Ugly Sweaters, Holiday Drinks and Lots of Cheer!

posted by on Thursday, December 10, 2015


Girls at Soho During Hoopla Cheer

The bars and restaurants of downtown Cedar Falls are spreading the cheer again this year during our Hoopla Cheer holiday drink contest! Elves will be concocting special batches of cheer on Thursday December 10th between 6pm and 10pm with the hopes to earn your vote. Stop by participating locations to sip and savor each drink, then vote for your favorite. Voting ballots will be available at the following participating establishments: Berk's, Café Due, Cypress Lounge, Deringer’s Public Parlor, The Landmark, Luna Art+Wine, Pump Haus Pub & Grill, Soho Sushi Bar and Deli, Toad's Bar & Grill, Tony's LaPizzeria, VooDoo Lounge, Whiskey Road and SingleSpeed Brewing. Remember, there is no starting or ending point and you can go at your own pace. You can even enter to win some great prizes from the Iowa Lottery! Just make sure to fill out your voting ballot and drop it into the red mailbox at the corner of 4th and Main at the end of the night. We'll tally the votes and annouce the winner of the drink contest, as well as the winners of the prize packs, on Friday afternoon on our Cedar Falls Downtown Facebook page!

Ugly Sweater Contest ContestantAnd returning again this year is the Holiday Hoopla Ugly Sweater Contest! Wear the ugliest holiday sweater you can find and meet us at VooDoo Lounge (401 Main Street) at 8pm for the judging. Prizes will be awarded for Best Hat, Best Vest, Ugliest of Them All and People’s Choice. A trophy will also be awarded to the Best “Coordinated” Group!

Make memories with the little ones as you enjoy several other fun activities that will be taking place from 6-8pm. Follow the spectacular music and light show to Santa’s Workshop located at the corner of 4th and Main Streets where children can visit Santa and his elves.  Your favorite holiday characters will also be strolling the streets to greet everyone. Free horse-drawn trolley rides will leave from the Cedar Falls Public Library throughout the evening. A Live Nativity will be open at 6th and Main Streets outside Richardson Funeral Home as well.  Bundle up and soak in the magic of downtown during Holiday Hoopla in Cedar Falls!

Thanks to L&N Transportation for sponsoring the trolley rides during Hoopla Cheer; the Iowa Lottery and participating establishments for sponsoring Hoopla Cheer; Correll, Sheerer, Benson, Engles, Galles & Demro for sponsoring the Holiday Characters; and Richardson Funeral Home, Koch Construction and Life 101.9 for sponsoring the Live Nativity.


Runners at Santa's Snow Shuffle

Don your best holiday costume for Santa’s Snow Shuffle 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday December 12th at 8:00am in downtown Cedar Falls! All runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up in your favorite holiday costume gear. The more festive, the better! Prizes will be awarded following the race.

The race will start and end at St. Patrick’s School at 615 Washington Street. Gather in the gym prior to the race to stay warm and enjoy the festivities. Everyone gets a free Santa hat and is encouraged to wear it in the race. There will also be $1,000 worth of door prizes raffled for those who bring in a donation for the Salvation Army Toy Drive. After the race, enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, tasty treats and gifts from Santa! 

Late registration (if still open) and BIB pickup will be at Runner’s Flat in downtown Cedar Falls Friday, December 11th from 4-6 pm or at St. Patrick’s School gym on race morning from 6:30-7:30 am.  NOTE: There is a 550 entry cap! More information is available at

Thank you to Trekman Racing for sponsoring this event.

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