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Your Thanksgiving weekend game plan is here. Thanksgiving morning, get your body moving — and appetite growing — with the Des Moines Turkey Trot, a 5K and five mile complete with a tot trot for children. In the evening, the entire family can experience the magic of Disney on Ice, which comes to Wells Fargo Arena for the weekend. Continue having fun with the entire family all weekend thanks to holiday light shows at Living History Farms, as well as Winterset’s free celebration, the Festival of Lights. To help you ease back into the work week, see the Bob Dylan musical, “Girl from the North Country,” at the Des Moines Civic Center.
Disney on Ice
The magic of Disney comes to Des Moines on Thanksgiving with Disney on Ice’s Magic in the Stars. See sisters Elsa and Anna from “Frozen;” Mirabel, the member of the magical family the Madrigals from “Encanto;” Woody and Buzz from “Toy Story;” and many more beloved Disney characters as they take audiences on one incredible journey. Expect acrobatics, special effects, figure skating and the debut of Raya from “Raya and the Last Dragon” on the ice.
When: Nov. 23-26
Location: Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., Des Moines
Tickets: Start at $18 at hyveetix.evenue.net
Des Moines Turkey Trot
See the beauty of Des Moines on foot by racing across the Des Moines River, through the Historic East Village and around the State Capitol Complex, and completing at the World Food Prize building. The Des Moines Turkey Trot 5K and five mile has a tot trot for children 8 and under.
When: Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.
Location: 208 Court Ave., Des Moines
Tickets: Start at $12
Take the family and immerse yourself in a holiday experience with Holiday Hullabaloo. Experience live reindeer on the opening day, plus ongoing experiences like a sock ice skating rink, mini golf, a life-sized gingerbread house, Santa’s workshop and more.
When: Nov. 24-Dec. 30
Location: 10320 Hickman Road, Clive
Tickets: Start at $15
Festival of Trees & Lights
The 40th annual Festival of Trees & Lights returns with decorated trees, live entertainment, visits with Santa Claus and activities perfect for families. The event is the largest fundraiser for Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, according to UnityPoint Health.
When: Nov. 24-26
Location: Iowa Events Center, Community Choice Convention Center, 833 Fifth Ave., Des Moines
Santa’s Rock n Lights
See a dazzling display of Christmas lights with the drive-thru light show at Living History Farms. Experience over one mile of lights synchronized to music.
When: Nov. 24-Dec. 31
Location: Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale
Tickets: Start at $29.99
Winterset Festival of Lights
The annual Winterset Festival of Lights is a family-friendly holiday experience complete with live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa Claus and spirited window displays. Stick around for the parade at 7:15 p.m. and a holiday movie at 8 p.m. at the Iowa Theater.
When: Nov. 24
Location: Winterset Courthouse Square, 73 Jefferson St., Winterset
Center Grove Orchard is transforming into a Winter Wonderland, complete with horse-drawn carriage rides, a hot chocolate stand and a winter wonderland walkthrough, where visitors can see a stunning display of lights and seasonal scenes.
When: Nov. 25-Dec. 23
Location: Center Grove Orchard, 32835 610th Ave., Cambridge
Tickets: Start at $7.95
Candlelight: Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More
Hear the virtuoso Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s music brought to life under the glow of candlelight. For one hour, attendees will be treated to this candlelit concert that includes Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and works by other composers performed by the Listeso String Quartet.
When: Nov. 25
Location: World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust St., Des Moines
5th Annual post-Turkey Day Dipsos Blowout
Rock the Thanksgiving carbs off at xBk Live with live music. Dipsos, the Des Moines-based rock band from the early 1990s, is throwing the fifth annual post-Turkey Day Dipsos Blowout, featuring the Des Moines rock trio The Other Brothers and newer act 10 Watt Robot, whose members were part of various Midwest acts including Iowa’s alt-rockers The Hollowmen.
When: Nov. 25
Location: xBk Live, 1159 24th St., Des Moines
Tickets: $15 at the door
Taylor Swift Drag Brunch
When: Nov. 26
Location: Decades Event Center, 1208 Grand Ave., West Des Moines
‘Girl from the North Country’
Hear Bob Dylan’s songs reimagined in playwright Conor McPherson’s “Girl from the North Country.” The Tony Award-winning show is set in 1934 during the Great Depression in Duluth, Minnesota, as family and strangers’ lives intersect in one guesthouse. What follows is a tale of life and hope.
When: Nov. 28-Dec. 3
Location: Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines
Tickets: Start at $40
Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and arts at the Des Moines Register. Reach her at PBarraza@registermedia.com or follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.