More Holiday Special Events in Des Moines
Make your holidays extra magical this year with special events all around the metro!
Nov 24 – Dec 24, Dec 26 – 31 | Holiday Hullabaloo
Nov 24 – 26 | Festival of Trees & Lights
Nov 25 – Dec 18 | Santa Express
Where: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
What: Join in for what has become a tradition for families across the Midwest. Take a ride on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s Santa Express, a journey that will take you from Boone to the North Pole, and return. Santa passes through the train, greeting children, and passing out a special gift.
Nov 30 – Dec 2 | Kerstmarkt: Pella’s Dutch Christmas Market
Where: Molengracht Plaza, Pella
What: Experience a Dutch Christmas Market in Pella, Iowa! This festive event will be held in conjunction with Pella’s Christmas Tour of Homes. Inspired by outdoor markets in the Netherlands, this cozy market will fill you with holiday cheer.
Nov 30 – Dec 3 | Christkindlmarket Des Moines
What: The goal of this German-inspired Christmas market is to educate and entertain the community by exposing them to European-style foods, products, and fun. Featuring regional vendors, European foods, and activities for kids and adults alike.
Dec 2 – Dec 17 | A Charlie Brown Christmas
Where: Des Moines Playhouse
What: The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Dec 7 – 10 | The Nutcracker
Dec 9 | The Peppermint Trail
Where: The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand and the Roosevelt Cultural District
What: Celebrate the season with shopping and dining specials at your favorite local businesses in The Avenues of Ingersoll and Grand and the Roosevelt Cultural District. Enjoy free holiday trolley rides, visits from Santa Claus, window displays, gingerbread contests, carolers, sweet treats, and more!
Where: Des Moines Civic Center
What: The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life.