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Christmas Lights

We are busy preparing for our community’s beloved annual event! 𝑨 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒔 𝑷𝒂𝒔𝒕 is set to return on Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3, 2022! Stay tuned for details.

 

MAIN ATTRACTIONS

HORSE DRAWN WAGONS & CARRIAGE RIDES

Free wagon rides on Main Street will load across from the Fire Station. Or skip the line and enjoy a Carriage Ride which now requires a reservation in advance - Reserve a time here.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA & CHRISTMAS CHARACTERS

Santa Claus is coming to town for photos in Town Hall! Or enjoy some "donut seeds" and "reindeer food" from his Elves in Heritage Square. Watch out for the Grinch!

TIMELESS TRAIN & CHRISTMAS TREE DISPLAYS

Gibson Family Train on display at the Fire Station & Festival of Trees on display at Hoover Presidential Foundation. Free cookies at both locations!

GATHER 'ROUND THE FIRE FOR DONUTS, COCOA & MORE

Warm up by bon fires and Dutch ovens throughout Main Street! Enjoy homemade fried donuts, roast a hot dog or marshmallow, or sip cider & hot cocoa.

EAT, SHOP & EXPLORE HISTORIC MAIN STREET

Our local businesses are ready to welcome you in for holiday shopping and cheer! Enjoy open houses and extended hours. View our local shops here.

SILENT AUCTION FOR-THE-AGES

Bid to win incredible gift baskets, fun experiences and unique items. All proceeds benefit West Branch Community Development Group. View & Bid online here!

SOMETHING FOR MY SIBLING

Kids can "shop" donated or gently used gift items to select & wrap something special for a sibling or loved one. No fee, reservations requested.

BAKE SALES, SOUP SUPPER, CRAFT FAIR & MORE!

Our local churches and community organizations have a variety of events to enjoy in addition to pop-up vendors and more! See the full event schedule below.

 

2022 EVENT SCHEDULE COMING SOON

West Branch Christmas Past

(2021 Schedule Below)

FESTIVAL OF TREES DISPLAY

Hoover Presidential Foundation - 127 W. Main St (Old US Bank Building)
9:00am-8:00pm

Enjoy this timeless display of Christmas trees and décor, complementary cookies & cider and a festive photo opportunity.

SILENT AUCTION FOR-THE-AGES

Hoover Presidential Foundation - 127 W. Main St (Old US Bank Building)
9:00am-8:00pm

View items and pre-bid online here or bid in person during the event. Bid to win incredible gift baskets, memorable experiences and unique items! Proceeds support West Branch Community Development Group (501c3). Auction ends Saturday at 8pm. Items will be available for pick-up from Dec 10-20.

EAT, SHOP & EXPLORE HISTORIC WEST BRANCH

Main Street West Branch

10am-8pm Shop Hours Vary

Our local businesses are ready to welcome you in for holiday shopping and cheer! Enjoy extended hours, special offers and open houses. View our local shops here. View our local eateries here.

HOLIDAY ELF HUNT: EMOJI STYLE

Downtown Businesses

10am-8pm Open Hours Vary

Teen elves have scattered around town, help send them home before curfew on Christmas Eve by completing this scavenger hunt to match the each Elf's emoji to their hiding spot. Submit completed form for a chance to win a prize of Downtown Dollars (sponsored by Kiwanis Club).

SOMETHING FOR MY SIBLING *RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*

Izzy's Treasures - Located in Heritage Square
10:00am - 8:00pm

Kids can "shop" donated or gently used gift items to select & wrap something special for a sibling or loved one. No fee, reservations requested. Reserve a time here. 

COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING

Village Green
5:00pm

Join us to kickoff the holiday festival with a brief ceremony & Santa's arrival to town! Please note that face masks are required on National Park property. 

HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES 

Loading on the corner of Main St & N 2nd St (Old Casey's Lot)
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride down our historic and picturesque Main Street. Wagons hold 15-20 people and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Wait time will vary, expect a line.

HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES *RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*

Loading at Wapsi Creek Park
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Skip the line and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride with your family or friends (up to 5 adults). You'll pay a small fee ($11.50) to reserve a carriage ride time and will then receive $10 back in Downtown Dollars at the event. Please note the alternative loading area this year due to park closures. Reservations are SOLD OUT.

HOMEMADE DONUTS

209 E Main St. (Previously Presidential Motors)
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Our local Boy Scouts will be frying up fresh donuts in the parking lot! Get 'em while they're hot. Free will donations accepted.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Town Hall - 113 N 1st St
5:30 - 7:30pm

Bring your own camera or purchase a professional photo by AJB Pure Photography. Enter on Main Street.


Each child will go home with a craft kit courtesy of West Branch Parks & Rec and West Branch Public Library (while supplies last).

Doors open at 5pm, Santa will arrive by 5:30pm.  Line will be cut off at 7:30pm (all in line will see Santa).

BRICK OVENS & MARSHMALLOW ROASTING

Intersection of Main St & Downey St
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Traditional brick ovens hosted by West Branch Lions Club. Stop by to warm up and roast a complementary marshmallow.

FREE HOT COCOA

SILT - 101 W Main St

Liberty Communications - 117 N 1st St
Izzy's Treasures - Heritage Square
Hoover Presidential Foundation - 127 W Main St

5:00 - 8:00pm

Stop by these open houses for free hot chocolate, compliments of these local businesses and organizations.

GIBSON FAMILY TRAIN DISPLAY

West Branch Fire Station
5:00pm - 8:00pm

You'll be in awe of this festive 144-square foot Lionel train collection, proudly displayed by the Gibson Family for all to enjoy! Complimentary cookies & popcorn.

BELL CHOIR CONCERT

Friends Church - 116 Downey St
7:00pm

Christmas Carols played by the Friends Church Bell Choir for all to enjoy! Watch in person or Zoom here
Meeting ID: 857 3516 7742
Passcode: WBFC

FA-LA-LA-LA-LLAMAS FROM FRERICHS ALPACA FARM

Heritage Square - Main Street
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Snap a selfie with the most festive alpacas in the area! Frerichs Alpaca Farm (located just outside of town) will be bringing some fluffy friends to Heritage Square to spread Christmas cheer!

SANTA'S ELF & SLEIGH SIGHTING

Heritage Square - Main Street
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Stop by for a photo next to Santa's Sleigh and visit with a real-life Elf. If you're lucky you might even snag some magic reindeer food or donut seeds (made possible by West Branch American Legion Auxiliary).

BON FIRES & HOT DOG ROASTING

West Branch Fire Station
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Gather 'round the fire with family, friends and neighbors to roast hot dogs and celebrate the holiday season.

LIVE MUSIC - MULLINS BROTHERS

Brick Arch Winery
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Stop by the local winery and enjoy live music by brothers, Sam and Stu, who  play 80's - 90's music.

Please help keep our community safe & healthy by following CDC recommendations related to COVID-19. If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 we ask that you do not attend. Some businesses may require masks for entry.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE - SATURDAY 12/4/21

West Branch Christmas Past

Friday & Saturday December 3-4, 2021

CANDY SALE

WB United Methodist Church - 203 N. Downey St
8:00am - Noon

Get some homemade Christmas candies during this annual UMC fundraiser!

BETHANY'S ANNUAL COOKIE WALK

Bethany Lutheran Church - 235 S. 2nd St
9:00am - 10:30am

A variety of homemade cookies will be available for you to select and purchase. Come early for the best selection! All proceeds are used for local missions.team members or any other items you want to highlight on your site. Have a lot to say? Easily turn any item into a full page by clicking ‘Create a page from this item’ in the edit panel.

FESTIVAL OF TREES DISPLAY

Hoover Presidential Foundation - 127 W. Main St (Old US Bank Building)
9:00am-8:00pm

Enjoy this timeless display of Christmas trees and décor, complementary cookies & cocoa and a festive photo opportunity.

SILENT AUCTION FOR-THE-AGES   *LAST DAY TO BID*

Hoover Presidential Foundation - 127 W. Main St (Old US Bank Building)
9:00am-8:00pm

View items and bid online here or stop by to see them in person during the event. Bid to win incredible gift baskets, memorable experiences and unique items! Proceeds support West Branch Community Development Group (501c3). Auction ends Saturday at 8pm. Items will be available for pick-up from Dec 10-Noon.

FARMER'S MARKET

Town Hall - 113 N 1st St
10:00am - Noon

Shop local produce and baked goods from area growers.

EAT, SHOP & EXPLORE HISTORIC WEST BRANCH

Main Street West Branch

10am-8pm Shop Hours Vary

Our local businesses are ready to welcome you in for holiday shopping and cheer! Enjoy extended hours, special offers and open houses. View our local shops here. View our local eateries here.

HOLIDAY ELF HUNT: EMOJI STYLE

Downtown Businesses

10am-8pm Open Hours Vary

Teen elves have scattered around town, help send them home before curfew on Christmas Eve by completing this scavenger hunt to match the each Elf's emoji to their hiding spot. Submit completed form for a chance to win a prize of Downtown Dollars (sponsored by Kiwanis Club).

CRAFT FAIR

Town Hall - 113 N 1st St
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Explore handmade items from area crafters to find unique gifts, décor and more!

CHRISTMAS STORYTIME WITH THE MAYOR

Brick Arch Winery
1:00pm

Mayor of West Branch, Roger Laughlin, invites youth to gather around the fireplace and enjoy a festive book reading.

WREATH WORKSHOP *TICKETS REQUIRED*

Little Lights on the Lane - 3 Ember Ln.
2:00pm

Purchase a ticket here to enjoy a winter wreath workshop at Little Lights on the Lane. Guests will make wreaths with help from guest florist Nicole Reisen and enjoy holiday drinks and snacks.

BAKE SALE & BAZZAR

Springdale Insurance Agency Lobby - 101 N Downey St

9-Noon & 4-8pm

Homemade baked goods & crafted items available to support Springdale United Methodist Church.

SOMETHING FOR MY SIBLING *RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED*

Izzy's Treasures - Located in Heritage Square
10:00am - 8:00pm

Kids can "shop" donated or gently used gift items to select & wrap something special for a sibling or loved one. No fee, reservations requested. Reserve a time here. 

HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES 

Loading on the corner of Main St & N 2nd St (Old Casey's Lot)
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride down our historic and picturesque Main Street. Wagons hold 15-20 people and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Wait time will vary, expect a line.

HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES *RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*

Loading at Wapsi Creek Park
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Skip the line and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride with your family or friends (up to 5 adults). You'll pay a small fee ($11.50) to reserve a carriage ride time and will then receive $10 back in Downtown Dollars at the event. Please note the alternative loading area this year due to park closures. Reservations are SOLD OUT.

HOMEMADE DONUTS

209 E Main St. (Previously Presidential Motors)
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Our local Boy Scouts will be frying up fresh donuts in the parking lot! Get 'em while they're hot. Free will donations accepted.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Town Hall - 113 N 1st St
5:00 - 7:30pm

Bring your own camera or purchase a professional photo by AJB Pure Photography. Enter on Main Street.


Each child will go home with a cookie decorating kit courtesy of West Branch Kiwanis Club (while supplies last).

FREE HOT COCOA

Liberty Communications - 117 N 1st St
Izzy's Treasures - Heritage Square
Hoover Presidential Foundation - 127 W Main St

5:00 - 8:00pm

Stop by these open houses for free hot cocoa from our local businesses.

BRICK OVENS & MARSHMALLOW ROASTING

Intersection of Main St & Downey St
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Traditional brick ovens hosted by West Branch Lions Club. Stop by to warm up and roast a complementary marshmallow.

SOUP SUPPER & LIVE NATIVITY

WB United Methodist Church - 203 N. Downey St
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Enjoy a community soup supper featuring ham & bean, chili, potato, and vegetable beef soup for a free will donation. Come celebrate the season, warm up and view the Live Nativity! All are welcome.

GIBSON FAMILY TRAIN DISPLAY

West Branch Fire Station
5:00pm - 8:00pm

You'll be in awe of this festive 144-square foot Lionel train collection, proudly displayed by the Gibson Family for all to enjoy!

FA-LA-LA-LA-LLAMAS FROM FRERICHS ALPACA FARM

Heritage Square - Main Street
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Snap a selfie with the most festive alpacas in the area! Frerichs Alpaca Farm (located just outside of town) will be bringing some fluffy friends to Heritage Square to spread Christmas cheer!

SANTA'S ELF & SLEIGH SIGHTING

Heritage Square - Main Street
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Stop by for a photo next to Santa's Sleigh and visit with a real-life Elf. If you're lucky you might even snag some magic reindeer food or donut seeds (made possible by West Branch American Legion Auxiliary).

HERITAGE MUSEUM

109 W. Main St.
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Explore West Branch history at the Heritage Museum, a volunteer-run repository for local history and historical objects. Self guided tours.

BON FIRES & HOT DOG ROASTING

West Branch Fire Station
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Gather 'round the fire with family, friends and neighbors to roast hot dogs and celebrate the holiday season.

HAWKEYE GAME WATCH

Herb N Lou's or The Down Under
7:00pm Kickoff

Grab a drink and enjoy the Big Ten Championship game at one of our locally-owned pubs! Go Hawks!

Please help keep our community safe & healthy by following CDC recommendations related to COVID-19. If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 we ask that you do not attend. Some businesses may require masks for entry.

 
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EVENT FAQS

WHERE CAN I FIND PUBLIC RESTROOMS?

Public restrooms are available in Town Hall (with changing table), at the Fire Station, within Heritage Museum and in the Hoover Presidential Foundation building.

WHERE DO I MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THE CARRIAGE RIDES?

Click here to reserve a time to enjoy this year's horse-drawn carriage rides. Reservations are required for carriage rides, this allows guests to avoid the lines and enhance your event experience. You pay a $11.50 fee to reserve your time and you will receive $10 back as Downtown Dollars to spend at any Main Street West Branch shop or restaurant as you eat, shop & explore during the Christmas Past festivities. 

WHY ARE THE CARRIAGE RIDES USING AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE THIS YEAR?

Traditionally the horse-drawn carriages travel through the Herbert Hoover National Park, however as federal property the Secretary of Interior has issued directive that park sponsored events require all participants to provide proof of vaccination status which is not feasible for our event committee. We look forward to returning to the park next year!

 
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