Parks & Recreation

Winterfest at Bayliss Park

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. 

Facebook Event Cover Winterfest at Bayliss Park

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. More Details: Facebook @CityofCB. | Winterfest Event Map | Winterfest Printable Flyer

Council Bluffs Parks, Recreation, and Public Property Department is dedicated to the enhancement and promotion of quality of life by satisfying and responding to the needs of the community. We achieve that by providing a learning environment, safe active and passive recreational opportunities, as well as stewardship through the maintenance and preservation of natural resources, historic sites, and public facilities. We strive to serve the public by making Council Bluffs a better place to live.