Breakfast with Santa @ Youth Center
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am

Bring your family and have breakfast with Santa, which includes; pancakes, sausage, milk, and juice. Santa will be available for photos and kids can enjoy face painting and a book fair. Event is held from 8 – 11 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa on at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill @ Bass Pro Shops
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am

Enjoy a breakfast buffet, craft, personal visits and reading with Santa the Bass Pro Shops of Altoona. There’s two seatings offered on December 7 and 14, 2019 at 8:00 to 9:30 am. Very limited seating and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To make reservations, please call 515-957-5400.

Coffee with a Cop + Milk and Cookies with Santa @ Hy-Vee Market Grille
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am

Join us for Coffee with a Cop + Milk and cookies with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Hy-Vee, 5750 Merle Hay Road. The goal of Coffee with a Cop is for Johnston police officers to get to know you and for you to get to know our officers. This month, bring your children and they can visit with Santa and enjoy milk and cookies.

We encourage you to come with specific questions or just be ready to share what is on your mind. In a short time, we hope to get to know you and discover mutual goals that will continue to grow and improve our community.

Back to Bethlehem @ Urban Heights Covenant Church
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am

You and your family are invited…Back to Bethlehem! 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

  • Visit the stable and re-live the birth of Jesus.
  • Pet the Camel, donkeys, sheep and other live animals in the barnyard.
  • Explore the shops and meet the shopkeepers of Bethlehem.
  • Participate in fun activities and crafts.
  • Enjoy breakfast among the shephards.

All ages love this morning in Bethlehem!

Brunch with Santa & Rudolph @ Center Grove Orchard
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am


Join us for a festive holiday brunch! It’s great fun for the whole family.

  • Menu: Pancakes, eggs, sausage, milk and juice
  • Cookie decorating
  • Coloring contest
  • Letters to Santa
  • Visits with Santa
  • CGO Express Train rides (weather permitting)
  • Photo opportunities with Santa as well as Santa’s sleigh guided by Rudolph

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Cowles Holiday Bonanza @ Cowles Elementary
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am

Friday 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

The coolest craft show of the season is back! Unique vendors make for great holiday shopping, while student vendors show off creative wares like homemade ceramics and doggie treats. Friday night, enjoy hot cider and goods from the bake sale and listen to live holiday music while you browse the amazing selection of vendors and our book fair.

On Saturday, plan to spend the day with us and browse the huge assortment of vendors. Coffee and lunch for sale as well as an amazing hot cocoa bar. Enjoy goodies from the bake sale or buy a special tray to take home for your holiday entertaining. Kids will love participating in make and take crafts in our coffee shop. Live music will put you in the holiday spirit. Cowles Holiday Bonanza is presented by the Cowles Montessori Parent Group and sponsored by Windsor Heights Hy-Vee.

Santa’s Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am

Santa Photos, Crafts, Games & Activities

November 17-31

FREE Photo with Santa (Bass Pass Required) FREE Crafts FREE Games & Activities
Weekdays 5–8PM 5–7PM Open to Close
Saturday 10AM–8PM NOON–5PM Open to Close
Sunday 10AM–5PM NOON–5PM Open to Close

Special Hours – U.S. Locations Only

FREE Photo with Santa (Bass Pass Required) FREE Crafts FREE Games & Activities
Thursday, Nov. 28* 10AM–5PM 3–5PM Open to Close
Friday, Nov. 29 1–8PM 5–7PM Open to Close

*Foxborough, MA, Berlin, MA, and Scarborough ME locations are closed on Nov 28

December 1–7

FREE Photo with Santa (Bass Pass Required) FREE Crafts FREE Games & Activities
Weekdays 3–8PM 5–7PM Open to Close
Saturday 10AM–8PM NOON–5PM Open to Close
Sunday 10AM–5PM NOON–5PM Open to Close

December 8–23

FREE Photo with Santa (Bass Pass Required) FREE Crafts FREE Games & Activities
Weekdays 10AM–8PM 5–7PM Open to Close
Saturday 10AM–8PM NOON–5PM Open to Close
Sunday 10AM–5PM NOON–5PM Open to Close

December 24

FREE Photo with Santa FREE Crafts FREE Games & Activities
Sunday, Dec. 24 10AM–5PM 3–5PM Open to Close

*While supplies last. Styles may vary. See store for details.

Windsor Wonderland @ Windsor Heights Hy-Vee
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am

Join us at Windsor Wonderland at the Windsor Heights Hy-Vee on Saturday, December 7th! 9:00 am to 12:00 noon there will be live reindeer and a sleigh. Get in the holiday spirit with the following activities!
* Pictures with Santa
* Cookie decorating
* Hot chocolate
* Letters to Santa

Breakfast with Santa & Cookie Walk @ Eastview Community Center
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am

Come join us for our annual Breakfast With Santa. There will be a FREE pancake and sausage breakfast. Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa. There will also be a Cookie Walk where you can stock up on all your Holiday treats! Lot’s of fun, crafts, and balloon animals. Bring your whole family!

Cookies for Santa @ Giovannetti Community Shelter
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am

Everyone knows that Santa loves COOKIES!! Join us as we decorate cookies for Santa. Please bring a container to take treats home. Parental supervision required. Fee is for child only, parents are free. Please register child only. Staff Instructor.
Registration Deadline: December 2

Ages 3-8.

Gingerbread House Workshop @ Altoona Public Library
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am

Come construct your very own gingerbread house at our seventh annual gingerbread decorating program. Come alone or bring the whole family for some festive holiday fun. We provide the supplies, you provide the creativity! You will have two hours to construct your creation.  Will you build a traditional cottage, or go with something completely unique? It’s up to you! You may enter your house into our annual contest, or take it home to enjoy right away.

Registration required.

Holly & Ivy @ Salisbury House
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am

Salisbury House welcomes you to join us for the holidays during our annual Holly & Ivy home tour. Experience this grand 1920s estate along with privately-owned historic homes within the surrounding neighborhood at their holiday best. Each room of Salisbury House will be decorated by the finest local interior designers, florists, and home furnishing stores.

Proceeds of Holly & Ivy benefit the Salisbury House Foundation to preserve Salisbury House and its collections.

No Room at the Inn Festival @ Valley United Methodist Church
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am

Valley United Methodist Church will host their 14th annual “No Room at the Inn” event. Kick off your Christmas season with an inspiring display of 400+ nativities in a beautiful candlelight setting. There will be a Children’s area and activities and free refreshments.

FREE admission. Donations will be accepted to support Habitat for Humanity.

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm



That Night in Bethlehem @ Altoona Christian Church
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am

Welcome the Advent season with hundreds of nativity scenes in a beautiful candlelit setting. Free refreshments and all ages are welcome.

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Santa Express @ Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Dec 7 @ 10:30 am

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

Christkindlmarket Des Moines @ Principal Park
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am

Experience a German-inspired Christmas Market at Cowles Commons. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a 700 year old tradition.

Shop regional vendors selling old-world, hand-crafted products from wooden vendor stalls; enjoy lively performances of polka music, traditional dance and choirs in the entertainment tent; participate in children’s activities; sip Glühwein (warm, mulled wine) and savor European-style Iowa craft beer.

Des Moines European Heritage Association, a 501(c)3, tax-exempt non-profit, produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines. This event is free and open to the public. Dates and times are as follows:

December 6, 2019: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
December 7, 2019: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
December 8, 2019: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Scuba Santa @ Blank Park Zoo
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am

Saturday, December 7th & Sunday, December 8th

There are dives each day at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Chimney’s aren’t the only thing Santa will be diving into this winter! Santa is scuba diving in Blank Park Zoo’s 15,000 gallon tank on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th at 11 AM and again at 2 PM each day. Come snap a unique holiday selfie with the man himself!

For more information, please call 515-285-4722 or contact

Santa at Jordan Creek Town Center @ Jordan Creek Town Center
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm

Santa’s Arrival at Jordan Creek is on November 22nd.

Photos with Santa at Sephora Promo Court Lower Level

Santa’s Hours November 22 to December 24, 2019

Monday – Saturday: 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 Noon to 6:00 pm

Special Hours:
December 16-23 extended hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
December 24: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pet Nights: Bring your furry friend to see Santa on Monday evenings, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, November 25 to December 16.

Santa Cares: Time reserved for Children within all spectrums of special needs and their families for a sensory-friendly visit with Santa, Sunday, November 24 8:30 to 10:30 am and Sunday, December 8, 8:00 to 9:30am.

Say “SANTA” with It’s a Wonderful Lifetime!

Lifetime is your destination for 24/7 Christmas movies, all season long at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines! And to get you in the holiday spirit, Lifetime is giving the gift of 500 free photo packages so your festive family photos with Santa can be remembered for a lifetime. Sign up for your free photo package from November 9, 2019 to November 27, 2019. And to keep the season merry and bright, share your holiday moments for a chance to win up to $2,000 shipping spree! Use #LifetimeSantaSweepstakes, #ItsAWonderfulLifetime and Tag @LifetimeTV to enter. Sweepstakes Official Rules. Free photo packages are provided to the first 500 guests that register with Lifetime and make a Santa photo reservation.

A Christmas Story, The Musical @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Dec 7 @ 1:00 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.

Candy Cane Hike @ Annett Nature Center
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm

Bring the whole family out to hike the trails of Annett Nature Center in search of hidden candy canes.  Submit your guess for how many candy canes are on the trail and get entered to win a wintery surprise. There will be refreshments, hot cocoa, and exhibits to explore inside.

This is a self-guided hike, so you can come and go between 1PM-3PM. Check in at the front desk for instructions and a trail map.  Please dress for the weather. Registration is required by December 6,2019.