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Guide to the Holidays at Des Moines Performing Arts


Still in disbelief that it’s already December? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Struggling to get in the holiday spirit? Also not alone.
Excited for cold weather and multiple feet of snow? Ok, you may be alone in that one.

Let us help you get into the holiday spirit this year with a guide to the holidays at DMPA - we’ve got something slip anyone into a jolly mood.

Knock out the Rest of your Holiday Shopping


Everyone knows the easiest (and obviously least stressful) part of the holidays is buying gifts for all your loved ones.

Yeah, just kidding - giving gifts can be hard. Like really, really hard.

Good news for you, we've got the prefect gift-giving guide that's chock full of concerts, comedy, Broadway, and more - something for everyone in your life. 

Still can't decide? Get a Gift Card!

With DMPA gift certificates, you can instantly cross everyone off your shopping list while letting the recipient choose what they want to see! Gift cards are purchasable online and make a great gift for all your loved ones.

Catch a Holiday Show at DMPA

The best way to turn the holiday cheer on is catching one of the holiday shows coming to Des Moines Performing Arts. From comedy to concerts we have something that everyone will enjoy hitting the stage this month.

A Christmas Carol has been a holiday tradition for Iowa Stage, and to celebrate our move to the Stoner we are creating a new version, with all new sets, to delight holiday audiences with the timeless tale of Scrooge’s ghostly visitations and Yuletide change of heart.

The Grammy® Award-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band The Beach Boys will bring their iconic Southern Californian sound to the Des Moines Civic Center this winter as part of their “'Tis The Season” tour.  

The 2022 holiday tour will feature a mix of holiday classics from The Beach Boys’ 1964 Christmas album as well as songs from The Beach Boys co-founder and lead singer Mike Love’s holiday album, Reason for the Season

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics in the distinctive Mannheim sound. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller at the Des Moines Civic Center. 

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