The Snow Magic begins in November with the community Tree Lighting ceremony and holiday season kick-off events. Small Business Saturday is a promotion that reminds the community and visitors of the local benefits of shopping small.
Downtown Ames is a festive area to spend time during Holiday season!
Send a letter to Santa Claus! Depot Deli & Cookies Etc. has Santa's mailbox and letters to fill out that go straight to the North Pole! Santa Clause always responds to good boys and girls!
Come experience the Snow Magic of the holiday season at our Downtown Businesses from 5-8 pm!
5-8 p.m. —Downtown Businesses host open houses
5-7 p.m. - Photos with Cy, Duck Worth Wearing
6-8 p.m. —Free carriage rides (Depot Deli & Octagon)
6 p.m. — Tree Lighting Ceremony and Red Kettle Campaign Kick-off, Tom Evans Park...
5-8 p.m. — Festival of Trees Kick Off, Octagon Center for the Arts
6-8 p.m. — Visit Santa, Octagon Center for the Arts
5-8 p.m. —Free Hot Chocolate, Near Tom Evans Park
5-8 p.m. — Free popcorn, London Underground, 212 Main Street.
5-8 p.m. —Live music at Depot Deli (Ryan Sheeler)
5-8 p.m. — Café Diem (Second Chair Brass)
Food Truck Locations:
Ida’s— 405 Main
Salt & Pretzel — 203 Main Street
Celebrate all that is unique about the small businesses of Ames by shopping "Small" on the Saturday after Thanksgiving on Main Street! There will also be special events including:
*Many businesses open at 9am
*Free swag bags for the first 200 shoppers
*Cookies & Milk with Santa (Depot Deli) 10am-Noon
*Greetings from Cy (Treats on a Leash) 10am-11am
Step back in time in Downtown Ames with an Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration hosted by the Ames Historical Society. Create your own Christmas Traditions by visiting your favorite Downtown businesses. Saturda, December 2 from 10 am-2 pm, Santa will be at the Ames Historical Society from 10 am-noon!
From 11 am-1 pm bring the kids downtown to ride Santa’s Train! Iowa State's Cy, sponsored by Duck Worth Wearing and the Loft, will be there to celebrate the Snow Magic Season from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.!