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11 Ways to Unwrap the Fun in Ames this Holiday Season!
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11 Ways to Unwrap the Fun in Ames this Holiday Season!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, spending time with friends and family and getting into all the exciting holiday magic that the communities put together. Here are eleven events that are the perfect way to unwrap the magic this holiday season.

Kringla Cooking Class: Head out to Wheatsfield Co-op on December 1, and learn the tips and tricks on how to make a perfectly moist and flavorful Kringla!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph and his crew will be soaring into Stephens Auditorium on December 3 for this faithful adaptation of a wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfits in all of us.

Christmas at the Farm House: Celebrate the season at the Farm House Museum at Iowa State University from December 4 to the 6. Warm up with hot cocoa as you explore the first building on the Iowa State University campus and experience what Christmas was like at the turn of the century. This is the perfect event to bring the kids to as there will be crafts, carolers, and of course Santa Claus!

Santa Express Train: Ride the Santa Express to the "North Pole" at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum! Meet Santa and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as you hear the story of Santa's Scenic Valley Ride, you might even receive a special gift from Santa himself! Arrive in your PJ's and prepare for an adventure like never before! Visit their website for specific dates and times.

Central Iowa Symphony: Voices of the Season: Get into the holiday spirit at the Voices of the Season concert on December 5. This Central Iowa Symphony concert, conducted by Bernard McDonald, will have you singing along to those holiday classics!

Sandy Clark’s Christmas Show: What would Christmas be without Sandy Clark's Christmas Show at the Iowa Talent Factory? On December 5, enjoy beautiful Christmas songs with Sandy, Chris Clark, and other very talented guests!

Dad’s Belgian Waffles: Dad’s Belgian Waffles returns to the Iowa Arboretum on December 5 to serve mammoth size waffles that will fill your plate and satisfy your appetite! See wonderfully Iowa grown and decorated Christmas trees. Santa will also be flying in to make a guest appearance, so you won’t want to miss this!

Geocache Elf Hunt: Santa's helpers have been playing in the Park! Join Naturalist Jess Lancial on December 12 to learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods to find some elves and the presents they have hidden in the park! 

Christmas Traditions Day: Head over to Downtown Ames and step back in time on December 5 with an Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration hosted by the Ames Historical Society. Enjoy crafts, old-fashioned tree decorating, refreshments, and a visit from Santa!

Nevada Chamber Cookie Parade: A quick and easy way to “bake” for the holiday, come to Gates Hall on December 11 and 12 and fill a bucket with homemade cookies from local volunteer bakers! This parade has never been more delicious!

Breakfast with Santa: Join Reiman Gardens on December 12 to enjoy holiday music, a hearty breakfast buffet, meet Santa, his elf and polar bear friend, and create your own holiday ornament! The breakfast will include eggs, bacon, donuts and rolls so be sure to come hungry!

These are just a few events that will help you and your family celebrate the season. Be sure to check out our website for an extensive calendar of events and unwrap even more fun with the ones you love. 

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    What wonderful events! Thanks for posting!
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  2. ekorna
    Would love to join Santa for breakfast!
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