WINTER IN DES MOINES

Experience winter in Des Moines. Enjoy your favorite indoor and outdoor winter recreation along with festivals, Broadway shows, live music and so much more! Greater Des Moines shopping options are endless. Pick 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 brand new Des Moines outlet mall. 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 still 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. Des Moines weather may change, but there’s no shortage of things to do! Soak up the season and experience winter in Greater Des Moines.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines

We picked eight annual December Des Moines events that make for a fun, holiday outing year after year.
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Valley Junction Winter

Live music, sporting events, holiday festivals and other great events around Greater Des Moines
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Valley West Mall Chocolaterie Stam

Valley West Mall is a premier shopping center offering three department stores: JCPenney, Von Maur
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Shopping Gong Fu Tea

Catch a great deal at Valley West Mall, Jordan Creek, The Historic East Village and Valley Junction.
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MB2 Raceway Des Moines Iowa

Exciting adventures like rock climbing at Climb Iowa. Extreme go-karting at MB2 Raceway and fast-action
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People Ice Skating at Brenton Skating Plaza

Go tubing, skiing and snowboarding at Seven Oaks Recreation. Ice skating in the open air and beneath the stars at
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LOCAL RECOMMENDATIONS

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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From Greater Des Moines New Year’s Eve parties to Greater Des Moines New Year’s Eve day events, check out our list and start making your plans!
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Brenton Skating Plaza Des Moines Winter

Start the day with brunch at Guru BBQ–that’s right, we said brunch. Enjoy everything from a Breakfast
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Fire Creek Grill

Whether you have a night to spare or three days off work, Greater Des Moines is the perfect place for your next getaway.
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Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family at the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater

Learn how tyrannosaurs fit into the dinosaur family tree, and explore the key features that define tyrannosaurs. Walk with tyrannosaurs of all shapes and sizes in a large-scale projection experience, and more!
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Shopping in Des Moines

This is your guide to the best local gifts from Greater Des Moines
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Historic East Village with Iowa State Capitol during the winter

Catch the highlights of the season. Head to the Des Moines Community Playhouse for the family-friendly production of A Little Christmas.
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