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Fire and Ice Festival going "green"


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The City of Cedar Rapids and Alliant Energy are teaming up to go "green" for the holidays.

As the city decorates for the December 5th Fire and Ice Festival, they are switching to LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights that use 75% less energy than regular incandescent holiday lights.

The city will drape 56 trees along 1st, 2nd and 3rd Avenues SE with white LED lights, along with the skywalks over 2nd and 3rd Avenues SE, which is part of the Holiday DeLite parade route.  

Also, the Downtown District on both sides of the Cedar River will be decked with holiday decor for the first time.

The lights in Downtown Cedar Rapids will be turned on the day after Thanksgiving. 

“The Downtown District will feature three times more holiday lights this year with a cost saving of around $2,000 to the City of Cedar Rapids,” said Vanessa Solesbee, Operations Director for the Downtown District.  

Alliant Energy customers who switch to LED holiday lights can also see an additional cost savings.  Customers can apply for a $5 cash reward for the purchase of qualifying LED light strings.

For more information on LED lighting visit

To see a full schedule of downtown holiday activities visit  

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