Okoboji Holiday Season Guide

Create magical holiday memories with your family in Okoboji this winter holiday season! From light displays to meeting Santa, and plenty of opportunities to get the perfect gifts for under your tree, there's something for everyone in Okoboji this Holiday Season!


You can never go wrong with a holiday light show!

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Heartland Pet Resort

Lights are on from 5-10pm every night until January 3rd so come back & enjoy them again & again. For the rest of the season you can pull up the main driveway under the rainbow arch & turn around in the parking lot or park & walk around.

Here is a map of some of the areas. The light blue is a path to the light maze. The red is a lit path around the house. The pink shows the path to take to get back to the grove walk lit trail. Please watch your step and the ground is uneven & there are cords! Try to stay on the pathways so you are less likely to trip on cords as there are very few cords in the walkways. As always it is free to come see the lights. Donations are welcome & go towards the light display. There is a donation box on the light pole by the garage. Thank you & hope you enjoy the lights.

Heartland Map
light display for the holiday season

Downing Family Christmas Light Show

2184 213th Ave, Milford, IA

The Downing Family Christmas Light Show starts around Thanksgiving and runs nightly from 5:30-10:00PM. The show began ten years ago with eight simple trees and has grown to include over 12,000 lights and features ranging from trees up to 15’ tall, sparkle balls, dancing hoops, and more!  Tune your radio to 88.9 and watch the lights dance to Christmas classics and some modern takes on the holiday as well!  Shows last around 20 minutes and run continuously.  Learn more by finding the show on Facebook at Downing Family Christmas Light Show.
Lueders Light Display

Lueders Light Display

Location: 1078 110th St., Lake Park, IA 51347

November - January

Lueders Ridiculous X-Mas Lights are doing a computerized light show! We have increased our channel count and added many more lights, so now we have 200,000+ lights for 2023. We hope you will come to enjoy it as much as we enjoy presenting it. Be sure to tune you radio to 97.5 FM. Most of all remember the reason for the season.



Holiday Makers Market

Pearson Lakes Art Center | 11/9 - 12/22

Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10am - 4pm; Thursday 10am - 9pm

Handcrafted creations for every budget! The Little Red Gift Gallery is bursting with holiday cheer and has spilled into the Weaver Lobby Gallery. Come and shop the ever changing inventory with new items being added often through December 22nd.


Kid skating and having fun

Lakes Ice Arena Open Skate

Open Friday and Saturday 7-9pm and Sunday 3:30-5pm

Stop by the Lakes Ice Arena for some skating fun this winter. They are typically open most weekends for open skate.

$6.00 Admission | $3.00 Skate Rental

Art Smart gallery is so much fun

Art Smart Interactive Gallery

The Artsmart Interactive Gallery’s newly renovated space serves as an incubator and engine for art-making and creative exploration within PLAC and the community. With a hands-on learning approach, visitors will experience visual, theatrical, and musical art exhibits directly linked to the PLAC collections.

Get creative this winter!! More about the Art Center's educational opportunities and other events can be found here.

Winter Hours:
Tues. - Sat. 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday - 10 am to 9 pm


Okoboji Classic Cars

Hours: Weds.-Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12-5pm

This is the ultimate destination for classics car enthusiasts, gear heads, art collectors and families looking for a memorable experience! Take a stroll down the vintage storefronts of Spencer, Arnolds Park Boardwalk and West Lake Okoboji. Along with a step back in time, you can check out the state-of-the-art restoration shop and even purchase your favorite vintage ride!

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Dickinson County Nature Center

Open Tues. - Sat. 10am - 4pm

It’s all free at the Dickinson County Nature Center! Check out the live animals, indoor beehive, kids space area and all-new interactive exhibits in Pollinator Paradise. Year-round programming is also free.

step back in time at the Dickinson County Museum

Dickinson County Museum

Open Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10-3

The Dickinson County Museum preserves and shares the heritage of Dickinson County through a variety of exhibits. The Museum is one of the original depots found along the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul Railroad, and it now houses an extensive collection that depicts the area’s historic railroad, agricultural, resort and industrial eras.


Holiday pottery painting

Kurio Kastle: Pottery Painting Palace

Hours: Thurs. - Sat. 10am - 6pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Kurio Kastle is an awesome place for a family fun outing. We provide the pottery, glaze, tools, and ideas all you have to do is be ready to have creative fun. Just walk in and get started. No appointment necessary, call ahead for groups of 6 or more. Come, paint, let your inner artist out.