Feel the magic in the air around downtown as we kick off the holiday season in Grinnell. Experience festive kid activities, merry shopping, photos with Santa Claus, and jolly carriage rides around the square. Grinnell’s Jingle Bell Holiday is filled with small-town experiences – a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the season.
5:00 pm - Santa begins greeting guests at Grinnell State Bank
5:15pm - Michelle's Dance Academy Performance in Central Park
5:15pm - Tree Lighting in Central Park
5:30pm - Grinnell Children's Choir performance at United Church of Christ
5:30pm - Carriage Rides Begin (pickup at the corner of 4th Ave & Broad Street)
5:00-8:00pm: Enjoy festive activities and promotions in multiple locations (see participant list below), and receive double punches on holiday punch cards on all purchases made throughout the evening!
Stay tuned as this list is continually being updated as we confirm activities. Please check back for a complete list the week of the event.
Anna Kayte's Boutique: Free gift with purchase, awards cash earned with every purchase over $50. Ladies preview night will be November 16th!
Ballyhoo in Ink: Create your own photo magnet! Drawings for discounts and free gifts throughout the evening as well.
Bates Flowers by DZyne: Get prepared for the holidays with these great specials! Buy one, get one half off on holiday decor, free Mexican Hot Chocolate cookie with all purchases over $30 and half off baking mixes.
Beckman Gallery: Stop in to pick up some new holiday decor to make your home festive for the season!
Bill's Jewelry: Kids can design their own jewel-themed Christmas tree! Cookies and treats available, too. Plus visits from Mrs. Claus!
Brown's Shoe Fit: Grinnell Community & College Band will be playing live holiday music! Deals on Smartwool socks - buy 3 get 1 free, 10% off sale items, and $15 off any regular priced item of $60 or more.
Farm Bureau Financial Services: Big Hearts 4 Tiny Hand willl be selling baked goods. Big Hearts 4 Tiny Hands is a non-profit organization ran by volunteers and created to help families in Poweshiek County when they experience a NICU stay.
Giggles & Bows: Stop in for refreshments and cupcakes while you shop for holiday gifts and outfits!
Grinnell Area Arts Council: Too Many Strings Band will be performing in the Art Center along with the MICA "empty Bowl" Fundraiser - buy a bowl made by our local ceramic artists, get some soup, and take the bowl home. All proceeds go to MICA. The Stew Art Studio will be hosting a Local Artist Market.
Grinnell Children's Choir: Performing at 5:30pm at the United Church of Christ.
Grinnell State Bank: Stop in to see Santa from 5-8pm! Paragon Church will have coloring sheets and cookie decorating while you wait and Cory Hall Photography will be on-site to take photos, if you wish.
Hair of the Dog: Cinnamon Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, activity for kids, and treats for 2 & 4 legged kids
Handmade for the Holidays: A pop-up store featuring handmade holiday items will be in the south space of Bikes to You (921 Broad Street) this holiday season and will be open for Jingle Bell Holiday!
Heartland Iowa Realty: Beaded candy cane and wreath crafts, music and refreshments
Jennifer Weinman Photography: Winter backdrop set up in studio, with a selfie station for you to take photos or I can take your photo! Bonus points (and a $5 gift card!) if you post your selfie and tag JWP in it! Hot cider and caramel popcorn will be out as well!
Loralei's Gift Shoppe: Craig and friends performing, spiced cider and Mom's cookies.
Malcom Lumber: Wine Walk -- take a stroll through our new kitchen displays while sipping on wine from Van Wijk Winery. Wine may be purchased at the event for your holiday gatherings along with items for your “honey-do “ list from the lumber yard.
PALS: Stop by to see some cute, cuddly cats that are available for adoption. PALS will be located in Hair of the Dog for the evening!
Peace Tree Brewing Company: Releasing 'Everything Nice', a Red Rambler infused with holiday spice, during Jingle Bell Holiday! Complimentary snacks in the taproom from 5-8pm
Phase 2 Consignments: Cookies and hot cocoa or cider
Pioneer Bookshop: Live reading of Flies & Carrots by local author Ryan McGuire, hot chocolate and cookies, craft projects for kids to take home. Children can fill a "Wish List" and parents can stop by in November or December to receive 10% off anything on that list.
Premier Employee Solutions: Will have candy canes, cookies and hot cocoa again this year. They will hold a drawing for those that bring in items for the food pantry. One item equals one entry...bring in multiples and get multiple entries!
Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore: Starburst the miniature horse will be out front from 5-7:30 for you to pet or brush! Stop in to try Mom's famous fudge and pick up your free Christmas catalog full of specials and coupons! Plus lots of in-store specials including purchases between $25-49 will receive a free $5 gift certificate and purchases of $50 or more will receive a $10 Stepping Stones Gift Certificate!
S&S Appliance: Black November Sale
Solera: Wine tasting and bottle sale
Suzi's Boutique: Wine tasting and snacks.
The Stew Art Studio: Hosting a Local Artist Market.
Total Choice Shipping & Printing- Santa's Workshop will be open for holiday packing & shipping supplies and services, in-store specials on holiday cards & photo gifts, and the elves will be accepting letters to Santa!
United Church of Christ: Snacks and kids craft activity immediately following the Grinnell Children's Choir performance.
Winter Farmers Market: Winter market will be in a NEW location this year - the former St. Mary's Education Center on Broad Street. Join many of our vendors for local crafts and baked goods. We'll also have hot coffee and cocoa available!