Get in the holiday spirit with these festive events, light displays, experiences & entertainment in and around Mason City, Iowa.
BELMOND’S 29TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS
DATE: November 27, 2020 | 6:30PM
LOCATION: Main Street, Belmond, IA
Join us Friday, November 27, 2020 at 6:30pm for Belmond’s 29th Annual Parade of Lights. This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays aka Quarantine Christmas!” The parade will begin with fireworks and Santa in the lead!
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HOLIDAY TOUR OF LIGHTS
DATES: November 27 – December 24, 2020
LOCATION: Heritage Park | 1811 Sage Court, Forest City, IA
Once the sun sets the lights come on and Heritage Park takes on a whole new look. Holiday Tour of Lights is a festive drive-through holiday light show experience for the entire family to enjoy. Volunteers set up 1000’s upon 1000’s of lights to display in artistic fun formations and use the existing museum buildings as well to celebrate the holiday season. Attendees drive 100 miles to tour the light displays at Heritage Park with over 5000 visitors touring the lights in 2019.
ADMISSION: Free will donation
HOURS: November 27th thru December 19th | Friday & Saturday 6-9pm; Sunday 6-8pm. Nightly December 20th-24th, 6pm-9pm. >> MORE INFORMATION
RUN WITH RUDOLPH VIRTUAL 5K
DATE: November 28, 2020 / Run or walk your 5K over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
Kick-off Home for the Holidays with a 5K walk/run. Get dressed up in your best holiday spirit running gear and start the day with a fun run along Mason City’s beautiful State Street – or pick your own 5K route! Due to COVID-19, this year’s run has been moved to a virtual format.
RACE ROUTE: If you’d like to follow the original race route. Start on North Federal between State Street and First Street NW. Run East on State Street until the turn around on Illinois Street and head back on State Street finishing where you started. Or run/walk your own path!
Once completed, share a picture of you in your Run with Rudolph shirt with your finish time. Tag Main Street Mason City on social media (@MainStMasonCity) or email your photos to email@example.com to be included on MSMC’s social channels and/or website. >> MORE INFORMATION
ROTARY CANNONBALL ANNUAL LIGHT DISPLAY
DATE: November 28-Decmeber 31, 2020
LOCATION: Cannonball 457 | East Park, Mason City, IA
The Rotary Cannonball’s Historic 1912 Steam Locomotive Christmas lights will light up East Park throughout the month of December. >> MORE INFORMATION
2ND ANNUAL DRIVE THROUGH CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY
DATE: Lighting ceremony will be held November 28, 2020 at 5:30PM
LOCATION: Leonard Fjelstad Sports Complex (east end of Milton Ave S south of Dollar General.), Lake Mills, IA
Witness the Christmas lights at Lake Mills’ 2nd Annual Drive Through Christmas Light Display! Join us for a lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 28 at 5:30 pm! Lights will be on continuously in December! Free-will donations benefit the Lake Mills Girl Scouts. >> MORE INFORMATION
ARTOBERFEST ONLINE AUCTION
DATE: November 30 – December 7, 2020
LOCATION: Online auction fundraiser benefitting the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is pleased to announce the return, with changes, of it’s annual fall event, Artoberfest. The auction will go online, with the public being able to view and bid on fantastic items for one week, starting on Cyber Monday (November 30th). In addition to the auction, the museum will enlist help from several artists and local celebrities to create one-of-a-kind (but functional) face masks. These inventive masks will also be auctioned off. This is an excellent opportunity for you to support the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in a new way. Go to the museum’s website or call 641-421-3666 for more details.
STEBENS CHILDRENS THEATRE PRESENTS: SNOOPY
DATE: December 4–13, 2020
LOCATION: Stebens Childrens Theatre | 616 N. Delaware Ave., Mason City
Based on the world-renowned “Peanuts” comic strip, this charming musical delights the audience with the knowledgeable wit of its characters. Musical numbers include the Big Bow-Wow, Don’t Be Anything Less, Where Did that Little Dog Go & Daisy Hill. Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Peppermint Patty, and Linus are just a few of the unforgettable characters in this terrific musical.
PERFORMANCES: December 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12 @ 7 PM; December 6 & 13 @ 2 PM
ADMISSION: $13 for adults; $10 for youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased in-person or over the phone with Visa or Mastercard. >> MORE INFORMATION
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS / VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS BY THE LAKE
LOCATION: Main Street, Clear Lake, IA
Due to the current pandemic, the traditional Christmas by the Lake lighted parade and fireworks will not be held this year. Join us for a wonderful “Home for the Holidays” weekend with safe and socially distanced family-fun activities including One Vision’s Lights on 5K virtual run, Festival of Trees (downtown & online), Storytime in a bag Grab N Go Christmas activity, Cocoa & Crafts to go, Clear Lake Arts Center 12 Days of Holiday Market, and more. >> MORE INFORMATION
FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON VIRTUAL PLUNGE
DATE: Sunday, December 6th
LOCATION: Clear Lake, IA
Everybody Plays Playground Plunge: Freezin’ for a Reason. Take the plunge into the frigid waters of Clear Lake and raise funds for the Everybody Plays Playground (set to break ground in Spring 2021)! Packet pick up times:
Thursday, December 3 & Friday, December 4 from 8am-4pm – Clear Lake Chamber (205 Main Avenue); Saturday, December 5 from 1-4pm – Clear Lake VFW; Sunday, December 6 from 10am-2:45pm – Lakeview Room in City Park. The plunge begins Sunday, December 6th at noon! >> MORE INFORMATION
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
DATE: December 10 – 27, 2020
LOCATION: North Iowa Events Center | 3700 4th St. SW., Mason City, IA
Enjoy the magical display of Christmas lights and get into the holiday spirit with the drive-thru Christmas light displays at the North Iowa Events Center. $10 per vehicle. Proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots, Crisis Intervention & Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank. Sponsored by Alpha Media.
TIMES: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, December 10–19; 6pm – 9pm; Saturday & Sunday December 26 & 27; 6pm – 9pm
4TH ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS COMEDY SHOW
DATE: December 12, 2020
LOCATION: Surf District Rock ‘n Roll Grill | 619 Buddy Holly Pl., Clear Lake, IA
Join Day Peace for an entertaining evening as he performs his comedy show and helps raise funds for Toys for Tots. Show starts at 8pm. ADMISSION: $10 in advance $20 day of the show. >> MORE INFORMATION
TONIC SOL FA VIRTUAL CONCERT
DATE: December 17, 2020 | 7:30PM
LOCATION: Live online
Join Emmy Award-winning vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa, and Top 5 Billboard artist, Shaun Johnson & the Big Band Experience, for a series of personalized performances on their first-ever, brand new, very shiny “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Virtual TOUR (Cuz, let’s face it, they’ll probably be home for Christmas). Only 200 tickets are available in each city for this “pay what you will” VIP event. Thursday, December 17th, 7:30 PM (central time). Order your tickets online and tune in online to watch the show! A portion of the proceeds will go to support The Music Man Square. >> MORE INFORMATION
NORA SPRINGS LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE
DATE: December 19, 2020
LOCATION: Parade will travel along Highway 122 in Nora Springs
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for Nora Springs’ first-ever Lighted Christmas Parade featuring festive floats, beautiful lights, and holiday costumes. Parade will start at 6pm. >> MORE INFORMATION
CHRISTMAS WITH THE ROLLAZ (Online Event)
DATE: December 19, 2020
LOCATION: Live online
Enjoy an evening of festive 50’s Christmas rock ‘n’ roll with The Holy Rocka Rollaz! Christmas done in a vintage style … Don’t miss it! >> MORE INFORMATION