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11-28-2014

Special Events

Black Friday Drop N Shop

November 28, 2014
  • Location: Pump It Up
  • 4069 121st Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50323
  • Times: 8 a.m.-Noon and Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $20/child
  • Phone: 515-249-2710
  • Email | Website

Drop the kids off the day after Thanksgiving so you can shop or just relax after the holiday! We will be playing with the kids, making a craft, glow party, contests and more! Best of all they will have a pizza party and won't be hungry when you pick them up! Register now! Spots fill up quickly!

Comedy XPeriment Thanksgiving Miracles 2014

November 28, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 available through Ticketmaster or Civic Center box office
  • Phone: 515-371-6939
  • Email | Website

Comedy XPeriment PRESENTS Thanksgiving Miracles 2014! Des Moines’ Local Improv Group Chases Down An Improvised Turkey! Comedy XPeriment returns to the Stoner Theater on Friday, November 28 & Saturday, November 29. The Turkey Chase features the local cast presenting fan-favorite explorations with long-form improvisation. Actors create a 30 to 40-minute “play&rd...

Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey vs Omaha Lancers

November 28, 2014

Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy

November 26, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy  comes to Des Moines!  Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater & the crew of Disney Pixar's Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid's enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow...

Festival Family Flick - "Elf"

November 28, 2014

In 1984 the Festival of Trees & Lights made its debut in Des Moines & since that time families & friends have eagerly awaited this fun-filled event to kick-off the holiday season! With beautifully decorated trees, a fun-filled children's area, food, entertainment & special events, "Festival" has become a central Iowa tradition. Festival Family ...

Festival of Trees & Lights 2014

November 26, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 1984 the Festival of Trees & Lights made its debut in Des Moines & since that time families & friends have eagerly awaited this fun-filled event to kick-off the holiday season! With beautifully decorated trees, a fun-filled children's area, food, entertainment & special events, "Festival" has become a central Iowa tradition. **Discounted pre...

Fireside Music with Dennis Kain

November 28, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live music fireside at the Hotel Pattee 7-10pm. No covers. tips appreciated.

Frost Release and Holiday Open House Weekend

November 28, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Complimentary
  • Phone: 641-672-9463
  • Email | Website

The new Tassel Ridge Frost will be on sale at the Winery beginning Friday, November 28. Frost is a sweet, fruity white with flavors of pear, apricot, and honey. Sip as dessert or pair Frost with almond, apple, or lemon desserts. And, ‘tis the season to taste our award-winning wines and enjoy samples of Tassel Ridge Iowa Mulled Wine and holiday treats while shopping for th...

Funny Bone presents Doug Thompson

November 26, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
  • Admission: varies - see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

Gun Show

November 28, 2014 to November 30, 2014
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • 3000 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 5 - 9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015

Have a fun, unique and memorable evening at a Living History Farms Historic Dinner! Join us for a dining experience that will take you back in time to Iowa's golden farming years of 1875 or 1900. Served family-style, historic recipes are prepared from scratch on a wood-burning stove. Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period and served family style. Most of o...

Holiday Bazaar (Fundraiser for Whippoorwill Theatre)

November 28, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Unity Church
  • 414 31st Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Friday 4 - 8 pm' Saturday 8 am - 4 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-661-7063
  • Email

Looking for awesome, unusual, meaningful holiday gifts? We'll have fantastic products and services for adults and kids of all ages. We promise to have a super-fun atmosphere and funky holiday music! We'll keep the kids busy while you shop! They can make a minion, hello kitty, or TMNT ornament.

Luenell - LOL Y'all Comedy Show

November 28, 2014

With Cece, Bernard Bell! Hosted by Kevin Simpson! For more information: www.valairballroom.com.

Market Day Black Friday Gift Mart/Santa's Elves Got Nothing on Us

November 28, 2014
  • Location: The Kirkwood Hotel
  • 400 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-229-1371
  • Email | Website

Market Day brings 70 artists, crafters, and vintage curators from around the midwest to downtown Des Moines. Incredible gift shopping with high quality handmade goods. Your gifts bought at Market Day will be well-loved and completely unique.

Oak Ridge Boys Hits & Christmas Show

November 28, 2014

The Oak Ridge Boys kick off this huge show with over 40 years of award winning music. The hits are endless, but they will be packed in! Including "Elvira" and "Bobbie Sue" along with your other favorites! Then, after a short intermission, the stage is transformed and it's Christmas! The trees are decorated, the snow is falling and the Oak Ridge Boys treat ...

Santa Express™

November 28, 2014
  • Venue: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
  • 225 10th Street
  • Boone, IA 50036
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Basic Coach $18; First Class Coach $45
  • Phone: 800-626-0319

Enjoy a one hour plus round trip ride from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad's Boone Depot to the North Pole. Enroute, you will be served hot chocolate and a cookie, and receive a special gift from Santa himself. Arrive in your pajamas, and enjoy a great adventure! ?Tickets on sale November 1st - online or by calling 1- (weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm) ?Fares (per ...

Santa's Winter Wonderland

November 15, 2014 to December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Valley West Mall
  • 1551 Valley West Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve Santa 10 a.m. - Noon; Train 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Train Tickets are just $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00
  • Website

Santa will be in Center Court visiting with boys and girls from Saturday, November 15th through Wednesday, December 24.

Santa's Wonderland - Thanksgiving Hours

November 27, 2014 to November 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies, see description
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Santa's Wonderland has special holiday hours because we have SO many visitors and out-of-town guests here for the holidays! Free photos with Santa: Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. ** Free crafts: Thanksgiving Day, 3-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, 5-7 p.m. ** Free games and activities open to close! Complete Santa's Wonderland schedule can be found ...

Wine & Wood Fired Oven Pizza Night

November 28, 2014
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Pizza served until 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $20 per person, plus tax (includes salad, 11-inch pizza, 1 glass of wine, and gratuity).
  • Website

Join us for Wine & Wood Fired Oven Pizza Night. Begin with a Mixed Baby Greens Salad with Tomatoes, Onions, and Vinaigrette Dressing. Then, Chef Frank and his team will prepare an 11-inch individual pizza just for you. Choose a Margherita Pizza, made with Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil; a Pepperoni, Black Olive, and Shredded Mozzarella Pizza; a Prosciutto, Arug...

On-Going Events

AMVETS/USO Donations Month

November 11, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free - fundraiser
  • Website

We love our veterans and military service members! Every year, Bass Pro Shops nationwide collect monetary donations for these two groups. 100% of the donations go to these groups. Customers choose the group they wish to donate to and the amount - $1, $3, or $5. No purchase is necessary - stop in and help us support these two great organizations!

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

October 20, 2014 to December 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Simpson College - Kent Campus Center
  • 701 N. C Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 7:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-961-1608
  • Email

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

Bass Pro Shops/Southeast Polk Schools Warm Kids Campaign

November 06, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We're proud to team up with the SE Polk School district to collect NEW hats, gloves, and boots for children ages 4-12. Please bring your donations to the Bass Pro Shop Altoona lobby by December 31. All donated items will be distributed at Southeast Polk School District elementary schools so kids can stay warm during our frosty winter!

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday/20% Off storewide @ ReStyle

November 28, 2014 (Recurring every 3 days)
  • Location: ReStyle
  • 7662 Hickman Rd (next to Baskin Robbins)
  • Des Moines, IA 50324
  • Times: Fri 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sat 10 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-276-4525

This weekend only everything is 20% off storewide! ReStyle is a chic & trendy resale store that carries ladies, mens & kids clothes, plus jewelry, purses & décor. Don’t forget to check out our holiday section, which includes sweaters, gift ideas, and holiday décor. Whether you’re looking to freshen up your wardrobe or to start your Christ...

Blow your Own Glass Ornaments

November 03, 2014 to January 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Studio Fuzzishü
  • 1808 Fuller Road, Suite B
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $14 per ornament
  • Phone: 515-402-8143
  • Email | Website

Looking for a super fantastic one of a kind holiday gift? Come create your own BLOWN GLASS ORNAMENT at Studio Fuzzishu! Each ornament takes about 10 minutes to make & then 20-30 minutes to cool down. Ornaments cost $14 a piece. Want to make oodles of ornaments? There is a price break at 3 ornaments & 5 ornaments per person. Come on your own or with a group of fr...

everyday abstraction Exhibit

November 07, 2014 to January 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University
  • 2507 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Tues - Sun noon - 4 p.m.; Thurs Noon - 8; Open with appointment also
  • Admission: Free and open to public
  • Website

New work by five contemporary abstract painters will be on display at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University Nov. 7 through Jan. 23rd. The exhibition includes work by Jered Sprecher, Brian Porray, Megan Kathol Bersett, Andrea Ferrigno and Margaret Crowley.    

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