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Jolly Holiday Lights, presented by Hy-Vee

November 24 - January 01, 2016

Jolly Holiday Lights
Time :

5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Santa's Wish Shop open until 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday)

Location :

Water Works Park
2201 George Flagg Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50313


Jolly Holiday Lights is not possible without the commitment of community volunteers. We have a need to fill the following shifts with individuals or groups:

Friday, December 25th (Christmas) Front Gate from 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. or 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. (8 volunteers needed for each shift)

Monday, December 28th  Front Gate from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. (8 volunteers needed)

Wednesday, December 30th Front Gate from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. (8 volunteers needed)

Thursday, December 31st  Front Gate from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. (8 volunteers needed)

Friday, January 1st Front Gate from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. (8 volunteers needed)

Call Make-A-Wish Iowa at (515) 334-2636 or email us at, if you can help!

Come out and celebrate 20 Years of Jolly Holiday Lights, a great holiday tradition! Bundle up the family and enjoy a 3.5 mile ride through magical light displays. 100 of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish® Iowa!

Jolly Holiday Lights is a drive-through holiday light display that is annually set up by Make-A-Wish Iowa in Des Moines' Water Works Park. Since it began in 1995, the event has raised enough money to grant about 638 wishes to Iowa kids!

Don’t forget to get your picture taken with Santa ($10) and enjoy a cookie and cocoa at Santa’s Wish Shop! The gift shop, located at the end of the route, has snacks, Santa and small gift items. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa.

Admission Prices:

$10 per car

$20 per limo/minibus: pricing is for vehicles with a capacity of 25 passengers or less.

$45 per chartered bus: pricing is for vehicles with a capacity of more than 25 passengers.

NEW! Tickets can be purchased on-line this year! You may also purchase a ticket at Des Moines area Hy-Vee or Casey's stores. However, no ticket is necessary. You may pay at the gate.

Presenting Sponsor:  Hy-Vee
Produced by:  IBEW Local #347
Media Sponsors:  KCCI, More 104, Des Moines Register

Sponsorship opportunities for 2016 are available. If you are interested in learning more, contact Carol TeBockhorst.

Make Wishes Come True at
Jolly Holiday Lights!

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November 24th, 2015 - January 1st, 2016

100% of your admission goes to
granting wishes in Iowa!

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Make-A-Wish® Iowa
3024 104th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322-3220
(515) 334-2636
Toll Free Iowa Only (800) 797-9474