Traditions are customs and beliefs passed down in a family through several generations. They're are an awesome method for instilling values. Unique cultural traditions define who we are as humans and contribute to our well-being. Not only that, but our family celebrations can go a long way to create a healthy perspective and a sense of belonging. These three annual Christmas events in Iowa are enjoyed annually by many families.
- Happening Holiday Family Overnight: The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is proud to announce the annual "Happening Holiday Family Overnight." The museum and aquarium is located on 3rd Street in Dubuque, Iowa. On December 11, 2015 families are invited to show up at 7:00 p.m. with sleeping bags and flashlights in tow for an overnight stay on the grounds. Family members will enjoy crafts, games and visit with animals that live in the aquarium. All guests will enjoy a movie in the Journey Theater. Breakfast will be served the next morning after sleeping in one of the exhibits. Ticket information is available on the website.
- Santa and Reindeer at the Zoo: Santa will be at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines on the 5th and 12th of December, 2015. Reindeer will arrive first with gifts for the lions and snow leopards. Children may construct holiday crafts in the Discovery Center Room. Rhinos will be adorned in edible wreaths from the North Pole. A romaine lettuce Christmas tree will be placed in the tortoise exhibit for a special treat. Children may have photos with Santa. A holiday themed bamboo treat will be delivered to the Red Pandas along with special gifts for the tigers. Admission for Santa and Reindeer at the Zoo is free for zoo members and included in gate price for other guests. Check the zoo website for a schedule of events.
- Winter Break 2015 at Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens: Exciting activities will fill the days following Christmas at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens. Adventurous rainforest stories may be heard from Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31, 2015, in the Show House from 10:30 a.m. till 11:15 a.m. during "Story Sprouts." Children may craft rainforest souvenirs, create a passport, and discover secrets of the rainforest during "The Rainforest Experience." A schedule of events is available online.