DSM 411: December 4th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in December, 2019. Updates include a leg lamp, German sausages, 100 light displays, a new restaurant iteration, an important meeting, a practice session with beer, and an easy way to make party plans. Check out the details of each update below, listen with the imbeded player here, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Des Moines Playhouse: A Christmas Story
Opening this Friday, the Des Moines Playhouse is ready to get you in the holiday spirit with their newest show: A Christmas Story. This is the one with Ralphie in the 1940s almost shooting his eye out. Opening night is this Friday, and will run for 19 performances with shows on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the month, ending with two performances on Monday, December 23rd. 
Des Moines Playhouse
December 6th – 23rd
Link to more information


This weekend, head down to Principal Park to join in on the annual Christmas Market called Christkindlmarket. Emulating Christmas street markets that began 700 years ago in Germany and Austria, the Des Moines version of the market includes traditional German food like bratwurst and candied nuts, diverse entertainment in a heated tent, and shopping– goods include old-world, artisanal and hand-crafted items. Of course, there will also be traditional mulled wine and a special beer brewed just for the event by 515 Brewing Company. Parking and admission are free. 
Where: Principal Park
December 6th – 7th from 11am-9pm, 8th from 11-5pm
Link to more information

Give Back

Make a Wish: Jolly Holiday Lights
Here’s another Des Moines holiday tradition that gives back to an amazing non-profit. You can support Make-a-Wish Iowa by driving through the Jolly Holiday Light display out at the Adventureland Campground in Altoona. This is their major fundraiser for the year– charging $20 per car to drive through the 2.5 miles of 100 light displays has given the non-profit the ability to grant more than 900 wishes to Iowa kids.
Where: Adventureland Campground, Altoona
When: November 29th — December 30th from 5:30-10pm
Cost: $20 per car 
Link to more information

Restaurant Scene

Lucky Lotus
Lucky Lotus is a Pan-Asian restaurant located in the old Krunkwich location on Ingersoll. The family that owns and run Lucky Lotus used to own and run Cafe Fuzion over on E 14th. They closed that location, and opened Lucky Lotus mid-October, and the reviews are solid. Some of the old menu followed them to the new location, but there are many new entries too– and apparently 70% of the menu can be modified to be vegan or vegetarian. 
Where: 2721 Ingersoll
When: Open M-Sa, 11-3pm & 5-9pm
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

If you, or someone you know, would like to deliver a personal message directly to the Big Guy, there are many locations around the metro you can find him. 
First, the most obvious– the malls. You can find Santa at Valley West, Jordan Creek and Merle Hay Mall every day and evening through Christmas Eve.

If the malls are not your speed, there are many other places you can find him throughout the month:
Bass Pro Shop: Through the 24th– free photos, crafts and activities
Beaverdale Bar Crawl & Shop Hop: December 7th at Grounds for Celebration from 5-6, will read a book at Beaverdale Books at 6pm
The Zoo
: December 14th & 15th from 10-12pm
Science Center: December 14th & 15th– times vary
Jingle in the Junction: December 5, 12, 19 from 5-9pm in Valley Junction

Pro tip: try to go during the week, and the earlier the better. 

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

Beer Caucus
We’re less than 2 months to the caucus, and if 1) wish you knew more about how the caucuses work, and 2) you love beer, then I have the event for you. This Saturday, December 11th, the Des Moines Register is holding a Beer Caucus at the Hall in West Des Moines. All party affiliations are invited and can come together to taste free beer samples, and then from 7-9pm, there will be a full-on, February-style caucus happening. But instead of caucusing for your favorite politician (or against your least favorite) you can caucus for your favorite beer! Don’t worry if you don’t know what you’re doing– there will be trusty guides from the Register to teach you how it’s done. The event is completely free, but you have to be 21 or older to participate, and you must register in advance. 
Where: The Hall, West Des Moines
December 11th, from 7-9pm
Cost: Free, but RSVP required
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

New Years Eve

Des Moines SymphonyCirque at the Symphony
Stoner TheaterComedy Xperience Laugh in the New Year
Noce5th Annual Wild Party
AdventurelandBrad Morgan @ NYE Country Bash
Your Private BarThe Dealt Hand

Big Parties
Embassy SuitesKevin Hayes’ Big NYE Party
Holiday Inn DSM AirportRoaring into 2020
NightingaleNYE 2020 Party
Vaudeville MewsY2K2 90s theme NYE Party w/ Lvvmaking
Val Air BallroomLight Up the Night NYE Party
Franklin Jr. HighGrateful New Year 2020
Hotel RenovoThe Nadas

Science CenterNoon Year’s Eve Party
Franklin Avenue LibraryNoon Year’s Eve Party
Hop-a-lotNYE Party
North Side LibraryNoon Year’s Eve
AARPNYE STEM @ South Side Library

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