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.

 Click HERE to view the printable Christmas in Atlantic Brochure

Holiday Open House

November 13th — 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:

Akin Building Center- Will be offering deals on select Milwaukee & Dewalt tools.

Aunt B’s & Bonnesen’s- Will be offering coupons with 25% off savings on any one item.

Brown’s Shoe Fit-Will be offering snacks along with $15 off over $100 purchases and $10 off under $100 purchases.


Cappel’s Ace Hardware

Farmhouse & Flowers

Hanson’s Fine Jewelry- Will be offering refreshments and goodies, along with 20% off everything instore.

Something For You- Will be offering cider and cookie to shoppers.

Valley Boutique- Will be offering $10 off purchases over $100.


Discount AtlantiCash

November 13th – 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:


Grand Lighting 

November 18th – 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:

Small Business Saturday

November 27th – Be sure to shop Atlantic on Small Business Saturday, November 27th, for small promotions and discounts.

Participating Locations:

Hanson’s Fine Jewelry-20% off instore items. Providing refreshments and goodies.

Something For You– 20% off fabric (excluding clearance fabric), 10% more off clearance items, and buy one/get one on Pillow Pets. 

Brown’s Shoe Fit- 20% OFF Storewide (additional 20% off clearance items).

Akin’s Building Center- Purchase up to $500 in gift cards and receive 10% off your purchase. Saturday Only for Small Business Saturday.

Bonnesen’s 5 & 10 is offering buy 1 puzzle or game and get 25% off another puzzle or game.
Brymons Interiors & Off the Rack is offering 10% off the outlet, 10-50% off select gifts & home decor, and 25% off all clothing!
Cappel’s Ace Hardware Atlantic, IA has 20% off select sauces, seasonings, and rubs.
Jazzercise Atlantic is offering unlimited in- studio or online classes for the remainder of the year for just $21!
Outfitters Plus is offering 50% off everything!
Valley Boutique is offering a $20 rack!


Scrooge Contest

The Atlantic Area Chamber’s 19th 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 2021 Scrooge Contestants Include:

Ray Paullin; Atlantic Bottling- Winner

Tom Cappel; Deter Motor Company & Atlantic Fire Department

Kelli Anstey; Fareway


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 at the Holiday Concert on December 5th at 3 PM at the First Church of Christ in Atlantic.

Click HERE for Nomination Form

Lighted Parade

December 4th – 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 HERE to download Registration Form

Thank you to our Lighted Parade Sponsor:


Holiday Concert & Angels of Christmas

December 5th – 3 PM – Enjoy a FREE Holiday Concert with the entire family featuring local talent of all ages. The Christmas Angel and Scrooge winner will be announced at the concert. The Holiday Concert is held at the First Church of Christ in Atlantic at 3 PM.

Performances include:

Atlantic High School Band

Cass County Choral Society

Evan Adamon

Jan Highfill

Jessie Jacobson

Kevin Ferguson

Michelle Schuler

Pat McCauley

Randy Burk

Randy Elwood

Sarah Selders

Santa & Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides 

Santa will be in his cabin November 18th 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: