Sioux City Christmas 2018

Christmas is coming! The Sioux City area has so many fun and festive events to celebrate the Christmas season, and this post will be updated throughout the coming weeks as new events and details are announced to share all the festive fun with you!

Christmas Events

  • Saturday November 10th
    • 10am-noon: Kids' Club: Jolly Santa Crafts at Michael's Crafts, $2 for simple craft for 3+, $5 for more complex craft for 6+
    • noon-4pm: Christmas at the Homestead at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, visits with Santa, kids' crafts, Christmas carolers, vendor fair, and more
    • 1-3pm: MAKEbreak at Michael's Crafts: Christmas ornaments (supplies to decorate ornament free with purchase of ornament)

  • Monday November 19th
    • Downtown for the Holidays in Downtown Sioux City including
      • 3-5:30pm: free admission to LaunchPad Children's museum with donation to the Warming Shelter
      • free cocoa from Evolve Yoga
      • 5-8pm: Sioux City Public Museum open
      • 6:15pm: parade on 4th street beginning at 4th & Iowa, ending with Santa leading the lighting of the big tree in front of the Sioux City Public Museum
      • 6:30pm: Festival of Trees opening with live handbell music and festive dancing in Ho-Chunk Center (various groups and organizations from around Siouxland decorate an artificial Christmas tree, often with creative and elaborate themes, and proceeds go to charity). 
  • Friday November 23rd
    • 8pm: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Orpheum

  • Thursday November 29th
    • Festival of Trees auction in Ho-Chunk Center
  • Saturday December 1st
    • 10-11:30am: Kids Holiday Make & Take crafts at the Sioux City Public Museum
    • noon-4pm: Santa's Whistle Stop at the Sioux City Railroad Museum, children $8, adults $10, families $20

  • Sunday December 2nd
    • 7:30pm: Tonic-Sol-Fa presents The Greatest Holiday Show Ever at the Orpheum
  • Monday December 3rd
    • 7pm: Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet
  • Saturday December 8th
    • 9am: Christmas Bingo at Chick-fil-A
    • noon-4pm: Santa's Whistle Stop at the Sioux City Railroad Museum, children $8, adults $10, families $20

  • Friday December 9th
    • 1-3pm: Gingerbread Cookie decorating at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
  • Saturday December 15th
    • 7-9pm: Polar Express on a big screen at the Long Lines Rec Center, hosted by Sioux City Parks & Rec, *FREE*, bring your own snacks
    • 7:30pm: Christmas with the Symphony

  • Thursday December 20th
    • 5-7pm: Holidays around the World Party at LaunchPad Children's Museum

Best Christmas Light Displays

  • Cherrywood Lane/Applewood Ave neighborhood in Morningside
  • Christmas Acres, 18481 Impala Ave, LeMars, IA
  • Watchorn home at 58960 882nd Road in Ponca, Nebraska as seen on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight


Santa is coming to Siouxland! Santa will be at many of the festive events this season, including the parade downtown and the Santa breakfast hosted by the Sioux City Parks & Rec Department. 

Santa will also be at the Southern Hills Mall from November 17th through December 24th to take pictures with kids and to enjoy several special events, like his arrival on the 17th, a sensory sensitive Santa experience, cookies and milk with Santa, and more. Full details coming soon!