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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas Featuring Dept. R

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Still looking for that *perfect* gift for the hard-to-buy for person on your list? You’re in luck! New to Uptown Ankeny, Dept. R, is sure to have that one-of-a-kind present that you’ve been searching for! Reclaim•Repurpose•Restore•Reimagine•Reinvent•Retail -- that's the motto at this unique store! And we think Dept. R brings something special to Ankeny, as well as, its customers.

Keep reader…errr…looking because this post is chock-full of potential present ideas, brought to you by Ankeny Real Estate Service, featuring Dept. R!























Holiday Light Displays Around the Metro

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Nothing says “Holiday Spirit” like grabbing a snack and some hot cocoa, then jumping in the car to take in the lights and sights of the season!  In and around the Des Moines metro, the choices are plenty when it comes to areas for your tour de lights.  We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight just a few of our faves! 


First up, the obvious: Jolly Holiday Lights!  Drive through Water Works Park to enjoy one of Central Iowa’s most beloved traditions!  And don’t forget a stop at Santa's Wish Shop where you can talk to Santa, get a snack or even snag some stocking stuffers! See link for admission prices and hours.



Next, be sure to plan a drive through of a few well-known Beaverdale neighborhoods!  Beaverdale Lights is a show of about 50 homes on Ashby and Wallace Avenues east and west of Beaver Avenue.  Some of these are historic homes with some serious holiday cheer!



While you’re out and about in Des Moines, see to it that your tour involves a drive to the Gingerbread House at 200 North Main Street in Grimes.  This is where Bob Jordan and his family set up their elaborate indoor and outdoor display every year. And just to put this one in perspective, the Jordan’s have so many lights that they beginning the decorating process in October!  A show said to use more than 1,000 feet of drop cord, the 2010 show used 127 plastic snowmen and 74 Santa Claus statues. The family gives all proceeds to the Special Olympics – a win, win in our book!


Looking to stay a little closer to home, Ankeny friends?  Our town is proud to feature several well-lit neighborhoods known for their festive-ness and magnificent light displays! 


Perhaps the most popular is the famous Gingerbread Lane on Richland Court and the nearby Richland and Rio Circles. Rumor has it that Santa, Mrs. Claus, and four elves will be making an appearance AND collecting canned goods for the Food Pantry of Iowa THIS Saturday (December 13), from 6-8 pm. These neighbors have a story to tell and do so using lights and decorations! 



Called the city’s best kept Christmas light secret, some homes in The Country Club division boast beautiful displays and lots of holiday spirit, as well!


Of course, the well lit and decorated homes in and around Ankeny are too numerous for us to mention all.  But we want to know…Where have you found the best light displays and festive decorations?  We’ll be checking the comments and making sure to take your advice!




2014 Ankeny Holiday Event Round-Up

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

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.



Thursday, December 4, 2014


Ankeny Community Chamber Luncheon


While this event required tickets in advance, we feel it is worthy of mentioning so that you remember to put it on your calendar for next year!  And if you’re one of the lucky ones, headed to the luncheon today -- we’ll see you there!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

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

Take your own photos with Santa and Mrs Claus, hunt through Uptown, enjoy some holiday treats, and finish that shopping – all in one place!



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Crafts and Cocoa

Join Ankeny Parks & Recreation for a new program called Holiday Crafts and Cocoa. Kids will be able to complete a variety of holiday-themed crafts at their own pace while sipping on cocoa. The event will be held Dec. 9 at the Lakeside Center, 400 NW Lakeshore Dr. There will be two sessions available. The first session is open to kids in K-2nd grade and will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The second session is open to kids in 3rd-5th grade and runs from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The registration fee is $15 for residents and $18 for non-residents. The deadline to register is Nov. 30. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Register online at or visit the Ankeny Parks & Recreation Office at 210 S. Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny. 



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Breakfast with Santa

Register now for the City’s annual Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Kids will get to enjoy a delicious breakfast from Hy-Vee, make a Christmas craft, and spend time with Santa! The event will be held at the Lakeside Center, 400 NW Lakeshore Dr., and is open to children ages 3-7. The cost is $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. The deadline to register is Dec. 7. Register online at or visit the Ankeny Parks & Recreation Office at 210 S. Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny. 



Thursday, December 18, 2014

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!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Family Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Head over to our local library to see this showing of a Christmas favorite!


Letters To Santa

The Ankeny Parks & Recreation Department is offering a new program this holiday season for Ankeny children, ages 3-6 only. Young children can send a “Letter to Santa.” In return, they will receive a free personalized letter back from Santa at the North Pole along with a certificate for being on the nice list. Parents must fill out an official letter sheet with their child about what he/she would like to receive for the holidays and return it via walk in or mail to the Ankeny Parks & Recreation office, located at 210 S. Ankeny Blvd., by Dec. 7. Official forms can be printed by clicking here. Call 515-963-3570with any questions. This program also is sponsored by Childtime Learning Centers. 



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