Dec
13
Thu
Visit Free During Extended Holiday Hours @ Reiman Gardens
Dec 13 @ 4:30 pm

This holiday season Reiman Gardens will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas for visitors to shop at the Gift Shop and see the indoor holiday train display. This is also your chance to see the outdoor lights and decorations illuminated against the night sky.

Admission is free for everyone after 4:30 p.m. The Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing still closes at 4:30 p.m. No preregistration required.

 

 

Jingle in the Junction @ Valley Junction
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm

Jingle in the Junction

November 29
Dec. 6 & 13
5-9 pm

Join us for “Jingle in the Junction” on Thursday,November 29, December 6 and December 13th from 5-9 pm. The businesses in Historic Valley Junction and the streets will be lined with over 150,000 twinkling lights. Along with your old favorites, such as FREE horse and trolley rides, Santa, and caroling, watch Bill Gordish carve beautiful ice sculptures, & Professor Von Air will create balloon magic!!

 

Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Iowa Jolly Holiday Lights @ Adventureland
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm

November 23 – December 29, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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 out Facebook Page. 

One Starry Night @ Grimes United Methodist Church
Dec 13 @ 6:00 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. 6:00 t0 9:00 pm.

Dec
14
Fri
Nature Club @ Brenton Arboretum
Dec 14 @ 10:30 am

2nd Friday of Every Month – During Nature Club, your children will learn, explore, and connect with the natural world through active lessons around the Arboretum. Please email education(at)thebrentonarboretum.org with the names and ages of your children and the date you would like to attend.

Pre-registration is requested by the Wednesday before the program.

Christmas Wonderland @ West Des Moines Christian Church
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm

The West Des Moines Christian Church will be celebrating the Christmas season with their 54th annual live nativity and Christmas Children’s Musical.  The entire family will enjoy this living nativity featuring costumed actors and live animals.

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

November 23 – December 29, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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 out Facebook Page. 

One Starry Night @ Grimes United Methodist Church
Dec 14 @ 6:00 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. 6:00 t0 9:00 pm.

Dec
15
Sat
Santa Day @ City of Clive
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am

Clive Firefighters will be escorting Santa aboard Clive fire trucks to special Santa Stops throughout the City. This is the 56th consecutive year! Santa will be handing out candy canes to the children and listening to their Christmas requests. Don’t be late to the Santa Stop nearest you!

9:00 a.m. Santa Stops

  • Linnan Park (8500 Alice Avenue)
  • Clive Aquatics Center (1801 NW 114th Street)
  • Living Faith Lutheran Church (2180 NW 142nd Street)

11:00 a.m. Santa Stops

  •  Indian Hills Junior High (North Green Space at 9400 Sunset Terrace)
  •  Campbell Park (12385 Woodlands Parkway)
  • County Club Glen Park (16335 Sheridan Avenue)

If you have a child with a disability or who is physically limited and unable to travel, please contact the Clive Fire Department at 223-1595 and we will arrange for a special visit.

Santa at the Zoo @ Blank Park Zoo
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am

Ho, Ho, Ho! Guess who’s coming to the Zoo?!

Saturday, December 8 & 15 from 10 AM to 2 PM

A holiday tradition you do not want to miss! Guests are encouraged to bring their entire family to Blank Park Zoo for a day of holiday cheer. After snapping a photo with Santa and writing a letter to the North Pole, guests are welcome to enjoy the wonder of the Zoo, both indoor and outdoor.

Tickets

$14 adults

$8 child

Free for members

For more information, please call 515-285-4722 or contact events@blankparkzoo.org.

 

Pony Express to Santa @ Jester Park Equestrian Center
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am

Come join Santa and the ponies of JPEC for a magical holiday tradition! Children between the ages of 2-12 will ride their pony through a winter wonderland before meeting Santa Clause in his sleigh. Kids will have the chance to sit with Saint Nick and ask for what they’d like for the holidays.

Christmas Wonderland @ West Des Moines Christian Church
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm

The West Des Moines Christian Church will be celebrating the Christmas season with their 54th annual live nativity and Christmas Children’s Musical.  The entire family will enjoy this living nativity featuring costumed actors and live animals.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Iowa Jolly Holiday Lights @ Adventureland
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm

November 23 – December 29, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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 out Facebook Page. 

Star Party hosted by the Science Center of Iowa @ Various Locations
Dec 15 @ 10:00 pm

SCI is experiencing a season of space exploration! From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

STAR PARTIES

Experience the out-of-this-world space observation! Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS) to take a look through high-powered telescopes and get a quick lesson on the basics of telescope operation. Guests will have the opportunity to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more.Star Parties are free and open to the public.

2018 Star Parties

  • January 9, 5:30-8:30 pm at SCI
    Stars and deep-sky objects
    PLUS: Cafe Scientifique presentation in the Star Theater planetarium, 6:00 pm
  • January 31, 5:30-8:30 am at Ewing Park View map
    Total lunar eclipse, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn
  • February 13, 6:00-8:15 pm at SCI
    Stars and deep-sky objects
    PLUS: Cafe Scientifique presentation in the Star Theater planetarium, 6:00 pm
  • March 24, 8:00-10:00 pm at TBD Location
    Moon and Venus
    PLUS: How to Train Your Telescope workshop, 8:30 pm
  • April 21, 8:30-11:30 pm at Ashton Observatory View map
    Lyrid meteor shower, Moon, Venus and Jupiter
  • May 12, 9:30-11:30 pm at TBD Location
    Venus, Jupiter and Saturn
  • June 30, 9:45-11:45 pm at SCI
    Jupiter, Moon, Mars and Saturn
  • July 21, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Venus, Jupiter, Moon, Saturn and Mars
    PLUS: One Small Step program at 10:00 pm
  • August 11, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am at Ewing Park View map
    Perseid meteor shower
    PLUS: Activities, crafts and a movie under the stars
  • September 1, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
    Jupiter, Saturn and Mars
  • October 20, 7:00-9:00 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Moon, Saturn and Mars
    PLUS: Spooky Stars program at 8:00 pm
  • November 17, 6:30-8:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Saturn, Mars and Moon
  • December 15, 10:00 pm – 12:00 am at Ewing Park View map
    Geminid meteor shower, Moon and Mars

Events at Ewing Park and Ashton Observatory are held in partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation.

PLEASE NOTE: Star Parties are weather dependent and are subject to cancellation. Check the SCI website and Facebook for updates.

Dec
16
Sun
Pony Express to Santa @ Jester Park Equestrian Center
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am

Come join Santa and the ponies of JPEC for a magical holiday tradition! Children between the ages of 2-12 will ride their pony through a winter wonderland before meeting Santa Clause in his sleigh. Kids will have the chance to sit with Saint Nick and ask for what they’d like for the holidays.

Sample Sunday @ Picket Fence Creamery
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm

Sample Sunday!

12:00 – 5:00pm

There’s sure to be lots of fun things to see and do!

(Held in conjunction with our neighbors at Prairieland Herbs.)

2018 Sample Sunday Dates

January 14 February 11
March 4 April 8
May 6 June 10
July 8 August 5
September 9 October 14
November 18 December 16
December 23
Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm

Every Sunday, all year long wine and music lovers can enjoy some of the best bands in the Midwest right here in their own backyard (but you’ll feel like you’re on vacation!). Rain or shine the music goes on. Weather permitting, the bands will perform outside but in the winter or on rainy days we bring the music inside.  Kids are welcome.

Sunday Tunes Band Schedule: 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Sept 2 Sons of Gladys Kravitz
Sept 9 Fat Tuesday & The Grease Fire Horns
Sept 16 Tony Valdez Duo
Sept 23 Opus Taylor
Sept 30 FreeStyle Band

Oct. 7 James Biehn Band & Grape Harvest Party!
Oct. 14 Cindy Grill & Alan Smith
Oct. 21 Bob Pace Solo
Oct. 28 TBD: Country Music Band

Nov. 18 Holiday Open House & Live Music
Dec. 16 Holiday Open House & Live Music

Christmas Wonderland @ West Des Moines Christian Church
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm

The West Des Moines Christian Church will be celebrating the Christmas season with their 54th annual live nativity and Christmas Children’s Musical.  The entire family will enjoy this living nativity featuring costumed actors and live animals.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Iowa Jolly Holiday Lights @ Adventureland
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm

November 23 – December 29, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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 out Facebook Page. 

Dec
17
Mon
Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Iowa Jolly Holiday Lights @ Adventureland
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm

November 23 – December 29, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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 out Facebook Page.