Jolly Holiday Lights

November 24, 2015 - January 1, 2016 - 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Water Works Park
2201 George Flagg Parkway

Come out and celebrate 20 Years of Jolly Holiday Lights, a great holiday tradition! Bundle up the family and enjoy a 3.5 mile ride through magical light displays. 100 of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish® Iowa!

Drake Men’s Basketball vs. UIC

November 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Drake Knapp Center
2601 Forest Ave.

Drake Men’s Basketball hosts UIC. General admission tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 3-18.

Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event

November 28, 2015 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Kick off the holiday season with a night of celebration featuring winter-themed programs, an electrifying tree lighting, $5 IMAX tickets for The Polar Express and outdoor fireworks to end the evening. From 5:00-8:00 pm, admission is FREE to the public! 


Mythbusters: Jamie and Adam Unleashed!

November 30, 2015 - 8:00 pm at Stephens Auditorium
Beach Avenue and Center Drive

The all-new, live stage show “MythBusters© Jamie & Adam Unleashed,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel series MythBusters©, promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. Fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

December 3, 2015 - 6:30 pm at stephens auditorium
Beach Avenue and Center Drive

It’s a holly-jolly adventure when Rudolph and his friends soar into town for this faithful adaption of the traditional story.

Little BIG Fest

December 5, 2015 - December 6, 2015 - 2:30 pm - 2:00 am at Wooly’s
504 East Locust

The Des Moines Music Coalition is proud to present its annual Little BIG Fest. The festival will take place in Des Moines’ East Village at Wooly’s, with an after party at Lefty’s. Twelve artists will play the event December 5, 2015. Tickets start at $10 and go on sale Nov. 2, 2015; advance sales end at 10 p.m. on December 4.

Pass prices will increase leading up to the event as follows:

Nov. 2: $10
Nov. 9: $15
Nov. 16: $20
Nov. 23: $25
Day-of: $30

Access to the show at Lefty’s is free with a pass (ages 21+ only), or can be purchased separately at the door for $10.

The full schedule is as follows:



9:30 p.m. – John Fullbright (Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter)
8:30 p.m. – Pieta Brown
7:30 p.m. – The Pines
6:30 p.m. – Matt Woods
5:30 p.m. – J.E. Sunde
4:45 p.m. – Bob Pace
4:00 p.m. – Heath Allen
3:15 p.m. – David Zollo & The Body Electric
2:30 p.m. – Community Selected Artist: River Glen


12:30 p.m. – Dan Tedesco
11:30 p.m. – FRO
10:30 p.m. – Adam Bruce

Little BIG Fest is an annual festival featuring roots, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, jam, world, blues, jazz, and soul music. As with all DMMC events, local artists are heavily featured, though artists from around the U.S. also perform at the festival. In addition to the 11 committee-selected bands, there is also a community-selected artist that was determined from an online public poll of eight different acts.

The Des Moines Music Coalition is a non-profit organization committed to building a stronger and more diverse music community in greater Des Moines. Our mission is to aggressively advocate, sponsor, and develop an independent, progressive live music community for the purpose of urban revitalization, regional economic development, and the retention of our region’s youth and future.

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Little Big Fest is made possible with support from the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Bravo, and Doll Distributing.

Annual Christmas Bazaar

December 6, 2015 - 12:00 am at Basilica of St. John
1915 University

The Basilica of St. John Altar and Rosary Society, 1915 University, Des Moines, will host its annual CHRISTMAS BAZAAR on Saturday, December 5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of vendors will be there with items for sale. Some of the many items include Norwex, jewelry, wood items, Holiday wreaths, bird houses, fused glass, jelly, soaps, quilted items, crocheted and embroidered items, scarves, mittens, hats and much more! There will be a bake sale, a quilt raffle and a white elephant table. Soup, sandwiches and tamales are available on Saturday and Sunday. Cinnamon rolls will also be available on Sunday. Take-out available Saturday and Sunday. Free Admission. Please enter the church hall using the Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. door on the northwest side of the church. For more information, please contact the parish office at 244-3101 ext. 0.

Jingle Bell Rock n’ Run 5K

December 6, 2015 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Kick off the holiday season with the SCI Jingle Bell Rock ‘n Run 5K! Don your most festive attire as you dash through downtown Des Moines. Following the run, enjoy a hot breakfast, warm drinks and concert from Brother Trucker!

Proceeds from the Jingle Bell Rock n’ Run 5K support SCI’s mission and help provide vast opportunities for more than 320,000 children, teens and adults to engage in science learning each year.


Clive Learning Academy’s “My Favorite Things” Holiday Bazaar

December 6, 2015 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Clive Learning Academy
1600 73rd St.

Clive Learning Academy’s “My Favorite Things” Holiday Bazaar will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Clive Learning Academy. A $3 cash admission (12 and younger FREE) will open your eyes to a bazaar filled with shopping, food and fun. Do all your holiday shopping and raise money for your school!

Shop more than 30 booths with vendors such as Jamberry, Norwex, Thirty-One Gifts and find unique one-of-a kind items from our crafters in our gymnasium and cafeteria. Bid on our items from our silent auction and vote on your favorite classroom’s snowman design! Stop and enjoy a yummy bake sale item. Don’t forget the Kid’s Zone! In our Kids Zone we will be taking over 2 sixth grade classrooms with interactive displays from Usborne Books and Discovery Toys, applying tattoos, and then having a special visit from 1:30-3:30 from some of your favorite super heroes with the Justice Corps of Iowa! Tie it all up in a bow at our donation based wrapping station at the end!

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Café Scientifique – Jerusalem: The Making of a Sacred City

December 8, 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Presenter: Jodi Magness, Vice President, Archeological Institute of America

It’s rocky, rough — and revered. Situated on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and Dead seas, Jerusalem is an unlikely choice for the world’s holiest city. Destroyed multiple times during its storied history, the ancient city has faced innumerable challenges and conflicts beyond its rugged location alone.

Explore the evolution of Jerusalem from a humble mountain town to a divine destination with Jodi Magness, vice president of the Archeological Institute of America. Join us after the presentation for a free screening of Jerusalem in the Blank IMAX Dome Theater.

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