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Find the Perfect Ornament for the Tree In Downtown Des Moines During Hide and Seek Ornaments You Keep

November 11, 2022

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Nov. 11, 2022) – Deck the halls with homemade ornaments during the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s third annual Downtown DSM Hide and Seek Ornaments You Keep. The free, fun pop-up activation will return this holiday season to encourage people from across the region to visit Downtown Des Moines (DSM) and support local businesses.  

Each day from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 11, local artists will be placing handmade ornaments in different locations in Downtown DSM. Ornaments will be hidden in trees and other areas near retailers, restaurants and attractions in Western Gateway, Historic Court District, central Downtown and the Historic East Village to encourage patrons to shop local while participating in the scavenger hunt. 

“Hide and Seek Ornaments You Keep is a great way to support local artists and explore Downtown Des Moines,” said Jerrica Marshall, Downtown Placemaking Manager at The Partnership. “This winter is sure to be epic with so many holiday activities including the ornament hunt, as well as events like the Holiday Promenade in Historic East Village and Winter Farmers’ Market in the Historic Court District.” 

Artists that will be participating in the event include: 

  • Autumn Rozario 

  • Tone The Movemaker 

  • Jami Milne 

  • Megan Hammer 

  • Jennifer Leatherby 

  • Marion Nehmer 

  • Sabrina Carper 

  • Hanna Piepel 

  • Rose Bell 

  • Nicole James 

  • Emily MacFarland 

  • Tim Schmitt 

  • Sara Carlson 

  • Jess Quinn 

“MidAmerican Energy is excited to help bring back this vibrant event to Downtown Des Moines,” said Kathryn Kunert, Vice President, Economic Connections and Integration at MidAmerican Energy Company. “We hope that both residents and visitors enjoy this surprise and delight activation, while also continuing to support our local Downtown restaurants and retailers.”  

Artists will make sure that ornaments are easily accessible and will post pictures and clues on the whereabouts of the ornaments each day using #downtownDSM and #DSMlocal. Interested individuals can find more information as well as ornament photos by following @downtownDSMUSA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Participants who find an ornament are encouraged to share a photo of themselves with the ornament for social media and then take it home with them. Please limit to one ornament per family.  

Hide and Seek Ornaments You Keep is sponsored by MidAmerican Energy Company and Prairie Meadows. 

“Hide and Seek Ornaments You Keep is a perfect activity for the whole family,” said Julie Stewart, Vice President of Community Relations at Prairie Meadows. “Prairie Meadows is proud to support an event that not only uplifts local artists and their craft but also encourages the community to come together and support local retailers and restaurants during the holiday shopping season.”   

Learn more on the Downtown DSM website at downtownDSMUSA.com/hideandseek.  

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership  

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com

About Downtown, DSM, Inc. 

Downtown DSM, Inc. is part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and is dedicated to ensuring the continued growth of Downtown Des Moines (DSM). A strong region needs a strong Downtown. Downtown DSM, Inc. leads efforts to drive development, placemaking and events in Downtown DSM. It promotes a strong Downtown through integration of retail, restaurants, businesses, housing, events and placemaking.