Winterfest in Bayliss Park

The City of Council Bluffs is hosting Winterfest at Bayliss Park on Friday, November 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. In partnership with The Council Bluffs Public Library, The 712 Initiative, Union Pacific Museum, and Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment (PACE) the City brings back this Council Bluffs holiday tradition after canceling in 2020 due to the COVID -19 pandemic.

Winterfest is our annual lighting ceremony in Bayliss Park. What started as a simple countdown in 2015 has grown into a well-attended festival that makes you feel like you’re on a holiday movie set. 

The main event at Winterfest is the Bayliss Park Lighting Ceremony. At 6:30 p.m., Santa Claus and Mayor Walsh lead the crowd in a song of Jingle Bells followed by a countdown, after which Bayliss Park is illuminated with more than 40,000 twinkle lights. 

2021 Winterfest Merriments Include:

  • Lighting Ceremony (takes place promptly at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Santa Claus
  • Reindeer
  • Free Arts and Crafts Activities
  • Free Balloon Art
  • Free Face Painting
  • Free Hot Cocoa
  • Free Winterfest Bags for the first 1,000
  • Giveaways include glow sticks, light-up jewelry, jingle bells, etc.
  • Salvation Army Brass Ensemble
  • Live Ice Sculptor
  • Dickens Carolers
  • Festive Photo Ops
  • Outdoor Holiday Movie
  • Food Trucks
  • Makers Village (pop-up holiday market)

 All Winterfest activities are free to the public. Items from the food trucks and Makers Village will be available for purchase. Find the Winterfest at Bayliss Park event on Facebook @CityofCB.

Winterfest Bayliss Park
Winterfest at Bayliss Park Council Bluffs
Winterfest at Bayliss Park Council Bluffs