Nov
17
Sat
Opening Weekend of the RG Express Holiday Railroad @ Reiman Gardens
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am

November 17 – 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for the opening weekend of the RG Express holiday railroad.

No preregistration required. Free for members and ISU students. Price of admission for the general public.

Holiday Promenade @ East Village
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am

The 17th Annual Historic East Village Holiday Promenade is the holiday kick-off event with something for everyone! This year’s event will be extending until Saturday, Nov. 17 to offer more time for shopping and family fun!

Friday night’s activities will feature free horse-drawn trolley rides, carolers strolling around the neighborhood, ice skating, plus live ice sculpting and tree lighting at Brenton Skating Plaza starting at 6:00 p.m.

Santa will be at Brenton Skating Plaza from 6:00 until 7:00 and then head on over to LifeServe Blood Center where he’ll be available until 8:00 p.m.

Don’t forget to hang around for our FIREWORK SHOW at 9 p.m.

Most shops in the neighborhood will have extended hours and treats on Friday and Saturday making it the perfect time to start your holiday shopping!

Bring a friend, and don’t miss the Holiday Promenade in your favorite district! #ExploreTheEastVillage

Santa at Valley West Mall @ Valley West Mall
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am

Santa’s Schedule

Saturday, November 10- Sunday, December 23

  • Monday-Saturday: 10am to 8pm
  • Sunday: 11am to 6pm

Christmas Eve Hours: (Monday, December 24th)

  • Santa’s Hours: 10am to Noon (Santa will leave promptly at noon to begin his adventures)
  • Train Station Hours: 10am to 4pm

Milk & Cookie Breaks:

  • Monday-Saturday: 12:30-1:30 & 4:30-5:30
  • Sunday: 2:00-3:00
  • (Due to flow of traffic these times may vary slightly)
Santa’s Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am

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

Santa arrives at Bass Pro Shops in Altoona on November 10th at 5:00 pm. They will have a magical tree lighting, unveil Santa’s Wonderland®, carolers and more!
Santa’s Hours November 11th, 2018 to December 24th, 2018:
Weekdays: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Opening Weekend Skate @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm

Opening Day: November 16, 2018

Ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza will begin November 16, 2018! Weather permitting, the rink is open seven days a week, including holidays.

Hours

  • Monday through Thursday  |  Noon – 9 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday  |  Noon – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday  |  Noon – 6 p.m.

Admission

  • Adults  |  $8.50
  • Child/Military/Senior 62+  |  $5.25
  • Skate Rental: $4.75

Admission is increased by $1 on holidays. Group rates are available.

Santa at Jordan Creek Town Center @ Jordan Creek Town Center
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm

Santa’s Arrival at Jordan Creek is on November 16th at 6:00 pm. To kick off the season there will be a Holiday Tree Lighting & Fireworks!

Regular Hours: 
Friday (11/16): 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM-8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM

Special Hours:
Monday – Saturday (12/15-12/22): 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Christmas Eve (12/24): 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Pet Nights: Bring your furry friend to see Santa on Monday evenings, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, November 19 to December 17.

PJ Night: November 30 and December 6 at 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Ugly Sweater Night: December 13 at 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Santa at Merle Hay Mall @ Merle Hay Mall
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm

Santa’s Hours November 17 to December 24, 2018:
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon to 5:30 pm

Turkey Trek @ Brown's Woods
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm

Come enjoy a 3-mile hike through beautiful Brown’s Woods, Iowa’s largest urban forest preserve. We’ll talk about turkeys and how animals are preparing for winter all while burning some calories. FREE. No registration required.

Santa Arrives at Outlets of Des Moines @ Outlets of Des Moines
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm

Santa arrives at the Outlets of Des Moines on November 17th.  There will be kids’ activities and a tree lighting, as well from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Receive TWO FREE 4×6″ Santa Photo Prints + Digital Download of Single Image for every Family who visits Santa! Additional photos and Christmas merchandise available for purchase.

Sponsored by Mercy Hospital.

Santa’s Hours November 18 to December 24, 2018:
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Please, be aware that Santa needs to take breaks to feed his reindeers) One giveaway per family, per Christmas Season. Some restrictions may apply. Valid through December 24, 2018. Visiting times may vary.

Tour de Lights – Family Night @ Doc & Leone's at Adventureland
Nov 17 @ 4:30 pm

One of the best family and fitness events of the season! Preview Jolly Holiday Lights as you run, walk, bike or skate through the light displays at Adventureland.

Don’t miss your chance to go through Jolly Holiday Lights before it opens to the public! Preview the lights as you run, walk, bike or skate through the displays. Start and register at Doc & Leone’s Diner for the 1.5 mile route. Don’t forget to stop by the Wish Shop for cookies and cocoa.

You’ll have the opportunity to raise money for Make-A-Wish by forming teams, and getting pledges from friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Participants who raise more than $500.00 will receive a season pass to Adventureland Park.

Tour de Lights is a great excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the season with friends and family. Plus you will be helping to grant wishes to Iowa children facing a critical medical condition.

Questions, need help registering or ready to become a sponsor? Contact Lena: lmarshall@iowa.wish.org or call 515-334-2636.
* Registration fees are non-refundable

Mary Poppins Jr @ Class Act Productions
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm

CAP Theatre’s 100th Production

Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the beloved books, classic Walt Disney film, and award-winning Broadway musical.

Performances November 2-18, 2018 (Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)

Auditions: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 2pm
Save time in line download the audition form – fill out, print and bring with you the day of auditions!

Though every director and their creative team have their own vision for actors and casting, you can learn more about the show from Music Theatre International’s Audition Central.
Want to know what to expect at CAP Theatre from auditions to final performance? Learn more!

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time from the stupendous stories of P.L Travers and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in the early 1900s and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Director: Thatcher Williams
Assistant Director / Stage Manager: Melissa Grooters
Vocal Director: Brian Hutzell
Choreographer: Josalynn Agnew
It’s a Wonderful Life – Radio Play @ Kum & Go Theater
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm

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

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. An ensemble of five actors, with the help live sound effects, brings a few dozen characters to the life on the stage, sharing the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

 

Nov
18
Sun
Opening Weekend of the RG Express Holiday Railroad @ Reiman Gardens
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am

November 17 – 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for the opening weekend of the RG Express holiday railroad.

No preregistration required. Free for members and ISU students. Price of admission for the general public.

Santa’s Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am

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

Santa arrives at Bass Pro Shops in Altoona on November 10th at 5:00 pm. They will have a magical tree lighting, unveil Santa’s Wonderland®, carolers and more!
Santa’s Hours November 11th, 2018 to December 24th, 2018:
Weekdays: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Santa at Valley West Mall @ Valley West Mall
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am

Santa’s Schedule

Saturday, November 10- Sunday, December 23

  • Monday-Saturday: 10am to 8pm
  • Sunday: 11am to 6pm

Christmas Eve Hours: (Monday, December 24th)

  • Santa’s Hours: 10am to Noon (Santa will leave promptly at noon to begin his adventures)
  • Train Station Hours: 10am to 4pm

Milk & Cookie Breaks:

  • Monday-Saturday: 12:30-1:30 & 4:30-5:30
  • Sunday: 2:00-3:00
  • (Due to flow of traffic these times may vary slightly)
Opening Weekend Skate @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm

Opening Day: November 16, 2018

Ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza will begin November 16, 2018! Weather permitting, the rink is open seven days a week, including holidays.

Hours

  • Monday through Thursday  |  Noon – 9 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday  |  Noon – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday  |  Noon – 6 p.m.

Admission

  • Adults  |  $8.50
  • Child/Military/Senior 62+  |  $5.25
  • Skate Rental: $4.75

Admission is increased by $1 on holidays. Group rates are available.

Santa at Jordan Creek Town Center @ Jordan Creek Town Center
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm

Santa’s Arrival at Jordan Creek is on November 16th at 6:00 pm. To kick off the season there will be a Holiday Tree Lighting & Fireworks!

Regular Hours: 
Friday (11/16): 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM-8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM

Special Hours:
Monday – Saturday (12/15-12/22): 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Christmas Eve (12/24): 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Pet Nights: Bring your furry friend to see Santa on Monday evenings, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, November 19 to December 17.

PJ Night: November 30 and December 6 at 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Ugly Sweater Night: December 13 at 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Santa at Merle Hay Mall @ Merle Hay Mall
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm

Santa’s Hours November 17 to December 24, 2018:
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon to 5:30 pm

Santa at Outlets of Des Moines @ Outlets of Des Moines
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm

Santa is at Outlets of Des Moines and wants to take a picture with you! Receive TWO FREE 4×6″ Santa Photo Prints + Digital Download of Single Image for every Family who visits Santa! Additional photos and Christmas merchandise available for purchase.

Sponsored by Mercy Hospital.

Santa’s Hours November 18 to December 24, 2018:
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Please, be aware that Santa needs to take breaks to feed his reindeers) One giveaway per family, per Christmas Season. Some restrictions may apply. Valid through December 24, 2018. Visiting times may vary.

It’s a Wonderful Life – Radio Play @ Kum & Go Theater
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm

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

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. An ensemble of five actors, with the help live sound effects, brings a few dozen characters to the life on the stage, sharing the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.