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Sneak Peek! 5 Can’t-Miss Events Coming Up This Week in Downtown DSM

Five Things to Do

Holiday vibes, craft cocktails and artisanal eats, live music, festive shopping — even sports action! This week is about to be jam-packed with things to do in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Here’s a sneak peek at five things you won’t want to miss:

Rudolph’s Rooftop

Now – Sunday, Jan. 7 | Republic on Grand
A charming and dazzling festive atmosphere awaits! The magic of the season has come alive at this picturesque rooftop space in the heart of the Historic East Village. Sip on specialty craft cocktails paired with artisanal chef favorite bites while taking in the sights of Downtown DSM surrounded by spirited holiday décor. This is a great outing idea for a cozy date night or holiday gathering!

Jingle Bell Stroll

Saturday, Dec. 2 | Gray’s Lake
Magical moments can be found in Downtown DSM! Designed for kids ages 13 and under, the Jingle Bell Stroll, produced by Des Moines Parks & Recreation, includes festive games, craft stations, holiday music, hot chocolate, a photo opp with Santa Claus and a holiday-themed walk! Admission is free, but you must pre-register (and registration closes TODAY!).

Jingle Bell Stroll

Photo Credit: Des Moines Parks and Recreation 

Merry Mid-Mod Market and Holiday Hop

Saturday, Dec. 2 | Various Locations
This first-annual event is a can’t-miss for vintage lovers! Hop around to eight of DSM’s best vintage shops for special deals and unique products including Downtown stores like Raccoon Forks Trading Co. and Vzz Vintage. Additionally, Funky Finds Vintage & Retro will host a pop-up market with 10+ vendors adjacent to their Downtown DSM storefront. This is a fun and festive way to shop local for holiday gifts this season!

Mid-Mod Market

Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus: Light of the Season

Saturday, Dec. 2 | Hoyt Sherman Place
Founded in 2001, the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus (DMGMC) is a nonprofit that aims to promote and celebrate diversity through the transformative power of music. The annual DMGMC holiday concert is a heartwarming and joyous occasion, featuring tried-and-true holiday classics. The concert kicks off at 7:30 p.m., with tickets available for purchase at $25.

Des Moines Gay Mens Chorus

Iowa Wolves vs. Indiana

Saturday, Dec. 2 – Sunday, Dec. 3 | Wells Fargo Arena
The Iowa Wolves are ready for tip-off! DSM's home team will take on the Indiana Mad Ants for a double-header this weekend. Saturday is Hoops for Hope, including a cancer awareness fundraiser auction. Then, Sunday is PRIDE Night with the Iowa Wolves, featuring a Community Celebration Jersey by local artist Cat Rocketship, including a jersey auction set to benefit DSM’s Capital City Pride organization.

Iowa Wolves Basketball 

Looking for even more Downtown events and happenings? Here’s a roundup of five free things to do in Downtown Des Moines this December!

For additional ideas this holiday season, take a peep at the Downtown DSM buying guides! The North + Central, South, West and East Buying Guides are a curated list of shops, restaurants and services around the region and Downtown, too! And as the weather changes, you’ll want to be prepared for what’s to come. Here are some helpful tips on how to remain safe during the coldest months of the year.

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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