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Toys for Tots Kids' Christmas Party

Date: Dec 11, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

It’s finally BACK! The biggest, craziest party of the holiday season…it’s for kids ten and under…and it’s FREE!

Marine Corps Toys For Tots is excited to announce the return of the Annual Kids’ Christmas Party presented by Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, and Paramount Ambulance. Taking place on Sunday, December 11, from Noon to 3 PM, the Five Flags Arena will transform into a yuletide display of controlled chaos, as hundreds (and hundreds) of Tri-State youngsters converge for the biggest party around...and the best part is, it’s all totally FREE!

The event is hosted by Marine Corps Toys For Tots of Dubuque and the Dubuque Police Department in memory of Police Chief Mark Dalsing, a big kid and a huge supporter of Toys For Tots who we lost way too soon. This event will be a super fun, safe, and festive chance for kids to play together, have a blast and go home with a few goodies along the way. This is not a charity event. It’s for all kids of Dubuque, It just happens to be FREE!

The three-hour party will have music and dancing with a live DJ that’s great with kids. Giant inflatable rides will return as will the Paramount Ambulance for kids to check-out in person. Kids will also climb aboard a real fire truck and see how Dubuque heroes do their jobs when they get to talk with real firemen and women.

Especially exciting is the Theisen’s free toy giveaway to every child with other surprise goodies giveaways as well. There are plenty for everyone, so there’s no need to line up early or wait in a long line when you get there, we promise. You can go have fun and get your gifts later in the event. We won’t run out! Note that this is not part of the annual Toys For Tots toy distribution program. This is a bonus event, So if you need toy assistance you can still get that separately through Toys For Tots at

This year, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque joins Theisen’s with the giveaways, only they will be doing free fun activity books and reader books for every child at the party.

And don’t forget the photos! Get your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus and download the pictures for free, courtesy of This year Elsa, Anna, and Olaf will return in front of a wintery palace backdrop. And new this year, Darth Vader and his Dark Side friends from Star Wars will be featured at a third possible photo-op. All photos will be available for free download online. You can also get your face painted and take home a balloon animal.

Plus free cookies, popcorn, milk, and punch thanks to the generosity of 365ink Magazine, Diamond Jo Casino, Fareway Stores, Prairie Farms Dairy,, Meyer Photography, Five Flags Center, Dollar Tree, the Dubuque Fire Department, and Radio Dubuque.

Put it all together and you’ve got a kid party to beat all kid parties…and it’s Christmas!

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