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Six best Christmas light displays in Des Moines

A photo of a child with holiday lights.

A scene at November's opening of Miracle on 86th Street — Urbandale's holiday lights display that runs through January 9. Photo courtesy of Derek Zarn/City of Urbandale

It's that time of year where Christmas lights are going up and people are getting out to see them. We compiled a list of some of the Des Moines metro's best holiday light displays.

  • The neighborhood sites are free but some seek donations for charities.
Linh Ta
Nov 30, 2022 - Things to Do

Here's your chance to live at an Iowa state park for free

Illustration of a state park sign in the shape of Iowa.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

If you've ever wanted to live in nature, a volunteer opportunity from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources may be your shot.

Driving the news: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is searching for volunteers who are willing to live at its parks for up to five months in exchange for a free campsite.

  • The program has been going on for several years.
Linh Ta
Nov 29, 2022 - Things to Do

A Shrek rave is coming to Des Moines

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An event image for Shrek Rave at Wooly's. Image via Wooly's

Get in the mood for the holiday season by going a little green.

Driving the news: "Shrek Rave — Shrek the Halls" is coming to Wooly's for one night only on Thursday starting at 9pm.

Linh Ta
Nov 23, 2022 - Things to Do

Des Moines 2022 Black Friday and small business shopping

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios


🛍 Outlets of Des Moines is giving away free swag bags to the first 300 people who show up in line at the food pavilion. Gift cards range from $5 to $50with one person receiving $250. Starts at 8am.

🎄 Holiday Hullabaloo starts at Horizon Event Center and runs every weekend through the rest of the year. Decorate cookies, play mini golf and drink at an ice bar. Tickets are $20 and benefit Dorothy's House.

Linh Ta
Nov 22, 2022 - Things to Do

Play some Iowa Bingo this Thanksgiving

Graphic: Axios Visuals
Graphic: Axios Visuals

If you're looking for something to do on Thanksgiving Day, give our Iowa 2022 Bingo Card a shot!

Linh Ta
Nov 21, 2022 - Things to Do

Free ornaments hidden around Des Moines

Illustration of a Christmas tree with the Axios "A" as the topper.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is hosting its third annual, free "Downtown DSM Hide and Seek Ornaments You Keep."

Linh Ta
Nov 4, 2022 - Things to Do

Divine Times Vintage store opens in Highland Park

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Jerrica Yasumura (left) and some of the items on sale (right). Photos courtesy of Divine Times Vintage

Step back into the 60s and 70s at Highland Park's newest store, Divine Times Vintage.

Driving the news: Owner Jerrica Yasumura is opening her new shop today, showcasing everything from groovy furniture to second-hand clothing.

Linh Ta
Nov 1, 2022 - Things to Do

Hinterland Music Festival announces 2023 lineup

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The front row at Hinterland 2022. Photo by: Ismael Quintanilla III Photography/Hinterland

The Hinterland 2023 lineup is bringing back old faces while introducing some new, prominent indie bands to the St. Charles' festival.

  • It'll run from Aug. 4-6.
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