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 — 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. More details will be available at a later date.

Grand Lighting 

November 16th – 5 PM – Kick off the Holiday Season with the Grand Lighting ceremony at the new location, the Historic Rock Island Depot. Arrive at 5 PM for FREE entertainment. 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. Earn double stamps on your Shop Local Passport card at participating locations. 

Small Business Saturday

November 25th – Be sure to shop Atlantic on Small Business Saturday, November 25th, for small promotions and discounts. Earn double stamps on your Shop Local Passport card at participating locations. More details will be available at a later date.

Scrooge Contest

The Atlantic Area Chamber’s 17th 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 2nd – 6 PM –  Rally your troops and create a lighted float for the annual Lighted Christmas Parade. Prizes are awarded, and bragging rights travel along with the two-foot trophy! For spectators, catch a horse-drawn carriage ride and visit Santa in his cabin. Then snuggle up for the fireworks and the Lighted Parade. Earn double stamps on your Shop Local Passport card at participating locations. 

Holiday Concert & Angels of Christmas

 December 3rd – 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. Click Here for Angel of Christmas nomination forms and additional information.

Santa & Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides 

Santa will be in his cabin November 16th for Grand Lighting and then Thursdays and Saturdays the month of December. Carriage rides will be in town as well for Grand Lighting and every Saturday the month of December.