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With events scheduled from late November through early February, 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 19, 2015
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

Xtreme Winterfest Bike Ride - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Join us for a fun, family event, co-sponsored by Xtreme Wheels and 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 the newly managed Caddy's Riverside Grille.

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

Sponsored by: Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation & the Western Historic Trails Center.

2016 Winterfest Xtreme Bike Ride Flyer

Winterfest Frozen Golf Outing - Saturday, January 23 
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 (call 328-4660).

2016 Winterfest Golf Flyer

Winterfest Snowball Softball Tournament - Saturday, January 30 
It's never too cold of 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.

2016 Snowball Registration Form 

Contact Us

Parks, Recreation, and Public Properties 
209 Pearl St. Suite 103
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Ph: (712) 328-4650

Larry Foster

Geoff Hubbard
Recreation Superintendent

Troy Pedersen
Parks Superintendent

Pat Cohrs
Park Supervisor

Heather Tomasek
Park Planning and Design Coordinator

Terry Hoffman
Resource and Project Coordinator

Sarah Allen
Administrative Assistant