As per our privacy policy, Marketplace Events is a permission-based email sender. We do not share, rent, or sell any email lists. 

The Des Moines Holiday Boutique does not print or mail the Vendor Kit.  All information can be found in the Vendor Kit and the links below.

Vendor Kit – Click Here

Please note that this page is always being updated as new information becomes available. 

Additional Questions?
Contact Kelsey Jackson, Show Coordinator

816.601.2701 |


It is required for all vendors to incorporate holiday decor in your booth.


On November 10th from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Holiday Boutique turns a unique shopping experience into a party with a special Girls Night Out on Friday - complete with music, entertainment and fabulous door prizes!

You can reach shoppers and gain more exposure at the show by providing a gift certificate from your business. 

Click Here to learn more.

Deadline to donate is Friday, October 13th, 2023.

Want additional exposure as an Artisan? 

Our Artisan designation only cost $60, and you get the following benefits.

  • 12”x12” floor decal on the aisle in front of your booth
  • Listed as an Artisan on our feature page of the website under “Artisan Vendors” with your logo and booth number.
  • Potential for onsite PR (no guaranteed) if requested by media. 


Click Here to apply.

Artisan Vendor application deadline is Friday, October 13th, 2023.


FridayNovember 10th10:00 am - 9:00 pm
SaturdayNovember 11th9:00 am - 7:00 pm
SundayNovember 12th10:00 am - 5:00 pm



There have been a number of spam emails offering our attendee lists. These are scams and the senders are unauthorized to use the Marketplace Events’ name. These scammers are attempting to receive monies from exhibiting companies without providing anything in return. These emails are not approved by Marketplace Events, and Marketplace Events would never ask for bank information or other sensitive information over email.  

CLICK HERE for more information.

Move-In Schedule

Each vendor will be assigned a specific date and time to set up their booth. These assignments will be communicated via color-coded map posted below 30 days prior to move-in.  Driving into the building, if feasible, is only allowed during your assigned date and time. Hand carry or pushcart move-in is allowed any time during and/or after assigned time.

If a vendor will be using a vehicle as part of their booth space, vehicles Keys MUST be given to Show Management once parked in booth.

Click here to view the move-in map. 


Parking is available north of the Iowa Events Center for a fee, with entrances off the following streets:
3rd Street
5th Avenue
Crocker Street

The Iowa Events Center surface parking lots offer the closest and most convenient access to the facility. ADA Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Debit, Credit Cards, and Cash are all accepted for payment.

City parking garages are located throughout downtown with convenient skywalk access to the Iowa Events Center. Street parking is available throughout downtown with the convenience of parking meters.

Vehicles may unload their product, equipment, etc. at the building, but quickly move to these designated areas after unloading. Throughout the scheduled event, if trucks need to restock, opportunities for unloading will be accommodated.

Vendors are able to park their trailers in the far North parking lot located off of 5th street. *Based on availability 

Click here to view the parking map.



Dismantling of displays is not permitted until 5:01 pm on Sunday, November 12th.

General Move-Out Hours:

Sunday, November 12th: 5:01 pm - 10:00 pm

Show Decorator | Gilbert Exposition Management Services

Vendors are responsible for flooring (required for all booths.) You may supply your own tables and chairs or rent from the show decorator. An advanced purchase discount is offered & will ensure availability of all needed items.

As an vendor, you will automatically receive an introduction email from GEMS with a Username and Temporary Password.

After you’ve logged on you will be able to order services.  Should you have any questions or need to have the introduction e-mail resent, please contact GEMS by phone at 214.388.5722 Ext 1 or e-mail

Order Online

Discount Deadline is Monday, October 23rd, 2023.

Electric | Utilities | Internet 

To purchase any of these services please visit the Iowa Events Center website or contact Exhibitor Services at 515.564.8018.  An advanced purchase discount is offered.

Order Online

Discount Deadline October 7th, 2023.

Electrical Do's & Don'ts- Click Here

Food Sampling

The City of Des Moines & the Iowa Events Center requires that all vendors sampling food during the show have a temporary food service permit.

Temporary License Application

Event Sample Authorization Form

Temporary Food Operation Guide

Deadline is Friday, October 6th, 2023

Insurance Needs

Our shows have all been set up so vendors can apply using this link: Exhibitor Insurance Application

A few things to be aware of:

  • Vendors will have to pick the show from a drop-down list that includes shows other than just those run by MPE. 
  • Marketplace Events is not selling this insurance and doesn’t profit from it in any way.  This is simply a resource for those vendors who don’t already have the required insurance coverage per their contracts.  They do not have to purchase this.

The Insurance clause is #5 on the Terms and Conditions page of all booth space contracts.  For easy reference, vendors are required to have:

  • Comprehensive General Liability and All Risk Property insurance
  • Coverage must be from the start of move in to the end of move out
  • Coverage of at least $1,000,000 for each separate occurrence
  • Name Marketplace Events LLC and the venue as additional insured
  • Provide a copy of certificate of insurance to MPE

Iowa Sales Tax Information

For information regarding sales taxes prior to the event please visit the Iowa Department of Revenue website.

Hotel Information

We have negotiated discounted rates during the show at the following hotels:

Des Moines Marriott Downtown (connected to IEC via skywalk)
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Click Here to reserve your room for $139/night
Booking Deadline is 5pm CST, October 8, 2023


Your basic listing will be uploaded to the website when you book your booth. Within 24 hours you will receive an automated email to enhance your listing. This link can be used multiple times and you can make updates and changes to your listing until ONE day after the show commences. If you have any questions regarding the online vendor listing or do not receive the link, please email


Need help with your listing?
View the tutorial video - and the FAQs.
To see some samples, visit the Interactive Exhibitor List section of the website.



Share your show pics or your holiday décor and celebrations with us.

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Hashtags: ##DSMHolidayBoutique #HolidayBoutique

In efforts to protect potential joint customers from fraudulent events and scammers, we request that you do not create your own Facebook Event. This helps us manage ticket sales for the event, and ensures that our team are available to support both exhibitors and potential attendees with any questions, comments, or concerns that they have. Please feel free to reach out to your show manager or show marketing manager with your companies’ Facebook page and we can add you as a co-host to the official event.

Click Here to go to our Facebook Event for 2023.

Click Here for the Social Media Marketing Kit


The Holiday Boutique SHOP will be available to all holiday show vendors in 2023! 


One store, ONLINE. All the shows!  Opening on August 15th, the shop will be promoted to multiple markets and display products from sellers across multiple shows – that means more shoppers! If you have yet to receive your invitation to be a part of a brand-new way to connect with shoppers online and beyond the show floor, connect with us.  Reach out now to receive your invitation to start selling at


Bring potential customers to the show by providing this ticket discount on your website.

Just follow the below steps:

1. Click "access web button" to save a copy of the button (once open, right click & save the image).
2. Have your web developer upload the web button to your website.

3. Once the button is uploaded have your web developer link the button to:

Contact us today!

Marc H Gary, Show Manager     816.601.2707

Sherri Huffman, Exhibit Sales Consultant    816.601.2704

Kelsey Jackson, Show Coordinator   816.601.2701