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Winter in Des Moines

Enjoy your favorite indoor and outdoor winter recreation along with festivals, live performancesmusic and so much more. With the holidays quickly approaching, Greater Des Moines shopping options are convenient, affordable and sure to result in some amazing finds. Choose from Des Moines malls and districts such as Valley West MallJordan Creek Town CenterHistoric Valley Junction or the Historic East Village (just to name a few) or check out the Outlets of Des Moines to shop outlet stores from some of the biggest names in fashion. Plan a weekend getaway around one of the many winter events in Des Moines. Catch all the annual events and holiday celebrations such as the Downtown Winter Farmers' Market, Jingle in the Junction, Jolly Holiday Lights, East Village Holiday Promenade, Christkindlmarket Des Moines, the Winter Blues Fest and BaconFest. These event draw thousands to the metro November through February.

Chilly winter weather doesn't mean that sports action slows down. Watch slam dunks and three-pointers at an Iowa Wolves basketball game or catch a hockey game in Des Moines as you cheer on the Iowa Wild and the Des Moines Buccaneers. Enjoy ice skating in Des Moines at Brenton Skating Plaza, an outdoor rink where you can skate under the stars and enjoy the downtown skyline. Escape the cold and browse hundreds of flowers and plants at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden or find your sense of adventure at Climb Iowa. Find a list of places to snowshoe and cross country ski. If snow isn’t your thing, use the downtown Des Moines skywalk system to navigate yourself from your Des Moines hotel to restaurants and attractions. Des Moines weather may change, but there’s no shortage of things to do. Soak up the season and experience winter in Des Moines.


Hear from locals about where to eat, drink, and spend your time while visiting Des Moines this winter. Catch an insider look at events in Des Moines, suggested itineraries, places to shop in Des Moines, and a few of the many delicious restaurants. These are just a few of our recommendations! Read these suggested winter blogs and then check out an entire list of blogs here.