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Shop & Dine Local on December 9

Celebrate the season with your favorite local businesses on The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand and the Roosevelt Cultural District. The Peppermint Trail returns on December 9 with shopping and dining specials, plus a line-up of holiday festivities, including trolley rides, visits from Santa Claus, window displays, a gingerbread contest, carolers and more.

“The Peppermint Trail is back to bring even more festive fun to shoppers and diners in two special Des Moines retail districts,” said Lauren Kollauf, executive director of The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand. This is the second year of The Peppermint Trail. “We want visitors to think local for their shopping and dining this holiday season.”

More than 50 businesses have signed up to be a stop on The Peppermint Trail, each with special offerings during their business hours so that customers can join the fun throughout the day and evening.

See the participating businesses: The Peppermint Trail stops

A new addition to the event this year: A trolley will be transporting attendees between both districts! The “Bee-Merry-Line,” sponsored by Beeline & Blue, will travel on a loop from Noon-4 p.m. with multiple stops along Ingersoll Avenue and the Shops At Roosevelt.

Other activities happening along The Peppermint Trail include:

  • Visits from Santa Claus
  • Carolers from Roosevelt High School and Greenwood Elementary
  • Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
  • Toys for Tots Collection
  • ‘Peppermint Tale’ Short Story Walk
  • Window Displays at local businesses

Aside from merchandise and dining deals, some businesses are offering special hours and activities for The Peppermint Trail, including craft stations for kids, pop-up markets, photo opportunities, and free treats. See a full list & schedule here.

The Peppermint Trail is made possible by The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand, Beeline & Blue, Project 7 Design, Roosevelt Cultural District, Des Moines West Side Chamber and The River Center/LaValle Hospitality Group.

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