CHRISTMAS IN THE CORRIDOR: Fire and Ice preparation heating up

Holiday DeLight Parade is the main event of the annual Fire and Ice Festival in Cedar Rapids. (Photo courtesy: Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.)

This week things are heating up for the annual Fire and Ice Festival in the hopes of bringing people into downtown and spreading holiday cheer.

“Buy your gifts local eat some food local it's a time for people to experience something that's different something they're not used to seeing Downtown,” says Jenn Draper, events coordinator at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

Celebrations start Wednesday in Kingston Village with the first of 5 district tree lighting's.

On Friday night take your pick from a holiday movie at NewBo or a traditional celebration in Czech Village.

Then Saturday steals the show with the main event.

“There are so many different parts of it that are exciting I love seeing a downtown that's happening on Saturdays in the middle of winter.

Start Saturday with a stroll through NewBo’s Very Cherry Christmas then grab a carriage to the Czech Village Old World Market before heading downtown for some musical entertainment.

“Merry Tuba Christmas is one of the most unique events we've ever done is a national event the local group has their event here at the library and we're so grateful for that,” says Amber Mussman with the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

When the tubas taper off carolers will pick up the chorus with the Not So Silent Night Caroling contest.

“I think for all of us there's an attachment to memories that come along with music and if so whether it's a holiday carol that you remember growing up or a fun song that you just learned this year I think it just adds to the whole spirit of the season.” Says Mussman.

To sign up for caroling with the Economic Alliance follow this link.

While carolers warm you heart you can warm your body with a bonfire and food trucks in Greene Square park and get ready for the big finale with the Holiday DeLight Parade through downtown.

For a full list of Fire and Ice Events check the official schedule, head here.