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The Holidays at DMPA

Spend the holidays with Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Performing Arts is here to bring you some positivity and fun this holiday season! There are so many great shows coming up, and we know they will get you in the holiday spirit. We have something for everyone this season, ranging from concerts, or, dancing, to Broadway. Enjoy some time with family and friends this holiday while witnessing an exhilarating performance.  


First up, we have Irish Christmas in America... 

Irish Christmas in America

This show will be held at the Temple Theater on December 7 and 8 at 7:30 PM. This popular holiday show brings it all! There is music, song, dance, and stories of seasonal Irish traditions. The whole family will enjoy the unique instruments and Irish dancing this performance has to offer! 

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Next up is Iowa Dance Theatre: The Nutcracker...  

The Nutcracker

This show comes to the Des Moines Civic Center on December 8 and 9. Join us through the classic story of the Nutcracker and adventure with Clara as she travels to a distant land. This beautiful ballet is sure to captivate all audiences.  

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We also have Iowa Stage Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol 2023...  

A Christmas Carol 2023

Join us in the Stoner Theater from December 8 to December 17 for this timeless tale. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge and the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future told by Iowa Stage Theatre Company. This show will be enjoyable for the entire family and is sure to spark the holiday spirit within you.  

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And for some Broadway we introduce The Wiz...  

The Wiz

The Wiz graces Des Moines from December 12 to December 17. This may not be a holiday-themed show, but it will definitely make your season brighter! This show combines a twist on The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy’s story with great soul, gospel, and rock music. Ease on down the road for a wonderful performance that will leave you wanting more!  

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For some more holiday fun we present Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical... 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

You know and love the story, so watch it come to life at the Des Moines Civic Center! This fun, family-friendly show is in town on December 21 only, so secure your seats today! There is much to learn from Rudolph’s adventure, and you don’t want to miss this heart-warming holiday tradition.  

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Lastly, we have Cirque Dreams Holidaze... 

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

In Des Moines on December 22 and 23 is Cirque Dreams Holidaze! This show includes a Broadway-style production with an infusion of contemporary circus arts, and is sure to entertain ALL. You will hear some enticing original music, as well as twists on traditional season favorites. This is the perfect way to end your holiday season and to decompress with a joyful performance!  

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Gift Giving With DMPA  

If you are thinking about gift giving this holiday, we’re here to help you, as we know gift-giving can be tough. Luckily, we are confident that any Des Moines Performing Arts gift will be a fan favorite at the party! 

DMPA gift card

Option 1 – Gift card 

Everyone loves gift cards! Make shopping a little bit easier for yourself while giving a thoughtful gift. With a gift certificate, the recipient gets to choose any performance they would like to see, and they’ll remember YOU made it happen.  

Purchase your gift certificate here

Give the gift of entertainment this year

Option 2 – Tickets to DMPA shows 

Give the gift of entertainment by purchasing your loved ones tickets to one of the many excellent shows coming to Des Moines. We offer comedy, concerts, family, Broadway, dance, and educational shows! There are many amazing performances coming to our venues, so consider getting tickets as gifts this year and give the recipient an experience they are sure to remember.  


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