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Your Downtown DSM Guide to Shopping + Things to Do Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Five Downtown DSM Events

November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving week is the unofficial kickoff to holiday shopping and seasonal entertainment in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)! Spend your weekend supporting local businesses and get into the holiday spirit with seasonal events. 

Black Friday in Downtown DSM 

Spend your Black Friday evening enjoying the festivities of the Historic East Village Holiday Promenade! From 5 to 9 p.m., retailers are encouraged to stay open late to accommodate ho-ho-holiday shoppers. You’ll also enjoy a family-friendly scavenger hunt (12 Days of Christmas themed!), story time, carolers and a visit from the jolly man himself — Santa! Be sure to stop by the Holiday Promenade Information Booth at Marv’s Record Shop with any questions or needs.   

Shop Local on Small Business Saturday 

Your dollar goes much farther when you shop local! This Small Business Saturday, head downtown and explore these local retailers — perfectly suited to check a few names off your holiday shopping list.   

Gifts for Her 

  • Aimee – clothes, shoes and accessories for women 
  • Amour – lingerie, pajamas, loungewear 
  • Domestica – cards, stationary, jewelry, art and more 
  • KIN – self-described as a “mystical boutique” 
  • Leona Ruby – jewelry shop 
  • MARNe – a Vegan and sustainably focused boutique 
  • Velvet Coat – women’s clothing, jewelry and other accessories   

Gifts for Him 

Gifts for All 

Home Decor 

Specialty Stores 

And there’s even more to discover than the few shops listed here! Get creative: Have a coffee lover on your list? Think local for fresh coffee beans from Horizon Line Coffee or Scenic Route Bakery. Looking to give the gift of an experience? Try a gift card from the Science Center of Iowa or the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. You can even snag a few sweet treats to use as stocking stuffers with a stop at Almost Famous Popcorn

Downtown DSM Thanksgiving Weekend Entertainment 

Entertaining guests for the holiday weekend? Or maybe you’re looking to beat cabin fever and enjoy the spirit of the season? Here’s a quick peek at a few events happening over the Thanksgiving weekend in Downtown DSM (including things to do on Thanksgiving Day!):   

Ice Skating in Downtown DSM 

Open Daily, including Thanksgiving Day! Holiday hours are listed at the link below. 
Brenton Skating Plaza 

Broadway Musical: Come From Away 

Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 27 
Des Moines Civic Center 

Disney On Ice: Frozen and Encanto 

Thursday, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 27 
Wells Fargo Arena 

Five-Time Grammy Nominee, Karrin Allyson 

Friday, Nov. 25 – Saturday, Nov. 26 
Noce Jazz Club 

Festival of Trees & Lights 

Friday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 27 
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center 

Live Jazz Music 

Saturday, Nov. 26 
The Continental Lounge 

Snowglobe Des Moines 

Now – Saturday, Dec. 31 (Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) 
Exile Brewing Co. 

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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