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Mayor's Tree Lighting

The Ankeny Mayor’s Tree Lighting will offer residents a new experience this year – the event is moving outdoors to the Ankeny Market & Pavilion (AMP) and will feature a holiday fireworks finale. Ankeny Mayor Gary Lorenz and the City Council invite the community to the third annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1, 6 – 7 p.m. This free event will be held at AMP located at 715 W. First St.

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting is an opportunity to come together as a community to kick off the holiday season. Mayor Lorenz and the Ankeny City Council will welcome guests at AMP starting at 6 p.m. The event will feature kids’ activities, an ice carving demonstration, music, Iowa Wild slap shot hockey and more. At 6:50 p.m., Santa will arrive to help the Mayor with the official tree lighting and the event will close with a spectacular fireworks finale

After the fireworks, Santa will travel to Porch Light Coffeehouse, 417 SW Third St., for a meet and greet until 8 p.m. Families are encouraged to return to Uptown Ankeny on Saturday for Christmas in Uptown, starting at noon.

For more information about the Mayor’s Tree Lighting contact Communications Manager Amy Baker at or 515-965-6414.

More information about Christmas in Uptown can be found at

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