Attractions November 22, 2016
Here Are The 10 Most Enchanting, Magical Christmas Towns In Iowa
Christmas is one of the most magical times of year, and there are many amazing Christmas festivals going on all over Iowa. From light displays to visits with Santa to hot chocolate and cookies, there are so many fun things to experience. As part of the season’s festivities, you’ll definitely want to check out these 10 enchanting, magical Christmas towns.
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1. Le Mars
Le Mars features the magical Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland. There are many fun activities to partake in, including horse-drawn sleigh rides, a live nativity scene and live music. You can also roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate around a campfire in the snow. The village is open on Saturday, December 10th, and Sunday, December 11th, at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. 500 4th Ave. NE, Le Mars, IA.
Wyoming goes all out at Christmas, and it’s especially well known for the stunning 4-block canopy of Christmas lights on the town's Main Street. The street is also decked out with 40 lit Christmas trees. If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit, Wyoming is a great place to visit.
Anamosa’s decked out Main Street is a great place for Christmas festivities. There are plenty of events to enjoy, including Holiday Magic on Main, an event to kick off the holiday season on November 25th & 26th. There’s also the Christmas Tree Walk, a magical walk through over 60 lit and decorated Christmas trees. This event takes place on December 9th, 10th and 11th at the Lawrence Community Center. 600 E Main St., Anamosa, IA.
4. Orange City
This charming little town has an annual tradition when the Dutch Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) visits Orange City. This celebration takes place on the first Saturday of December. You’ll see Sinterklaas arrive on a white horse, and there will be fun activities, like Dutch games and a puppet show.
The Amana Colonies have an amazing Tannenbaum Forest every year, with a display of over 40 Christmas trees. This display will be open from November 25th through December 18th, Friday through Sunday.
The Boone & Scenic Valley Railway's Santa Express is a fun Christmas activity for you and your children and grandchildren. Get dressed in your PJs on and take the Santa Express. The ride lasts an hour and a half, and you’ll enjoy a story, cocoa and cookies, a visit with Santa and more. To learn about times, dates and tickets,
Winterset is a magical place to celebrate Christmas. Make sure to check out the Black Friday Festival of Lights on November 25th, with a visit from Santa, Christmas parade, live music and more.
8. Mount Pleasant
This festive and fun train ride is a great way to celebrate Christmas with your family. You’ll take a train ride to the “North Pole,” get your picture taken with Santa, make ornaments and more. Train rides begin on November 26th and run through December 11th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website
9. Villages of Van Buren
The historic Villages of Van Buren are a charming place to visit any time of year, but Christmas is especially so. From their Festival of Trees, to their Enchanted Forest Walk, you’re sure to find some fun and festive Christmas events. To learn more about holiday event dates, times and places,
10. Storm Lake
You’ll want to make sure to visit Santa's Castle in Storm Lake in the historic Carnegie Library. Expect to meet Santa Claus himself, see animated elves, browse antique Christmas toys and gifts and more. The castle is open Thanksgiving day running through December 29th on select days and times. 200 E 5th St., Storm Lake, IA.
Have you experienced any of these magical Christmas towns? For more fun holiday activities, here are 11 Christmas Light Displays In Iowa That Are Pure Magic.