Fun & Festive Fairfield!


Fun & Festive Fairfield!

By Visit Fairfield | November 8, 2022

Are you looking for a charming and affordable small town to spend a festive weekend? Look no further than Fairfield, Iowa! This adorable community is decked out in festive cheer, and there's plenty to do to get you into the Christmas spirit. From family-friendly events to unique shopping and dining experiences, Fairfield will make your holidays merry and bright. So gather up your loved ones and head on over to Fairfield for a memorable winter getaway!


Inspired by the spirit of Christmas, Fairfield is a must-see for any visitor. The festive decorations and lights will fill your heart with joyous spirit every time you see them!

Lighting of the Square | Nov 25th | Downtown Fairfield | 6:00 PM

Enjoy some old-fashioned holiday fun at Christmas on the Fairfield Square. This annual event features carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, and more! It's the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit There’s nothing quite like the feeling of anticipation that comes with waiting for the Square to come to life with the holiday tree lighting. Don’t forget to stop in to see Santa Claus in his special house (and get on his "nice" list!). Lights turn on at 6:00 PM on Nov 25th and will be lite every evening throughout the rest of the year.

Festival of Trees | Nov 25-26 | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

The Festival of Trees is a must-see event where you can see, feel, and smell the holiday season. And the best part is that you can bid on spectacular holiday trees and wreaths created by local designers and community groups. All proceeds will benefit the Little Superheroes Foundation.

Carnegie Memorial Trees | Visible throughout the season

Just south of the Fairfield square on the grounds of the Carnegie Historical Museum (112 S. Court St) will be another light display of memorial trees. Each tree will be custom decorated by residents in memory of a loved one.


Nothing brings holiday cheer like nostalgic movies or Christmas concerts!

All is Calm Movie | Nov 29 | 7:30 PM | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. Based on a true story.

A Very Electric Christmas | Dec 15 | 7:30 PM | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas! Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits.

Holiday Concert | Dec 17 & 18 | 7:30 PM | Golden Magnolia Sanctuary 200 S. Main

The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa gather to create the sounds of the season at this festive event.


Fairfield is the perfect place to bring the kids this holiday season! And be sure to check out the cool train display at Everybody's Whole Foods at 501 N. 2nd St

Fairfield First Fridays | Dec 2 |6-9 PM | Downtown Fairfield

OH SNAP! It's First Fridays and the square will be hopping with photo perfect opportunities. Enjoy Carriage rides, carolers and all the lights and sounds of the season.

Santa Parade | Dec 24 | 6 PM | Downtown Fairfield

Santa is in his sleigh and making the rounds throughout Fairfield. But you can meet and greet him as he moves around and ends up on the Fairfield Square at 6:15.


Shop & Be Merry | Dec 2 & 3 | Retail Shops & Restaurants

From gifts for home, grandmas, babies, and even those hard to buy for people in your life, Fairfield shops are ready to help make this holiday one of your best! Our participating shops are ready to make your holiday sparkle.

Festive Fridays | Nov 25 & Dec 10 | Retails shops

Shop in Fairfield and enjoy the festivities, from kid's activities, holiday refreshments, and giveaways.

Holiday Trade Fair | Dec 10 & 11 | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Shop with some of the most talented makers in Southeast Iowa. Friday evening and Saturday Day, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center


Visiting Santa in his house is a great way for the whole family to have some festive fun. Kids can bring their lists and whisper them to Santa. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so make sure to bring your cameras!

Hours for Santa in Downtown Fairfield

  • Nov 25th & 26th; 6-8:30 PM
  • December 2nd & 3rd; 6- 8:30 PM
  • December 9th & 10th, 6-8:30 PM
  • December 16th & 17th, 6-8:30 PM
  • December 22nd, 6-8:30 PM

NEW THIS YEAR; Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Ho Ho Ho Holidays at JC Huffman Cabinetry. Plenty of Photo Ops, crafts for the kids, a hot cocoa bar and so much more.  This event will really put you in a festive mood!

3100 W. Burlington Ave.

  • Nov 25th & 26th; 6-8:30 PM
  • December 2nd & 3rd; 6- 8:30 PM
  • December 9th & 10th, 6-8:30 PM
  • December 16th & 17th, 6-8:30 PM
  • December 22nd, 6-8:30 PM

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Looking for a little escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Fairfield is the perfect place to find your vibe. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to relax or an exciting place to explore, there's no shortage of things to see and do. So what are you waiting for? Come on over to Fairfield and find your perfect escape!