Dazzling in The District Holiday Stroll

We Were Dazzled! 

A picture perfect day of holiday cheer full of shopping and dining specials and festive activities was capped off with a lighting ceremony of the beautiful holiday tree in The District's new Town Square! It was indeed Dazzling in The District December 7th! Come check out our specialty shops and boutiques and local restaurants all holiday season long! See more photos here. #dazzlinginthedistrict #alwayssomethinghappening 

A Holiday Wonderland at 

Dazzling in The District December 7th!

Dazzling in The District is a day full of holiday cheer and wonder for children of all ages. Stroll along for photos with Santa, stop for story time with the snow princesses and find the dazzling reindeer in each store to be entered to win prizes! Enjoy holiday fun activities planned throughout the day. Visit The District shops and boutiques for specials on gifts for everyone on your list. Then stay for the dazzling grand finale lighting ceremony -- we're going to 'flip the big switch' to turn on the lights in the magical Town Square park! Wrap up by dining at one of The District's wonderful restaurants. It’s a new annual tradition you won't want to miss to officially kick off the holiday season!

It's a day full of holiday cheer, with cookie decorating, seasonal arts and crafts, festive treats and drinks, shopping and dining. Free admission, free parking and a wonderland of fun for the whole family! Keep up-to-date with details here.

Saturday, December 7 

Free Admission!

2 - 7 pm

Free Parking!


Here Comes Santa Claus...and so much more!

Santa Claus wouldn't miss his annual stop at Dazzling in The District! Get your photo taken with him in The Elements at Prairie Trial -- absolutely beautifully decorated for the holiday season -- and at the brand new Residence Inn by Marriott. Take your shots right on your own camera or phone -- there's no charge!

2- 3:30 pm at The Elements  and 3:45 - 4:45 pm at Residence Inn by Marriott

Don't Miss the Grande Finale Tree Lighting Ceremony & Prize Drawings!

You won't want to miss what is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition - a grand tree lighting ceremony in the wonderland of our beautiful new Town Square Park. Join fan favorite Ken Auge of Ken, Colleen & Kurt in the Morning on STAR 102.5 as we officially usher in the holiday season. 

6:30 pm at Town Square Park

Story Time and More with Extra Special Guests

Christmas story time is that much more special with Snow Queen and Ice Princess in the house. Kids will love meeting the pair and settling in for some holiday stories. 

4:30 - 5:15 pm at Cold Stone Creamery  |  3:30 - 4:15 pm at CampusCycle

4 - 4:45 pm at Mainstream Boutique  |  5 - 5:45 pm at Tanique

Plus, it will be a Mario Christmas at The Operating Room during Dazzling in The District! In fact, word has it Mario will be making a guest appearance from 3 - 5 pm. Now this you won't want to miss!

The Dazzling District Deer are Back!

We'll have our own special Dazzling Reindeer throughout The District during the holiday season. Plus, look for mini-versions in our shops during Dazzling in The District, have your official Dazzling passport stamped, and enter for a chance to win one of four pretty marvelous gift certificates...early holiday gifts for our lucky winners! Winners will be drawn during the evening's lighting ceremony and you must be present to win. Prizes include: 

$400 to B&B Ankeny 12 & B-Roll Bowling, $300 to The Operating Room,

$150 to Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park, $100 to Innovators Academy

Fun Activities All Day Long

We'll be packin' lots of holiday fun into Dazzling in The District. You won't want to miss these festivities: 

Make & Take Holiday Ornament $5 - AR Workshop

Coloring Book & Crayon Activity - Blond Genuis

Letter Writing to Santa - District 36 Wine Bar & Grille

Holiday Ornament Making - Fong's Pizza

Make Your Own! Piper Cleaner Snowmen - Innovators Academy

Ymm! Cookie Decorating - Jethro's BBQ Lakehouse

Ornament Decorating & Chai - Lola's Fine Kitchen

Kid's Coloring Contest & Candy - The Olive Tap

Extra Special Holiday Crafts - RE/MAX Concept, Rise & Grind, Residence Inn

Plus, many of our businesses will be serving holiday treats and toddies as you shop. They include:

Toasts & Tree Decorating - Adamson Insurance & Associates with Iowa Financial Partners & Fong's

 Hot Chocolate Bar - Blond Genius and  Whiskey River

Samples of Chef Lisa's GF Cookies - Flavory Bistro

Lola's Fine Kitchen Signature Chai Tea

Cake and Frozen Hot Chocolate - The Operating Room 

Ho-ho-ho Holiday Snacks - Tanique

Mulled Wine & Gourmet Food Samples - WineStyles

Dazzling FAQs

Dining & Shopping Specials All Day Long!

You'll love the specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants in The District, and during Dazzling you'll enjoy extra special offers! Find unique gifts for everyone on your list...and maybe even get something for yourself! New shops are opening regularly. Some of our favorite Dazzling offers include: 

Blond Genius - 15% off an item

Campus Cycle - Free first time ride promo code

District 36 Wine Bar & Grille - Wine specials in bar

Fong's Pizza - Buy one, get one free on large two topping (excluding specialty pizzas)

Grey Lotus - 10% off all purchased and drawing for $50 gift card

Innovator's Academy - First class free

Mainstream Boutique - 15% off two items with donation to ARL

Spavia - 20% off spa boutique and membership pricing gift cards 

Tanique - 15% off all retail

WineStyles - 15% off holiday accessories and gourmet food & cheese

Jethro's BBQ Lakehouse - Half price boneless wings and $1 off Iowa beers

Whiskey River - Adult Hot Chocolate special 

Cold Stone Creamery & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory - $5 Rocky Mountain Carmel Apples

Pick out your gifts, then head to Scissors & Scotch and the

FREE Holiday Gift Wrapping Station for gifts bought in The District during Dazzling!

Happy Ho-Ho-Ho-Holidays!