6 things to love about Des Moines for the holidays

Terrace Hill

If there's one thing that every Republican, Democrat, and Independent in Iowa can agree on, it's that Terrace Hill looks fantastic dressed up in holiday lights. No matter who's living there, the people of Iowa can always take pride in our governor's mansion.

Jolly Holiday Lights

This annual fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish program is a delightful display worth the trip each year, with more than a hundred light displays to tour.


AE Egg Nog

I dare you to find better.

People who take their Christmas decorations too far (and the neighbors who tolerate them)

We have our fair share of people in Des Moines who might have caught the Clark Griswold bug. God bless 'em, every one (and the people who live next door).

The Christmas train at Valley West Mall

Reliably chugging around the center of the mall since at least 1984.

Des Moines Botanical Garden

We may not have any snow on the ground in Des Moines this Christmas, but the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is the perfect respite from cold weather -- right in the city. It's a tropical destination without the travel. It's neat, unique, and warm!

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