Growing up one of my favorite holiday traditions was piling in the back of my mom’s station wagon to drive around snowy neighborhoods and admire the Christmas light displays. Every year my brother and I would get into our pajamas and pile into the backseat with blankets, armed with thermoses of hot chocolate and freshly popped popcorn, and ready to spend a good hour admiring the holiday lights.
While it’s a tradition we haven’t taken part in for some time, I was feeling nostalgic over the weekend when some friends and I ventured to Water Works Park for Jolly Holiday Lights, a holiday light display put on by Iowa’s branch of the Make a Wish Foundation. Admission is only $10 per car and the display spans over the park’s 3.5 mile trail, ending with Santa’s Workshop where little ones can meet the big man himself and munch on cookies. As twenty-somethings we had a great time, but this event would absolutely be a lot of fun for families with smaller children.
Jolly Holiday Lights, Water Works Park in Des Moines, 5:30-10 p.m. through Jan. 1