Where did the time go? 2015 really flew by, didn't it? Be sure to end the year strong with these events.
Creme Cupcake Holiday Open House (Dec. 1): To show their sweet appreciation, Creme will be giving away complimentary samplings of holiday cupcakes, desserts and cocktails from 4:30-7 p.m. 543 28th St. Go to facebook.com/CremeCupcakeDSM.
Mixology Night: Repeal Day Party (Dec. 4): Put on your finest flapper get-up and head to SCI, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, for a night of drinks, music and science. 5:30-9 p.m. $5, free for SCI members. Go to facebook.com/SCIowa.
Little BIG Fest (Dec. 5): DMCC presents a lineup of local tunes from John Fullbright, Pieta Brown, The Pines, Matt Woods, J.E. Sunde, Bob Pace, Heath Alan Band, David Zollo And The Body Electric, and River Glen. Doors open at 2 p.m., show at 2:30 p.m. 504 East Locust St. Go to woolysdm.com.
Jolly Holiday Lights (Now until Jan. 1): Catch the Christmas twinkle at this Des Moines light display from 5:30-10 p.m. Nov. 24 through January 1 at Water Works Park, 2201 George Flagg Parkway. $10 per car. Go to iowa.wish.org.
The Bridges of Madison County — Willis Broadway Series (Now until Dec. 5): Watch one of Iowa’s most romantic stories unfold in live action at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. $52-$101. Go to desmoinesperformingarts.org.
The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet Des Moines (Dec. 10-13): It’s not Christmas in Des Moines without The Nutcracker. Head to Hoyt Sherman, 1501 Woodland Ave., for one of five shows: 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. $25.50-$71.50. Go to hoytsherman.org.
All About Her Des Moines Holiday Expo (Dec. 12): Calling all local ladies! Grab your chicas and treat yourself to a day of shopping, delish food, a beauty bar and more from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St. $1 donation. Go to iowaeventscenter.com.
The Wizard of Oz (Dec. 15-20): Watch the all-time classic featuring Dorothy and friends unfold in live action Tuesday through Sunday at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. $35-$111. Go to desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Winter Farmers’ Market (Dec. 18-19): Get ready for Christmas by stocking up on goods and gifts from the winter market in Capital Square, 400 Locust St. Go to desmoinesfarmersmarket.com.
Hy-Vee Big Four Classic (Dec. 19): Attention b-ball lovers. This annual doubleheader is the perfect chance to catch your favorite Iowa teams in action. Drake vs. Iowa: 3:30 p.m. Iowa State vs. UNI: 6 p.m. $25-$70. Go to iowaeventscenter.com.