Student Activities Center



WinterFest is a weekend celebration of the winter season at Iowa State. Preceding dead week, WinterFest provides a unique combination of winter themed events, activities, displays, and traditions to help student relieve their end-of-semester stress and connect with the Ames community.


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, December 6

Free and open to the public. Activities offered while supplies last.

Friday, December 6

WinterFest Holiday Kickoff Sale: 8am-6pm, University Book Store, MU, $
Check out sales of merchandise of ISU gear. 

University Book Store Special Events: 4-6pm, University Book Store, Free
Musical Guest, EllieMae
EllieMae, Season 17 of the Voice contestant Team Blake, is a country singer-songwriter from Jerome, Idaho. She has played many venues from coffee shops, bars, restaurants, barber shops to weddings and church bands. EllieMae played Twin Falls Western Days and HWY 30 Music Festival along with Idaho's Governor Inauguration Ball and Iowa State University Homecoming pep rally last year.  EllieMae is currently a senior in Agricultural Business and plans on continuing to pursue her music career after school.  She has four songs on all musical platforms available for streaming or purchase.
Photos with Olaf, from hit movie Frozen & Frozen II
Sponsored by University Book Store


Art Mart: 10am-8pm, Campanile Room, MU, $
Glass, pottery, prints, jewelry and more. Proceeds support sponsoring organizations and local artists.
Sponsored by The Workspace

Upcycled Gift Wrapping from LiveGreen!: 10am-8pm, Campanile Room, MU, free
Sponsored by Live Green!

Seasonal Beverage Sampling: 4pm-7pm, Market Cafe, MU, Free
Warm up and come sample some of your most favorite holiday beverages
Sponsored by ISU Dining


Clothing and Food Drive with Campus Service Council: 4pm-8pm, Cardinal Room, MU, Free
Bring a canned good or clothing donation for YSS of Ames


Chair Massages: 4pm-10pm, Gold Room, MU, Free
Get a relaxing massage by a trained massage therapist. 


Open House at the Knoll: 3pm-6pm, The Knoll, Free
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit the home of President Wintersteen, enjoy their holiday decorations, and try some of their famous Knoll hot chocolate.


Andy Albright Jingle Jog Registration4pm-5:15pm, Registration in LeBaron 1210, $20
A fun run in memory of Freshmen Council member Andy Albright. Proceeds go toward a memorial scholarship in his name. The run begins at 5:30pm following the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Sponsored by First Year Council


Photos with the Snow Princess and Ice Queen, 4pm-8pm, Pioneer Room, MU, Free
Take pictures with the Snow Princess and Ice Queen to get you in the holiday spirit. 


Photo Snow Globes: 6pm-8pm, Pioneer Room, MU, Free
Enjoy a full size photo snow globe to remember WinterFest!
Co-sponsored by ISU AfterDark


Bingo: 4pm-8pm, Pioneer Room, MU, Free
Co-sponsored by ISU AfterDark


Central Campus Carriage Rides: 6pm-9:30pm, Central Campus, Free
Come take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Pick up is on the West Side of the MU. 


Bowling & Billiards: 4pm-9pm, CyBowl & Billiards, MU, Free
Co-sponsored by CyBowl & Billiards


Color Wall with Event Management Club: 4pm-10pm, Pioneer Room, MU, Free
Come be a part of a community mural with the Event Management Club


Ugly Sweater Ornament Craft: 4pm-10pm, The Workspace, MU, Free
Co-sponsored by The Workspace


Tree Lighting Ceremony: 5:30pm -5:45pm, Steps of Beardshear Hall, Free
Live music, season's greetings, and the lighting of the tree


Cookie Decorating and Hot Chocolate: 6pm, Trophy Tavern, MU
Decorate sugar cookies and warm up with hot chocolate.
Free while supplies last


Corn Muffins and Chili: 6pm, MU Commons, Free
Come get a bowl of chili and a corn muffin to beat the cold.
Free while supplies last


Karaoke and Button Making with Student Wellness: 5pm-8pm, M-Shop, MU, Free
Enjoy karaoke music and button making 
Co-Sponsored by Student Wellness


Swing Dance Lessons: 7pm-10pm, Gallery Room, MU, Free
Learn how to swing dance with Cardinal Swing Society!
Co-Sponsored by Cardinal Swing Society


Cyclone Cinema: 7pm & 10pm, Carver Hall 101
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Sponsored by Student Union Board


ISU Men's Hockey: Game at 7:30pm, Ames Ice Arena, $3
Want to skip the line for Ice Skating? Attend the ISU Men's Hockey game to receive a pass to skip the line!


Ice Skating: 10pm-2am, Ames/ISU Ice Arena
Free for first 600 participants


Comedian Jay Pharoah9pm, Great Hall, MU
Co-sponsored by Student Union Board
$12 for ISU Students, $25 for Public - Get your tickets here!                                                     

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