CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Treasured holiday traditions are going virtual this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nature’s Noel at the Indian Creek Nature Center and the Old World Christmas Market at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library are offering online counterparts in lieu of their popular in-person events.
Both are happening the first week of December.
Nature’s Noel, an annual holiday fundraiser for the Indian Creek Nature Center, features fresh green decor, artisan gifts, frozen soups, appetizers, baked goods and more.
To ensure social distancing, sales will be entirely online this year.
Sales open Friday, Dec. 4, at noon and close at noon Saturday, Dec. 5. Contactless pick-up will be on Sunday, Dec. 6 and Monday, Dec. 7. Find more details about Nature’s Noel here.
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will be open this coming weekend, but will not have in-person vendors for the Old World Christmas Market.
Museum hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, with an online market.
Free shipping is available for orders placed at the museum store through Dec. 24, with local delivery options. The store is open for in-person shopping whenever the musem is open.
Vendors who would have been featured at the Old World Christmas Market will also have an online presence at store.ncsml.org through Dec. 24.
The popular Cookie Walk will become the museum’s first drive-through Cookie Walk, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Those holiday treats — including cookies and Czech kolaches — can be pre-ordered through Dec. 4 here.
Thanks to UFG Insurance, visitors can enjoy free admission to museum galleries Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, 2020. All visitors must wear face masks and maintain social distancing.
More: See photos from the 2019 Svatý Mikuláš celebration in Czech Village.