Every season in Dubuque, Iowa brings forth new adventures and a magical experience for groups. Winter is an enchanting time of year in our community, from glistening fresh fallen snow, Christmas carols, Santa, a festival of trees, and a city filled with twinkly lights, you will want to experience Dubuque firsthand! Grab a cup of hot cocoa and let's explore just a sampling of the 2017 holiday options that your group can enjoy.
The Nutcracker is nothing short of a fairy tail performance. This wondrous ballet has been a highlight of the holiday season in Dubuque for decades, this production by the Dubuque City Youth Ballet is a "must see"! Show runs  December 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17, 2017. Matinee and evening performances offered.
Singing sensations, The Wonderettes, are entertaining at the annual Harper's Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and ingenuity to save the party! Featuring great '60s versions of holiday classics such as "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Winter Wonderland," this energetic and glittering show is a holiday treat.  Show runs December 1-17, 2017. Matinee and evening performances offered.
Think retro Vegas showrooms of yesteryear, as we're sure Old Blue Eyes is with us in spirit. If you're wondering what will put you in the holiday spirit, SNOWBIZ® is your ticket to the merriest time in town. See the show on December 7, 2017. Matinee and evening performances offered. 
Ring in the holiday season with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra! With a combination of familiar holiday favorites as well as exciting new music, come join and be a part of this cherished Dubuque tradition. Show generally runs early December. Matinee and evening performances offered.
Enjoy a four-course meal and a cup of cheer at Stone Cliff Winery's Murder Mystery Event... 2016 features Ho, Ho Homicide... We can't wait to see what next year has in store for this always intriguing and dynamic performance! Dates to be announced. Evening performance only. 
Group Discounts Available at All Locations
Louis Murphy Park comes alive when thousands of Christmas bulbs and animated displays light up the entire park. Over 50,000 people visit the Reflections in the Park each year to experience the twinkly lights. Cozy up, enjoy a hot beverage and take a scenic drive through the park. Proceeds benefit numerous non-profit programs through Hillcrest Family Services. 
$50 per motor coach.
Thanksgiving has passed and Santa is preparing for the big night. In Dubuque, we like to follow a day of thanks with tradition. The day after Thanksgiving, Cable Car Square is filed with festive lights, luminaries and a touch of holiday cheer for the annual candle walk.  Look to the top of the bluffs and you will magically see Santa coming down on his sleigh, or what we like to call the Fenelon Place Elevator, the shortest steepest railway in the world, November 24, 2017. Take part in this wonderful tradition and add a little holiday spirit to your tour! 
Shopping is a favorite Tri-State pastime, from small boutiques in downtown Dubuque to the shops in Galena, IL just 15 minutes away. There are endless possibilities and varieties to choose from. 
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Treat yourself to some mouthwatering delicacies at Calico Bean Market (stock up on delicious holiday treats.) Continue your stroll on Bluff Street to other local boutiques including Outside the Lines Art Gallery, Shamrock Jewelers, Fig Leaf, Monk's and so much more! 
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Visit more than 125 storefronts featuring clothing, jewelry, collectibles, specialty items and gifts. Voted one of "America's Best Main Streets" by Fodor's Travel and Parade.com 
This contemporary hotel is perfect for all sizes and types of groups. Located 2.5 miles from the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 4.6 miles from Sundown Mountain Ski Resort and 6.2 miles from historic downtown Dubuque!  Enjoy modern amenities which include free hot breakfast, fitness and business centers, meeting space for 65 guests, self-laundry facilities, and a heated indoor pool, plus FREE motor coach parking!
Having those winter blues? Looking to fill your itinerary book for summer 2017? Let us help you plan for summer!
Embark on a Mississippi River Cruise, take a coffee tour at Verena Street, get a taste of history on a Historic Progressive Dinner, see a ghost at the Field of Dreams. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to call Whitney at the Dubuque Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, for more information or to book your summer group tour!
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