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Fire and Ice Festival 2008 official schedule of events announced


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Downtown District and Freedom Festival will be presenting this year's Fire and Ice Festival on Saturday, December 6. Patrons are able to participate in events throughout the day and into the night, offering traditional and exciting new ways to kick off the holiday season.

Notable activities this year include a new parade route, free carriage rides, children's train rides, huge balloons in the parade, and much more!

Guest judges for the holiday parade include Tara Thomas from KWWL, Tiffany O'Donnell from KGAN, andBeth Malicki from KCRG.



ALL DAY                     Grounds for Art-Re-Launch (throughout Downtown)
                                 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 Design (Bankers Trust Plaza)

Starting at 2PM         Deck the Office! Back to Business Holiday Expo (throughout Downtown)
                                 Visit those hard working businesses that have returned downtown 
                                 post-flood. Participating businesses will greet visitors with holiday décor
                                 and fun activities for all ages! Schedule of participating businesses will be
                                 available at Chili Challenge and downtown coffee shops. To register 
                                 your downtown business contact Jill Wilkins at 398-0449.

2PM-5:30PM              Children's Holiday Train Rides (Guaranty Bank 2nd Ave. SE Parking Lot)

2PM-DUSK                  Free Carriage Rides through Downtown (Bankers Trust Plaza)

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! Santa will be on site to say hello! 

AFTER DARK                Hot Air Balloon Glow (3rd Avenue SE Guaranty Bank Parking Lot)
5:30PM                       Lighting of City Tree (May's Island)
                                   The annual lighting of the city tree will set the tone for the lighted holiday

6:00PM                       25th Annual Holiday DeLight Parade (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 décor!

This year will introduce a new parade route-starting along 3rd Avenue SW with a lateral route into 3rd Avenue SE to Greene Square Park. Wheelchair accessible viewing area will be set up by the judges viewing area (corner of 3rd Ave. and 1st St. SE in front of Smulekoff's).

For information on parade weather, tune to Weatherline through KMRY.                 

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

7:30PM                   Post-Parade Fireworks (May's Island)
                               Watch in awe as we light up the sky while listening to some classic
                               holiday tunes!   

Starting at 7:30PM    Ugly Holiday Sweater Party-hosted by Access Iowa (Brick's Bar and
                                  Grill 320 2nd Avenue SE)
                                  Time to bust out your holiday best! Join Access Iowa post parade
                                  and warm up with some holiday cheer at Bricks!

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