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9th Annual Old World Christmas Market

Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Experience the magic of the Christmas season at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library at the 9th annual Old World Christmas Market! Shop for specialty imports and handmade gifts by select artisans, stop for seasonal treats, see live music and dance performances, and enjoy free family activities all weekend long. Admission to museum exhibition galleries will also be free on December 1st and 2nd! Bring the whole family for one of Cedar Rapids’ best-loved holiday events. Old World Christmas Market is part of Deck the District, a neighborhood holiday celebration!

Trolley Schedule:
Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Shuttle arrives every 30 minutes
Stop Order
1. Sokol Park
2. African American Museum
3. NewBo City Market
4. Cherry Building
5. Czech Village

Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Shuttle arrives every 20 minutes
Stop Order
1. Sokol Park
2. NewBo City Market
3. Czech Village

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

9:30am – 5:00pm: Museum galleries open with free admission for all and family holiday crafts. Museum Store open.
9:30am – 12:30pm (or ending earlier, depending on supply): 20th Annual Museum Guild Cookie Walk (Rozek Grand Hall)
10:00am – 5:00pm:

  • Vendor Market and Czech Heritage Foundation Wreath Raffle open (WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall)
  • Food Court open (Rozek Grand Hall)
  • Shuttle rides between Sokol Park, Czech Village, NewBo City Market, Cherry Building, and African American Museum of Iowa
  • Fiber Arts demonstrations (near the Skala Bartizal Library)

10:00am – 1:00pm: Horse and wagon rides through Czech Village (Circle Drive)
11:00am – 12:30pm: Silbertaler Musikanten (Rozek Grand Hall)
11:00am – 3:00pm: Papa Balloon (Skala Bartizal Library)
11:00am – 5:00pm:
CR Face Painting, and Face Painting by Lindsay (Alliant Energy Classroom)
12:00pm – 4:00pm: Ornament personalization by Master Czech Folk Artist Marj Nejdl (Museum Store)
1:00pm – 1:30pm: Světlušky Youth Ensemble (Rozek Grand Hall)
1:30pm – 3:00pm: Svatý Mikuláš, Anděl a Čert meet with children (Rozek Grand Hall, roaming)
12:00pm – 3:00pm: The Dean of Juggling (Jiruska Gallery, roaming)
2:00pm – 5:00pm: Horse and wagon rides through Czech Village (Circle Drive)
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Czech Heritage Singers (Rozek Grand Hall)
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Darrin Crow presents a selection of Czech and Slovak Fairytales (Skala Bartizal Library)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

9:30am – 4:00pm: Museum galleries open with free admission for all and family holiday crafts. Museum Store open.
10:00am – 3:00pm:

  • Vendor Market Czech Heritage Foundation Wreath Raffle open (WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall)
  • Food Court open (Rozek Grand Hall)
  • Shuttle rides between Sokol Park, Czech Village, and NewBo City Market
  • Fiber Arts demonstrations (near the Skala Bartizal Library)
  • Student Musical Performances throughout the day (Rozek Grand Hall)

10:00am – 2:00pm: Czech Heritage Foundation Wreath Raffle with the drawing at 2:00 pm (WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall)
11:00am – 3:00pm: CR Face Painting, and Face Painting by Lindsay (Alliant Energy Classroom)
12:00pm – 3:00pm:

  • Papa Balloon (Anderson Gallery)
  • The Dean of Juggling (Jiruska Gallery, roaming)

12:00pm – 4:00pm: Ornament personalization by Master Czech Folk Artist Marj Nejdl (Museum Store)
1:00pm – 2:00pm: The Amazing Adventures of Willy the Wooly with Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company (Skala Bartizal Library)

Presented by

Victor F. Naxera in honor of Janice L. Naxera,

with additional support from the University of Iowa Community Credit Union.