Jolly Holiday Lights

November 25, 2014 - January 1, 2015 - 5:30 pm at Waterworks Park
2201 George Flagg Pkwy

Light Up a Child’s Life® at Jolly Holiday Lights, a great holiday tradition! Bundle up the family and enjoy a 3.5 mile ride through magical light displays. 100% of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish® Iowa!

Tree Of Life Display

December 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014 - All Day at Animal Rescue League
all locations

The Animal Rescue League’s annual Tree of Life display runs December 1-31 each year. Visit any ARL location or any of the businesses on the list below to place your donation under the tree & enjoy 10% off your Animal House retail store purchase at ARL Main or ARL South!Don’t have the time to run around town with all of your holiday errands?

Mary Poppins

December 5, 2014 - December 28, 2014 - All Day at Des Moines Playhouse
831 42nd Street

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, this is the story of the Banks family and how their lives change when the practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives at their home at 17 Cherry Tree Lane.

A Christmas Carol

December 17, 2014 - December 21, 2014 - All Day at Kum & Go Theater @ DMSC
9th and Cherry Streets

$15 – $30; family packages available

Americana’s Ugly Christmas Sweaters/Toys for Tots Brunch

December 21, 2014 - 9:30 am at Americana Restaurant & Lounge
1312 Locust Street

Americana Restaurant & Lounge is hosting an Ugly Sweater Brunch sponsoring Toys for Tots. On December 21, from 9:30am-2:30pm! Guests are encouraged to bring a toy donation for Toys for Tots & to wear unique & outlandish Christmas sweaters. Americana will give a $10 gift card for every toy donated, now through December 21.


December 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm at Drake University Knapp Center
2601 Forest Avenue


Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

December 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W MLK Jr Parkway

Join the Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) from 2 – 4 p.m. on third Sunday of every month for some free building and LEGO discussion! What is LUG? A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby.

Concert featuring works by women composers

December 22, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm at Faith Lutheran Church
10395 University Avenue

Make your holidays even more special with an evening of holiday music by women composers.

The concert will feature vocal music of many our finest women composers ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st Century – this concert will be a combined performance and lecture on an often bypassed study of classical music history – the influence and history of women composers and what they have brought, and continue to bring too classical music. The performers are all members of the Faith Lutheran Church Music Department and vocal students of Dr. David Johnson, Director of Music at Faith. A free-will offering will be collected.


Christmas Eve worship services

December 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm at

We will hold our Christmas Eve services featuring candlelight worship and communion at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 24 and Festival Worship at 10 a.m. on December 25.

Festival Worship

December 25, 2014 - 10:00 am at

Traditional Christmas worship featuring Bev Duffy playing the church’s Dobson pipe organ and piano duets.

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