‘Tis the Season: Holiday Happenings in DSM

The holiday season is in full swing in Des Moines and there are tons of joy-filled holiday activities you can experience with your friends and family. View holiday light displays, shop locally, build a gingerbread house, craft your own holiday gifts and MORE! Here are a few of my favorite upcoming holiday happenings!

Jingle in the Junction – November 29, December 6, and December 13 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Explore the charm of Valley Junction at night when the streets are lined with over 150,000 twinkling lights and local shoppers. There will be free horse drawn carriage rides and even Santa! Play Valley Junction’s Mistletoe Bingo as you shop and you might just win a prize basket.

Gingerbread Grandeur Workshops – December 1 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Frost your way into the holiday season by creating your very own gingerbread house at Salisbury House & Gardens! For only $20 you can create and keep your very own gingerbread house. Purchase tickets here.

Nada Silent Night X – December 1 at 8:00 p.m. – Enjoy the songs of the season performed by The Nadas at the historic Hoyt Sherman Place. Admission is $22.50 (in advance) or $27.50 the day of the show, plus an unwrapped toy, which will be donated to the Marie Corps Toys for Tots. Purchase tickets here.

Art Noir Holiday Art Studio – December 6 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Create your own colorful holiday wreath, paper ornament balls, transfer prints and more at the Art Noir Holiday Studio. As you’re crafting your way though the night, enjoy complimentary wine and food. RSVP by December 1 to artnoir@desmoinesartcenter.org to reserve your spot and pay your $15 material fee the night of the event.

16th Annual Holly & Ivy Tour – December 7, 8 and 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Tour a few of the most exquisitely decorated places in Des Moines – Salisbury House & Gardens, Terrace Hill, and two other personal homes – during the Holly & Ivy Tour. I have gone on the Tour for the past 4 or 5 years – and it’s such a great time! Pay online or pay upon arrival at either Salisbury House or Terrace Hill.

Jolly Holiday Lights – Crank up the Christmas tunes, turn on your heated seats and kick off the holiday with Jolly Holiday Lights at Water Works Park! Enjoy 3.5 miles of holiday light displays for only $10/car. Jolly Holiday Lights is open nightly from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. through January 1.

Blow Your Own Glass Ornaments with Studio Fuzzishu – Does Pinterest have you thinking you can make all of your holiday gifts? Well look no further than Studio Fuzzishu for some DIY holiday fun! From now until the end of December, you can blow your own glass ornaments for only $14 per ornament. I made my own ornament last year with the help of Studio Fuzzishu and it was a ton of fun. Call the studio to schedule your appointment at: (515) 402-8143.

What are your favorite holiday events or traditions in Des Moines?

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