Des Moines Winter Events & Activities


The orange leaves on the ground will soon be replaced with piles of snow, while the Christmas decorations take over your neighborhood near West Des Moines. After our Halloween guide, Volkswagen of Des Moines can’t just leave you hanging on what to do for the final season of the year! End 2022 with some heartwarming memories that you will create at the following Des Moines events and activities! Check out our Des Moines winter guide for things to do with your friends and family. 


2022 Des Moines Winter Activities

Brenton Skating Plaza

520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 283-4233

Taking your friends or family to skate during the winter is a tradition for most families in Des Moines. But which place should you go to? The Brenton Skating Plaza offers public skating every day of the week from November to March, so this is an ideal place whether you have an impromptu skating date or a family gathering planned months in advance. 

Seven Oaks Recreation

1086 222nd Drive, Boone, IA 50036

(515) 432-9457 ext. 300

Are you a year-round outdoor enthusiast? Then be sure to check out the Seven Oaks Recreation, where you can enjoy various activities from skiing to snowboarding and more. You can even grab a season pass if you’d like to go more often! The recreation will also have any equipment you will need for the particular activity that you’re interested in.

Iowa Wild 

Wells Fargo Arena at Iowa Events Center

730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 564-8700

Grab your hockey fans and take them to catch a few games of the Iowa Wild at the Wells Fargo Arena. Their regular season run from October to April and this year will be their 10th anniversary, making this year an extra-special one.

Des Moines Winter Events 

39th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights 

Iowa Events Center – Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309


  • Friday, November 25 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 26 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Sunday, November 27 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you’ve been living in central Iowa, then you would likely know this festival is a kick-off event to the holiday season for many locals. But did you know that it is also the largest fundraiser for Blank Children’s Hospital? Gather with your close ones to walk through the one-way path featuring decorated trees and stories of Blank Children’s patients. 

Holiday Promenade

Another well-known event during the season is the family-friendly Holiday Promenade. Located in the Historic East Village, the Holiday Promenade is full of holiday-themed activities, entertainment, and shopping. As of now, specific details have yet to be released, but you can follow the Greater Des Moines Partnership for updates. 

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We’ll see you in 2023 and we can’t wait to suggest more local’s favorite activities for you then! Reach out to us whenever you need us as your Des Moines guide. Whether you need date night ideas or something more family-friendly, we’d love to share our knowledge of the area’s best hidden gems!

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