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Being just 10 minutes or less away from downtown Cedar Rapids, you may still want to take in the traditional Christmas kick-off festivities there, but Hiawatha is an underrated town making a name for itself and it continues to fast become more than just a suburb of Cedar Rapids. This upcoming holiday season the growing community will host a first-time event it has never had!

The recently-constructed Village Center Plaza, just outside City Hall at 101 Emmons St. has become an ideal "town square" for Hiawatha, already making a huge impact as a fun gathering place, hosting live music and outdoor movies this summer, as well as the popular Food Truck Fridays.

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In just a couple of months, it's going to be the site of, according to the City of Hiawatha Parks & Recreation, the town's first-ever Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony of its own!

City of Hiawatha
City of Hiawatha

Not a lot of details are known about the event but it will be held Wednesday evening, December 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and feature an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

You can keep up to date with the details of the event here.

Then, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be back, 8 days later on Thursday, December 15, for the Hiawatha Holiday Lights parade. This event will begin at 5:30 p.m. starting on the 10th Avenue side of Guthridge Park. The public is welcome to "bunker down" and watch from there, but a map of its route will be available closer to the event so you can watch it pass by your home.

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