Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Burlington!
Children have the opportunity to drop off a letter to Santa Claus at Santa’s Cottage in Downtown Burlington. Each week Santa and his Elves will read stories, letters and just check in and say "Hi", via Facebook. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to see your child’s smile shine as they hear from Santa.
Lighted Holiday Window Display & Contest
Now - December 25, Light Up A Window!
In lieu of the Downtown Holiday Parade, downtown businesses have partnered with parade entries to decorate downtown windows this holiday season. Now through December 25 the community is invited to stroll downtown on foot or drive by to vote for their favorite window display! Vote on the Downtown Burlington Iowa Facebook Page
The Lighted Holiday Window Contest is sponsored by The Views
Shop, Wine & Dine
December 4, 11, 18
To make the shopping a little easier and a little more fun, your downtown merchants are open late until 8 PM on Fridays until Christmas! After shopping, stop by one of downtown's restaurants, breweries or wineries and enjoy the holiday season!
Coming Together: A Christmas Celebration of our Community
Dec 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20
Enjoy Recorded Holiday Music in a Video Presentation on the Big Screen at the Capitol! The video spotlights hometown musicians and businesses!
Performers: include individual members from SEISO, BelCanto, The Hull Family, Capitol Musical Theater Kids, Josh Stevens, Aaron & Jade Lotzow, BK Davis, Dueling Piano's Seibert & Lotzow, and more....
Seating is limited, reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please call Lori Wilson at 319-601-0733 or by email at Wilsonlorijb@gmail.com
The "Coming Together" DVD and playbill will be on sale for $10. They can be purchased at the Capitol Annex on show days or by contacting Lori Wilson.
Shop Small ALL Season Long!
Independent businesses are the backbone of downtown Burlington – in fact, nearly all of the downtown businesses are locally owned and operated. They are a big reason why downtown Burlington is a distinctive destination. Downtown has things you simply cannot find anywhere else.
When you support a locally owned business, whether it’s a retail shop, restaurant, or professional service, you are directly supporting your own community. These businesses are owned by your neighbors - the people who have personally made financial investments in seeing downtown succeed. They are entrepreneurs who know how important it is to have direct contact with their customers. They choose the merchandise, maintain the buildings, and pay the taxes. They are in business here because they believe in the community.
Unique products, personal service, keeping your dollars in the community – there are a lot of great reasons to shop independent and shop downtown Burlington! And this year it’s more important than ever to shop, eat and drink local! The small businesses are providing shopping by appointment, VIP events, online shopping, Facebook live ordering, Curbside pick-up, delivery, and of course practicing safety guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy this holiday season!
Come see them, they look forward to seeing you!
Many thanks to outgoing Downtown Partners board members Laura Beckman of Alliant Energy, Janine Clover of America's Small Business Development Center, and Zach James of SEIRPC. Their service has been instrumental in making downtown Burlington a better place for all.
Other great things happening in downtown...
Thanks to the community for coming out and supporting small businesses during Small Business Saturday! The small businesses felt the love and support of the community!
Mainstreet Iowa Small Business Lab is a FREE service designated just for businesses within the Main Street District.
If you want to connect with other small business, talk to experts or need technical advice, this lab is for you! Check out the website
for additional details.
The Port of Burlington Welcome Center continues to be open; Thursday – Monday 10 AM – 4 PM. The store is also available online. Items may be picked up on site or shipped to any destination in the U.S. Follow the Port of Burlington Welcome Center on Facebook to stay in the know of when new products are added.
The Port of Burlington Welcome Center will be closed December 22 – 25 and New Year’s Day to allow staff and volunteers time to celebrate the holiday season with their families and friends.
"The mission of Downtown Partners is to preserve and revitalize downtown Burlington by enhancing its economy, infrastructure,
and historical and cultural features."
A Main Street Iowa Program
An Affiliate Program of the Greater Burlington Partnership
610 N 4th Street, Suite 200
Burlington, IA 52601
Downtown Partners, Inc.
Board of Directors 2020
Julie Lehman - Chair
Laura Beckman - Past Chair
Ryan Nagrocki - Treasurer
Midwest Realty Group
PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex
Klingner and Associates
F & M Bank
Small Business Development Center
City of Burlington
Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission
Great River Health
Coffeehouse & Drinkery