Weekend in Winterset • November 24

Happy Thanksgiving!

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This Weekend

Festival of Lights & Lighted Parade

Friday • November 25th • 5:00 – 8:00, parade at 7:15
Downtown Winterset

Head to Winterset’s courthouse district starting at 5:00pm for food, music, free horse-drawn carriage rides, shopping, and live and lighted window displays. The parade starts at 7:15pm, ending with an appearance by Santa! The fun concludes with the movie Elf at the Iowa Theater at 8pm.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday • November 26th

As you’re planning your holiday shopping, be sure you leave time in your schedule and money in your budget to visit the plethora of local businesses. Winterset is brimming with fantastic gift options—and the support of our holiday shopping dollars goes a long way toward maintaining the vitality of our downtown shopping district. And if you have trouble finding the perfect item, a gift certificate to a local establishment is always a great option.

Want some ideas about local options? The Madison County Chamber of Commerce has been publishing a series of posts about local holiday gifting ideas on their Facebook page.

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Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Saturday • November 26 • 7:00 – 11:00
American Legion Hall, W Green St & 1st Ave

Fill up on a great breakfast for just $7 and all proceeds will be returned to the community through the Winterset Kiwanis club and their support of activities for youth in Madison County.

Free Admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum

Saturday • November 26 • 10:00 – 4:00

The Iowa Quilt Museum, located on the south side of the square, is offering free admission this Saturday. It’s their way of saying “Thank you” to the community for supporting their mission of promoting the American quilt for the past seven years! While you’re out shopping, check out the exhibit, “Fiber Arts Now: Excellence in Quilts”. (Keep reading to learn about another free event being offered by the IQM in December.)


November 26 • 7:00pm, November 27 • 2:00pm
The Iowa Theater

If you can’t catch Buddy and his friends on Friday night, you have two more chances…

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results. PG, 1 hr 37 min

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Next Week

Christmas Open House

Saturday • December 3 • 10:00 – Noon
Winterset Public Library

The Friends of the Winterset Public Library invite you to their annual Christmas Open House to enjoy treats and live music. The music schedule includes Musical Story Time with Miss Megan from 10:00 – 10:30, performances from Madison County Music Co. from 10:30 – 11:00, Ava Lemon from 11:00 – 11:30, and Sue (Benge) Hansen on her flute from 11:30 – Noon.

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Planning Ahead

Women’s Giving Circle 4th Quarter Meeting

Monday • December 5 • 6:00 – 8:00pm
Union State Bank Community Room

The 4th quarter Madison County Women’s Giving Circle meeting will be Monday, December 5, from 6:00 to 8:00, in Union State Bank’s Community Room in Winterset. The meeting will be a potluck social event with no presentations. Union State Bank is providing coffee. Tableware will be provided. Bring your $50 check made out to Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. Prospective members are welcome to attend and learn about the Madison County Women’s Giving Circle. 

Gallery Walk: Fiber Art Now – Excellence in Quilts 2022 Exhibit

Friday • December 9 • 4:30 reception, 5:00 gallery walk
Iowa Quilt Museum

The current exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum showcases 27 quilts chosen by Nancy Bavor, Juror to the Call for Quilts from Fiber Art Now in the Spring of 2022. Nancy will lead this event on Friday, December 9, walking attendees through the gallery while also discussing the selection process, talking about the artists and their inspiration, and explaining why these particular quilts were chosen and show why they stood out from the other submissions.

Kathy Suprenant and Lisa Ellis, two artists whose work is shown in the exhibit will also be in attendance.

A reception with light appetizers and wine will start at 4:30, with the gallery walk to follow at 5:00pm. This event is FREE so make sure to register now before it’s filled! 

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Winters Solstice Preview Night & PJ Party with Santa

Friday • December 9 • 5:30 – 7:30pm
Winterset Livery, 116 S 1st Ave

Parents and grandparents…enjoy a special night at the Winter Solstice Market and shop while the kiddos are entertained. The young’uns will enjoy a light meal (grilled cheese, chips & beverage), listen to an Iowa-based Christmas story read by Dio Ayala, Madison County Emergency Manager, enjoy some Christmas music with Madison County Music Co. and visit with Santa—all while you enjoy the Winter Solstice Market distraction-free!

Winter Solstice Market

Saturday • December 10th • 10:00 – 4:00
Sunday • December 11th • 12:00 – 4:00
Winterset Livery, 116 S 1st Ave

You can also check out the community calendar page to see how events align with your own calendar!

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