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Upcoming Events

Jolly Holiday Lights

November 25, 2014 - January 1, 2015 - 5:30 pm at Waterworks Park
1398 Fleur Drive

Light Up a Child’s Life® at 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!

Funny Bone presents Doug Thompson

November 26, 2014 - November 29, 2014 - 7:30 pm at Funny Bone Comedy Club
, 570 Prairie View Drive

Santa’s Wonderland – Thanksgiving Hours

November 27, 2014 - November 28, 2014 - All Day at Bass Pro Shop
1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest

Santa’s Wonderland has special holiday hours because we have SO many visitors and out-of-town guests here for the holidays! Free photos with Santa: Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Frost Release and Holiday Open House Weekend

November 28, 2014 - November 30, 2014 - All Day at Tassel Ridge Winery
1681 220th Street

The new Tassel Ridge Frost will be on sale at the Winery beginning Friday, November 28. Frost is a sweet, fruity white with flavors of pear, apricot, and honey.

Oak Ridge Boys Hits & Christmas Show

November 28, 2014 - 12:00 am at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

The Oak Ridge Boys kick off this huge show with over 40 years of award winning music. The hits are endless, but they will be packed in! Including “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue” along with your other favorites!

Black Friday Drop N Shop

November 28, 2014 - 8:00 am at Pump It Up
4069 121st Street

Drop the kids off the day after Thanksgiving so you can shop or just relax after the holiday! We will be playing with the kids, making a craft, glow party, contests and more! Best of all they will have a pizza party and won’t be hungry when you pick them up!

Market Day Black Friday Gift Mart/Santa’s Elves Got Nothing on Us

November 28, 2014 - 9:00 am at The Kirkwood Hotel
400 Walnut Street

Market Day brings 70 artists, crafters, and vintage curators from around the midwest to downtown Des Moines. Incredible gift shopping with high quality handmade goods. Your gifts bought at Market Day will be well-loved and completely unique.

Santa Express

November 28, 2014 - 6:00 pm at Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
225 10th st.

Santa Express

November 29, 2014 - All Day at Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
225 10th st.

Small Business Saturday

November 29, 2014 - All Day at Historic Valley Junction
217 - 5th Street

Saturday was started in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a way to encourage shoppers to patronize local businesses. What better way to celebrate this holiday than by shopping in Historic Valley Junction Home to over 150 specialty shops, restaurants, and services and the single largest collection of independent businesses in Greater Des Moines, there’s a gift for everyone in Historic Valley Junction.

Toys for Tots @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014 - All Day at Bass Pro Shop
1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest

Donate in the store to Toys for Tots and receive a coupon for a FREE Santa’s Wonderland photo package! One coupon per family, no matter how many toys are donated. Coupons are redeemable for seven days – November 29-December 5.

The Nutcracker Dolly & Me Tea

November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014 - 2:00 pm at Ballet Des Moines
712 E. 2nd Street

$25/person; $200 for Table of 8

Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event

November 29, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Experience the Kick-Off-The-Holidays Effect at SCI! Join us at the Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event for:  FREE general admission including SCI’s traveling exhibit - Ultimate Dinosaurs; Holiday-themed live science programming and cart demonstrations; An electrifying tree lighting; Ornament decorating; A visit from Santa Claus; Cocoa and cookie decorating; Holiday laser shows; Holiday Fireworks.  Plus $5 admission to The Polar Express in IMAX! You and your family won’t want to miss this fantastic event!

Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event

November 29, 2014 - 5:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Free & Open to the Public

Wine & Burger Night

November 29, 2014 - 6:00 pm at Tassel Ridge Winery
1681 220th Street

$20 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $15 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, 1 glass of wine, recipe card, and gratuity).

Thanksgiving for Christmas

November 29, 2014 - 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church
8250 NW 62nd Street

A musical celebration of the holidays featuring Christmas classics and popular holiday music.

Celtic Thunder Holiday Symphony

November 29, 2014 - 7:30 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street


November 29, 2014 - 9:00 pm at Mickeys Irish Pub Waukee
50 Se Laurel st

Thirsty for good old rock and roll? This classic rock cover band is talented and a ton of fun! The combination of advanced guitar work and powerful, high energy vocals makes this a band you don’t want to miss!

Santa Express

November 30, 2014 - 1:00 pm at Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
225 10th st.

Basic Coach $18; First Class Coach $45

Tree Of Life Display

December 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014 - All Day at Animal Rescue League
5452 NE 22nd Street

The Animal Rescue League’s annual Tree of Life display runs December 1-31 each year. Visit any ARL location or any of the businesses on the list below to place your donation under the tree & enjoy 10% off your Animal House retail store purchase at ARL Main or ARL South!Don’t have the time to run around town with all of your holiday errands?

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