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.

Christmas in Atlantic Brochure COMING SOON

Holiday Open House

November 9th — 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: TBD

Discount AtlantiCash

November 9th – 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

Rush CPA & Associates

Property Connections

Grand Lighting 

November 21st – 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 29th & November 30th – Be sure to shop Atlantic for small promotions and discounts!

Participating Locations:

Scrooge Contest

2024 Candidates:TBD

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 22nd.

Angel of Chirstmas Nomination Form (Coming Soon)

Thank you to our Angel of Christmas Sponsor:

Lighted Parade

December 7th – 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.

Registration Form (Coming Soon)

Thank you to our Lighted Parade Sponsor:


Santa & Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides 

Santa will be in his cabin November 21st for Grand Lighting and then Thursdays and Saturdays the month of December. 

Santa’s Cabin Dates & Times: TBD

Thank you to our Santa’s Cabin sponsors:


Carriage Rides Dates & Times:TBD

Thank you to our Carriage Ride sponsor: