Sioux City Christmas

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  for 2019 are announced. I'm thrilled to share all the festive fun with you!

in the background, green holly leaves and red holly berries are visible. in foreground, the words "Christmas in Sioux City"

Sioux City Christmas Events

Christmas at the Homestead at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Saturday, 11/9
  • from noon to 4pm at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, South Dakota
  • Historical buildings will be festively decorated
  • In past years, has featured free crafts, Christmas carolers, and Santa, plus festive treats and gifts available from vendors. I'll try to confirm whether all those things will be back again this year and update this once I hear! 

Deck the Center at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive center
Saturday, 11/16


  • 1-3pm: Kids are invited to make a pair of wooden ornaments, then hang one on the museum's Christmas tree and take the other home to keep or gift!
  • Free event with all supplies provided

Sioux City's Downtown for the Holidays
Monday, 11/25
  • 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 music and festive dancing in Ho-Chunk Center 
  • FREE admission to LaunchPad Children's Museum before the parade, from 2:30-4:30pm, with donation of hand warmers, socks, or travel sized toiletries for The Warming Shelter

Santa's House
by Unity Point St. Luke's
Open select dates, between Monday 11/25 and Thursday, 12/19
  • Inside the Ho-Chunk Center, suite #109
  • Free admission which includes visits with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, and holiday crafts
  • Also features seasonal activities for small fee, including face painting, treats from Mrs. Claus's kitchen, and photos with Santa
  • Gift shop features gifts under $10 kids can choose for their loved ones
  • Open:
    • 11/25, 6-8pm
    • 12/7, 10am-4pm
    • 12/8, 1-4pm
    • 12/10, 6-8pm
    • 12/12, 6-8pm
    • 12/14, 10am-4pm
    • 12/15, 1-4pm
    • 12/17, 6-8pm
    • 12/19, 6-8pm

Festival of Trees
auction in Ho-Chunk Center
  • Community groups and organizations from around Siouxland decorate artificial Christmas trees to be auctioned, often with creative and elaborate themes, and proceeds go to charity. 


Santa's Helpers Black Friday Camp at LaunchPad Children's Museum
Friday, 11/29
  • 9am-4pm at LaunchPad Children's Museum in downtown Sioux City
  • Kids will make homemade gifts, participate in fun seasonal activities, and play at LaunchPad!
  • Groups for kids 4-7 and kids 8-12
  • $65 for LaunchPad Members and $77 for non-members
  • For more information or to register, visit the LaunchPad website


Sioux City Parks and Rec Breakfast with Santa
Saturday 11/30
  • 9-11am at the Long Lines Family Rec Center
  • free for babies and toddlers under 2
  • $8/person ages 2+
  • Includes breakfast, served from 9-9:30am
  • Attendees can make a snowflake craft, decorate cookies, enjoy Christmas music, and take pictures with Santa!
  • Register by calling (712)279-6126 or online using the Parks & Rec registration website (It didn't show up in search for me, but I found it at the very bottom of the in the "Recreation Event Tickets" section!)
Christmas at Morningside: Arise All Nations 
Friday, 12/6
  • Held at Morningside College's Eppley Auditorium
  • Featuring performances from Morningside College vocal and instrumental music groups
  • Free admission

Holiday Cookie Decorating
Sunday, 12/8


  • 1-3pm at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Betty Strong Encounter Center
  • Kids are invited to decorate cookies to celebrate the season
  • Free event with all supplies provided

A Very Merry Y-Mas at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA
Friday, 12/13
  • From 5-7pm at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA in South Sioux City, Nebraska
  • Features cookie decorating, bounce houses, ugly sweater contest, ornament craft, and more!
  • $10 per household
  • For more info or to sign up, visit the South Sioux City Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA website

A Swingin' Christmas With the Symphony
Saturday, 12/14
  • 7:30pm at the Orpheum Theatre
  • Presented by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and featuring visiting musician Vince DiMartino on trumpet
  • Includes a reading of  'Twas the Night Before Christmas by a surprise celebrity guest!
  • For tickets or for more information, visit the Sioux City Symphony website.
A Magical Cirque Christmas
Thursday, 12/19
  • 7:30pm at Orpheum Theatre 
  • This "Holiday Spectacular" variety show features festive music, dancing, acrobatics and much more!
  • Tickets start at $28.50
  • For tickets or for more information, visit the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre website.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas party at LaunchPad Children's Museum
Thursday, 12/19
  • 5-7pm
  • Kids can participate in a variety of Grinch themed activities to celebrate the season!


Anticipated events not yet announced


These events have been local favorites in years past and are probably happening again, but details have not yet been released. As more info is shared, I'll delete them if they're definitely not happening, or move them up to the main Christmas events section with all their details!

  • Kids Holiday Make & Take crafts at the Sioux City Public Museum
  • Santa's Whistle Stop at the Sioux City Railroad Museum
  • Christmas Bingo at Chick-fil-A

Best Christmas Light Displays in Siouxland

Siouxland is full of houses with beautiful and festive light displays, but here are a few of the best places in Sioux City and Siouxland to go if you're out driving specifically to see Christmas lights. If you know houses or neighborhoods I should add, please let me know!
  • Cherrywood Lane/Applewood Ave neighborhood in Morningside
  • Christmas Acres, 18481 Impala Ave, LeMars, IA *NOW OPEN FOR 2019*
  • Watchorn home at 58960 882nd Road in Ponca, Nebraska as seen on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight

Santa in Sioux City

Santa is coming to Siouxland! Santa will be at many of the festive events this season, including:

  • The Sioux City Holiday Lights Parade
  • Santa Breakfast hosted by the Sioux City Parks & Rec Department.
  • Santa will also be at the Southern Hills Mall to take pictures with kids and to enjoy several special events.

Merry Christmas, Siouxland!

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