The Christmas Parade in Oskaloosa was voted the number one holiday event in the state by Main Street, Iowa, so you know it’s pure magic. The parade takes place annually on Thursday of the week following Thanksgiving, so while you may miss it this year, make sure to mark your calendar for next year.
Fairfield offers plenty of Christmas magic, with a decked out town square, Kandy Kane House and amazing Christmas lights. Santa will be at the Kandy Kane House on December 2nd, there’s a Scenic Rivers Wine Trail Annual Wine Tour Open House on December 2nd through the 5th and more. To find out more about Fairfield’s annual events,
3. Villages of Van Buren
The charming and historic Villages of Van Buren are pure magic at Christmas time. From their Festival of Trees, to "Light Up First Street," the villages have plenty going on. The Lighted Christmas Parade and Soup Supper in Cantril is a must, and it takes place at the fire station on December 17th at 6:00pm. 104 W 3rd St.
Wyoming has an incredible 4-block canopy of Christmas lights on the town's Main Street that will take your breath away. There are also 40 lit Christmas trees to add to the magical effect. Don’t miss their Christmas City celebration on Sunday, December 4th from 4pm to 8pm. The celebration takes place on Main Street and includes a soup supper, Christmas tree walk, horse and wagon rides and much more.
5. Orange City
Orange City is a very charming place to visit during the holiday season. Each year, the Dutch Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) visits Orange City on the first Saturday of December. Sinterklaas rides into town on a white horse, and there are fun activities as well.
6. Des Moines
While Des Moines doesn’t have the typical small town Main Street, it is a magical place to be during Christmas. With all of the light displays adorning the streets, as well as multiple activities, like Christmas tree lightings, festival of trees, ice-skating, shopping and more, you definitely won’t be bored.
7. Le Claire
LeClaire is a lovely little town with festive lights and a fun Christmas celebration called Christmas in LeClaire. Running December 2nd through the 4th, there are plenty of fun activities, including craft shows, cookie walks, breakfast with Santa, Santa’s gift shop and more. To find out more,
8. Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon’s Main Street is the epitome of charm, and it is especially so at Christmas. With Christmas lights decorating the Main Street, lots of charming shops and restaurants and an antique mall completely decked out with lights, you’ll find plenty of holiday magic. Mount Vernon also hosts an annual Magical Night event on Dec. 1st, from 5 to 8 pm at several locations throughout Mount Vernon.
Anamosa is a magical place to be during Christmas time, with lots of holiday fun. Make sure to check out the Annual Christmas Tree Walk & Craft Show on December 9th, 10th and 11th. There’s also an annual Christmas event called Holiday Magic on Main, an event that takes place downtown to kick off the holiday season. While it’s over for this year, make sure to mark your calendar for next year. To get more details about Anamosa's holiday events,
Decorah is a lovely little town with plenty of holiday lights to admire, as well as fun events to get you into the holiday spirit. From holiday lights to an art fair to a Norwegian Christmas celebration, there’s plenty of fun for all. To learn more about the town’s holiday events,
11. Cedar Falls
This college town has a lot of Christmas charm. With a decked out downtown and Christmas events, there’s something for everyone, like Breakfast at the North Pole, a pancake breakfast on December 3rd from 8am to 11am at the Cedar Falls Community Center, and Santa’s Beard Content, on December 15th at 7pm at 200 State St.
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