COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) — According to a release from the City of Council Bluffs, the city will be kicking off its holiday celebrations this Friday with performers, a lighting ceremony, giveaways and more.
Between 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., organizers will gather at Bayliss Park for the event.
“Winterfest is our annual lighting ceremony in Bayliss Park,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh. “What started as a simple countdown in 2015 has grown into a well-attended festival that makes you feel like you’re on a holiday movie set.”
The lighting ceremony is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. with the help of Santa Claus and Mayor Wash singing “Jingle Bells” followed by a countdown to the illumination of more than 40,000 lights.
· Lighting Ceremony (takes place promptly at 6:30 p.m.)
· Santa Claus
· Free Arts and Crafts Activities
· Free Balloon Art
· Free Face Painting
· Free Hot Cocoa
· Free Winterfest Bags for first 1,000
· Giveaways including glow sticks, light-up jewelry, jingle bells, etc.
· Salvation Army Brass Ensemble
· Live Ice Sculptor
· Dickens Carolers
· Festive Photo Ops
· Outdoor Holiday Movie
· Food Trucks
· Makers Village (pop-up holiday market)
The event is free to the public. Vendors at Winterfest will have food and other goods available for purchase.