2017 Fun Things To Do After Opening Gifts on Christmas Day in Des Moines

2017 Fun Things To Do After Opening Gifts on Christmas Day in Des Moines

Find the 2019 Holiday Fun Guide here. 

Wrapping paper is strewn everywhere, presents line the coffee table and the stockings are empty.  After all the planning and prep work, Christmas morning was a success. You’ve nestled into that perfect spot on the couch with your coffee, little faces meet your stare and although words are not spoken, you know what’s behind the look. It’s the dreaded question. “What now?

11 Fun Activities To Do After Opening Gifts on Christmas Day

Hit the Ice

Is there anything more charming than ice skating on Christmas Day? Make the Brenton Skating Plaza your family’s new holiday tradition. Admission is $8 for Adults; $5 Child/Senior: (60+) and skate rental is $4.50. Open on Christmas Day from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.  (520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines.)

Go to the Park

Get outside for some fresh air. Of course, local parks are pretty much always open and have plenty of green space and playground areas where kids can burn off some energy.  Walker Johnston Park in Urbandale and Greenwood Ashworth Park near the Des Moines Art Center are a couple of our favs.

Drive Around and Look at Holiday Lights

Unfortunately, Jolly Holiday Lights will be closed on Christmas Day this year.  But, that doesn’t mean you can’t all pile into the car and check out the sparkling lights in your neighborhood.  Not much to look at near your house? Drive through neighborhoods where you know there’ll be lots of lights like Beaverdale.

Go Bowling

Warrior Lanes is a modern bowling center that has kid friendly bumper bowling lanes, plenty of lightweight bowling balls and small shoes for kids. Bowl the evening away and make it home just in time to go to bed. They’re open from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on Christmas Day. $4.25/game or $21.95/hour + shoe rental. (190 Laurel Street, Waukee.)

Break Out the New Board Games or Deck of Cards

This is the perfect opportunity to play the new board games that Santa brought and is a great way to encourage quality family time.  Santa didn’t bring a game this year?  No problem, grab a deck of cards and play Trash, Go Fish, Kings on the Corner, Spoons, Cribbage, Pitch……

Let Someone Else Cook

You’ll find several restaurants open on Christmas Day. Many chains are open and local spots like House of Hunan in Urbandale and Two Rivers Grille in West Des Moines will be serving hungry Christmas Day patrons.

Go on a Family Walk or Bike Ride

If we continue to have this mild weather, this will be a great opportunity to get outside. Lace up the hiking shoes (or snow boots;) and hit a trail near you.  This is also a good opportunity to try out those new skates, skateboards, bikes, scooters, trikes etc that are all begging to be road tested.

Visit Some Reindeer

Elk and caribou (aka reindeer) are waiting for your company on Christmas Day. Jester Park stays open 365 days a year and Christmas Day is one of its quieter times, so you should be able to enjoy the animals at your leisure. Winter park hours are from sunrise to sunset. (11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger.)

Take the Kids to a Movie

Taking in a movie on Christmas Day is a tradition for many families. Settle down in the dark while the kids laugh themselves silly with a fave flick. Family friendly movies now in theaters include: Wonder, Coco, and Ferdinand.  Find a complete list in our 2017 Holiday Movie Guide 4 Kids & Families.

Play in the Snow?

Check the weather conditions, then put on your boots, coats, hat and gloves and head outside. Go sledding, throw snowballs or build a snowman.

Have a Family Dance Party

It’s the final day of the year to enjoy your favorite Christmas music, so crank em’ up and bust a move!




What will you do after all the gifts are open on Christmas Day?  We’d love to hear your fun family traditions!

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