Winter Fun in St. Adel Iowa

For a farming town I wouldn’t expect so much to be going on for the holidays! I was quite impressed with the sheer amount of festive fun planned this year for St Adel!

Sip & Sample Adel
The Adel Public Library
December 2nd

The Adel Public Library will be hosting Santa and Mrs Claus along with childrens activities from 3:30-5:30pm. City Hall is providing hot chocolate and cider for this event.
At 5:00 the business open their doors to welcome you in the sip or sample their favorite holiday recipe along with recipe cards.
AT 5:30 Chauffeurs of Distinction will be picking up Santa in his bus and moving him to the southside of the square for visits til 7pm.

Festival of the Trees
First Christian Church
December 4th

The Adel First Christian Church will host their annual Festival of Trees on Sunday, December 4th. Enjoy a Bottomless Bowl of Soup, Delectable Tearoom Desserts, or both!


Penoach Winery Christmas Open House
Peonach Winery
December 3rd and 4th

There will be wine tasting plus hot spiced apple wine, Christmas goodies, wine and wineries specials, and several wine themed gifts under $25.

ADM Academic Decathlon Bookfair
December 10th

Know someone who has books on their Christmas list? Come to Barnes and Noble, 4550 University Avenue, on December 10 to fill their wishes and help out ADM’s Academic Decathlon team. Just mention ADM at checkout, and the team will get a portion of the sale at no extra cost to you. The team will be at the store from 1 to 5 pm with coloring pages to help you de-stress during the holiday season, and they will also be working the gift wrap table to save you some time at home (and to keep those gifts safe from any prying eyes).

Santa’s Workshop
December 3rd, 10th & 17th


Need a break?… or extra shopping time? …or time to wrap your gifts. If so drop off your child off at Santa’s Workshop for holiday fun!
Located  at 1601 Rapids Street (Rapids Street Baptist Church location), your child will make the following items when they are at Santa’s Workshop :

  • Christmas/Holiday Card
  • An ornament
  • Make a ‘present’ to take home for a friend or family member
  • Enjoy a snack, story time, song time, and a fun holiday game

The following dates are being offered for Santa’s Workshop from 1-4:30 pm:

  • Saturday, December 3: Reindeer, Reindeer
  • Saturday, December 10: Oh! Christmas Tree, Oh! Christmas Tree
  • Saturday, December 17: Santa Claus is coming to town!


Waukee WinterFest

Santa Claus is coming to town! Come early and help Santa light the holiday tree in Triangle Park and then warm up with hot chocolate and cookies. Join the downtown businesses for soup and open houses and enjoy a scavenger hunt, ice sculptor and light tour!

West Central Valley Middle School in Redfield
December 3rd

A craft fair with breakfast and lunch available, a visit from Santa, silent auction, train rides, chili cook-off at the American Legion in the evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the City Park.

Breakfast with Santa
Community Center, 2200 Walnut St., Granger
December 3rd

The Granger Fire and EMS personnel will be serving pancakes, sausage, donuts, coffee, juice and milk. Proceeds from this free-will donation breakfast will be used to purchase supplies and provide training for the fire department. Each child will get the opportunity to visit Santa from 9-10 a.m. and receive a special treat from him. There will also be a vendor fair from 8 a.m. to noon featuring a large selection of vendors allowing you the opportunity to do some one stop holiday shopping.


Old Fashioned Christmas
Dexter Roundhouse
December 4th

Fun, games and activities for kids of all ages 1 to 101. Visit with Santa, check out the craft and activity tables to make and take Christmas ornaments and fun gifts. Take some goodies home from the cookie/candy walk, sing carols and enjoy cocoa.


Dallas County Christmas Bird Count
December 17th

Come join DCCB and RRWA (Raccoon River Watershed Assoc.) for a day of birding with a purpose. Each year local bird clubs gather around the Christmas holiday to take a “snapshot” of what birds are in their area. This information is sent to the National Audubon Society which looks at the long term health of bird populations over the last 100 years. Participants are divided into groups, each with an experienced birder in a different location in the county. We usually hike in the morning and drive the area in the afternoon. It does not matter if you are a beginning or experienced birder, the day is filled with beauty and opportunities for learning. Registration is required for this free program.


Voas Nature Area
November 1st – December 31st

There are certain years when the best snow comes before winter actually starts. If that happens this time around, they take  advantage of it! Selected weekends and school holidays in November and December, if there are 4 or more inches of snow on the ground and a naturalist is available, there will be a ski program.

This post is sponsored by Adel Chrysler.




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