Join Us for a Christmas in July Moonlight Ride!

ByAnna Van Waardhuizen

Join Us for a Christmas in July Moonlight Ride!

Christmas was just over five months ago. Know what that means? It’s time for a fix to tide us over until Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Luckily, Des Moines European Heritage Association has the perfect night out planned. Join us for a Christmas in July Moonlight Ride on July 16. All funds raised will support Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016.

Before cruising through Clive and West Des Moines along a 17-mile route, we will meet at 515 Brewing Company. After the ride, participants will enjoy a 515 Brewing Company craft beer. Participants who register before July 1 will also receive a Phantom Flash Arm Band.

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You can form a team or ride as an individual. Either way, be sure to get your costumes in order. There will be prizes for best individual costume, best-decorated bike or helmet and best team theme. Be sure to check in by 7:30 p.m. if you’d like to compete. Winners will be announced by 8:15 p.m.

The ride will begin at 8:30 p.m. Helmets, headlights and taillights are required. If you register before June 25, you’ll get the early bird rate of $25. After that, registration is $35. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

If you don’t want to ride but still like to be involved, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities. Email [email protected] if you’d like to help with set-up, directing the ride, cleanup or registration.

We’d love to see everyone there to celebrate Christmas in July!


Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.


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