DSM 411: December 18th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in December, 2019. Updates include more Christmas events, a cold hike, latkes, beer and some stories. 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

First, a quick update that I’ll be taking the next two weeks off, but I’ll be right back in your feed on Wednesday, January 8th!

There are plenty of things happening around Des Moines, but most of them are continuations of things I’ve already highlighted in the past few weeks! So check the past show notes for reminders, but you can still catch shows at the playhouse, at the stoner theater, drive through Jolly Holiday Lights, and don’t forget to make plans for New Year’s Eve! Find that update linking to all of the New Year’s events in the December 4th show notes.

Family Friendly & Free

Jingle in the Junction
Head to Historic Valley Junction tomorrow night, Thursday, December 19th for the last Jingle in the Junction event of the year. From 5-9pm, you can enjoy free horse and trolley rides, caroling, and you can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. All of the shops and restaurants will be open late as well, so you can finish up holiday shopping and grab some dinner too.
Valley Junction
Thursday, December 19th from 5-9pm
Free to attend
Link to more information

Get Active

First Day Hike
Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks. To kick off the year, winter hikes have been planned in nearly 50 locations across Iowa on New Year’s Day– they’re calling the event First Day Hikes. Nearest to Des Moines, you can join other hikers at Big Creek State Park up in Polk City, or at Walnut Woods State Park, just south of the airport. Both of these hikes will begin at 9am. You’ll want to dress for the weather. 
Where: Across the state
When: New Year’s Day, January 1, 2020
Cost: Free
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

Chanukah in Des Moines
Chanukah, the annual Jewish Festival of Lights, begins this Sunday, December 22nd and ends Monday, December 30th. You can head to Maccabee’s Kosher Deli on Polk Blvd to see the grand menorah lighting each night at 5pm.
Where: Maccabee’s Kosher Deli
Nightly during Chanukah

On Saturday, December 29th, head to Brenton Skating Plaza for Chanukah on Ice, an annual event that will include hot latkes, doughnuts, music, and skating. The event starts at 6:15pm and costs $8 per person, which includes skate rental.
Brenton Skating Plaza
Sunday, December 29th from 6:15-8:15pm
$8 per person
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

Breweries around Des Moines
Breweries around Des Moines are among the most festive spots to be this holiday season. Here’s a quick rundown of some upcoming events at local breweries:

Peace Tree: Celebrating 24 Days of Beer through December 24th
Confluence: Ugly Sweater Last Call, Dec 21st at 5pm
Firetrucker: Jingle Brew Rock Christmas Party on Dec 21 from 6-10pm
515 Brewing: Festivus for the rest of us on Dec 23rd from 6-9pm

Looking Ahead

Des Moines Storytellers
If you haven’t made it to a Des Moines Storytellers event yet, I highly recommend making it to at least one of the six storytelling shows planned for 2020. Each event showcases 6 storytellers, who are regular Iowans, who have a story to tell around the night’s theme. There are shows scheduled for every other month in 2020, with the season kicking off on February 25th. All shows are at Hoyt Sherman and season tickets and single show tickets are now on sale. 
Where: Hoyt Sherman Place
When: Feb 25, Apr 21, June 23, Aug 25, Oct 27, Dec 15
Link to more information
Link to buy tickets

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