Experience winter in Des Moines. A city where you can enjoy your favorite indoor and outdoor winter recreation along with festivals, Broadway shows, live music and so much more. Shop Des Moines malls and districts such as Valley West, Jordan Creek, Historic Valley Junction or the Historic East Village (just to name a few). Plan a weekend getaway around one of the many winter events in Des Moines or holiday events in Des Moines. From annual celebrations such as Jingle in the Junction, Jolly Holiday Lights, East Village Holiday Promenade and BaconFest to first-time festivals such as Christkindlmarket Des Moines. These events draw thousands to the metro November through February for winter fun!

Catch a hockey game in Des Moines as you cheer on the Iowa Wild and the Des Moines Buccaneers. Watch slam dunks and three-pointers at an Iowa Wolves basketball game. Enjoy ice skating in Des Moines at Brenton Skating Plaza, an outdoor rink where you can skate under the stars and the skyline. Enjoy an IMAX at the Science Center or browse hundreds of flowers and plants at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Find a long list of places to snowshoe and cross country ski in Des Moines. If snow isn’t your thing, use the Downtown Des Moines skywalks to navigate yourself from your Des Moines hotel to restaurants and attractions. The weather may change, but there’s no shortage of things to do in Des Moines! Soak up the season and experience winter in Greater Des Moines.

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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.

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