Winterfest in Bayliss Park

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 6-8 p.m.


The City of Council Bluffs is partnering with The Council Bluffs Public Library, The 712 Initiative, Union Pacific Museum, and Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment to give the community a holiday tradition unlike anywhere else.

Arrive early as Winterfest activities begin promptly at 6 p.m. with the Bayliss Park holiday lighting ceremony.

Bayliss Park transforms into a wonderland at Winterfest. We hope to see you there!

Winterfest activities include:

  • Lighting Ceremony (takes place promptly at 6 p.m.)
  • Santa's Workshop featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Reindeer
  • Arts and Crafts 
  • Balloon Art
  • 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 Performing Live
  • Live Ice Sculpting Demonstrations
  • 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.

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Winterfest Bayliss Park

MEDIA RELEASE | OCTOBER 21, 2022
WINTERFEST AT BAYLISS PARK ANNOUNCEMENT

The City of Council Bluffs is hosting Winterfest at Bayliss Park on Friday, November 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Once again, the City of Council Bluffs is partnering with The Council Bluffs Public Library, The 712 Initiative, Union Pacific Museum, and Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment (PACE) to deliver this Council Bluffs holiday tradition.

“Winterfest is our annual tree lighting ceremony in Bayliss Park,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh. “What started as a simple countdown in 2014 has become a one-of-a-kind festival of winter activities.”

The main event at Winterfest is the Bayliss Park Lighting Ceremony. At 6:00 p.m., Santa Claus and Mayor Walsh lead the crowd in a song of Jingle Bells followed by a countdown, after which Bayliss Park lights up with more than 40,000 twinkle lights and the celebrations begin.

Santa Claus will report to his new-and-improved workshop, where kids and families can sit with Santa, tell him their wishes, and take pictures. Each child that visits Santa will receive a special jingle bell necklace.

Thanks to PACE, two local artists will demonstrate the art of ice sculpting at Winterfest as they transform ice blocks into holiday masterpieces. The Council Bluffs Public Library is bringing real reindeer into Bayliss Park and offering reindeer-themed arts, crafts, and literacy festivities. Union Pacific Museum will have snowy light show on their building and give light-up jewelry to children. The Salvation Army brass ensemble will fill the air with the sounds of the season as they perform live on the corner of Willow Avenue and Pear Street. The Salvation Army also provides free hot chocolate at Winterfest.

Additional free activities include face painting, balloon art, letters to Santa, crafts, multiple holiday photo cutouts, and an outdoor screening of the classic “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

The 712 Initiative is hosting the Makers Village, offering the opportunity to shop unique handmade holiday gifts from more than 20 local vendors in a pop-up market on Pearl Street. Various food trucks will line Pearl Street, making concessions available for purchase.

Winterfest at Bayliss Park takes place on Friday, November 18, from 6 – 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as the lighting ceremony will take place promptly at 6 p.m. The first 1,000 guests will receive a commemorative Winterfest at Bayliss Park tote bag.

“We hope you can join us for the moment Bayliss Park transforms into a wonderland and stay awhile to shop, dine, and enjoy the celebrations,” said Mayor Walsh.

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

For more information, contact Ashley Kruse, Communications Officer at City of Council Bluffs: akruse@councilbluffs-ia.gov or 712-318-9000.

The mission of the City of Council Bluffs is to continuously improve the quality of life and attractiveness of the City of Council Bluffs.


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