Dazzling 2020

Dazzling in The District is Dec. 5, 2020!

2pm to 7pm

With the latest update on spread of COVID19 and the Governor’s announcement, we are cancelling our 2020 Dazzling in The District Holiday Stroll event. The shops and restaurants are open to serve you with special stop-the-spread measures in place, like social distancing, curbside pickup, in store private appointments, and online ordering. Visit our directory here for info on all The District shops and restaurants. Toys for Tots Tuesday December 8th in the Town Squark Park is still on, please consider making a donation. The giant Christmas Tree will be decorated and we will flip the switch to light the tree very soon. And remember to Shop Local for the Holidays!

Dazzling in The District 2020 logo

Santa will be here!

Photos with Santa

Toys for Tots

Live Music

Fun Activities

Prize Drawing

 Grand Finale Tree Lighting

Dazzling in The District 2020 Santa

Dazzling in The District is a day full of holiday cheer and wonder for children of all ages.

Stroll along and visit The District shops and boutiques for specials

on gifts for everyone on your list.


2:00pm to 6:00pm

Enjoy fun holiday activities planned throughout the day – in a socially distanced way of course.

Enjoy holiday music live in The District.

Find the dazzling deer in the shop windows and be entered in the Prize Drawing.

Take a photo with Santa in his life-size sleigh.

Snap your pic at the photo station and share for a bonus prize in the drawing.

Then stay for the Dazzling Grand Finale lighting ceremony – we’re going to draw for Prizes and  ‘flip the big switch’ to turn on the lights in the magical Town Square park.

Here Comes Santa Claus!

3:30 pm to 6:30pm

Santa wouldn’t miss his annual stop at Dazzling in The District! Get your photo taken with him and his life-size sleigh in the Town Square Park.  Take your shots right on your own camera or phone – there’s no charge!


Photo Station

2:00pm to 6:00pm

Stop by the Photo Station near Wasabi and Operating Room and snap a pic. Then share with us on facebook or instagram and you’ll be eligible for a bonus prize in the drawing. Don’t forget to get your sticker on your Prize Entry Card.


Write a Letter to Santa

2:00 to 6:00 pm

Naughty or Nice? Write your letter to Santa in the Artruim (betweent Fong’s and Legacy Fitness). Get a sticker for your Prize Entry Card and don’t forget to drop your letter in the official Santa Mailbox located in The District.


Toys for Tots in The District!

2:00pm to 6:00pm

There will be Toys for Tots boxes stationed on Main Street. To help support this worthy cause, we will be doing a special collection during the Dazzling event. The first 250 people making a donation will receive a $10 District Gift Card.

Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 8 the Town Square Park will be the destination for this year’s Toys for Tots Tuesday , when KCCI-TV hosts their annual day-long promotion for Toys for Tots. The District donation will be the first one of the day!

You’ll love the specialty shops in The District and during Dazzling you’ll enjoy extra special offers! Here are just a few:

Grey Lotus Boutique – 15% off storewide on womens and 20% off mens.

Spavia Day Spa – 20% off Spavia boutique and bring a friend (membership pricing #30 gift cards)

Tanique – 15% off retail.

WineStyles – 40% off holiday accessories.

Admission is FREE.

Parking is FREE.

Activities are FREE.

Enjoy Dazzling in The District and please patronize our District businesses!

Masks are required at Dazzling in The District.

Come for lunch, stay through dinner. Or pop in to one of our restaurants or bars for an app and a drink. In The District, we have culinary delights for just about every craving. A few of our Dazzling favorite specials include:

Cold Stone Creamery & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – $2 Kids Ice Cream Scoop

District 36 Wine Bar & Grille – $2 off all glasses of wine and appetizers during the event.

Lola’s Fine Kitchen – Free chai samples.

Residence Inn – Free hot cocoa and coffee for parents.

The Dazzling District Deer are back and they have a special mission in 2020. They are here to help you win prizes in the Prize Drawing. Here’s what you do:

1. Pick up your Official Prize Entry Card at the pavillion in the Town Square Park when you arrive. The fun starts at 2:00pm.

2. Find the dazzling reindeer in the shop windows. See the participating shops here and on the interactive map below.

3. Our elves have come up with a few quiz questions to show you found the deer. Fill in your answers on the Prize Entry Card.

4. Stop at the Photo Station and get another sticker for your Prize Entry Card.

5. Participate in the Letter Writing workshop and get another sticker on your Prize Entry Card.

6. Take your Prize Entry Card to the pavillion in the Town Square Park and drop it in the official entry box.

That’s it! Prizes will be drawn at 6:30pm in the Town Square Park and if your name is drawn you must be there to win the prize.

Prize! Prizes! Prizes!

$400 in District Gift Cards to use at restaurants and shops throughout The District.

$300 to B&B Ankeny 12 & B-Roll Bowling – enough to take you and your friends to movies and bowling and extra for treats!

$200 to AR Workshop – a special makerspace for all ages.

$100 to The Operating Room bar arcade featuring games, pinball, a full bar and lots of food.

Find the Deer in the Wndows

Adina Blooms

Ankeny Library

AR Workshop

Campus Cycle

Charlottle Louise Mercantile (in The District PopUP)

Cold Stone Creamery & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Edward Jones  | Brandt Hockman

elin boutique

Grey Lotus

Iowa Financial




The businesses with decorated windows are listed here. Find the deer and answer the quiz questions on the Prize Entry Card.

Jethro’s BBQ Lakehouse

Keller Williams

Lola’s Fine Kitchen

Magee’s Irish Pub & Eatery

Mainstream Boutique

Pure Barre

Operating Room

Pure Barre

Purple Poppy


You need at least 18 window answers, plus the stickers from the Letter Writing Station and the Photo Station to be eligible to enter the Prize Drawing.

Rise & Grind


Takekawa & Green


The Elements

The Olive Tap


Whiskey River



Thanks to our Dazzling Sponsors

Learn more about them on The District Directory.