Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here’s a list of events across Dallas County

Hunter Chapin poses for a photo with Santa Claus and Papa Elf during the Community Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at De Soto Intermediate School.

Sips and Snacks

4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 around Van Meter.

Van Meter Community Development Corporation will host the 8th Annual Sips and Snacks that kicks off Van Meters Holiday festivities. Sips and Snacks will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Start the tour at the Legion to pick up a map of the brick and mortar businesses while enjoying finger foods and beverages. Tickets are $5 for the tour. Catch Spike’s Bus at the Legion to grab your Bingo tour map and tickets. Hop on and off the hay trailer on the route, tour the downtown business district of Van Meter and enjoy some Sips & Snacks, Christmas caroling and a whole lot of fun! Find more information at www.vanmeterlife.com.

Waukee WinterFest

4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 in Downtown Triangle area, Waukee.

Bring on the holiday cheer with Waukee’s free, annual WinterFest celebration on Friday, Dec. 2 in the Downtown Triangle area. Downtown businesses will host open houses from 4-8 p.m. The rest of the festivities kick off at 6 p.m. sharp when Santa Claus and Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke light the WinterFest Tree! After the tree lighting, attendees can visit Santa at the Waukee Community Center, watch an ice sculptor create holiday pieces, enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and soup, make art with the Waukee Area Arts Council, play mini golf (sponsored by Grace Baptist Church) and watch the Snowball Drop (sponsored by Charter Bank). WinterFest attendees are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items to be distributed to those in need through Waukee Area Christian Services. Those items can be dropped off at the Waukee Community Center during WinterFest or at the Waukee Public Works Building (805 University Ave.) during the week leading up to WinterFest. For more information, visit Waukee.org/WinterFest.

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