Christmas in Atlantic


The Des Moines Register calls Atlantic one of Iowa’s holiday, “…bright spots where Main Street retail is robust.” From Thanksgiving to New Years, Atlantic is Iowa’s City of Lights! Be dazzled by more than 200,000 LED lights in a stretch of 6 blocks of historic buildings filled with gift shops, clothing stores and boutiques. Check out some of the Atlantic Area Chamber events while enjoying Christmas in Atlantic.

Holiday Open House

November 10th — Join our area retail businesses for a Holiday Sneak Peek! Take the chance to explore what area businesses have to offer for the holiday season and get a jump start on holiday shopping and more. Participating locations to be announced at a later date.


Grand Lighting 

November 15th – 5 PM – Kick off the Holiday Season with the Grand Lighting ceremony at the Historic Rock Island Depot. Arrive at 5 PM for FREE hot dogs, provided by Hy-Vee. Santa Claus will arrive on his helicopter for his first official visit of the year. Walk up historic Chestnut Street and shop your favorite local businesses before visiting Santa in his cabin at City Park.


Small Business Saturday

November 24th – Be sure to shop Atlantic on Small Business Saturday, November 24th, for small promotions and discounts. Participating businesses to be announced at a later date.


Scrooge Contest

The Atlantic Area Chamber’s 18th Annual Scrooge Contest will be underway during the month of November. The Scrooge contestants raise money and collect non-perishable food items for the Atlantic Food Pantry. Participants and locations will be announced at a later date.

Lighted Parade

December 1st – 6 PM –  Fireworks over the Historic Rock Island Depot kick off the fun. Snuggle up and see the glow of the holiday floats as they parade down Chestnut Street. Come before the Fireworks & Parade for a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride and visit with Santa in his Cabin. Entry form available at a later date.

Holiday Concert & Angels of Christmas

December 2nd – 3 PM – Enjoy a FREE Holiday Concert with the entire family featuring local talent for all ages. The Christmas Angel and Scrooge winner will be announced at the concert. The concert will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic.

Santa & Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides 

Santa will be in his cabin November 15th for Grand Lighting and then Thursdays and Saturdays the month of December. Carriage rides will be in town as well in December. Dates and times will be available at a later date.