Hike and Hot Cocoa @ Jester Park Nature Center
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm

A cold December day is the perfect time to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy National Cocoa Day. We’ll start the program with a brisk walk around Discovery Pond and end by enjoying a mug of hot cocoa around a fire.  FREE. No registration required. All ages welcome.


$5 Family Night @ Science Center of Iowa
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm

The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first… our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 pm. For all ages.

Family Fun Night @ Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm

Every Friday night starting November 15th through February, is Family Fun Night at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., participants can access all the amenities at our newly renovated facility to play basketball, pickleball and dodgeball in the gym. We also have board games, table tennis, billiards, a weight room, a computer lab and a cardio room for your enjoyment.

Expect special programming on the third Friday of each month for things like a bounce house, Imagination Playground and other special activities.

Friday Pajama Party @ Glazed Expressions
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm


Just wear your REAL pajamas and get creative!

Everyone who is wearing their pj’s will have FREE studio sessions for that evening!

So grab your friends, bring any snacks or beverages you would like, and come party with us!

Pajama Party is on Fridays from 5pm-9pm

*​Shoes must be worn at all times. No reservations. Seating is first come, first served.

Christmas Wonderland @ West Des Moines Christian Church
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm

The West Des Moines Christian Church will be celebrating the Christmas season with their 55th 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 13 @ 5:30 pm

November 29 – December 30, 2019 – 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Wish Shop will close after Dec. 23.
The lights are closed on December 24 & 25.
As the holiday approached the lights get busier. Reminder we are open 7 days a week. Traffic tends to be lighter during the week than on the weekends.

Come out and celebrate more than 20 years of holiday lights. Bundle up the family and enjoy a 2.5 mile ride through more than 100 magical light displays. 100% of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish® Iowa! Since it began in 1995, the event has raised enough money to grant more than 900 wishes to Iowa kids!

For cancellations due to weather please check out Facebook Page. 

A Hogsmeade Holiday Party – Teens @ Indianola Public Library
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm

Teens, grades 6-12 Only. Pizza, butter beer, raffle prizes, Wizarding World Bingo, prizes, and so much more!

Drive-Thru Living Nativity @ Capitol City Church
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm

The Christmas event of the season, the Drive-Thru Living Nativity will feature live animals and actors.  The Grinch, Rudolph, Anna & Elsa, Buddy the Elf, Santa and many of your favorite holiday characters will also be there. Fun for the whole family and the true meaning of Christmas.

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt @ Giovannetti Community Shelter
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm

It has been rumored someone has left candy canes and candy on the grounds around Giovannetti Community Shelter! Bring your bag and flashlight and come help us find them all! After collecting all the candy, enjoy hot cocoa inside the shelter house. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a picture with Santa! Parents must accompany children, please register child only. Dress according to the weather.

Registration Deadline: December 6

(ages 1-10)

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.

Santa Express @ Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm

Tickets go on sale November 1, 2019

Bring the family, and enjoy a ride from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s depot to the North Pole (and return).  En route, you will hear the story of Santa’s Scenic Valley Ride, sing holiday songs, and take part in other fun, family activities.  Also on board, you will be served hot chocolate and a cookie, and children will get to meet (and receive a special memento from) Santa himself.  Be sure to arrive in your pajamas, and experience what has become a tradition for families from across Iowa, and beyond. Tickets for this event go on sale November 1.  Purchase at, or by calling 1-800-626-0319.

The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is a division of the Iowa Railroad Historical Society, a non-profit, operating railroad museum.

Trains depart at:

Fridays:  6:00 PM

Saturdays: 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM

Sunday after Thanksgiving: 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM

Other Sundays: 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM

A Christmas Story, The Musical @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm

Performance Times: 7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

Dec. 6-23, 2019

We triple dog dare you to see this show!
Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, IN, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others.

Ballet Des Moines Presents The Nutcracker @ Hoyt Sherman Plance
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm

Magical  . . .  The beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, returns to the stage with the whimsy and magic that we have all grown to love!  This favorite holiday story perfectly captures the magic and anticipation of the night before Christmas. Join Clara, her magical prince and toys that come to life as a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure.

Ballet Des Moines presents its 18th annual production of The Nutcracker, December 13-15, 2019 at Hoyt Sherman Place.

Friday, December 13 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 14 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 15 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Glow @ Sky Zone Des Moines
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm



Summer GLOW Sale Friday $9.99- 2 Hours $14.99- 3 Hours & Saturday $9.99- 2 Hours (Age: 8 and older)

We’re different after dark. Lasers, music and blacklight transform the whole park into a crazy jumping dance club. Waivers are required for all persons entering the park during Glow.

Iowa Wolves Basketball Game @ Wells Fargo Arena
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm

Find Tickets and Promotions Schedule on Iowa Wolves’ Website.

2019-20 Home Schedule

11/8/2019 7:00 PM Skyforce
11/13/2019 7:00 PM Stars
11/15/2019 7:00 PM Clippers
11/16/2019 7:00 PM Legends
11/20/2019 7:00 PM Lakers
11/22/2019 7:00 PM Spurs
12/2/2019 7:00 PM Blue
12/13/2019 7:00 PM Red Claws
12/14/2019 7:00 PM Skyforce
12/17/2019 7:00 PM Blue
12/27/2019 7:00 PM Vipers
12/29/2019 4:00 PM Vipers
1/1/2020 1:00 PM Suns
1/4/2020 7:00 PM Hustle
1/6/2020 7:00 PM Hustle
1/15/2020 7:00 PM Warriors
2/1/2020 7:00 PM Clippers
2/4/2020 10:30AM Knicks
2/10/2020 7:00 PM Kings
2/23/2020 4:00 PM Lakers
3/8/2020 3:00 PM Warriors
3/21/2020 7:00 PM Legends
3/23/2020 7:00 PM Spurs
3/25/2020 7:00 PM Kings
A Christmas Story @ Ankeny Community Theatre
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm

Holiday Comedy – Rated PG

​Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros. and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepard. Movie won minor awards in year of release and since has become an annual favorite. In 2012, a Marist Poll named the film the favorite holiday film in the U.S.

Bandstand @ Civic Center
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm

From three-time Tony® winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, comes an inspiring new American musical that explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing.

It’s 1945, and six soldiers return from war to a changed nation. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally feel like they have a place to call home.

“The show defies you not to be moved” (Time Out New York).

Iowa Stage Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm

A Christmas Carol has been a holiday tradition for Iowa Stage, and to celebrate our move to the Stoner we are creating a new version, with all new sets, to delight holiday audiences with the timeless tale of Scrooge’s ghostly visitations and Yuletide change of heart.

Club Air @ Get Air Des Moines
Dec 13 @ 9:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday 9pm to close
  • 2 Hours for $15 or 3 Hours for $20

Join us every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm to close for a night of dance music, fun with your friends, and JUMPING on trampolines! It gets turned up a notch on DJ night, check the schedule to see when a DJ will be at your park!

Light up your weekend with Club Air! Join us every Friday and Saturday from 9 PM to close for a night of dance dance music, fun with your friends, and JUMPING on trampolines! This time is for Big Air jumpers only (over 46”) and you must be over 9 years old. Individuals under the age of 18 will need a signed waiver from their parent or guardian, fill out your waiver at the park or click here to sign online.


A Special Time Just For You @ Get Air Des Moines
Dec 14 @ 8:00 am

Calmer Atmosphere

Saturday – 8 AM to 10 AM
Big Air – $13.99, Little Air – $8.99

We offer a dedicated time just for jumpers with special needs. Music is played at a lower volume and the park’s atmosphere is calmer. One parent or guardian can support jumpers on the trampoline for free. Siblings of jumpers are welcome to jump for the same price, but should be more careful during this time.

We have designed our trampoline parks with special needs as a primary focus, creating inclusive playgrounds where kids of all ages and abilities can come together in an environment that facilitates shared play and fun. Our goal is for Get Air Sports to be a place where kids can just be kids. We hope you’ll join us! When you arrive, or call beforehand, talk to one of our team members and we’ll ensure proper accommodations are made to create a fun and enjoyable experience for all.

Special Time Just For You is for special needs jumpers and their families.