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Holidays in Dubuque

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

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The holiday season is a magical time in Dubuque.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend contacting the mentioned locations prior to visiting for updated hours or policies. The City of Dubuque and the State of Iowa are currently practicing face-covering mandates for those over two years of age in public spaces, as well as other practices that may impact your visit to Dubuque. For a summary of how this may affect visitors, please see updates here.

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Reflections in the Park

Situated a top a limestone bluff is 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 Lois Murphy Park. Hop in your car, tune your radio to the provided holiday music, and make this a #WhereIowaStarted tradition. Open November 26 – January 3, 5 pm to 10 pm daily. Admission is $10 per vehicle and benefits Hillcrest Family Services.

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 - whether solo, with loved ones. Enjoy public skate at the Mystique Community Ice Center on Sundays from 4:30 – 6:15 pm November through December. Cost to skate is $6 for adults and $4.50 for kids under the age of 12. Skate rentals are available for $3.

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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 recently featured in Midwest Living’s Holiday Gift Guide?) Shopping between November 28 – December 13? Check out the Holiday Hoopla! Get your ticket for a chance to win a prize from a local retailer, discount, or a fun fact about the area.

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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.

Dubuque Love

Can’t see a loved one this year but want to send them your love from Dubuque? Check out our online store full of #WhereIowaStarted goods to remind them of your favorite stop this side of the Mississippi.