4 Things to Do in Des Moines around Christmas

Christmas Events in Des Moines

If you’re like many people, Christmas is a time for holiday cheer, activities with family, and gift shopping. If you live in the Des Moines area, check out these must-see events in your area!

4 Things to Do in Des Moines around Christmas Time

Visit Jolly Holiday Lights in Des Moines

1. Jolly Holiday Lights

Head over to Adventureland for an incredible light show tour and support a great cause at the same time. The Jolly Holiday Lights is a 2.5 mile ride showcasing more than 100 light displays, and all proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa. This is a simple way to get into the holiday spirit with friends or family.

Website: www.jollyholidaylights.org

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2. Winter Farmer’s Market

Shopping is holiday activity that is either dreaded or loved, but the Winter Downtown Farmer’s Market in Des Moines has something for everyone. From holiday treats to unique gifts and collectibles, the experience will be rewarding for you and your family. Mark it on your calendars - this weekend (December 14-15, 8AM to 2PM) is the last market before spring.

Website: www.dsmpartnership.com/desmoinesfarmersmarket

Visit Santa at the Science Center

3. Breakfast with Santa

Sitting on Santa’s lap is so yesterday. Why not step it up and have breakfast with him instead? Head over to the Science Center of Iowa on Saturday, December 14 at 8AM or Sunday, December 16 at 10AM and enjoy crafts, food, and story time with Santa. Then explore the Science Center before heading home!

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Jingle in the Junction Des Moines

4. Jingle in the Junction

Head over to the Historic Valley Junction for a holiday spectacle that’s sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Jingle in the Junction features ice sculptures, carolers, shops and boutiques, free horse and trolley rides, and over 150,000 lights. Catch it December 12th from 5-9PM.

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There’s plenty else to do in Des Moines for Christmas. Find a full list of Des Moines events here.

Things to Do in Des Moines

Des Moines is largest city in Iowa. Situated on I-35 and I-80, Iowa’s capital city is a hub of commerce, entertainment, and business. Whether you’re a Des Moines local or just passing through, here are some things to check out while in the area.

Outlets of Des Moines

If shopping is your scene, be sure to check out the new outlet mall in Altoona. Outlets of Des Moines features some of the biggest name brands including Michael Kors, Under Armour, and Lane Bryant.

Grand Opening of the Outlets of Des Moines

Great Escape

Finding activities to do with kids can be a challenge. Luckily, Des Moines offers plenty of fun for the family. Check out Great Escape in Pleasant Hill. This family fun-zone offers a fun twist on bowling, laser tag, and arcade, and includes a full restaurant for a food break between activities.

Family fun at Great Escape

High Trestle Trail

Enjoy the outdoors on this historic “rails to trails” location. This trail spans 25 miles and goes through five towns and four counties. It also includes a pinnacle of outdoor attractions in its unique bridge walkway.

High Trestle Trail Bridge

Climb Iowa - East Village

For those with a desire for exercise and fun, check out Climb Iowa East Village. Located in Des Moines on 4th Street, Climb Iowa is a state-of-the-art climbing gym with 3000 square feet of bouldering, 100 problems and Rogue training equipment.

3000 square feet of bouldering

Things to Do This Weekend in Des Moines

If you’re looking for something interesting and fun this weekend, check out the horse races at Prairie Meadows. Exhilarating and fun for the family. Occasionally there are special events featuring camel, zebra, and ostrich racing.

Horse racing at Prairie Meadows

These activities are just a few of the local attractions that our employees at Agent Clean of Des Moines recommend. Find your adventure in Des Moines and explore all that this Midwest city has to offer.