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WinterFest is a weekend celebration of the winter season at Iowa State. WinterFest is open to all ISU students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. Activities are free unless otherwise noted.

You’ll enjoy a festive night of activities, including: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Cookie Decorating & Hot Chocolate, Holiday Crafts, Bowling & Billiards, and so much more!

Enjoy tech-infused magic with Magician Trigg Watson in the Durham Great Hall. This show is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. event.

For more information, visit the WinterFest website at Questions may also be directed to or 515-294-0410.

Event Schedule

Art Mart Holiday Sale: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., MU Art Gallery

Featuring artists, makers, and crafters, our fall sale has something for everyone on your list! From budding creatives on campus to professional artists you will find pottery, blown glass, jewelry, décor, accessories, paintings and more. Sales support individual artists, The Workspace, and the Gaffer’s Guild. (Also Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 4-7 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.) Sponsored by The Workspace and ISU Gaffer’s Guild

Jingle & Mingle Holiday Market: 3:30-7:30 p.m., Central Campus

Discover a treasure trove of unique, handcrafted gifts, food, art, and more, all created by talented student and alumni entrepreneurs.

President’s WinterFest Open House: 4-6 p.m., Ground Floor of Beardshear Hall

Join Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen and her spouse, Robert Waggoner, for an open house in Beardshear Hall. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends will enjoy live music and complimentary seasonal food, beverages, and ISU Creamery ice cream.

Campanile Tours: 5-7 p.m., Campanile, Central Campus

Caricatures: 5-8 p.m., 3560, MU

Air Brush Tattoos: 4-7 p.m., 3560, MU

Holiday Crafts: 4-8 p.m., The Workspace, MU —  Make your own snowglobe!

Silent Disco: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Campanile Room, MU

Chair Massages: 4-9:30 p.m., Room 3580, MU

Bowling & Billiards: 4-midnight, CyBowl & Billiards, MU

Photo Booth: 4-9 p.m., West Lounge, MU

Cookie Decorating & Hot Chocolate: 5 p.m., MU Food Court (while supplies last)

Yuletide Open House at the Farm House Museum: 5-8 p.m., Farm House Museum

Celebrate the holiday season at the Farm House Museum. Take part in free Victorian yuletide themed activities and crafts while you enjoy holiday treats. Sponsored by University Museums

Bingo: 5-9 p.m., Sun Room, MU

Andy Albright Jingle Jog5-7 p.m., Central Campus
A fun run in memory of Freshmen Council member Andy Albright. Proceeds go toward a memorial scholarship in his name. Interested runners can register via the Student Organization Marketplace. Sponsored by First-Year Council. $20

Chili & Cornbread: 6 p.m., Pine Room, MU (while supplies last)

Tree Lighting Ceremony: 6 p.m., across from Beardshear Hall, Central Campus

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: 6-9:30 p.m., load in West Loop, MU

Magician Trigg Watson: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Durham Great Hall, MU

Trigg Watson’s tech-infused magic has been seen on The CW’s Masters of Illusion and Penn &Teller: Fool Us, and he was a semifinalist on the most recent season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Ice Skating: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Ames/ISU Ice Arena

Free admission and skate rental for the first 800 participants.


Dec 01 2023


4:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Memorial Union
2229 Lincoln Way, Ames

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