Holiday fun begins…

November 18, 2009 —

1237902_christmas_decorations_2It’s rare in Iowa to be this far into the winter season without seeing the white stuff or being completely bundled up. Still, you wouldn’t expect to be able to enjoy a farmers’ market in November! But you can! Friday & Saturday is the first winter market-version of the popular downtown Saturday event. Held indoors at Nollen Plaza, 400 Locust St., there will be tons of food and craft vendors. You can get in for the lunch hour preview, 11-2, on Friday, or enjoy it 9-1 on Saturday. It’s very fun & festive. You may find a lot of locally-grown or made items for holiday gifts. Definitely check it out!

Other awesome holiday-related events this weekend include the annual holiday promenade in the East Village beginning at 5 on Friday. The Des Moines Ballet will perform, the Brenton ice skating plaza will open and you can enjoy shopping and carriage rides.

Also, you can attend an open house in Valley Junction Thursday, the 19th, for extended shopping hours, a beautiful light display, carolers in the street, the jolly red elf himself AND horse & carriage rides.

On Friday & Saturday, 8-5, West End Architectural Salvage is having a holiday open house. Free wine & cheese, plus 20% off the whole store!


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.
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    Great to read this post…quite a lot of activities coming up due to Christmas which is round the corner.All the news are awesome!Do keep me updated with Christmas related events.