Christmas in a Small Town

Christmas in a Small Town logoSaturday, December 4, 2021
Coon Rapids Main Street

Coon Rapids' annual holiday tradition began in 2008 as an evening filled with Christmas shopping and fellowship.  This year’s event promises to once again be a magical experience. In its 14th year, event organizers have added live reindeer, lighted Christmas parade and horse drawn carriage rides to the line-up of family-friendly activities on Saturday, December 4. 


Shopping 10 a.m.  - 5 p.m.
Support local businesses and start your Christmas shopping. Downtown retailers will extend their hours until 5:00 p.m. A full list of boutiques and stores is provided below.

Giving Tree all day | Frohlich’s SuperValu
Each tag on the Giving Tree lists the age, gender and wish list of an unidentified child from the area. Anyone is welcome to select a tag off the tree and purchase a corresponding gift for a child. The Giving Tree will be located at Frohlich's SuperValu for the first few weeks of December, and gifts can be dropped off at the City Clerk’s Office.

Outdoor inflatables for photos 10 a.m. – 5 pm. | Tony's Corner
Take a selfie by holiday outdoor inflatables.

Live Reindeer 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Iowa Savings BankReindeer
Get your photo taken in Santa’s magical sleigh with one of his live reindeer. The reindeer and sleigh will be located on the lawn of Iowa Savings Bank. Make sure to bring your own camera or cell phone.

Horse-drawn Carriage rides 1-5 p.m. | Corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue
TAGA Ranch (Toni Robbins) will be downtown from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 offering horse-drawn carriage rides. Toni and her Sire horse named Trigger will provide rides for $5/person with a maximum of $20/family.

Mighty Clover 4H Grocery Grab and Dash Raffle – 1-5 p.m. | Location TBD
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. Click here for more details.

Lighted parade with Mr. and Mrs. Claus 5:30 p.m.lighted parade
We are beyond excited to host a lighted Christmas parade this year! We have even received confirmation from Mr. and Mrs. Claus that they will anchor our parade. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. traveling through downtown and around Coon Rapids to add joy to the community. Click here to view the parade route. The theme is “Christmas Movies”. Please consider participating by decorating a vehicle (car, truck, UTV, fire truck, tractor, etc.) in lights and decorations. To participate, contact Laura Hachmeister (712-254-0545) or Kelly Pevestorf ([email protected] 712-790-0037) or click here to download a float registration form. Staging will begin by the Coon Rapids Municipal Building on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be given for 1st Place Best Theme, 2nd Place Best Theme, Most Creative and Best Light Show.

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 Coon Bucks to shoppers. Shop local and you may be rewarded.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Mr. and Mrs. Claus

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 click here to vote on your favorite. The winning trees decorators will win prize money. Winners will be announced December 21.

Avenue of Trees and Boulevard
Downtown storefronts will be lit up with festive Christmas trees. Stroll up and down the streets to view the holiday decor. Make sure to drive along the Main Street Boulevard to see the new tree displays there as well.

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 Open House 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Coon Rapids Hardware Hank  Open House; 5% of sales will be donated to the CR-B Second Grade Missouri Trip; in store specials

Coon Rapids Pharmacy  Christmas cookie treats and beverages

Frohlich's SuperValu  Purchase prefilled bags of groceries for the local food pantry. Open normal hours.

Nature Ammil  Open for holiday shopping

New Hope Bargain Shop  Storewide sales

Patriot Trainer Fitness  Christmas specials: Free 1st Phorm bar with any purchase AND Health & Wellness Vitamin Line Special: 10% off 1 item, 15% off 2 items and 20% off 3 or more items.

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  Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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). This year there will not be a community meal at the Legion building.

Jenna's Open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Chuck's Bar and Grill  $1 will be donated to the American Legion for every $5 bowl of chili sold. $9 Christmas dinner (ham balls, party potatoes or red potatoes, green bean casserole or cream peas, dinner roll and dessert) available from 11-1 and 4-7. Free delivery. Pickup, delivery or dine-in. Handing out a craft kit with a melted snowman (hot cocoa).

Coon Bowl III  Dine-in or carry out

Country Store  Open for take-out

Frohlich's SuperValu  Open for take-out

La Terraza Mexican Restaurant  Dine-in or carry out

Northside Recreation Parlor
  Happy hour specials all day.

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