photo credit to the Downtown Community Alliance

 

Guess how many days until Christmas…33! And Des Moines is ready to get holly and jolly. Catch some of my favorite holiday shopping events coming up this weekend!

1.  13th Annual Holiday Promenade in the Historic East Village

This event makes me feel all sorts of warm and cozy inside. It’s glittering with holiday gems such as horse drawn carriage rides, festive and artistic window displays, dancers, carolers, Santa, boutique shopping and ice skating. Everything imaginable to get you in the holiday spirit!
East Village Holiday Promenade: Historic East Village, FREE
Friday, November 21: from 5 – 9 p.m. 

2.  Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market that you know and love is moving indoors! This event will let you shop in the warmth of Capital Square and the Kaleidoscope at The Hub. More than 130 vendors with local produce and products to choose from. I plan on stocking up on all the cheese and almond logs I can find.
Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market: Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at The Hub, FREE
Friday, November 21: from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 22: from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

3.  Junior League of Des Moines Gift Mart

Shop good and do good. Proceeds of this boutique shopping experience go back into the community. Be sure to check out one of my favorite artists, Laura Palmer with XO-LP (Yes, I would wallpaper my house with her creations).
Junior League of Des Moines Gift Mart: Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, $5 in advance or $7 at the door
Friday, November 21: from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 22: from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

4.  Antique Spectacular and Iowa’s Largest Arts & Craft Fair

The Iowa State Fairground will be buzzing with one-of-a-kind gift items this weekend. Fab, vintage finds and Pinterest-worthy gifts will be up for grabs at these events. Go early to get your festive finds!
Antique Spectacular: $7 Admission
Friday, November 21: from 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 22: from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 23: from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Iowa’s Largest Craft Fair: $6 Admission
Friday, November 21: from 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 22: from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 23: from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

This weekend could be my new “Black Friday” with this many shopping options. Have you strategized your shopping game plan? Take it all in, this is going to be one epic weekend before the holidays! Share your favorite festive finds in the comments below!  


-LS