Tour Description

The Valley Junction district has been part of Des Moines' holiday tradition for decades. Our special holiday tour shares the stories, sights and sounds of The Old Market past and present. The entire district will be lit up with twinkling lights and full of beautiful store windows. Our friendly host will take you to the special sweet shops, gift shops, holiday sites and may even get to introduce you to Santa & Mrs. Claus.

 

Your tour will start with a glass of bubbly then include a small bite at a landmark restaurant, sweet samples, an artisan chocolate and a special cocktail from a beautiful craft cocktail lounge. Support local as you experience the oldest Christmas tradition in the city.

  • Experience the holiday light displays and shop windows throughout the district

  • Learn about holiday stories of the district, past and present

  • Visit locally owned gift shops, sweet shops and holiday landmarks

  • Experience a glass of bubbly from a local market and a cocktail at a craft establishment

  • Candy samples and a special artisan chocolate

  • Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus, *on select tours

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Availability

  • This tour is available between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day

  • A minimum of 24 hours notice is preferred

  • Our standard tour times are Tuesday through Saturday. Click Book Now for available times. 

  • Contact us for other available private customized tour times

  • Each guest will need to have an ID proving their age of 21 years or older

  • Full payment is required to reserve and confirm your desired tour date

Valley Junction Holiday 

Walking Tour

$30 per person; group of 4

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no hidden booking fees

Duration

2 hours; approximately

Included

Food tasting at a landmark restaurant

Cocktails at local establishments

Sweet samples from local shops

Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus*

Professional local guide

Optional

Tip for your guide

Souvenirs

Meeting Location

Outside Cooper's on Fifth

227 5th Street

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