It’s that festive time of year again…get ready for Dazzling in The District 2018! From photos with Santa, cookie decorating, horse and carriage rides and everything in between, there’s something for all kids and families at the Dazzling in The District 2018 Holiday Stroll.
The Saturday, December 1,event kicks off at 2 p.m. with Santa’s arrival at The Elements! Take a look around at the gorgeous holiday scenery that Elements has to offer. Hoping to get some last minute shopping done while your kids enjoy their own Dazzling moments? You can! Find stunning decorations, impressive gifts for everyone on your list, and dazzling displays at every turn.
Be sure to follow the Dazzling Reindeer Quest as you stroll. Pick up your program and look for a Dazzling District Reindeer in each District shop. Receive a stamp for each Dazzling District Reindeer you find; you’ll be entered to win one of five fabulous prizes when you turn in a stamped program at one of the restaurants by 5 p.m.
- Grand Prize: $500 to the new B&B Ankeny Theater and Big 12 Bowling
- New Wheels for 13 Miles of Trails: New bike from Kyle’s Bikes ($300 value)
- Dining in The District: Treat the whole family with $250 District Dining Dollars
- Movies! Movies! Movies! : 4 Passes + Concessions to the pre-opening party at B&B Ankeny Theaters & Big 12 Bowling
- Exercise Your Mind: Basket of goodies from Ankeny Library + $100 gift card from Innovators Academy
Stroll with Santa
Photos with Santa will go until 3:30 p.m. at The Elements while holiday music sings in your ears near Fong’s Pizza. Letter writing will be at District 36 Wine Bar & Grille until 4:30 p.m. Cozy up at Winestyles for their holiday showcase wine tasting anytime from 2-6 p.m.
Go back in time with nostalgia when you ride a horse and carriage wagon through the beautiful streets of The District, complete with smiling faces and jolly places, like Mainstream Boutique, Blond Genius, or Spavia. The District shops dazzle with holiday lights and atop a horse-drawn carriage, the views are sure to impress.
After riding in a “one-horse-open-sleigh,” let your kids decorate a cookie with their favorite holiday cheer at Taco Hangover. While the kids enjoy a cookie, make sure to check out the unique food choices Taco Hangover has at their disposal.
Walk down to Jethro’s BBQ or Fong’s Pizza to decorate an ornament to give your tree at home a special new dazzle. Or, take $5 to AR Workshop and create a wood slice ornament. The ornament decorating events last all day.
Cold Stone Creamery isn’t just for the warmer months; mix up a new and delicious concoction during Dazzling in The District. The fun doesn’t stop there; Cold Stone Creamery offers chocolates and candies that will leave your mouth watering, and if you choose to share- your friends and family will cherish the delectable gift. Santa’s elf will be making an appearance and you can decorate apples with the elf at 3:00 p.m. If ice cream is too cold for your tastebuds, head to Whiskey River, where you can drink a steaming cup of hot chocolate, all day long!
Mainstream Boutique is always dazzling, but exceptionally so during the holidays. Still need to cross off some people on your Christmas shopping list? Find cozy socks, fitted denim, soft wool textures, jackets, coats, scarves, shirts and more at Mainstream Boutique. Plus, Michelle is there to help you make the perfect purchase, whether it’s for yourself or someone you love. While you shop, the kids can enjoy Story-time with Santa’s Elf at 4:00 p.m.
For your hot-sauce-loving friends, pop over to Lola’s Kitchen for their gifts, where you can purchase over 6 different flavors of hot sauce, now featured in Hy-vee! Lola’s will also be offering free chai tea and a snowflake decorating station.
The fun doesn’t end yet! At 5 p.m, walk to Innovators Academy where you’ll be able to watch the kids exercise their brains with Santa. Innovators Academy is new to The District and helps kids focus on creative projects, being a kid, and practicing new methods in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, art, design and mathematics). Annie Barrows, owner and innovator, has a passion for helping all kids become innovators and creative problem solvers.
Stay for Dinner!
Before Santa has to go, enjoy the lighting ceremony with your family. Say goodbye to Santa as he flies back to the North Pole! And although the Dazzling in The District 2018 Holiday Stroll will come to a close around 6:30 p.m., fun in The District doesn’t have to. Finish your holiday shopping by stopping in any of the businesses that are open late. Enjoy your family fun a lot more by sharing laughs and memories of the day by selecting a restaurant to dine in The District for dinnertime.
- District 36: 1/2 price flatbreads
- Whiskey River: $5 off food orders $25+
- Fong’s: Free appetizer with purchase
- Jethro’s: $9.50 Bloody Mary’s and $5 cousin cocktails
- WineStyles: 1/2 price flatbreads and pizzettes after 6pm
- Flavory Bistro: penne pasta shrimp with homemade pesto sauce, Alfredo or marinara for $12.95
End your evening dining somewhere delicious in The District. Be sure to tell your friends and family about Dazzling in The District 2018 Holiday Stroll. Use our snapchat filter and hashtag to appear be featured at The District!
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