Winter & Holiday Events in Council Bluffs

Tis' the season for holiday lights, ballet performances, craft fairs, live music, and more! Celebrate the festive time of year by checking out one of the many events happening in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County. Bundle up, grab your hot cocoa, and let's get to celebrating! 

Upcoming Events:

Event details are subject to change. Please contact the venues to confirm details as needed. This list will be continuously updated until February 28, 2023. 

Free Photos with Santa - Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops
November 6 - December 24 

Holiday StoryWalk on the 100 Block
Historic 100 Block of West Broadway
November 20 - December 31 

Jim Brickman: A Very Merry Christmas
The Arts Center at Iowa Western 
December 9 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

Breakfast with Santa
YMCA Healthy Living Center
December 10 | 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Cookie Day
Council Bluffs Public Library
December 10 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

The Hitchcock Experience Endurance Run
Hitchcock Nature Center
December 10 - 11 | 5:00 a.m. 

ArtisTrees 
Harvester Artist Lofts
December 10 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

PACE | Youth Culinary Class: Christmas Churros 
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
December 10 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
Emanuel Lutheran Church
December 10 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Christmas by Candlelight Tours
Historic General Dodge House
December 10 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Neola Community Choir Presents: "I Call Him Lord"
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
December 10 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Christmas Tree Home Tour
Home of Dale and Julia Burris
December 11 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Neola Community Choir Presents: "I Call Him Lord"
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
December 11 | 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. 

Community Band Holiday Concert
The Arts Center at Iowa Western
December 11 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Gingerbread Bash
Compass Christian Church
December 11 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Holiday Greenscreen Photos
Council Bluffs Public Library
December 13 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas; American Christmas Traditions
Council Bluffs Public Library
December 15 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Holiday Model Trains 
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
December 15 - 17 | 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Chanticleer Theater | A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
December 16 | 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

ArtisTrees 
Harvester Artist Lofts
December 17 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

TJHS Holiday Music Choir Concert
Council Bluffs Public Library
December 17 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

KSO Duo | Holiday Music at McCormick's 1894 Bar
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
December 17 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

PACE | Holiday Miniature Crafts
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
December 17 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Chanticleer Theater | A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
December 17 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Chanticleer Theater | A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
December 17 | 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Chanticleer Theater | A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
December 18 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Neola Community Choir Presents: "I Call Him Lord"
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
December 18 | 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. 

Chanticleer Theater | A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
December 18 | 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Annual Winter Solstice Night Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
December 21 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

PACE | Dancing Through the Ages with Omaha Jitterbugs
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
December 30 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

ArtisTrees 
Harvester Artist Lofts
December 31 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Winter Jam 2023
Mid-America Center
February 16 | 7:00 p.m. 

If you have a holiday event in Council Bluffs or Pottawattamie County that you'd like added to this list, please submit the event details with our online form. 

This post was originally published on November 1, 2022 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.