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! Listed as Travel Iowa’s number one Christmas destination, 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.

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Holiday Open House

November 12th — 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:

Aunt B’s will be offering samples of mulled wine.

Brown’s Shoe Fit will be offering

Brymons Interiors will be offering great deals on unique gifts.

Cappel’s Ace Hardware will be offering treats and in store sales.

CoffeeGirl will be offering

Fareway will be offering in store sales.

Hanson’s Fine Jewelry will be offering 20% off in store items.

Hy-Vee offering in store sales.

Jazzercise will be offering 10 classes for $99. A $50 savings!

Randy’s Computer will be offering hot cider and cookies.

Shift ATL will be offering unique gift boxes featuring their limited edition Atlantic merchandise.

Discount AtlantiCash

November 12th – 9 AM – Get a kick start to your holiday shopping and purchase discounted AtlantiCash Saturday, November 9th only at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. From 9 AM – 12 PM, AtlantiCash will be available in packs of $100 for $80, a 20% discount. Community members can purchase up to three packs. Payment must be made at time of purchase in the form of cash or check only. There is a first come, first-purchased basis with only a limited amount of AtlantiCash available. 

Thank you to our Discount AtlantiCash Sponsors:


Brown’s Shoe Fit


Grand Lighting 

November 17th – 5 PM – Kick off the Holiday Season with the Grand Lighting ceremony at the Historic Rock Island Depot. Arrive at 5 PM for a FREE hotdog meal, provided by Hy-Vee. Santa Claus will arrive 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 from 6 – 7:30 PM.

Thanks to our Grand Lighting Sponsor:

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

Friday November 25th & November 26th – Be sure to shop Atlantic for small promotions and discounts!

Participating Locations:

Akin Building Center will be offering 10% off Onyx shower, vanity tops, tub surrounds, and more November 21st-30th. Dewalt Saw packages and discounts on interior light bulbs and Christmas yard extension cords and timers will be offered on Friday and 10% off all in-store snow shovels and gloves on Saturday.

Aunt B’s will be offering a %25 off one item coupon on Friday and Saturday.

Brown’s Shoe Fit will be offering 20% off store wide and an extra 20% off clearance racks on Friday and Saturday.

Brymons Interiors will be offering great deals on unique gifts on both Friday and Saturday.

Cappel’s Ace Hardware will be offering 15% off all clothing and 20% off Christmas Village Houses and more on Friday, and “Thank you”  treats and other in store sales on Small Business Saturday.

CoffeeGirl will be offering 25% off November flavors on Friday, and buy one, get one 50% off large hot beverages on Saturday.

Eleven O’ Three will be offering 50% off jeans, many markdowns throughout the store. Recieve a $10 gift card (to be used on your next shopping trip) for every $100 spent.

Fareway will be offering in store sales Friday and Satruday.

Farmhouse & Flowers will be offering 50% off all remaining fall decor.

Hanson’s Fine Jewelry will be offering 20% off in store items on Satruday.

Hy-Vee will be offering a $20 Hy-Vee gift card with the purchase of $150 in participating gift cards. Buy one, get one free dine-in Breakfast. (Black Friday)

Imagine will be offering holiday items, gifts, plants. Receive a free plant gift with any purchase of $10 or more. (Saturday Only)

Jazzercise will be offering 10 classes for $99. A $50 savings!

Outfitters Plus will be offering 50% off in-store items on Friday, and buy one, get one 50% off of equal or lesser value on Saturday.

Shift ATL will be offering unique gift boxes featuring their limited edition Atlantic merchandise.

Scrooge Contest

The Atlantic Area Chamber’s 20th 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.

The 2022 Scrooge Contestants:

Dr. Matt Weresh, Cass Health

Lori Blum & Joyce Weiser, Brown’s Shoe Fit

Jeff Gude, First Whitney Bank

Dave Frederiksen, Hy-Vee

Cash donations are worth 5 points on the dollar and one non-perishable item earns the contestants one point.
The Atlantic Food Pantry is asking for a specific list of food items, with a focus on monetary donations due to limited storage space. The money will help them purchase food items as needed, including meat and refrigerated items.
The list of needed food items includes:
Cream of Chicken/Mushroom Soup
Tomato/Chicken Noodle Soup
Ramen Noodles
Hamburger Helper
Canned Beef Ravioli/Spaghetti O’s
Instant Sides (Packages) – Pasta, Sauce or Potato
Boxed Cereal
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Saltine Crackers
Canned Fruit
Bar Soap
Canned Tuna/Chicken
Macaroni & Cheese
Canned Vegetables
Toilet Paper
18 oz. Creamy Peanut Butter
Quick Oats (no milk needed)
Pancake/Waffle Mix (no milk needed)
Pancake/Waffle Syrup
Boxed Noodles
Pasta Sauce
Chili Beans
Diced Tomatoes
Canned Manwich or Sloppy Joe

Thank you to our sponsor:

Angel of Christmas

The Angel of Christmas is a tradition in Atlantic recognizing and thanking area residents who symbolize the true meaning of the season. Angels exemplify the true holiday spirit all year long–putting others first, spreading generosity and sharing the holiday spirit with everyone they meet. Nominations are due to the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce by November 30th.

Click the link for the Angel of Christmas Nomination Form

Lighted Parade

December 3rd – 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 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM.

Click 2022 ParadeEntryForm to download Registration Form

Thank you to our Lighted Parade Sponsor:


Santa & Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides 

Santa will be in his cabin November 17th for Grand Lighting and then Thursdays and Saturdays the month of December. Carriage rides will be in town as well in December. Click here for a full schedule.

Thank you to our Carriage Ride sponsor:

Thank you to our sponsors: