Jingle in the Junction @ Valley Junction
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm

“Jingle in the Junction” at Valley Junction

The businesses in Historic Valley Junction and the streets will be lined with over 150,000 twinkling lights. Business will be open from 5:00-9:00pm for Holiday Shopping.

Santa will be at the West Des Moines Community Center, 217 5th Street, West Des Moines on December 1st, December 8th and December 15th, 2016 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.


Santa’s Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm

Santa Photos, Crafts, Games & Activities – visit the website for specific dates and times.

Santa arrives at Bass Pro Shops in Altoona on November 11th at 5:00 pm. They will have a magical tree lighting, unveil Santa’s Wonderland®, carolers and more!
Santa’s Hours November 12th, 2017 to December 24th, 2017:
Weekdays: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Iowa Jolly Holiday Lights @ Adventureland
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm

November 24 – December 30, 2017

Light Up a Child’s Life® at Jolly Holiday Lights, a great holiday tradition! Bundle up the family and enjoy a 2.5 mile ride through magical light displays.  100% of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish® Iowa!

Jolly Holiday Lights is a drive-through holiday light display that is annually set up by Make-A-Wish Iowa in Des Moines.

Don’t forget to get your picture taken with Santa ($10) and enjoy a cookie and cocoa at Santa’s Wish Shop! The gift shop, located at the end of the route, has snacks, Santa and small gift items. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa.

For cancellations due to weather please check ou tFacebook Page

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Release Party @ Indianola Public Library
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm

Get ready for the next Star Wars installment at the library! We will be showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Snacks ~ Movie ~ Fun Ages 12+

Jingle Bell Party @ Four Mile Community Center
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm

Jingle Bell parties are FREE but you must preregister to attend. Join us for: Santa, treats from Hy-Vee and Target treats, the Miniature Train Club, Bounce House, toys from the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, handmade knit hats, make bird feeders with our environmental education team, and visit with members of the Des Moines Police and Fire Departments

Preregistration starts November 1, ends November 28
To sign up for this party call 248-6315

Out of the Box–Teen Game Night @ Altoona Public Library
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm

Come raid our collection of games!  Try something new or play an old classic!  You bring friends; we’ll bring snacks!  Grades 7-12.h)

Thursday Night Fun @ Clive Public Library
Dec 14 @ 6:15 pm

Families with children of various ages will delight in making memories during our Thursday night programs! As a reminder, these programs are free and preregistration is necessary as indicated below. Please register for each child attending unless otherwise noted. Go online, call, or stop in the library to register. Note: We have changed our starting time to 6:15 p.m. to better accommodate working families and commuting times. Registration starts March 6 for residents and March 13 for non-residents.

11/2 – Odd Iowa Stories: An Evening of Spooky Tales

11/9 – Bookland

11/16 – Gobble, Gobble Story Time and Edible Craft

11/30 – Family Bingo for Books Night

12/7 – Family Magic Show

12/14 – Family Bedtime Stories

12/21- Make and Take Craft Night

12/28 – Olaf of Snow Party

1/18- Lego Landia

1/25- Animal Winter Wonders

2/1 – Game Night

2/8 – Family Bedtime Stories

2/15-Makerspace Mania

2/22-Stuffed Animal Sleepover

One Starry Night @ Grimes United Methodist Church
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm

Bring your family along for this tour through Bethlehem as you visit the tax collector, hear the message with the shepherds, join Mary and Joseph on their journey, watch the three wisemen visit King Herod’s Palace, and take the trek to a live nativity. Then spend time making crafts, having snacks, and exploring the marketplace.

Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm

Bring your family and join us to listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft. For all ages. No registration required.

A Christmas Carol @ Kum & Go Theater
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm

Presented by Repertory Theater of Iowa at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club.

By Charles Dickens

Adapted By Larry Carpenter

The Holiday tradition continues! Bring the entire family for this timeless adventure and follow Scrooge on a night he will never forget when four ghosts take him on a whirlwind journey to teach him about the true meaning of Christmas and change his humbug life forever.


A Christmas Chaos @ Ankeny Community Theatre
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm
Family Seasonal Comedy – Rated G

Director:  Scott Nielsen
Assistant Director: Lynn Arterburn

​The Royal Shakespeare Company hasn’t arrived as promised to perform their stirring rendition of “A Christmas Carol.” An intrepid band of hapless actors and technicians must put together their own production in only seven hours! The play is a hilarious backstage comedy that pokes fun at the classic novel and everything that can go wrong with a theatrical production. Written by Michael Wehrli.
Sara Evans – At Christmas Tour @ Hoyt Sherman Plance
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm

Multi-platinum entertainer SARA EVANS is at the top of her game. With five No. 1 Country singles including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” which spent 2 weeks in the top spot and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A., Sara thrills audiences across the U.S. playing more than 50 shows each year. Her “stunning, country voice” (Rolling Stone) has earned her the prestigious Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards nominations. In addition, the CMA awarded Video of the Year honors for her hit chart-topping single, “Born to Fly” from her double-platinum album of the same name. In 2014 Evans released her critically acclaimed seventh studio album Slow Me Down, which debuted at #2 on the Country Album Chart and landed in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, winning over fans and media alike and dubbed her best album to date. Named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” Evans’ career also includes the platinum-selling studio albums Real Fine Place and Restless and the gold-certified No Place That Far. Sara continues to forge a bold, creative path with the launch of Born To Fly Records, distributed by Sony RED, and she released her highly anticipated eighth studio album in 2017.

In addition to a prolific country music career, Sara is an accomplished author, lifestyle blogger and Red Cross ambassador who in 2008 was presented with the national Crystal Cross award for her work with the disaster-relief organization.

Bounce and Play Time Program @ Grimes Community Complex Gym
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:00am – Noon (Bounce House on from 10am-12pm)
Mondays/Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm- Room 203 is only open (no House Bounce)

Going stir-crazy at home? Need a place to get out with the little ones? Well, here’s something for you! The Grimes Park and Recreation Department sponsors a weekly Bounce and Play Time for young children and their parent/guardian at the Grimes Community Complex.

This program provides a place for parents to bring their children to play in a safe and fun environment, and it’s a great way to make new friends! This is not a structured play group, but rather an open space for kids to move around, play games, laugh, have fun and burn off some energy! We provide the space; you provide the fun and supervision! Since this is a new community program, parents are encouraged to bring a toy, game or craft project to share.

PLEASE NOTE: this is not a drop off program; all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Families can go between the Rooms 201, 203, and the gym. All Ages in the Gym, Ages 10 and under recommended only for Room 203 with the Little Tykes equipment.

Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market @ Kaleidoscope at the Hub
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am

The Winter Farmers’ Market  is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties, and gift giving with more than 130 vendors. Farmers will be selling a variety of locally raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams, and a variety of late season and greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fresh handmade products including locally produced honey, jams, salsa, wine, cheese, noodles, breads, pies and cinnamon rolls. In addition, poinsettias, fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths, handmade holiday ornaments and home decorations will be available.

Imagination Playschool @ Pioneer Columbus Community Center
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am

Day(s): Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fees: Cost is $1.50 daily for 1 yrs. and older to attend “New Season” & Imagination Playschool

Ages: Children 7 and under

Looking to inspire your little ones imagination and get them moving? Join us at Pioneer Columbus Community Center for the “Imagination Playschool”.

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.

We also have a bounce house on Friday only.

“Story Time”-9:30 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. on Monday’s in November only
Kids four and under are invited for stories, songs, rhymes and dance. Cost is $1.50 and Imagination Playschool is included.

“Creativity Coach” 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday in November
You and your child can dance and have guided play on the equipment and dance. Cost is $1.50 and Imagination Playschool cost included.

“VIP and Me” 9:30 am–10:15 am Wednesday in November $1.50
Exploring creative movement dance concepts through guided and free play, while enhancing the relationship between caregiver and child 5 and under.

Santa at Jordan Creek Town Center @ Jordan Creek Town Center
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am

Santa’s Arrival at Jordan Creek is on November 17th at 6:00 pm. To kick off the season there will be a Holiday Tree Lighting & Fireworks!

Santa’s Hours November 18th, 2017 to December 24th, 2017
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM

Special Hours:
December 10th extended hours: 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM
December 15th-23rd extended hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Pet Nights: Bring your furry friend to see Santa on Monday evenings, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, November 20th to December 11th.

Ugly Sweater Night: December 1st 5:00 to 8:00 pm

PJ Night: December 8th at 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Tot Time  @ Doanes Park Youth Center
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am

Want to get your little one out of the house to play? Come and play with us inside this winter! This program provides a place for care givers to bring their children to play in a safe and fun environment, and it’s a great way to make new friends! This is not a structured play group, but rather an open space for kids to move around, play, laugh, and have fun! We provide the activities and care givers provide the supervision. Care givers are required to stay.  For ages 2 and up, 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Friday Funday @ Des Moines Playhouse
Dec 15 @ 9:30 am

Interactive Theatre Shows for Children Ages 4-6
Great for preschools, child care centers, kindergarten classes, and families.  Show times are 9:30, 10:45, and 1:30 Friday.

Join the Clubhouse at the Playhouse Gang each month as they dramatize a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. A new story is presented each month, October through May. Children learn the Clubhouse pledge and secret handshake, and listen for the word of the day.

September 29 – The Reluctant Dragon

What happens when a little boy meets a poetry and song-loving dragon who doesn’t like to fight? They work together with the local Knight in Shining Armor to convince the rest of the town to accept the dragon.

October 27 – The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen has to do all the work while the other animals are sleeping and playing. No one will help her bake the bread. What will happen when it’s time to eat the bread?

November 17 – The Frog Princess

The spoiled princess promises to kiss the frog if he retrieves her ball from the pond. What happens when she doesn’t keep her promise?

December 15 – The Elves and the Shoemaker

The shoemaker and his wife have nothing left to eat but two crusts of bread, and nothing to make shoes with but one piece of leather. See what happens when some kindly elves make the holiday season magical.

January 12 – The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time, there was a pig who loved to eat, a pig who loved to sing and dance, and a bossy older sister with mad construction skills. Throw in one tired mama pig and a Big Bad Wolf and let the fun begin!

February 12 – The Mitten

In this Clubhouse at the Playhouse favorite, a young child drops his mitten in the snow and does not realize it is missing. As woodland creatures seek warmth inside the mitten, it magically grows and grows!

March 2 – Pinocchio

Pinocchio wants more than anything to be a real boy, but he is only a puppet made of wood. Will he listen to his father, and tell the truth? Who ‘nose’?

April 6 – Sleeping Beauty

What do you do if you’re a prince and you happen upon a sleeping princess? How on Earth do you wake her up? Tap dance on her bed, yell in her ear, or pour ice water over her head?


Baby Lapsit @ Grimes Public Library
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am

Bring your baby and sing songs, play games, and socialize with other babies and their caregivers. Recommended for birth through 18 months. No registration required.

Facebook Friday Open Jump @ Playground for Kids Ankeny
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am

Open Jump 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Visit Playgound for Kids’ Facebook Page special code words and more! Parties available for up to 15 kids for only $149, includes private party room! We have the least expensive Friday parties around!