Holiday Hoopla Kick-Off 2017

Operation Santa is underway in the Cedar Falls Downtown District! Don’t miss Santa Claus’ grand entrance on Friday, November 24th as he arrives to help us kick off the Holiday Hoopla seasonal celebration in the district! Shop and dine in downtown Cedar Falls, then join us on Main Street for live musical entertainment, special appearances by your favorite holiday characters, fireworks and more from 6-8pm!

Prior to Santa’s arrival, there will be a large stage at the corner of 4th and Main featuring live entertainment from local musicians and the Hoopla Band as they perform your favorite holiday music. We’re excited to announce new for this year is Frozen’s Elsa (Angelle Walz) and Anna (Lily Gast), The UNI Children’s Choir, The Five Fergs, Michelle McBride, and Blame Not the Bard a lively Irish trio to start the Kickoff festivities!  Alvin and the Chipmunks as well as Fusion Dance will also make a special appearance live on stage! Several of your other favorite holiday characters will be joining in on the fun as well. And don’t forget to visit Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop while you wait for Santa to arrive!

Following Santa’s arrival, Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead the crowd down the street for the lighting of the Hoopla Tree at 1st and Main Streets. The road is controlled by local law enforcement so that everyone can cross safely over to the Main Street Bridge into Peter Melendy Park to watch the tree lighting, which is immediately followed by a SPECTACULAR Winter Fireworks display over the Cedar River by Gateway Park.

Holiday Hoopla events continue through the month of December in downtown Cedar Falls. Check the website at for a complete list.

Thank you to PIPAC for helping us bring the Holiday Hoopla Kick-Off to downtown Cedar Falls!