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Holiday Promenade Deals: Friday, Nov. 17, 2023

Holiday Promenade in the Historic East Village

November 16, 2023

This year’s Holiday Promenade will feature all kinds of special offers and deals from Historic East Village businesses, including shops and restaurants, eager to celebrate the season! This week’s event will also feature programming that includes family-friendly activities and tree lighting at Brenton Skating Plaza. The skating plaza is where you can see Santa from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, and storytime with Mrs. Claus will take place at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. The trolley will run from 5 – 9 p.m., too, so you won’t want to miss out on this first week of festive fun!

Other activities exclusive to this week include a blood drive at the Lifeserve Blood Center’s Des Moines Donor Center at 431 E. Locust St. in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Registered blood donors will receive a voucher for a free 2023 holiday long sleeve “Snow One Like Blood Donors” shirt. To participate, make an appointment to visit Lifeserve Blood Center Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. or over the weekend. The Center is taking appointments from 7 a.m. – Noon on Saturday, Nov. 18 and 8 a.m. – Noon on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Walnut Creek Church will also host a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop on Friday at either 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. The fee is $25 and includes all materials including the wreath, ribbon, holly and more. Complimentary hot cocoa and coffee will be served.

Check out the following deals this week!

Food + Drink at the Holiday Promenade

  • At HoQ, 303 E. Walnut St., try a different holiday drink special each week! This week is Winter Side Car for $8.
  • Peace Tree Brewing Company, 317 E. Court Ave., will have their Mulled Red Rambler, an amber ale with mulling spices from Allspice, while supplies last, as well as Peace Tree Grilled Cheese available from 6 – 10:30 p.m.

Retail + Services Special Offers at the Holiday Promenade

  • East Fifth Studio, 315 E. 5th St., will offer Portraits with Santa on a first-come, first-served basis from Sara Johansen Photography and Studio Preservation. The shop will also host a Santa Letter writing table and a holiday pop-up with Alisa of Sift + Sprinkle featuring holiday macarons, pop tarts, cake slices and homemade Bourbon-aged Madagascar vanilla for purchase.
  • East Village Spa, 300 E. Locust St., Ste. 313, is offering a free gift with purchase while supplies last for a $50 Note we are open until 7:45 pm. Farmhouse Fresh purchase or a $75 Jane Iredale purchase. Limit one of each per shopper. Celebrate our 15th birthday with $15 mystery grab bags valued at $30-$65. We will also kick off our annual holiday gift card special with a free $15 service voucher with every $100 in gift cards purchased in the spa 11/17 through 12/23. See spa for details. Note: Closing at 8 p.m.
  • When you visit Eden , 418 E. 6th St., you can meet the Dew Drop Fairy from the Nutcracker Ballet this week!
  • At Indie House Design, 516 E. Grand Ave., stop by the pop-up with Trouser Town Vintage to see some sweet denim and more.
  • Stop in at KIN DSM, 333 E. Grand Ave. $106, for a tarot reading by Miss Monica from Connected Tarot or an aura portrait by Kindred Auras. Both can be prebooked online at kindsm.com/s/appointments.
  • Open until 9 p.m., Owen Jewelry Design, 307 E. 5th St., has a 15% holiday discount for all gallery jewelry. While you shop, enjoy Peace Tree East Village IPA, wine and champagne as well as small bites and Christmas cookies from Molly’s Cupcakes.
  • Don’t miss stopping by Raygun, 505 E. Grand Ave., Ste. 103, where kids will find coloring pages. Raygun will also host a pop-up with YMCA Supportive Housing and certain NIL products will be $15. Note: Closing at 8 p.m.
  • Salon Revolution, 333 E. Grand Ave. #112, will have 20% off haircare products.
  • Enjoy Free drinks for 21+ and 10% off the entire store at Stoked, 518 E. Grand Ave.
  • Check out the hottest titles of the year during the Storyhouse Bookpub, 505 E. Grand Ave., Ste. 102, Cider Walk Sale featuring only the best used books — they make great stocking stuffers! — with your complimentary cider in hand. Don’t forget the family storytimes with Mrs. Claus at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m.
  • The Velvet Coat, 219 E. Grand Ave., will offer 20% off all sweaters from 5 – 8 p.m.

The Holiday Promenade is an opportunity to support local businesses in the Historic East Village in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Learn more about this annual event here.

The holiday season is the perfect time to shop local in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Support local businesses, creators and makers across the region. You can find ideas on where to shop using the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s #DSMlocal Guides and other regional business directories listed here.

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a growing, vibrant community that offers the energy, sophistication, housing and attractions of a burgeoning city with a brilliant future. It’s also easy to visit with plentiful and affordable street and ramp parking options. Find event information and follow @downtownDSMUSA on Facebook and Instagram for other news, tips and events happening downtown.

Downtown DSM, Inc. Team

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a growing, vibrant community that offers the energy, sophistication, housing and attractions of a burgeoning city with a brilliant future. It's also easy to visit with plentiful and affordable street and ramp parking options.