Upcoming Horse Carriage Rides Through Downtown Iowa City

Celeste Chadwick, Reporter

The Iowa City Downtown District, with the help of Hills Bank and Trust Company, is putting on their second annual horse drawn carriage rides. What started as a one day event, Celebrate the Season, is now an event that begins on Black Friday and will continue every Saturday after that until December 19th From 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

“We estimate about 200 riders per day and about 1000 in total,” operations director, Betsy Potter said. “Unfortunately, we do have to turn down about 75 people each day because the horses can’t go forever.”

Emma Arp ‘17 was one of many who enjoyed the carriage rides last year.

“It was fun! There was a lot of little kids who were really excited about it. It was pretty cold though,” she said “I’d definitely go again! It was a lot of fun”.

The horses will be provided by Country Gentleman’s Horse and Carriage Services. Along with singing carols on a carriage ride, you have the opportunity to participate in Santa Saturdays, a downtown hunt for the elves, and the downtown holiday market. A complete list of events can be found here.