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Bring on the holiday cheer with Waukee's free, annual WinterFest celebration on Friday, Dec. 2 in the Downtown Triangle District. Downtown Waukee Businesses will host open houses beginning at 4:30 p.m. The rest of the festivities kick off at 6 p.m. when Santa Claus and Waukee Mayor Bill Peard light the WinterFest holiday tree!
“One of the greatest joys of the holidays is getting together with family, friends and neighbors,” said Mayor Bill Peard. “WinterFest offers an early opportunity to do that, and the event fills Waukee with the magic of the season.”
After the tree lighting, kids can visit Santa at the Waukee Community Center. Guests can watch an ice sculptor create holiday pieces, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, make art with the Waukee Arts Council, hear carolers and embark on a scavenger hunt. An old-fashioned trolley will circle residential streets as well with the annual WinterFest Light Tour.
It wouldn't be a Waukee festival without an element of giving back to the community. Attendees are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items to be distributed to those in need through Waukee Area Christian Services.
Parking: Several of the streets in the Downtown Triangle will be closed for WinterFest. Parking will be available at the Vince Meyer Learning Center parking lot located at 400 Locust Street.
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