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Holiday celebration in the hometown

From. 3-5 around Adel.

Join the Adel Room on December 3rd for the Hometown Vacation Celebration with multiple fun events in the city. The Adel Public Library will welcome Mrs. Claus and Bricolages with drinks and cookies at 3pm (provided by the city of Adel). The tree and wreaths will be lit at 5 p.m. in the northeast corner of the plaza with music provided by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Sip and taste your way around Adel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday December 4th, have fun shopping and browsing Adel as our businesses host sales and specials for the holidays. On Sunday, December 5, enjoy an in-person vacation home tour, featuring three unique and beautifully decorated homes. Tickets are on sale now and capacity is limited. Tickets are available at Azalea Lane Boutique, Adel HealthMart, Adel Flowers and Gifts and Harvey’s Greenhouse. Tickets are also available online.

Santa Claus in Adel

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, December 3 at Harmony Hall.

Come support the Adel Kiwanis and see Santa Claus from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 3 at Harmony Hall. Mrs. Claus will also have balloons and treats.

Winter party

4-8 p.m. on Friday December 3 at Waukee.

Waukee’s free annual WinterFest celebration returns Friday, December 3 in the Downtown Triangle neighborhood. Downtown businesses will be organizing open days from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The rest of the festivities will begin at 6 p.m. SHARP when Santa and Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke light up the WinterFest tree. After the tree is lit, kids can visit Santa at the Waukee Community Center. Guests can watch an ice sculptor create holiday pieces, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and soup, make art with the Waukee Area Arts Council, play mini-golf (sponsored by Grace Baptist Church) and more. The popular Snowball Drop (sponsored by Charter Bank) will take place at 6.30 p.m. for children up to 10 years old. WinterFest attendees are encouraged to donate new, unpackaged toys or non-perishable food to distribute to those in need through Waukee Christian Services in the area. These items can be dropped off at the Waukee Community Center during WinterFest or at the Waukee Public Works Building (805 University Ave.) during the week leading up to WinterFest.

Celebrate Christmas at Van Meter

From 3 to 4 December around Van Meter.

Sips and Snacks will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 3 at Van Meter stores. There will be singers throughout the evening and transport to get you around town. Tours begin at the Veterans Reception Center. Bracelets are only $ 5 and that gets you started in any business. An after party will take place at 8 p.m. at the VRC Lounge. The winter market will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 3 at the Veterans Reception Center, as well as the auxiliary cookie march at 5 p.m. The market will continue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 4. Van Meter Methodist and Baptist Churches will be hosting a children’s shopping day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 4 at the Methodist Church in Van Meter. Van Meter Fire and Rescue will take Santa on a tour of the city aboard a fire truck from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on December 4. Santa will then stop at the Winter Market, where he will meet the children from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the American Legion Complex.

Grimes UMC Breakfast with Santa

8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 4 at Grimes United Methodist Church.

After a year off, it’s time to welcome Santa back to Grimes United Methodist Church for the children and families of Grimes and surrounding areas. Join Grimes UMC for pancakes, camaraderie and photos with Santa from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 4.

Pancakes and photos with Santa Claus

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 4 at the Adel Volunteer Fire Department.

Santa once again asked your Adel Volunteer Fire Department to help him and his elves on Saturday, December 4th. Santa will visit the children from 8 a.m. and free photos will be taken. The fire department has partnered with Adel Boy Scouts 152. They will be making pancakes and toppings. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Santa will be leaving for his next community visit at 11 a.m. sharp. The voluntary donations will be shared between AFD and Troop 152.

Community holiday party

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday 4th December at De Soto Middle School.

De Soto Public Safety and De Soto Public Library are sponsoring a community party on Saturday 4th December. All ages are welcome to attend the fun, free event to make crafts and ornaments, receive a book (supplies last) decorate holiday cookies, and maybe meet the happy old elf himself.

Beta Sigma Phi Holiday Home Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 4 at the Dallas Center.

The Beta Sigma Phi Holiday Homes tour is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. The tour will feature five homes in Dallas Center. Restrooms and cookies will be available at First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th St. Advance tickets cost $ 15 and can be purchased at Town Hall, Library, Board and Batten, and any member. Beta Sigma Phi (call or text Heather Willrich at 515- 360-5727). Tickets will also be available at The Suites at 1400 Walnut Street on the day of the event for $ 20.

Celebrate the joy of Christmas

4 p.m. Saturday, December 4 at Minburn.

The Minburn Public Library will host Celebrating Christmas Cheer on Saturday, December 4th. The Jingle Bell store will be open in Legion Hall from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, allows children to choose free items for loved ones. Free coffee and cider will be served from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the food stand. At 5 p.m., Christmas carols will be sung and gift bags and books will be distributed to children after the lighting of the Meek Park nursery. Books and gift bags are donated by the Auxiliary of the Legion.

Hometown christmas

4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 around Dallas Center.

The Dallas Center Seasonal Fun Committee will host hometown Christmas 2021 on Saturday, December 4. The event will feature music, crafts, goodies and more from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Holiday tree lighting

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 4 at Woodward.

The Holiday Tree Lighting event returns on December 4th in Woodward. Santa will arrive at 6:30 pm at the corner of Main Street and W. 3rd Street and the Mayor will light the Christmas tree. There will be hot chocolate, apple cider, free games and crafts from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tree Festival and Tea Room

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, December 5 at Adel First Christian Church.

Join the Adel First Christian Church this weekend for its annual festival of trees. The event begins on Friday December 3 during the tasting and sample from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Then stop by Sunday December 5th and buy the soup and dessert 11am to 2pm before the vacation home tour or stop between 2pm and 4pm for dessert after the home tour.

Holiday Celebration Driving Grimes

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 5 at the Grimes South Sports Complex.

Santa Claus and Mrs Noel come to Grimes on Sunday 5th December. Santa will take a fire truck around town from 3 to 5 p.m. before stopping off at the drive-through celebration from 5:30 p.m. Bring the kids to see Santa and enjoy activities such as trivia, goody bags, tree voting contest, Christmas lights and music. Make sure to bring letters to Santa Claus for his little helpers to pick up. Find more information, including a map of the fire truck tour, on the Grimes Drive-Thru Holiday Celebration Facebook page.

Winter Nights and Magical Lights Parade Winterfest

Saturday December 4 at Redfield.

Redfield’s annual Winterfest returns on Saturday December 4th. The event will begin with a craft show, cookie walk and silent auction from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Central Valley Middle School. Food will also be served throughout the day. Children can purchase free gifts for their parents from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Middle School Commons. Children can visit Santa Claus and receive a gift bag from 1 pm to 1:30 pm The lighting of the tree and the park parties will take place at 5 pm. A chili meal will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Legion Hall with a donation. The Winter Nights and Magic Lights – Winterfest Lighted Parade will complete the event. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. and start at 7:00 p.m. at Heartland Coop.

Old Fashioned Christmas Dexter

Sunday December 5th at Dexter Roundhouse.

The Friends of the Dexter Library will be serving a Potato Bar lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 5 at the Dexter Roundhouse for a voluntary dedication. The event will be followed by Dexter’s Old Fashioned Christmas from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dexter Roundhouse. The event will feature games and activities for children aged 1 to 101, tours with Santa, a cookie / candy walk, cocoa and more.

Visit the bells, arches and shops

December 10-11 in Adel, Earlham, Indianola and Winterset.

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Indianola Chamber of Commerce to host the Bells, Bows and Boutiques Tour. Join Adel, Madison and Indianola Chambers on Friday, December 10 for a two-day road trip to visit local businesses in Adel, Earlham, Indianola and Winterset.

Perry Fine Arts presents New Horizons Band

2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 12 at the Performing Arts Center, 1200 18th St., Perry.

The Perry Fine Arts series will present New Horizons Band at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 at the Perry High School Performing Arts Center. The New Horizons Band in Des Moines is part of an international organization with most groups located in the United States and Canada. There are six New Horizon groups in Iowa, located in the larger communities of Iowa. Most of the band members are older people who are amateur musicians. They are led by Ron Reekman, a former instrumental music teacher in public schools. Perry’s Fine Arts Committee encourages residents to enjoy an afternoon of instrumental music on December 12. Perry Fine Arts concerts are free, donations accepted and open to everyone. The Performing Arts Center is accessible to people with reduced mobility and has air conditioning.

Dallas County Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 18 in Dallas County.

Join DCCB and RRWA for a day of birding with a goal. Each year, local bird clubs get together around the Christmas holidays to take a “snapshot” of what birds are like in their area. This information is sent to the National Audubon Society, which examines the long-term health of bird populations over the past 100 years. Participants are divided into groups, each with an experienced bird watcher in a different location in the county. Participants typically go hiking in the morning and drive around the area in the afternoon. Registration is required by emailing [email protected] or calling Mike at 515-465-3577.

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