Get your promenade on

November 21, 2013 —

East Village Holiday Promenade 2013It is my favorite time of year combined with one of my favorite neighborhoods in Des Moines – the East Village Holiday Promenade!

The 12th Annual Holiday Promenade takes place tomorrow night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it is one you won’t want to miss.

Santa will be holding down the fort at The State Historical Building from 5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. and Brenton Plaza from 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. There will be strolling carolers, ice skating, glowing holiday lights and all sorts of shopping during the holiday open house from 5 p.m. -9 p.m.

The kids will love the free horse-drawn hay rack rides from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the corner of East 5th and Walnut. 

Shopping maps and event information will be available at Brenton Skating Plaza and the State Historical Building from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

As you stroll up and down the streets, keep your eyes peeled for decorated window fronts. Pick your favorite by accessing a ballot on your smartphone with the QR code or website address listed at each participating business. The winning store will be announced on December 13.


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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