Festive fun this weekend

December 20, 2012 —

BrentonSkatingPlazaThis upcoming weekend is the last before Christmas and if you aren’t spending them shopping for those last minute gifts, check out these great events going on in Des Moines:

Do a triple axel, or just try to stay on your feet, 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.

Listen to the sounds of the season by Mannheim Steamroller at the Civic Center, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Rediscover the magic of believing that wishes can come true and miracles still happen inMiracle on 34th Street: The Musical at Hoyt Sherman Place, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Free your soul in the imaginary world of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam at the Iowa Events Center this Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy the sparkling lights (maybe with a cup of hot chocolate in hand) from the warmth of your own car at Jolly Holiday Lights in Waterworks Park. Every day from 5:30 p.m. – 10 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.

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