Holiday Events you cannot miss!

Photo by City of Urbandale.

As the Holiday gets closer, the Christmas spirit grows stronger! There are many events taking place in Iowa for the family to enjoy together. We have made a list of several events that you cannot miss!

Christmas Carnival | The Bridge 

December 10th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 


Location: 10025 NW 62nd Ave Johnston, IA

Join The Bridge for a free family event. Carnival food, games, and more! The Bridge is a community that seeks to connect people with God and with each other, to grow in their love of God and others, and to serve Jesus in the world.

Santa’s Rock N Lights 

From November 29th to December 31st, 5:10 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Living History Farms, 2514 111th St, Urbandale, IA 50322, United States

Santa’s Rock N Lights is an animated drive-thru light show. You’re invited to experience the reimagined layout with themed worlds of light including a dinosaur world, over 700 feet of tunnels, and a longer route.


Jingle Bell Stroll | Gray’s Lake Park

December 2nd, 2023, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Location: Gray’s Lake Park, SE Lawn

Embrace the holiday spirit and create magical memories at the enchanting Jingle Bell Stroll! This FREE event designed for children 13 and under is tailored to provide a delightful experience for their youngest participants. Join them for an afternoon filled with joy, laughter, and holiday cheer! Event Highlights: Walk along a festive holiday-themed loop, enjoy games and craft stations, visit Santa Claus for a memorable photo, listen to festive holiday music, and sip on delicious hot chocolate.

Required registration can be found on their website.


Train Ride at Outlets of Des Moines | Outlets of Des Moines

November 17th, 2023 — January 7th, 2024, different times per day

Location: Outlets of Des Moines, 801 Bass Pro Drive, Altoona, IA, 50009

View Jolly Holiday Lights like never before in a trackless train ride around the Outlets of Des Moines! Tickets are $5 per rider and can be purchased at the event. Nothing Bundt Cakes will also be selling bundt cakes with 10% of sales donated to Make-A-Wish Iowa.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party | Smash Park

December 16th, 5:00 pm – Close

Location: Smash Park, 6625 Coachlight Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Who dares to rock the absolute UGLIEST Christmas sweater this side of the North Pole? ‘Tis the season to put on your festive Ugly Sweater at the party to score FREE Jello Shots and a $200 gift card. Plus, enjoy drink specials all night to keep the party going.

Miracle on 86th Street | City of Urbandale

November 21, 2023 through January 8, 2024, different times per day

Location: Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park, 3600 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322

Bundle up this winter and stroll through the Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park. The park features a large custom-built train, larger-than-life ornamental displays, an ice-skating rink, and holiday-themed events and all season long. The park is lit with more than 50,000 holiday lights and we’re hosting special events all season long!

Learn more about the different events through their website!

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