With events scheduled from late November through January, Winterfest has become an annual tradition in Council Bluffs. A variety of sport, art, and community activities will be held all over the city.

Bayliss Park Lighting Ceremony - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Winterfest will officially kick off with the lighting of Bayliss Park. Join the Mayor and Santa at 6pm and help count down from ten and watch the park get lit up with holiday cheer. Then head on over to Bayliss Park Hall to tell Santa what you want for Christmas, get your face painted, some balloons, hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will be around until 8pm. Thanks to Holidynamics for helping with the new lights that will be on display this year!

Bayliss Park Lighting Press Release
Bayliss Park Lighting Flyer

Xtreme Winterfest Bike Ride - Saturday, January 14, 2017

Join us for a fun, family event, co-sponsored by the Western Historic Trails Center. The leisurely 6-mile (roundtrip) ride will begin at the Trails Center and go north along the Iowa Riverfront Trail to the Dodge Riverside Golf Course. This ride is free! Lunch specials available at Caddy's Riverside Grille.

Ride starts at 11:00 a.m. Come early for free cocoa and tours of the museum!

2017 Winterfest Xtreme Bike Ride Flyer

New Event!

Winterfest Dance - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 

Enjoy ballroom dancing?  Come to The Center from 7-10pm and enjoy the Lonnie Lynn Orchestra for some ballroom dancing.  This is the only time they will be in the metro in 2017!  The cost is $5 for Center members or $10 for non-members.  Everyone is welcome.  Dancers 21 and older can BYOB.
For more information call The Center at (712) 323-5995.

New Event!

Winterfest Xtreme Holiday Sweater Run - Saturday, January 21, 2017 

Dig out those ugly holiday sweaters, put on your long johns and come down the the CB Recreation Complex, 2900 Richard Downing Drive, for a great winterfest fun 5K run!  Race starts at 10:00am and registration begins at 9:00am. Cost is $35 and includes a stocking cap (must register by Jan. 6, 2017).  Parking available in the west parking lot and registration will take place in the west concession stand meeting room.  The course will be on the trails in and around the CB Recreation Complex.  Prizes for the best costume.  Portions of the proceeds to benefit Teammates of Council Bluffs.  Post-race event with awards at 11:30am at Barley's Bar, 114 W Broadway.

Click here to register online. 
2017 Xreme Holiday Sweater Run Flyer

Winterfest Frozen Golf Outing - Saturday, January 21, 2017 

The Frozen Golf Tournament will be held at Dodge Riverside Golf Club (2 Harrah's Blvd.) with a 9-hole tournament complete with prizes in three age divisions. The shotgun will go off at 10:00 a.m. $25 entry fee includes door prizes and refreshments. Pre-registration preferred by calling the Pro Shop at (712) 328-4660.

2017 Winterfest Golf Flyer

Winterfest Snowball Softball Tournament - Saturday, January 28, 2017

It's never too cold for softball! Come join us for an adult softball tournament, men's and co-ed divisions. 2 game guarantee, $100/team includes umpire fees. Payouts to 1st and 2nd place teams depending on number of teams that enter.

2017 Snowball Registration Form