Holiday events, Santa Claus and more around the Quad Cities area


(KWQC) – It’s the season for holiday events around the Quad Cities. Be part of all the vacation fun the region has to offer.

Browse this list for a variety of events throughout the vacation season in the Quad City area. If you don’t see an event on this list, email us at

For a list of all community events or to add your own, visit the KWQC Community Calendar.

Annual candy cane hunt

Friday at 6 p.m. at Riverside Park in front of Pearl City Station in Muscatine.

The event is sponsored by the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department.

Children will scramble to collect treats to keep and receive a prize for each candy cane found. “Special” candy canes will be dotted around the hunting area and can be redeemed at Pearl City Station for a special toy. The Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department has said the sugarcane hunt will take place in the dark, so bring a flashlight if you wish or will be available from sponsors.

Please contact the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department at 563-263-0241 for more information.

2021 Lucia Nights in Historic Bishop Hill

Bishop Hill invites you to join our celebration of Lucia Nights 2021 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 10 and 11.

This Swedish tradition is based on the legend of Saint Lucia, Queen of Light. During a famine in Sweden, on the longest and darkest night of the year, Lucia appeared in a long white dress and surrounded her head with a wreath of candles. Legend has it that Lucia appeared on a ship loaded with food. When the ship was unloaded, he and Lucia disappeared. Girls in Sweden today wake up their families on December 13 carrying a tray of Lucia buns, dressed in a white dress and wearing a wreath of candles.

Lucia Nights starts at Bishop Hill with the Illumination of the Park’s Christmas tree at 6 p.m. on December 10, with music provided by the Peoria Cooperative Academy Madrigal Singers. The public is invited to bring edible ornaments to hang on the tree. Businesses and museums will have Lucia Girls to welcome guests. Around the village, each building will have a single candle in each window, and the sidewalks will also be lit with candles. The restaurants are open both evenings. Special Christmas gifts will be on sale.

At the two evenings, Bishop Hill will host a wide variety of free Christmas activities. At the fire station, the Madrigal Singers of the Peoria Cooperative Academy will perform each evening at 6:15 p.m., followed by Jazz on the Side. at 7:30 p.m.

At the Steeple Building Museum, Hammer and Pick will play a variety of Christmas and folk music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The VASA National Archives will be hosting a closing reception for their exhibit on the names of local lodges. Also at the Archives, storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will share a mix of Swedish and pioneering Christmas stories and songs from 6 pm to 8 pm. pm A voluntary donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal. Finally, Colony Church will have Lucia and Tomte Selfie stations.

Lucia Nights is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Old Settlers’ Association. VASA National Archives, Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department and many local businesses. This event is also funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more details call 309-927-3899 or consult

Analog Arcade Bar and Lopiez Pizza host Super Awesome Christmas Time, a holiday pop-up

Located in downtown Moline from November 27 to December 31, discover 30,000 Christmas lights, 1,000 foot garlands, special cocktails, surprise visits from Santa Claus and more. Analog Arcade Bar said the event is open Tuesday through Sunday and suitable for families until 9 p.m., DJs on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the event.

Fejervary Holiday Light Show with Davenport Parks

Join Davenport Parks from the land of a car from November 27 to January 2, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Fejervary Learning Center. Each show lasts about 15 min. and starts every 30 min. Tune into 107.5 on the radio for the full stereo experience.

Thursday nights are “homecoming Thursdays”, the show will return to the 2019 and 2020 shows.

Vander Veer Poinsettia and Light Display with Davenport Parks

Davenport Paks has landscaped the Vander Veer Botanical Park with white lights illuminating the walkways of the park, rose garden and Grand Alley.

In the conservatory, Davenport Paks said the annual poinsettia show, a holiday show featuring countless poinsettias and a multitude of lights as well as the Gingerbread Village holiday exhibit, will open to the public from November 27 to January 9. , Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday extended until December 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Conservatory is closed on Mondays. There is no admission fee to the Conservatory.

Rock Island Parks and Recreation Vacation Events

Let Santa tell your kids that they’ve been nice, but need to clean their rooms more, Rock Island Parks said. Ask Santa to compliment a good grades or an accomplishment!

Rock Island Parks said the entry fee is $ 5. Call 309-732-7275 or register online at The registration deadline is December 11.

Be as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel this holiday season and give your friends or family a grinchy surprise, the Rocky Island Parks have said.

Parks staff will deliver and place signs and twenty “rotten eggs” in their yard for 24 hours, then park staff will remove the signs, Rock Island Parks said. They will also receive a note letting them know who has them cranky. Rock Island Parks said this program costs $ 20 and is a fundraiser to support youth programs.

Rock Island Parks and Recreation said it will be Grinching people from December 15 to 23. Call 309-732-7275 or register online at

The Parks Department has made arrangements with Santa to be available from December 11 through Christmas Eve, December 24, for home visits and group meetings. To cover Santa’s travel costs, a $ 50 fee will be charged for home visits, with fees for larger groups varying depending on the size of the group and the length of the visit, the Rocks said. Island Parks. Reservations will be taken until December 10 by calling 309-732-PARK (7275). Christmas Eve reservations are for Rock Island residents only.

Join the Rock Island Parks & Recreation Foundation for a Wine & Dine on December 2 at 6:30 p.m. to sample several holiday sparkling and red wines just in time for the holiday season.

Rock Island Parks said a special dinner will be provided by Riverfront Grille. The event costs $ 65 to participate and payment at the door will be available, but call 309-788-5635 to make a reservation by November 29 to reserve your spot.

Christmas in Davenport East Village:

On December 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., East 11th Street will be closed from Mound Street to Jersey Ridge Road during the event. The “Winter Sparkle” fireworks will take place at 8:30 p.m.

For over 44 years, people have been celebrating this FREE East Davenport Village event! It is made possible by the East Davenport Village Business Association, our sponsors, these great businesses and many volunteers.

Father Christmas will be at the International Fire Museum. The Grinch, an elf, Frosty the snowman and a reindeer will be in the village.

Please find these activities in participating businesses in the Village. Some are Scrooge with sporadically on the balcony above BREW, the Village Theater will be doors open and live music, Trolley Rides will board behind Camp McClellan Cellars on Jersey Ridge Road, Freddy’s Fritters will have a Pawsome Christmas Window with Santa Paws and Elves, Camp McClellan Cellars will be offering complimentary cranberry and apple mulled wine and free wine tasting, magician David Casas will be in the store from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Bayside Bistro will have Kids to go crafts, confectionery and Lagomarcino Cafe will have Whoville and Hot Chocolate characters for sale outside, Saints Fashion will have a free Christmas coloring book for kids, Royal T’s with a mini disco dance party and more to come. .

Brought to you by Smart Automotive, SENB Bank, Village of East Davenport Business Association and all small businesses in the Village of East Davenport.

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