Local Holiday Festivities Return — Safely

The Salisbury House partners with local designers and retailers every year to create a holiday experience.

Writer: Allaire Nuss

Many of the city’s annual holiday festivities are returning this winter with adjustments to safety protocols. Here’s what to look forward to this holiday season.

Holly and Ivy Home Tour: The Salisbury House is decking the halls for the 24th annual Holly and Ivy Home Tour, beginning Dec. 4 and running through the month. Every room in the 1920s-era house will be decorated by local designers and retailers with their own spins on holiday cheer.

“This has always been a signature event of the Salisbury House—showcasing the unique architecture and creativity of the people of Des Moines,” says Events Director Lynn Halldorson.

And now for the 2020 twist: Tours are semi-virtual. For $20, patrons can enjoy an online guided exhibition of both the decorated house and various private homes. The first 250 tickets come with a free pass to tour in-person. Time slots are spaced every 75 minutes between noon and 5:30 p.m. daily, with groups limited to 20 masked guests. Want to skip the online portion all together? In-person only tours are $15 each. Purchase your tickets for the Holly and Ivy Home Tour here.

Christkindlmarket: This popular German-style street market returns as a curbside pickup event. Its online marketplace is open until Nov. 22, connecting customers with local vendors selling food items, home decor and more.

After ordering, you can pick up from the safety of your car Dec. 3-6 at Principal Park. Despite the new format, director Suzanne Hull hopes the market can help lift holiday spirits. “Success to me looks like getting the customers their orders and being cheerful about it,” she says. “I’m proud of our team for putting something together so quickly.”

Learn more about the Christkrindlmarket here.

Brenton Skating Plaza: And what would winter be without ice skating? The Brenton Skating Plaza opens on Nov. 20 in the East Village. Skating sessions are 90 minutes long, but be sure to pre-register to ensure your spot on the ice. The rink’s capacity is limited to 110 visitors, and all are encouraged to social distance and wear masks. Reserve a time slot for you and your family here.

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