Christmas in a Small Town

Christmas in a Small Town logoSaturday, Dec. 3, 2022 | Coon Rapids Main Street
Coon Rapids' annual holiday tradition began in 2008 as an evening filled with Christmas shopping and fellowship.  In its 15th year, this year’s event promises to once again be a magical experience with live reindeer, lighted Christmas parade and holiday concert in addition to local shopping, dining and other family-friendly activities on Main Street Coon Rapids! 

Event information to come in November.

Events and Activities

Live Reindeer | 10am – 12pm | Iowa Saving Bank |118 5th Ave.
Take your photo in Santa’s magical sleigh with a live reindeer. The reindeer and sleigh will be located on the lawn of Iowa Savings Bank.

Holiday mini golf sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Group @ 521 Main Street | 11am-4pm

Mr. and Mrs. Claus meeting and photo opportunity
@ the American Legion |419 Main |11am-1pm

Live reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and gifts for kids
@ Main Street Coon Rapids office | 406 Main | 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30

Decorate gift bags
@ Public Library | 123 3rd | 1:30-3pm

Face painting
sponsored by Ascension Lutheran Church @ City Council Chambers| 123 3rd | 2-4pm

Outdoor inflatables for photo opportunities, games and prizes
@ Tony’s Corner | 600 Main | 2-4PM

Children’s coloring contest and hot chocolate
@ Above & Beyond Remodelers |510 Main | all day

Create greeting cards with CR-B art teacher Bella Myers
@ 521 Main Street | 1-3pm

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
| 1-5pm | Corner of Main St. & Fifth Ave.
Rides by TAGA Ranch (Toni Robbins) $10/person or $50 for a group of six

Lighted Parade: A Wonka Christmas (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) | 5:30pm | Traveling around town 
Click here to download the parade route and here for the registration form. Staging will begin at 4:30pm by the Coon Rapids Municipal Building on the corner of Main St. and Third Ave. Prizes will be given for 1st Place Best Theme, 2nd Place Best Theme, Most Creative and Best Light Show.  Sponsored by: Community Insurance Agency

The Pale Moons Christmas Concert | Raccoon River Social Club | 513 Main | 7:30 pm | Cash bar available

Tis the season

Gifts for good little shoppers
The Christmas in a Small Town committee has partnered with Santa’s helpers to reward local shoppers with Coon Buck gift certificates this year. His elves will be randomly appearing around Coon Rapids between Thanksgiving and Christmas presenting over $2,000 in Coon Bucks to shoppers. Shop local and you may be rewarded.

Pallet Christmas trees
Businesses and organizations will use their creative skills to craft Christmas trees from wooden pallets. Travel around town to view their work and then vote on your favorite (voting link to come in early December). The winning tree decorators will win prize money. Winners will be announced December 20.

A Giving Tree will be placed in Frohlich’s SuperValu.
Each tag on the tree will list the age, gender and wish list of an unidentified child from the area. Anyone is welcome to select a tag off the tree and pur-chase a corresponding gift for a child. Gifts can be dropped off at the City Clerk’s Office.

Mighty Clovers Grocery Grab and Dash Raffle | 10 am-noon | Hardware Hank Purchase a raffle ticket for the Mighty Clover 4H Club’s Grocery Grab and Dash. The winning raffle ticket holder will be given one minute to dash around Frohlich’s SuperValu and put as many grocery items in his/her cart as possible. A second grab and dash participant will do the same but the grocery items will be donated to the Coon Rapids and Bayard food pantry. The Mighty Clovers will pay for the groceries for both participants.

Cookie Decorating Kits: PreOrder yours by Nov. 26  Purchase a $20 Cookie Decorating Kit for your kids to enjoy at home. Each kit includes 15 sugar cookies, 3 colors of buttercream icing and sprinkles.
- Order a kit by November 26 from Kristy Bass ([email protected], via FB or text 712.369.0759) and pick up at the Raccoon River Social Club (513 Main) 10am-2pm
- Order a kit by November 29 from Tanya Wurzer ([email protected], via FB or text 712.830.0244) and pick up 1:30-3pm at the MSCR office (406 Main).

Avenue of Trees
Stroll through the lit Christmas trees in the Coon Rapids Municipal Building Lobby (123 3rd Ave)

Business Open Houses and Shopping Promotions
Support local businesses and start your Christmas shopping.  Downtown retailers will extend their hours until 5:00 p.m.

Brown Bag & Co. Holiday Shopping 10am – 5 pm

Coon Rapids Hardware Hank  Open house serving cookies and drinks. 20% off ALL Melissa and Doug merchandise.
Various in store specials!!

Frohlich's SuperValu Open normal hours.

Nature Ammil  Open 10am-5pm We will have a Christmas tree made completely of cotton candy, a chocolate fountain buffet and Wonka ice cream in the candy shop area for customers to enjoy!

New Hope Bargain Shop  Open normal hours

Patriot Trainer Fitness  In store specials and door prizes.

The Trading Post  Providing Tastefully Simple products with samples. Grab and Go gift specials for less than $20. Door prizes and more.

Village Hobby House  Drawings and refreshments

Ascension Lutheran Church Holiday Craft Fair | 406 S 5 Ave | 8am-3pm
Handmade items: epoxy tumblers, resin, soaps, bath bombs, t-shirts,wood Santa’s, baby blankets, snowmen pavers; Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Color Street, Scentsy and more

KB Sweet Shop and Raccoon River Social Club Open House | 513 Main | 10am-2pm
Enjoy drinks, snacks, Pampered Chef, and Kristy’s Sweet Shop sweets and cocoa bombs.

Drinks and Dinning

Local restaurants will be open all day and into the evening offering Christmas dinners and other tasty meals. Make sure to spread some holiday cheer to our local chefs by supporting their businesses (free delivery, dine-in or take-out available).
Community Meal @ American Legion Building | freewill donations | 11am-1pm
Hosted by the American Legion Family, serving maidrites, chips and drink

Chuck's Bar and Grill  Dine-in or carry out. 9:30pm Karaoke and $1.00 off beer and most mixed drinks.

Coon Bowl III  Dine-in or carry out

Country Store  Open for take-out

Frohlich's SuperValu  Open for take-out

Jenna's Open 7:30am-5pm. Serving breakfast, lunch and drinks . Lots of treats and gifts available for purchase as well!

La Terraza Mexican Restaurant  Dine-in or carry out

Northside Recreation Parlor
  Open at 2pm. $1.00 off drinks. Serving Christmas drinks.

      Major Sponsors ($100 or more donation)
      Coon Rapids Hardware Hank
      Ascension Lutheran Church
      New Way Ford
      Community Insurance Agency
      Country Store
      E.T. Products
      Iowa Savings Bank
      Lewis Chiropractic PC
      POET Biorefining - Coon Rapids
      Resurrection Rides, LLC
      Coon Rapids Enterprise
      NAPA / Fast Lane Motor Parts
      Tony’s Corner
      Lloyd’s Repair
      Availa Bank
      Brown Bag & Co.
      Clayburg Seeds/Beck’s Hybrids
      Coon Bowl III
      Coon Rapids Municipal Utilities
      Coon Rapids Pharmacy
      CR Axis Seed
      Frohlich’s SuperValu
      Heritage Insurance & Real Estate
      JJ Construction and Concrete
      John Nielson Trucking
      KD Portables
      NV Tree Service
      Patriot Trainer Fitness
      Raccoon River Social Club
      Reis Lawn Care
      Riverview Salon
      Robyn Eddy--ZYIA Active Rep
      T & D Standard
      The Trading Post

      Lighted Parade Prizes
      Community Insurance Agency

      Holiday Sponsors
      Shear Design
      Alpine Car Wash
      Jenna’s Tattoed Confections
      Mohr Construction
      Ribbons and Roses Greenhouse
      Simply Escape
      The Rookery Cottage


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