Midwest Events

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Event Announcements from Midwest (and neighboring states) visitor offices:

Shipshewana, IN
November 21-24; November 28 – December 1; December 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29
Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy

In November, the Flea Market grounds will be transformed into a 1.4-mile winter wonderland lighted drive-thru display! Load up your car and cruise through the holiday themed scenes made up of over 2 million LED lights. More info

St. Louis, MO
November 22 – January 2
Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park

Start a new holiday tradition or continue a favorite one at the 34th Annual Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park. More info

Sioux Falls, SD
November 22 – January 5
Winter Wonderland at Falls Park

The annual Winter Wonderland returns to Falls Park just in time for the holiday season. See thousands of lights and decorations throughout the park. More info

Davenport, IA
November 23
Festival of Trees Holiday Parade

Don’t miss the annual kick-off to the holiday season at the 27th annual Holiday Parade in downtown Davenport, Iowa, at 10 a.m.  This FREE event features large helium character balloons, floats, dance groups, bands, antique cars, and pageant queens, all to help usher in the holidays – including a visit from Santa Claus himself!  More info

Moline, IL
November 23
Lighting on the Commons

Come to the John Deere Commons in downtown Moline, Illinois, and enjoy the free Lighting on the Commons event from 3:30-6:00 p.m.  Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride; meet Santa and Mrs. Claus; listen to carolers and performing groups; warm-up with cider, hot cocoa and cookies; and take part in children’s activities.  Join in the festivities as nearly ½ million lights and fireworks brighten the skies in the Commons area and along the Moline Riverfront at 6:00 p.m.  More info

Davenport, IA
November 23 – December 1
Festival of Trees

The 34th Annual Festival of Trees, a benefit for Quad City Arts, returns to the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport. More info

St. Louis, MO
November 23 – January 4
Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden

The event features over one million dazzling lights and fun new activities. More info

Ames, IA
November 24
Opening Day of the RG Express Holiday Railroad

Join us for the opening weekend of the RG Express railroad. Visitors young and old will be enchanted by this custom-built garden-scale train. More info

Pierre, SD
November 26 – December 26
Christmas at the Capitol

The annual Christmas at the Capitol display in Pierre includes nearly 100 trees that are decorated by volunteers from communities, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and state government offices. More info

St. Louis, MO
November 28
35th Annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade

The parade features more than 130 parade displays, musical floats, large balloons, local marching bands and more. As always, Santa Claus will be present to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas! More info

Sioux Falls, SD
November 29
28th Annual Parade of Lights

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 29, dazzling lighted holiday floats and music will flood historic Phillips Avenue from 13th Street to 5th Street. The 28th Annual Parade of Lights is the official start to the downtown holiday season! More info

Cedar Falls, IA
November 29
Holiday Hoopla Kick-Off

Join the merchants in downtown Cedar Falls as the Grand Holiday Hoopla gets underway, kicking off a month of hoopla downtown. More info

Rapid City, SD
November 29, 30; December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13-17
Christmas Nights of Light

Storybook Island gets turned into a winter wonderland during the Christmas Nights of Light event. Check out all of your favorite storybook characters dressed up in lights for the holiday season. More info

Hill City, SD
November 29-30; December 7-8, 14-15, 21-24, 27-28
Holiday Express

Experience the magic as you take a one hour, round trip journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will board the train and ride back to Hill City, taking time to visit with each child on the way. More info

St. Louis, MO
November 29 – December 30
The Polar Express Train Ride

Tickets are now on sale for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride which will be departing from St. Louis Union Station Nov. 29-Dec. 30. This magical family experience brings the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg to life. Tickets do sell out, so grab some for your family today! And while you’re at St. Louis Union Station, ride the new St. Louis Wheel! This new attraction is a 200-foot high observation wheel with climate controlled gondolas offering views of the St. Louis skyline every day of the year.

St. Louis, MO
November 29 – December 30
Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

The event offers a chance for you to stroll through an enchanting holiday experience. More info

Rapid City, SD
November 30
Festival of Lights Parade

100,000 lights glow among the floats and horse-drawn carriages More info

December Events

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