Attractions at Festival | Blank Children's Hospital of Des Moines


Festival of Trees & Lights is a wonderful event for people of all ages! In addition to the beautifully-decorated trees, we offer numerous activities and attractions that make the event the special attraction it is!

Activities & Special Events

  • Beautifully decorated large trees
  • Neighborhood trees - available through silent auction
  • Food - an assortment of food and bakery items are available for you to enjoy while at Festival or take home for a special treat
  • Entertainment - music and dance groups from across the community entertain Festival attendees
  • Children's activities - from ornament making and Spin the Wheel, and cookie decorating, there are plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained
  • Festival Family Flick - join us on Thanksgiving day from 5-7 p.m. to see Elf on the big screen
  • Train - little ones LOVE to ride the Festival train
  • Scavenger Hunt - grab a list from the entrance and try to find all the items listed while enjoying Festival
  • Santa - Santa is always a favorite for people of all ages. Families are invited to take their own photos with Santa
  • Giant Festival Coloring Wall - be sure to stop inside the Ballroom to add your touch to the coloring wall
  • NEW: Pinot's Palette Open Paint Session 
  • NEW: Sock Skating Rink
  • NEW: LifeServe Blood Center will host their "Blank Children's Hospital Holiday Hero Blood Drive" on the Friday and Saturday of Festival from 12 - 5:30 p.m.  You can schedule an appointment or walk in.  To make an appointment, call 1-800-287-4903 or click here to sign up Friday and here to sign up for Saturday