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Cedar Rapids announces holiday festival schedule

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Downtown District and Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival presents Fire & Ice Holiday Festival 2008. 


ALL DAY Grounds for Art-Re-Launch
Grounds for Art will be back and on display throughout downtown! Re-visit these amazing outdoor sculptures representing both local and national artists!

ALL DAY Ice Sculpture-Bankers Trust Plaza
Watch in amazement as local artists sculpt a holiday masterpiece for all to enjoy!

Starting at 2PM Deck the Office! Back to Business Holiday Expo
Visit those hard working businesses that have returned downtown post-flood. Participating businesses will greet visitors with holiday decor and fun activities for all ages! Schedule of participating businesses will be available at Chili Challenge and downtown coffee shops.

3PM-7:30PM Chili Challenge-Armstrong Centre Food Court (222 3rd Avenue SE)
Enjoy some friendly competition and local flavor as contestants offer their favorite chili dish! To participate in this year's challenge contact the Freedom Festival.

5:30PM Lighting of City Tree-May's Island
The annual lighting of the city tree will set the tone for the lighted holiday evening!

6:00PM Holiday DeLight Parade
Beginning at 3rd Avenue SW into Greene Square Park
"IgNight the Spirit of our City" is the theme for our annual lighted parade! Cheer on local businesses, organizations, and individuals as they display their best lighted holiday decor!
This year features a new parade route-starting along 3rd Avenue SW with a lateral flow onto the 3rd Avenue SE side, ending by Greene Square Park. For parade registration information visit the Downtown District website or call Jill Wilkins (398-0449). Parade registration forms are available for download at http://www.rebuilddowntowncr.org . Registration is due November 14.

POST-PARADE Santa and Friends Meet and Greet at Smulekoffs (97 3rd Avenue SE)
The head honcho himself, along with Mrs. Claus, elves, and live reindeer will be on site to gather holiday wish lists!

7:30PM Fireworks- Mays Island
Watch in awe as we light up the downtown sky to the classic Holiday tunes!

7:30PM Ugly Holiday Sweater Party-hosted by Access Iowa at DC Riverwalk (401 1st Street SE)
Time to bust out your holiday best! Join Access Iowa post parade and warm up with some holiday cheer at DC Riverwalk restaurant and bar.

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