Experience the Magic at Miracle On 86th Street in Urbandale, Iowa

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Experience the Magic at Miracle On 86th Street in Urbandale, Iowa

One of my favorite holiday movies in Miracle on 34th Street and when I came across on this fun light display located in Urbandale, Iowa I knew we needed to make a visit! Miracle on 86th Street debuted in 2022 and we fell in love the moment we walked into the magically lit area. It is back for 2023 with a little extra magic and it is FREE for families to enjoy. Take a look at everything you need to know to experience the magic at Miracle on 86th Street in Urbandale, Iowa.

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Miracle on 86th Street Location

Miracle on 86th Street is located with the Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park. The perfect place to decorate with twinkly lights! You can easily access the park by parking at the Urbandale Public Library parking lot. Stop into the library for a fun storytime or activity. You will not be able to miss the light display.

About the Light Display

Charles Gabus Memorial Park is filled with more than 50,000 holiday lights, a large custom built train, large ornamental displays, fun photo opportunites, a sleigh to sit in, ice skating rink, and more.

When is it open?

The beautiful light display is open every day beginning November 21 through January 8. Your best bet to take in all the beauty is to visit when the sun goes down after 5 p.m. The park closes at 10:30 p.m.

Community Ice Skating Rink

This community ice skating rink is located just south of the Urbandale Public Library and is open from Dawn to Dusk. The perfect family activity to do before the sun goes down and the lights come on! If a red flag is up, this means it is not open and unsafe to skate. If the green flag is up, this means it is okay to skate.

Special Events at Miracle on 86th Street

Plan a visit any evening or plan a visit during on of the special events Urbandale has planned this holiday season.

Mayor’s Lighting Celebration – November 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Join the Mayor and City Council as we flip-the-switch and light up the Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park for the holiday season! We’ll have hot cocoa and cookies for you to enjoy as you walk around the beautifully decorated park. This event is free.

Flashlight Candy Hunt – December 2 from 6 to 7 p.m.

It has been rumored someone has left candy canes and candy on the grounds around Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park! Bring your bag and flashlight and come help us find them all!  After collecting all the candy, enjoy hot cocoa from the patio. Parents must accompany children, please register child only. Dress according to the weather. This event will take place strictly outdoors. Register here.

Santa and the Reindeer – December 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Join us at Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and meet Santa Claus and the reindeer! This event is free and fun for the whole family! No registration required.

Winter Scavenger Hunt – December 16

Bring your family to The Miracle on 86th Street. Some clues have been left outside the Library and Charles Gabus Tree Park. Collect all the clues in to receive a prize. All teams that complete the challenge will receive prizes, but there will also be prizes for the top 3 families. Max 25 families, with a maximum of 6 people.  Registration required.


Erin Huiatt

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