‘Twas the last weekend before Christmas

December 15, 2011 —

Des Moines Lights‘Twas the last weekend before Christmas and all through DMU, students were stirring, in search of something to do…

Tomorrow is the last day before a long (and I’m sure, much needed) Winter Break, but there are still a ton of fun things to do this weekend if you are sticking around Des Moines.

Strap on your skates and go for a spin around the rink at the Brenton Skating Plaza. Open all weekend, Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Enjoy the twinkling lights from the comfort and warmth of your own car at Jolly Holiday Lights in Waterworks Park. Every day from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Preemptively work off some of those holiday treats at the 4th annual Jingle Jog at Gray’s Lake, Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Dance with sugar plum fairies at The Nutcracker at the Civic Center, Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.


With a deep love for her hometown, Nicole Branstad is pro-Des Moines and is constantly touting its many events and attractions. When she isn’t out exploring the city she likes to spend time with her husband Marcus and their son Everett. She enjoys hosting lavish dinner parties, collecting wine and buying fresh flowers at the downtown farmer’s market. Nicole works in the marketing & communications department as the online marketing-enrollment coordinator.