Fridays-Sundays from November 25th – December 18th
Step into a winter wonderland when you visit us at the Tannenbaum Forest in the Amana Colonies! Join us in the Festhalle Barn to see over 60 unique Christmas Trees, each decorated by a different business, organization, group, or family. The entire barn will be decorated for the season, and we will have several areas for photo opportunities set up. Our 17 foot German Christmas Pyramid will be front and center!
For many families the Tannenbaum Forest has become a tradition. The Tannenbaum Forest is free to visit, however, we encourage a free will donation with proceeds benefitting the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital that’s just down the road in Iowa City.
Santa will be returning to Tannenbaum Forest this year! Stay tuned for a full schedule as we get closer to Christmas. He will be bringing one of his reindeer to visit on December 10th from 1pm-4pm so long as the weather is good. Plus, you can use our Direct-to-Santa Mailbox inside Tannenbaum Forest to make sure he gets your letter before Christmas.
St. Nick’s Café will return for Tannenbaum Forest 2022. Schedule is still pending
2022 Tannenbaum Forest Schedule
Holiday Fun and Games Weekend
Friday, November 25, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 26, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 27, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, December 2, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, December 9, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Live Reindeer outside the Festhalle: 1pm – 4pm, Weather Dependent
Sunday, December 11, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Traditions Weekend
Friday, December 16, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 17, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 18, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Amana Pickle Hunt
While visiting the Colonies during the time of Tannenbaum Forest you can also take part in the Amana Pickle Hunt. Based on legend of the German Pickle Ornament, it’s said that an old German Christmas custom was to hang a pickle ornament on the Christmas tree late on the evening of December 24th and the first child to find the pickle on Christmas morning would receive an extra gift.
The Amana version will have you looking for Pickle Ornaments in each shop and when you find the pickle in 10 shops you are entered into a weekly drawing for a $100 Amana Colonies Gift Certificate.
We will continue to monitor the state of the COVID-19 Pandemic throughout the year and we will update our COVID-19 information accordingly. This section was last edited on June 9th, 2022 according to precautions relevant at this time. We will continue to reassess and update our COVID-19 protocols.
While you’re viewing our forest, please practice social distancing between your group and others. Social Distancing in the forest limits COVID-19 risks, but it also helps groups enjoy the trees and decorations at their own pace.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, we ask that you please stay home. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are awaiting COVID-19 test results, please stay home. Remember to wash hands frequently and refrain from touching your face. We will have hand sanitizer and disposable face masks available at the Visitors Center and the entrance of the Tannenbaum Forest.
Brochures + Forms
Brochure Coming Soon
If you have any questions about Tannenbaum Forest or Prelude to Christmas, please contact Amana Colonies Festivals Inc. at:
319-622-7010 (Weekdays, 9am-4pm)
or 319-622-7622 (Weekends 10am-5pm, weekdays 10am-5pm)
You can also use our Contact Us form here on the website to email us!