Thanksgiving Fun in Des Moines

Thanksgiving Fun in Des Moines

Thanksgiving Fun in Des Moines 2020


Looking to do some fun activities at home? Here are some fun ideas!

Family Turkey Time Bowling

Warrior Lanes

November 15

Noon to 2 p.m. 

It’s almost time for our annual Turkey Time Family Glow Bowling Party with MOM approved music and totally alcohol-free! Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling, Concert Lights, and Black Lights. Lanes must be reserved and paid for by 6 pm on Friday, November 13.

Disney on Ice presents World of Enchantment

November 26 – December 6

Check here for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Believing is just the beginning at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Miguel aspires to be a musician and journeys through the Land of the Dead to unlock his family’s history. Moana and Maui bravely restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti, Anna and Elsa save their kingdom and the Disney Princesses inspire with stories of strength, determination, and kindness. Share every magical moment filled with breathtaking ice skating and beloved Disney songs and stories that give everyone a reason to believe!

Festival of Trees and Lights

Going virtual. More details to come!

Des Moines Turkey Trot


Named as one of the best turkey trots in the country for 5 years running, The Des Moines Turkey Trot has become a staple for many families from around the state. However, in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they have made plans to deliver their tradition in a whole new way.

It’s like if Harry & David’s threw with a murder mystery party, put it in a subscription box, and ran a 5k to celebrate… yeah, kind of like that.

Jolly Holiday Lights


November 27 – December 30; Closed December 24 & 25

5:30 to 10 p.m.

Come out and celebrate more than 20 years of holiday lights. 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! Since it began in 1995, the event has raised enough money to grant more than 900 wishes to Iowa kids! $20 per car.

Santa’s Rock N Lights

November 27

4:50 to 9 p.m.

Living History Farms

Experience over 700 feet of tunnels in this drive-thru animated light show! Enjoy our techno rainbow tunnel and themed worlds of light including dinosaur world. You can feel safe in this socially distanced, touch-free experience from the safety of your car. Online reservations are required.

Des Moines Hungry Turkey Half Marathon & 5K


This year, fly solo or with your family flock on your own course! 2020 Virtual Thankful Turkey Edition.

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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