Happy Thanksgiving, Des Moines! Celebrate a day off from work with this guide to all of the holiday happenings around central Iowa. 


For those with weak wallets and a burning need to make dents in credit cards, here's a Juice guide to Thanksgiving weekend shopping in central Iowa. The guide features information on Merle Hay, Valley West, Southridge and Jordan Creek malls, as well as a look at what will not be open on Thanksgiving.

This is the best meal in Des Moines. 

Scorching hot take right? Take a journey with one Juice writer as she breaks down what she believes is the best meal in the city. It's not a pizza buffet, so I'm out. Food nerds, feel free to leave your thoughts on the best Des Moines meal in the story comments.

Happy hour highlight: 

Don't let the holiday slow down your weekend. Here's a few more things to do:

  • Stating Friday: The 20th anniversary of "Rent" hits the Civic Center stage. Read the Juice guide to "Rent" in Des Moines to get ready for the show. 
  • Friday: Catch a double-dose of homegrown music with The Maytags and Candy at Wooly's. Full show information at
  • Now until Jan. 1: Jolly Holiday Lights kicked off in Altoona this week. Here's what you need to know about the area holiday light tradition. 
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