How to Embrace the Christmas Spirit in Dubuque

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While it may not look like December in the Mississippi bluff country of where Iowa started, Dubuque is hopping with a variety of events to get you in the Christmas spirit. Santa sightings, tree lighting ceremonies, holiday markets and more are sure to have you feeling all the Merry Christmas feels this season. 

Step 1: Attend The Merry Millwork Market

First, shop local this holiday season at the Merry Millwork Market, December 1-2, 2017. Featuring a wide variety of locally crafted good, tastes, and brews in our historic Millwork District, its the only way to bring a piece of Dubuque home for the holidays.


Step 2: Watch Santa Swim

Then stop by the National Mississippi River Museum + Aquarium to see Mr. + Mrs. Claus take a swim in the Gulf of Mexico at the annual Scuba Santa event. On December 2 and 3, take your holiday picture with Santa in front of the tank at the museum for a Christmas card that will be held onto for many years to come. 


Step 3: See Reflections in The Park

After the sun sets, take a drive through Louis Murphy Park for the annual Reflections in The Park Christmas light spectacular. See the entire park lit up during the entire magical month of December.


Step 4: Pick Up Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Finish up the holiday season with a stop at the Dubuque Iowa Welcome Center, where there are a number of gifts absolutely perfect for anyone on your list. From the stylish Dubuque apparel to quirky Shot Tower shot glasses, everyone will love the little gift that is where Iowa started. 



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