North Pole events near here

Cody Clemenson, A&E Multimedia Specialist

The winter season is here and that means one thing most students love to hear: no school. But, how to spend those winter break days is different for every person and there are many ways to do it around Cedar Rapids. From beautiful mansion visits to fun visits with Santa, there are many opportunities to get out of the house this holiday season.

To begin, there are chances to participate at the local Brucemore Mansion. There are activities such as Music in the Mansion Tours. The website describes this as, “…strolling through the softly lit rooms of the 21-room mansion, taking in the seasonal splendor of glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, stunning mantel arrangements and the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, while experiencing holiday music on the 1929 player pipe organ.”

These run on Sunday December 22 and 29, and are offered on Sunday afternoons between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m as well as Thursday December 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The Czech Museum is showing a Cinderella movie but with a cultural twist. The movie, “Three Nuts for Cinderella,” features the familiar fairy tale, but Cinderella tries to evade her prince with the help of her fairy godmother, who is an owl. The film is completely in Czech with English subtitles and will be shown at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on December 21.

Finally, it would not be Christmas without Santa. Santa will be at Lindale Mall on December 18-23 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on December 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are many opportunities to go out and explore the community and truly experience the winter season with others in Cedar Rapids.