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Staying warm at weekend's outdoor festivals

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Brian and Vera Pleseks immigrated to Cedar Rapids from the Czech Republic. They like to go to the Old World Christmas Market for a taste of home but this year?

"I hope so," said Vera. If it's not too cold."

Market organizers say don't worry---the tent will decked with Christmas gifts to buy, and more importantly, heaters!

"You don't need to stay home," said Sara Jacobmeyer, Director of the Old World Christmas Market. "You can come out and be nice and toasty right here in our tent."

There will also be heaters in Greene Square Park Downtown. That's where there'll be games for kids during the annual Fire & Ice Festival.

"We have to be flexible when we are planning an outdoor event like this so yes, they made the change to add those," said Pam Hinman, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

Another change---Santa will be inside the library, not out in the park. Several other parts of the festival were already scheduled to be indoors.

"There's still going to be a lot of activity," said Hinman. "It's just bundle up and go inside when you can."

Organizers of events city-wide want you to know there's plenty of places for you to stay warm, which means the Pleseks will make the traditional trip to market.

The Old World Christmas Market is an annual event. This year several events throughout Czech Village and New Bohemia and partnering to present the first-ever Deck the District. There's even a trolley to take you around so you don't need to walk in the cold.

This year marks the 30th Holiday DeLight Parade in Cedar Rapids, part of the Fire & Ice Festival. That starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and organizers say they have a few surprises up their sleeves.

There are also plenty of events planned in the Cedar Valley, Iowa City and Marion.

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