About Holiday Hoopla

Welcome to Cedar Falls Community Main Street's "Holiday Hoopla"

A dedicated and passionate committee of volunteers, downtown merchants, and CMS staff dreamed up "Holiday Hoopla." The event is designed to create a fun and memorable holiday experiences for people of all ages in the downtown district.   The "Hoopla" starts the day after Thanksgiving and continues through the holiday season, with a host of special events and contests.

The first official Holiday Hoopla "Kickoff" was the day after Thanksgiving, on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009.  

The Kickoff always welcomes Santa Claus and is the beginning of the shopping season in downtown Cedar Falls.  At around 6 p.m. live entertainment takes over Main Street. There's music, seasonal characters, and plenty of family-friendly fun, and food as everyone waits for Santa to arrive.


Whether young or old, each year the suspense is sure to delight and please children of all ages!

Once Santa has arrived, he will lead us on a magical march down Main Street for the lighting of the Hoopla tree in Peter Melendy Park at First and Main Streets. Then, make sure to get a spot along the south bank of the river because the fun is not over yet! The Hoopla evening tops off with a spectacular winter fireworks finale over the Cedar River!!!

This year, the Holiday Hoopla Kickoff will be Friday, November 29 from 6-8 pm and it’s our 5th Anniversary!! Make plans now to see our special magic show with Cedar Falls native and LAS VEGAS MAGICIAN, KEVIN BARNES! It’s an evening you won’t want to miss… Santa will arrive better than ever!

And of course, Holiday Hoopla events would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers! Thanks for making it a great experience for all!

Holiday Hoopla Board
Lea Ann Saul - Chair
Carol Lilly
Dave Schacterle
Larry Wessels
Penny Sund
Emily Yaddof
Brenda Truelsen
Beth Delagardelle
Carolyn Young
Julie Shimek
Amy Rinnels
Carol Brown
Ann Bostwick
Nicole Boesen Myszka
Gretchen Behm

Holiday Hoopla Trademark
Community Main Street organizes many events and activities throughout the year. Our series of events called "Holiday Hoopla" have become a major draw for our community. In early 2012, we obtained a legal trademark for "Holiday Hoopla". In order to protect our trademark and our sponsors, any use of the trademark must be coordinated through our office. Financial contributors and sponsors may identify themselves as a supporter of Holiday Hoopla. Contact the Cedar Falls Community Main Street office for more information.

Holiday Hoopla is 100% dependent on donations. Many businesses, families, and individuals sponsor this wonderful community happening.

Holiday Hoopla is also 100% volunteer driven. Many businesses, families, and individuals volunteer their time and talents to the many Hoopla events and contests. Please click here to join in the fun!


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