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.

 *Events organized by the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce may be subject to change due to COVID-19. The organization will stay informed on the latest guidelines put in place for the community’s safety. The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce aims to keep the community informed about changes of an event by giving timely notice of changes. *

Follow us on Facebook @AtlanticAreaChamber or call the office at 712-243-3017 for the latest information.

Holiday Open House

November 13th 2021 — 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. 

Discount AtlantiCash

November 13th 2021 – 9 AM – Get a kick start to your holiday shopping and purchase discounted AtlantiCash Saturday, November 14th 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. 


Grand Lighting 

November 18th 2021 – 5:30 PM – Kick off the Holiday Season with the Grand Lighting ceremony in Downtown Atlantic. Turn your radios to KS 95.7 for a live broadcast with Santa and help him countdown to turn on the lights. Santa will be in his cabin at City Park following the lighting. 

Small Business Saturday

November 27th 2021 – Be sure to shop Atlantic on Small Business Saturday, November 27th, for small promotions and discounts. More details will be made available at a later date including participating businesses.


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. 

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. This year’s angel will be announced virtually the first week of December.

Angel of Christmas Nomination Form


Lighted Parade

December 4th 2021 – 6 PM –  Snuggle up and see the glow of the holiday floats as they parade downtown. Come before the Parade and visit with Santa in his cabin. Pre-registration of floats is highly encouraged.


Santa’s Cabin

Santa will be in his cabin November 18th for Grand Lighting and then Thursdays and Saturdays the month of December. 



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