New Years Eve in Des Moines Iowa 2018

Des Moines New Years Eve in Iowa

On New Years Eve 2018 in Iowa, visitors and locals alike are sure to be thrilled with the limitless entertainment opportunities the state has to offer. From the time that the ball drops to the spectacular fireworks that follow all over the state, to the always popular First Night festivities, each and every locale brings in the New Year in its own exciting way. Known as the America’s Heartland, Iowa is a wonderful place to enjoy NYE fireworks displays. From the state’s big cities to the charming rural and urban areas, Iowa boasts loads of pyrotechnic events and festivities for all ages.

Best Parties & Fireworks on NYE

There’s always a lot going on in the Des Moines metro area if you’re planning on spending New Years Eve in Iowa, from an annual concert presented by the Des Moines Symphony, to special events offered by the Des Moines Social Club’s, to enjoying a laughter filled evening watching one of the areas talented improv groups. For family friendly celebration the GuideOne ImaginEve event offers hours of fun with amazing children’s activities that typically include things like clowns, crafts, carnival games, bounce houses, balloon artists, and an unforgettable fireworks finale. ImaginEve is an alcohol free event.

New Years Eve 2015 in Iowa’s First Night special event typically takes place in Council Bluffs which is located close to the Nebraska border. The First Night event is a celebration of community, art, and the New Year, and is also an alcohol free event which runs 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There will be fun activities like crafts, games, live music and crafts for kids, live music, plenty of food vendors, and the opportunity to visit the city’s historical Union Pacific Railroad Museum. There will also more than likely be a talent show of some sort. The evening will come to a close with fireworks, and everyone will still be able to get home before the NYE ball drops.


The Do’s and the Don’ts old time rock group, a New Years Eve in Iowa entertainment staple has been entertaining in the state since 1959 and they are showing no signs of stopping. Also a great choice for a night full of New Years Eve entertainment is Cedar Rapid’s El Kahir Shrine Embassy Club where you’ll either have the opportunity to rock out to the Do’s and the Don’ts or another live show, and enjoy champagne and a tasty breakfast buffet.

To find out where the best NYE in Iowa events are being held it’s always a great idea to get in touch with your hotel’s concierge desk or visit the Iowa Visitor Center. The beautiful and charming state of Iowa is an irrefutably impressive destination to visit for New Years Eve, and to check out the fireworks as they light up the state’s skies with pyrotechnic displays that are truly amazing. You’ll never forget the experiences you’ll have welcoming in New Year in America’s heartland.

Accommodations for NYE

Some great hotel choices in Iowa include the Hotel Julien Dubuque in Des Moines’s historical district, the Hyatt in Des Moines, the hotel Vetro in Iowa City, the GrandStay Inn in Davenport and the La Quinta Inn in Carter Lake. Like air tickets, early hotel bookings is highly recommended to avoid any last moment problems for your holidays in Iowa’s Des Moines.

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