One of the best parts of exploring the Amana Colonies during the holiday season was our visit to the Tannenbaum Forest. Located inside the Festhalle Barn across from the Amana Visitors’ Bureau, it’s pretty hard not to feel jolly when you step inside the forest lit with hundreds of warmly growing Christmas lights.
With more than 40 live evergreen tress decorated by local businesses ranging from bakeries to the Boy Scouts, there’s plenty to see in the Tannenbaum Forest. I especially liked a bright pink, flamingo-themed tree and kids are sure to love the trees decorated with characters from “Frozen,” “Rudolph” and “The Grinch.”
Write a letter to Santa and meet the man himself on select dates, or catch live music from local acts. The Tannenbaum Forest is open through December 21 and is free to enter, though all donations benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County. For specific visiting hours, check this Christmas in the Amana Colonies brochure.
Tip: To keep the live trees fresh they keep it pretty chilly in the Tannenbaum Forest. Be sure to bundle up!
Festhalle Barn, 622 46th Avenue in Amana, Iowa (across from the Visitors’ Bureau)