Thanksgiving Traditions & Events in Central Iowa

All of the fun Halloween festivities have ended, don’t worry though, there are some fun Thanksgiving traditions and events that are happening in Des Moines this year. Check them out below! Are we missing your event? Feel free to contact me and we will get it added. As always, make sure to check out FREE event calendar for ALL the events!

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HOLIDAY TURKEY SHOOT

Walnut Creek YMCA

November 11th

7 pm – 8 pm

A wonderful holiday event for children and adults. Teams will consist of an adult and child. Each team will get 20 free throws (10 per person). High score in each age group wins a turkey. Age groups for boys and girls will be available. To register call the Walnut Creek YMCA @ 224-1888. FREE!

NOVEMBURRRR FAMILY GLOW BOWLING PARTY

Warrior Lanes

November 13th

12 pm – 2 pm 

Join Warrior Lanes for another popular family glow bowling parties! $55 per lane for up to 5 bowlers. 2 hours of glow bowling, shoe rental, 1 large 1 topping pizza and a pitcher of pop! This is a family friendly, alcohol free event with MOM Approved music and a tolerable noise level! Deadline to reserve your lane is 9pm on Friday, 11/11. Payment is non-refundable.

LIVING HISTORY FARMS RACE

Living History Farms

November 19th

9 am 

The 38th annual Living History Farms Race, put on by Fitness Sports, raises funds for Living History Farms and others.

You will again be challenged by the world’s richest farm land as you wade through creeks, dodge animals and claw your way to the top of gullies with 7500 (limit) other runners of questionable senses. It’s a great way to end the racing season and experience running stories to re-live and re-tell throughout the winter. Stay for the “Outdoors in November” post race lunch, door prizes and awards ceremony.

THANKSGIVING STORY TIME

Urbandale Public Library 

November 19th 

10:30 am 

Families with kids age 3 years to 6 years are invited to explore Thanksgiving with stories, activities, and a craft. No registration required.

JOLLY HOLIDAY LIGHTS 

Adventureland 

November 22nd – January 1st 

5:30 pm – 10:00 pm 

Jolly Holiday Lights is back and at a new location! Come out and celebrate the holiday lights at Adventureland! Bundle up the family and enjoy a 2.5 mile ride through more than 100 magical light displays. 100% of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish® Iowa! Jolly Holiday Lights is a drive-through holiday light display that is set up annually by Make-A-Wish Iowa at Adventureland. $10 per car. You can also get your picture taken with Santa for $10 and enjoy a cookie and cocoa at Santa’s Wish Shop!

FESTIVAL OF TREES AND LIGHTS

Veteran’s Memorial Community Choice Credit Union

November 23rd – 27th

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Festival of Trees & Lights is a five-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children’s Hospital. This event features beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, children’s activities, food, shopping and more!

DISNEY ON ICE: PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE

November 23rd – 27th

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The Disney cast will be making an appearance at the Iowa Events Center! Do not miss seeing your favorite characters.

DES MOINES TURKEY TROT

November 24th

9 am

The Second Annual Des Moines Turkey Trot is a great way to experience downtown Des Moines, or show it off to your visiting family and friends.

Runners will start their Thanksgiving run near the Des Moines Courthouse. From there both 5K and 5 mile runners will make their way across the Des Moines River and through the center of the Historic East Village.

RENT 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

November 25th – 27th

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This original rock musical first debuted in 1996 on Broadway and has been loved ever since. This Tony Award® Pulitzer Prize winner, returns to the stage for a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. RENT follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams. This Broadway show is a great reminder of friendship, creativity and the one thing that truly matters, love.

DES MOINES HUNGRY TURKEY RUN

November 26th 

8 am – 12 pm 

A Des Moines Tradition! Check out all the details and sign-up here!

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