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12 Days of Promenade in East Village

  • Located between the Iowa State Capitol and the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines |
  • Presented By: Greater Des Moines Partnership - Downtown DSM USA
  • Dates: November 18, 2020 - December 23, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday
  • Location: Historic East Village
  • Phone: (515) 286-4915
  • Overview

    The 19th annual Holiday Promenade will be filled with more holiday cheer and merriment than ever before as the traditional activities are spaced over six weeks. Festivities will occur over six Sundays and six Wednesdays in November and December creating The 12 Days of Promenade.

    The Historic East Village provides a unique experience for the community with a mix of shops, restaurants, holiday lights and attractions including Brenton Skating Plaza, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, the State Historical Building and the Iowa State Capitol. Each Sunday will feature a holiday activity and reserved parking for easy package pickups, and businesses will have special deals and features within their business each Wednesday.

    Sundays, Nov. 15 – Dec. 20

    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Featuring special event activities and reserved parking for pick-up.

    Wednesdays, Nov. 18 – Dec. 23

    4 – 8 p.m. - Featuring festive holiday lights and special deals at participating businesses.

    Sunday Activities, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Each week will feature live music, roaming carolers and photo opportunities. Special parking meters are reserved throughout the Historic East Village for easy pick-up for online orders. Stay on the nice list and only use these meters for 15 minutes or less.

    • The Des Moines Arts Festival® Winter Art Market will take place at Wooly's. Select weeks will feature Iowa Artists who have been a part of past Festivals and other weeks will feature a selection of Iowa makers.
    • Nov. 15  | 12 Days of Promenade Scavenger Hunt: Participants who find all 12 Days signs in store windows will win a special prize.
    • Nov. 22  |  Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
    • Nov. 29  |  International Celebrity Santa Claus
    • Dec. 6  |  Wreath Walk: Explore beautiful wreaths throughout the Historic East Village or join a wreath-making class and be entered to win a beautiful wreath.
    • Dec. 13  |  Santa's Elves will be on the loose in the Historic East Village randomly handing out gifts to shoppers.
    • Dec. 20  |  Reindeer Games: Promenade through the Historic East Village and find all nine of Santa's reindeer in store windows and win a special prize. Live reindeer will be on-site from 1 – 3 p.m.

    Wednesday Activities, 4 – 8 p.m.

    Shop the Historic East Village's extended store hours and take advantage of special in-store specials. A list of available deals is coming soon!

    Spread Holiday Cheer!

    Holiday Promenade Playlist

    Another way to help spread holiday cheer is to play the best holiday music for all to hear. Listen to the official Holiday Promenade playlist on Spotify!