The lighting of the official Cedar Rapids Christmas tree will take place during the Fire and Ice Festival presented by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival on Saturday, December 1. Santa Claus will light the tree at 5:30 p.m. in Greene Square Park. The 29th Annual Holiday DeLight Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. Coffee and hot chocolate will be served during the Tree Lighting Ceremony compliments of CenturyLink. Attendees may also warm up before the Tree Lighting Ceremony and the parade with the Chili Challenge, hosted in the Armstrong Centre Food Court from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
This year’s Christmas tree is a 35 foot Blue Spruce donated by Raymond Jones, 2503 Wilson Avenue SW. The Parks & Recreation Department and Coonrod Wrecker and Crane Service will cut, transport and set the tree at Greene Square Park on Monday, November 26.
Other Fire and Ice events occurring in Greene Square Park that day include Ice Sculptures from 1:00-4:00 p.m., North Pole Activities (Turkey Bowling, Holiday Toss, Holiday Funny Photos, Carriage Rides, North Pole Express Train Rides) from 3:00-6:00 p.m., and the Santa Meet & Greet from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 7:00-8:30 p.m. For the Fire and Ice schedule of events go to www.downtowncr.org<http://www.downtowncr.org>.