Winterfest

Winterfest 2018: Bayliss Park Holiday Lighting - Thursday, November 15, 2018

 Winterfest at Bayliss Park will take place on Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 – 8 p.m. This year, Winterfest at Bayliss Park will feature more festivities than ever before! The City of Council Bluffs has joined forces with The 712 Initiative, Union Pacific Museum, and Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment (PACE) to make this Council Bluffs holiday tradition extra merry and bright. Thanks to the coordination of these organizations, and a sponsorship from TS Bank, the 2018 lineup of festivities includes the traditional favorites plus several new and exciting additions. 

New Festivities: 

Food Truck Food Court: Have dinner on Pearl Street, in front of City Hall. Food trucks include Gyro Shack, StreetSide Foods, Hog Stop, and Java Daddies Coffee Truck

Makers Village: Shop unique handmade holiday gifts from local vendors on Pearl Street.

Art Activity: Create a masterpiece with PACE 

Outdoor Movie: Watch the 1969 holiday classic, Frosty the Snowman on the big screen

Traveling Carolers: Listen to this group sing the sounds of the season

Free Hot Chocolate: There will be more free hot chocolate this year thanks to Salvation Army, some will be served out of backpacks

More Lights: There will be more holiday lights this year thanks to another grant from the Iowa West Foundation

Traditional Festivities: 

Lighting Ceremony:  Santa Claus and Mayor Walsh will lead the countdown for the Bayliss Park Lighting Ceremony promptly at 6 p.m. 

Santa’s Workshop: Bring cameras and take a picture on Santa’s lap

Real Reindeer: See it for yourself!

Balloon Artist: Get a free holiday balloon twisted 

Festive Photo Ops: Take pictures in all the festive cutouts

Face Painters: Step inside the Union Pacific Museum for free face painting

Winterfest at Bayliss Park begins at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting ceremony taking place at 6 p.m. Join us for the moment the park transforms into wonderland, and stay awhile to shop, dine, and enjoy the festivities. 

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Winterfest Xtreme Bike Ride - Saturday, January 12, 2019

Join us for a fun, family-friendly bike ride around Council Bluffs! The leisurely 6-mile (roundtrip) ride will begin at the Western Historic Trails Center and go north along the Iowa Riverfront Trail to the Dodge Riverside Golf Course. This ride is free and starts at 11:00 a.m. 

2019 Winterfest Xtreme Bike Ride Flyer

Winterfest Frozen Golf Outing - Saturday, January 19, 2019 

The Frozen Golf Outing is a nine-hole tournament with junior, adult, and senior divisions, and prizes for all three. Entry Fee: $25 for adults and seniors, $15 for kids 18 and under. Shotgun Start: 10:00 a.m. Register as an individual or as a foursome. To register call the Dodge Riverside Golf Club pro shop at 712-328-4660.

2019 Winterfest Golf Flyer

Winterfest Snowball Softball Tournament - Saturday, January 26, 2019

It's never too cold for softball! Join us for an adult softball tournament, we have men's and co-ed divisions. 2 game guarantee, $100/team includes umpire fees. Payouts to 1st and 2nd place teams, depending on how many teams register.

2019 Snowball Registration Form 

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