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Holidays in Dubuque

Twinkling lights, warm treats, and bustling local shops await #WhereIowaStarted.

PHOTO: @woulferphotography

The holiday season is a magical time in Dubuque.

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Reflections in the Park

Situated atop a limestone bluff are the sparkling lights of Reflections in the Park. Each year, thousands drive through this iconic Dubuque event to take in the lighted displays that wind through Louis Murphy Park. Hop in your car, tune your radio to the provided holiday station, and make this a #WhereIowaStarted tradition. Open November 23 – January 1, 5 pm to 10 pm daily. Admission is $12 per vehicle and benefits Hillcrest Family Services.

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A Merry Millwork Market

Happening Dec. 1st & 2nd, ‘A Merry Millwork Market’ is a completely unique outdoor Holiday shopping experience in Dubuque's Historic Millwork District! Entering its 7th year and continuing to grow, with over 30 handmade art & craft vendors, food, and hot beverages to keep you warm as you shop locally for holiday gift-giving. Located in the courtyard and under the tents on 10th Street — all in the spirit of celebration and building community.

Mines of Spain

Fresh Snowfalls

Looking for places to take in the beauty of freshly fallen snow? Our picks include the Mines of Spain, the Grandview neighborhood, and Washington Park. From dusted limestone bluffs, the warm glow of historic homes, to the quaint gazebo decorated in holiday simplicity, you’ll find more than enough Insta-worthy moments to capture.


Ice Skating

Hit the ice this holiday season during public skate at the ImOn Arena, held throughout the week. Skate rental is available - $9 for adults and $5 for kids under the age of 12. Click here for the full public skating schedule. 

Midwest Girl PHOTO: @jsqi

Holiday Shopping

This holiday season shop small at local storefronts. From cozy cabin-inspired boutiques to sweet shops…there is something in Dubuque for everyone on your list. (Did you know a Dubuque shop, Midwest Girl, was featured in Midwest Living’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2020?) Check out our ‘Local Goods by Good Locals’ shopping pass. You can earn points by checking in to participating locations or using a coupon on your purchase. Points can be redeemed for #WhereIowaStarted goodies.

Bob and Lous Hot Cocoa PHOTO: @bobandlous

Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa seems to be the best way to warm up after a day in the chilly Midwest air. From gourmet flavors to the original recipe – local coffee shops and trucks are serving up this holiday favorite.