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 11th — 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 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 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. Details about participating locations 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 –  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. To enter the parade, find registration forms below.

Download 2017-ParadeEntryForm.pdf

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. Nomination forms will be available in November. 

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. Visit the Atlantic Area Chamber Facebook Page for dates and times.