Tis the season to spend time with family, friends...and your community!  Lucky for you, Ankeny is a town with lots of really special Holiday events happening soon, making that quality family/friend/community time a reality!  Below you will find a list of a few of our favorite must-see and do special events.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Mayor’s Tree Lighting

Kick off the Holiday Season at the third annual Mayor's Tree Lighting! New Location and addition of a fireworks finale for 2017!

Gary Lorenz, Ankeny Mayor and the City Council invite the community to the third annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1, 6 – 7 p.m. This free event will be held at AMP located at 715 W. First St.

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting is an opportunity to come together as a community to kick off the holiday season. Mayor Lorenz and the Ankeny City Council will welcome guests at AMP starting at 6 p.m. The event will feature kids’ activities, an ice carving demonstration, music, Iowa Wild slap shot hockey and more. At 6:50 p.m. Santa will arrive to help the Mayor with the official tree lighting and the event will close with a spectacular fireworks finale. 

After the fireworks, Santa will travel to Porch Light Coffeehouse, 417 SW Third St., for a meet and greet until 8 p.m. Families are encouraged to return to Uptown Ankeny on Saturday for Christmas in Uptown, starting at noon.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ankeny Historical Society Christmas Cookie Sale

Need Christmas cookies, but don’t feel like doing the baking?


Christmas in Uptown Ankeny - Santa’s Treasure Hunt

See Santa and Mrs Claus at the Historical Society Barn, take your own pictures and get your token for the treasure hunt. Then stop into the Uptown businesses with a Santa Stop Sign for your treasure bag. Treats, specials, shopping, gift wrapping and horse drawn wagon rides.

Holiday Ho Ho Home Tour


Take a magical tour of six Ankeny homes that will be all decked out for the holidays. Each home will have their own unique decorations, style and appetizers to share! This annual event will benefit the Ankeny Service Center. 100% of all proceeds will be used to help those in the Ankeny and northern Polk County area. Get in the spirit and purchase your ticket today. This is an adults only event (ages 16+) tickets are also available at the door. The number of tickets is limited so don't delay! Ho Ho Ho!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ankeny Community Chamber Luncheon

This event is open to the public and requires tickets in advance.


Kick off the holiday season with the Ankeny Area Chamber's annual Christmas Luncheon! Join Ankeny Area Chamber members, their employees, and the community to celebrate the holiday season together. Enjoy lunch as musical entertainment and holiday cheer fill the air.

Is there someone that cannot make the event? Bring them back a Lunch To Go and share part of the festivities!

December 8 – 17

Ankeny Community Theatre’s production of A Christmas Chaos


The Royal Shakespeare Company hasn't arrived as promised to perform their stirring rendition of "A Christmas Carol." An intrepid band of hapless actors and technicians must put together their own production in only seven hours! The play is a hilarious backstage comedy that pokes fun at the classic novel and everything that can go wrong with a theatrical production. Written by Michael Wehrli.

Family Seasonal Comedy - Rated G for All Ages
Director: Scott Nielsen
Assistant Director: Lynn Arterburn

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Library

Take your little ones for this event at our local library.  Let them visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, make a craft, watch a movie, and more from 6:00-7:30pm.