Governor Kim Reynolds and First Gentleman Kevin Reynolds invite Iowans and their families to join them for Christmas at Terrace Hill on Sunday, December 17, from 1:00-3:00 pm. 

Guests are encouraged to explore the historic property and enjoy several activities including:

  • Photos with Santa Claus and the first family
  • Ornament decorating
  • Carolers
  • Christmas cookies 
  • A letter-writing station to send correspondence to deployed Iowa National Guard service members

At this year’s event, as an additional way to say “Thank You” to our men and women who are currently deployed, we will be collecting donations from the provided list of items our deployed service members need. We appreciate any donations you are able to bring. (List attached on the Eventbrite reservation page).

The event will conclude with Governor Reynolds reading No Company for Christmas, a story which centers around Terrace Hill and was written by local children’s author, Susan Maupin Schmid, with illustrations created by local artist, Tara Gartin. 

Tickets are $25 per individual or $50 per household + processing fees and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, call our office at 515-281-7205 or purchase online at

Proceeds from the event benefit the Terrace Hill Partnership, the non-profit organization that supports necessary conservation and restoration projects at Terrace Hill. Last year’s event raised over $5,000 that went toward the upkeep of the 154-year-old building and grounds.