Holiday shopping at Jingle in the Junction

It’s an annual holiday event where stores in Valley Junction in West Des Moines are open late for shoppers along with several holiday activities.

For 2023, it’s scheduled for Nov 16th, Nov 30th, Dec 7th and Dec 14th.

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Location: 5th Street in West Des Moines, Iowa

Each week features some unique rotating activities such as Ice carvers or street performances by Cirque Wonderland Studios. There are also activities that are available on all Jingle in the Junction dates, such :

  • Santa & Mrs. Claus making an appearance at Valley Junction Foundation Office next to the Theatrical Shop
  • Free horse-drawn trolley rides, which start at Railroad Park
  • 125,000 holiday lights on display throughout the 5th Street shopping area.

Horse-drawn trolley rides are FREE! They start at 5:30 pm near the old Valley Junction depot (Railroad Park), however, I noticed that the line started forming only a few minutes after 5 pm. It’s a popular item, so plan accordingly.

Holiday lights adorn the walkways of Valley Junction.
Looking for a unique “Iowa” connected gift? Check out Heart of Iowa Marketplace which houses mostly Iowa-based creations.

I’ve shopped in Valley Junction for years and I frequently stop in for lunches as well. It’s filled with lots of unique shops. In fact, when you see the slogan “Shop Local” – which perfectly describes Valley Junction.

Another one of my favorites – AOK Antiques.

Valley Junction has not only survived over time – it has thrived. In the ’70s, they took a hit when suburban malls came in. They also made a comeback after the historic floods in 1993.

Another look inside AOK Antiques at Valley Junction

Here comes Santa on a bike!

As always – the windows displays during the holidays are always top-notch. This one is at A Okay Antiques.

A pink unicorn pulling a pink sleigh with presents is part of the display at MoMere.
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Another great window display in Valley Junction.
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Live street performances by Cirque Wonderland Studios
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