Cinema Fairfield: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. When the Primm family moves to New York City, their young son struggles to adapt to his new school and friends. All of that changes when he discovers Lyle, a singing crocodile that loves baths, caviar and great music. 3 p.m. Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $6.

Saturday, November 26 • Burlington Lighted Holiday Parade. Watch the jolly old elf himself arrive on Jefferson St. at the tail of a twinkling parade of floats. 5 p.m., downtown Burlington.

Saturday, November 26 Cirque Musical: Holiday Wonderland. Acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks, and a magical holiday soundtrack played live. 7:30 p.m., Adler, Davenport.

Saturday, November 26  • Kris Kringle’s Khristmas Event. Arts and craft vendor show. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa.

Saturday, November 26 • Elizabeth Moen. Album release show. 7:30 p.m., Englert   Theater, Iowa City.

Sat-Sun, November 26–27 • Christmas with Jim McDonough & Orchestra: 20th Anniversary Tour. International Steinway Artist and his orchestra perform Christmas music and other hits. Sat. 2:30 p.m., BVC, Ottumwa,; Sun. 2:30 p.m., CCPA, Coralville.

Sunday, November 27 • Million Dollar Quartet Christmas. 7:30 p.m., Adler, Davenport.

Monday, November 28Comedy Open Mic. Sign up by 8:45 p.m. Comedy 9 p.m.–midnight, Joystick Comedy Arcade, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City.

Monday, November 28 • The Parchment Lounge. All-genre writing group meets Mondays, 6:30–8:30 p.m., at Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City, and on Facebook. Visit to learn about their other writing group genres and check for location updates.

Tuesday, November 29 • All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary story of camaraderie, music, peace—told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Tuesday, November 29 • Leather Christmas Ornament. Complete up to three different leather-crafted ornaments in this make-and-take class. 9 a.m.–noon, Stuart’s Leather Shop, Bonaparte.

Wednesday, November 30 • The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays. A mind- blowing magical showcase of top talent. 7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames.

Wednesday, November 30 • Psychedelic Medicine in Iowa, a Revolution in Mental Health. Presentation by Dr. Candida Maurer. 6:30–8 p.m., Mtg. Rm. A, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City. (319) 333-2372.

Wednesday, November 30Open Mic at Cafe Paradiso. 7:45 sign up, 8 p.m. show. Wednesdays. Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Thursday, December 1 • Mount Pleasant Holiday on Main. Kids’ activities, carolers, a performance by the Celebration Cloggers, chestnut roasting, and more. 5–8 p.m., downtown Mount Pleasant.

Thursday, December 1 • Magical Night in Mount Vernon. A drive-through route of luminaries, window displays, animatronics, and live tableaus of the nativity, Whoville and the Grinch, Nutcracker, and Frozen. With a mailbox for letters to Santa, take ’n’ make cookie kits, and more. Enter the car parade at 1st St. SE at Third St. or 7th St., across from Lisbon Rd., Mount Vernon.

Thursday, December 1Community Writing Center. Get free one-on-one help with your writing from KCC writing faculty. Resumes, applications, op-eds, reports, essays, legal documents, or creative writing. 6–8 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Mtg. Rm E, Iowa City. (319) 356-5200. Thursdays through Dec. 15.

Thursday, December 1 • Knitters’ Clinic. Bring your knitting projects and questions, and come to knit and learn. All ages welcome. Every Thursday. 2-4 p.m. At Home Store, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016. Free!

Thursday, December 1 • Drew Bratcher. A reading and conversation with Drew Bratcher in celebration of the release of Bub: Essays from Just North of Nashville. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, Iowa City.

Thurs-Fri, December 1–2 • Cantus. This low-voice choir is known for its warmth, blend, and innovation. The members of Cantus will wrap you in the joyous sounds of the season. Thursday 7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City,; Friday 7:30 p.m., Drake Sheslow Auditorium, Des Moines.

Thurs-Fri-Sat, December 1–3 • Kerstmarkt: Pella’s Dutch Christmas Market. Artisan vendors, hot Dutch eats and drinks, and live music. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Molengracht Plaza, Pella.

Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun, December 1–4 • Christkindl Market. Shop from Old World, artisinal, handcrafted products and learn about European culture through this 700-year-old holiday tradition. Enjoy food and mulled wine. Principal Park, 1 Line Dr., Des Moines.

Friday, December 2 • All-Member Art Show Reception. This show celebrates the talents of Burlingon-area artists. 5–8 p.m., Art Center of Burlington.

Friday, December 2My Kind of Christmas. A holiday performance by multitalented Czech singer and musician Martina Barta, accompanied by pianist Francesco Pollon. 7 p.m., NCSML, Cedar Rapids.

Friday, December 2 Susan Werner. Werner’s shows are a master class in musicianship and songwriting. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 2–4 • Eastside Artists Annual Sale. Sixteen artists present holiday gifts in a variety of media: books, paintings, prints, photographs, jewelry, and more. Masonic Building, 312 E College St., Iowa City.10-8 Fri., 10-5 Sat & Sun.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 2–4 • Keosauqua Festival of Trees. Dozens of live decorated trees, wreaths, and tabletop trees on silent auction through Sunday, plus cash & carry items. Proceeds to go to Christmas for Kids. Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 12–3 p.m., Roberts Memorial Center, Keosauqua.

Fri-Sat-Sun, December 2–4 • Nolte Academy Presents The Nutcracker. Performances by dancers from Nolte Academy, with a live orchestra conducted by Carey Bostian. Various times, Englert Theatre, Iowa City.

Saturday, December 3 • Albia Victorian Stroll. Live vintage window scenes, carriage rides, carolers, kids’ events, and festival of trees on the luminary-lit historic square, Albia. Plus: Centerville: Tour of Homes Fri. 4–8, Sat noon–4.

Saturday, December 3Nature’s Noel at Indian Creek. Shop fresh-cut wreaths, centerpieces, kissing balls, swags, and yule logs, plus artisan gifts, frozen soups, appetizers, baked goods, and more. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids.

Saturday, December 3Gingerbread House Party. A family afternoon of crafting. Supplies provided. 2–4 p.m., American Gothic House Center, Eldon. (641) 652-3352. Free.

Saturday, December 3 • Lissie. Singer-songwriter with a commmanding voice and an edgy modern sound. 8 p.m., Raccoon Motel,   Davenport.

Saturday, December 3Deb Talan (of The Weepies). Music heals. Songs can be prayers. Deb Talan is some lovely damn proof of that. 7:30 p.m., The James Theater, Iowa City.

Saturday, December 3Norwegian Christmas. Outdoor activities in Vesterheim Heritage Park, jultrefest inside the Vesterheim Museum. Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah.

Sat-Sun, December 3–4 • DSO Holiday Concert. Feat. vocalist Katie Richter, the Dubuque Chorale, and Heartland Ballet. Various times, Five Flags, Dubuque.

Sat-Sun, December 3–4 • Old World Christmas Market. European-inspired market with handcrafted items, treats, entertainment. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids. Free.

Sat-Sun, December 3–4Holiday Thieves Market. Ceramics, fiber, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood. Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hotel, Coralville.

Sunday, December 4 • Iowa City Old Capitol Coin Club Annual Show. Lots of raffle prizes. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Riverside Casino, Riverside. Free.

Sunday, December 4Irish Christmas in America. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids.

Monday, December 5 • The Parchment Lounge. All-genre writing group meets Mondays, 6:30–8:30 p.m., at Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City, and on Facebook. Visit to learn about their other writing group genres and check for location updates.

Wednesday, December 7 • Sounds Like a Holiday! Sing-Along, Stories & Food Drive. Doug Daller & Dee Sandquist lead a sing-along of carols and hymns, followed by an hour of original stories, sketches, and poems presented by the Thirsty Word reading series. Free admission with nonperishable food item. Sing-along 7 p.m., stories 8 p.m., Sondheim Theater, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Wednesday, December 7Open Mic at Cafe Paradiso. 7:45 sign up, 8 p.m. show. Wednesdays. Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Saturday, December 10Christmas Bazaar. Holiday foods for sale, sponsored by the Fairfield Women’s Club. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. McElhinny House, 300 N. Court, Fairfield. (641) 472-3241.