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Five Downtown DSM Can’t-Miss Events During the Final Days of December

Five Downtown DSM Events

December 23, 2022

As the holiday season culminates, look to Downtown Des Moines (DSM) for your final seasonal attractions and events — including fun ways to beat cabin fever during winter break! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week, Dec. 23-29, around Downtown DSM:  

Outdoor Ice Skating in Downtown DSM

Open Daily | Brenton Skating Plaza 
Come enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Downtown DSM! Brenton is open daily, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve/Day as well! Check Brenton Skating Plaza’s website for special holiday hours, ticket pricing and information on weather-related delays or closings. 

Iowa Wild Hockey

Friday, Dec. 23 & Wednesday, Dec. 28 | Wells Fargo Arena 
Catch the action on the ice as the Iowa Wild take on the Manitoba Moose on Friday and the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday! Friday’s theme is Star Wars night then Wednesday, the first 1,500 fans will receive a free ice cream voucher. 

Mannheim Steamroller

Friday, Dec. 23 | Des Moines Civic Center 
This iconic musical group blends classical Christmas tunes with new age rock. With two showtimes available, you’ll be feelin’ festive just in time for the holidays! 

Bluey’s Big Play

Tuesday, Dec. 27 – Wednesday, Dec. 28 | Des Moines Civic Center 
Kids and adults alike will have a blast at this on-stage production based on the Emmy®-award winning television series. You’ll see the entire Heeler family including Mom, Dad, Bingo and — of course! — Bluey. This is a great way to beat cabin fever with little ones during winter break. 

Gatsby Gala

Thursday, Dec. 29 | Des Moines Ballroom 
Step back into time and dance ‘til you drop! This 1920s-themed Gatsby Gala welcomes all skill levels of dancers. A quick lesson on how to do the Charleston will kick off the evening, followed by swing dance including jazz and rock ‘n roll music. Come stag, with your special someone or a group of friends! 

For these upcoming events and more, find tips on Downtown Des Moines (DSM) parking and navigation. For additional upcoming events, visit the Downtown DSM events calendar. Plus, follow @downtownDSMUSA on Instagram for more epic, things-you-just-can’t-miss happening around Downtown.

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