QCMB Holiday Events Guide_MainWe’ve put together a list of fun & family-friendly activities to keep your family busy this holiday season. In our 2015 Quad City Holiday Event Guide, you’ll find Festive Events, Santa Sightings, Parades, Choreographed Light Shows, Christmas Tree Farms, Musical Performances, The Best QCA Sledding Hills, Skiing Slopes, and Races. There’s a little bit of everything to entertain the whole family and make some holiday cheer!


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Quad City Arts Festival of Trees (The RiverCenter) November 20-29 @ Times vary  Festival of Trees has attractions for the entire family! Guests can enjoy browsing the beautiful holiday displays designed by talented local designers, shopping for a present in our Tinsel Treasures Gift Shop, watching performances by local dance groups on CenterStage, listening to a story by the Book Tree, visiting Santa in the North Pole children’s activity center or stopping by the TreatShoppe to have a tasty treat. Tickets available at door – Adults $10, Children (2-10) $3, Seniors (60+) $6.

Holiday Kick-Off Family FREE Day (Figge Art Museum) November 21 @ All day  Stop by and help celebrate the start of the holiday season! Enjoy complimentary cookies and cocoa, decorate ornaments for display on the Figge’s trees or take home as a special memento. Free.

Lighting on the Commons (Moline Centre) November 21 @ 3:30pm, Official Lighting @ 6:00pm  Be a part of the holiday season kick-off celebration in Moline Centre with Lighting on the John Deere Commons!  This classic Quad Cities event is fun for the entire family.  Featuring a kids craft area, meet and greet with Santa and Mrs Claus, tractor and wagon rides throughout the downtown, cookies with hot chocolate & cider and of course lights and fireworks. Free.

Wallace’s Holiday Open House (Wallace’s Garden Center) November 21-22 @ 9:00am-5:00pm Bring the whole family to Wallace’s for our annual Holiday Open House and holiday inspiration. 20% off Holiday Decor and Pre-lit Trees. Popcorn, Coffee and Cookies. Train rides through our greenhouse. Family photo ops with our life-size santa and antique sleigh. Fresh christmas trees, greens, wreaths and garland. Indoor Polar Plunge Inflatable slide for the kids. Free.

SugarPlum Ball (Waterfront Convention Center) November 24 @ 6:00pm  A special daddy/daughter dance for the princess in your life, don’t miss this beloved holiday tradition! Dinner, dancing and excerpts from Circa ’21’s Youth Theater Musical series, “The Most Famous Reindeer of All”. A variety of fun raffle items available including the “Girl of the Year” American Girl Doll. Necker’s Jewelers also offering a keepsake sterling silver snowflake necklace for $30 with your ticket purchase. Recommended for princesses ages 4-16. Tickets: $50 each, reservations required.

Quad City Christmas Arts and Craft Fair (QC Expo Center, Rock Island) November 27-29 @ 10:00am-4:00/5:00pm  Largest indoor handicraft fair in the area with over 10,000 in attendance each year. The Quad City Christmas Arts & Craft Fair is 85% country crafts and 15% fine arts. $4 admission.

Christmas at the Village (Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, Long Grove) November 29 @ 12:00-4:00pm  Begin your holidays early with a historic walk through the beautifully decorated Village; complete with Friends of the Village in period costume. While there, enjoy craft demonstrations and sales, letters to Santa in the General Store, refreshments at the soda fountain, holiday music, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free with a donation of nonperishable goods for the North Scott Food Pantry.

Frozen Sing-Along Sundays (Putnam Museum) Sundays @ 4:15pm starting November 29 – December 27th  Experience Frozen, the hit musical comedy from Walt Disney Animation Studios, like never before in an all-new, full-length Sing-Along Edition! Follow the lyrics with a bouncing Frozen snowflake. Join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and a snowman named Olaf – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. It’s pure enchantment – and full of fun for the whole family! Adults $8.50, Children (3-18) $7.00, Seniors $7.50.


Jingle Mingle Moms Night Out (Figge Art Museum) December 3 @ 7:00-9:00pm  A special Quad City Moms Blog event! The holidays are a time of merriment, magic, and STRESS for mommas everywhere! The Quad City Moms Blog JINGLE MINGLE will be a night of great food, warm drinks, amazing holiday giveaways, pampering, LIVE music, and tons of fun for moms! We have lots of things up our (Santa) sleeves. You’ll also help us give back! For every ticket purchased, we’ll be donating a Halo SleepSack to the Elizabeth Grace Sleepsack Project. These wearable blankets are given to local moms after delivery to keep our most precious gifts safe and warm. Amid all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we want to JINGLE and MINGLE with you! Your ticket gets you: food & drink, entry to Figge Art Museum (explore on your own or take a tour), a chance at a dozen wonderful giveaways, pampering stations, & a special gift to the first 100 moms! Tickets on sale Tuesday.

Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove (iWireless Center) December 3-6 @ Times vary  Get tangled up with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook & his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land!  Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice & the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards.  Save $5 on select tickets with offer code MOMS!*

Annual Holiday Workshop (Figge Art Museum) December 3 @ 6:00-8:00pm  Be the architect and builder of a dreamy gingerbread house during this cheerful holiday workshop. Marshmallow clouds, gumdrop sidewalks and cinnamon cereal roofs are just a few of the ideas you can use to create an imaginative and delicious house!Families can also create ornaments, gift cards, and print their own wrapping paper during this crafty bonanza. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Come early and enjoy a concert by Heartland Marimba Festival members. Pre-registration required. $15/family of 4 (members) or $20/family of 4 (non-members), $3 for each extra person, Free to children age 3 or younger.

Hometown Holiday (Eldridge-North Scott Chamber of Commerce) December 4th @ 5:30pm  Activities include a visit from Santa, Make S’mores at Wiese Park, Call the North Pole from Central Scott Telephone, Write a letter to Santa, Watch the Sky Lanterns, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Carolers, Snacks & More Activities at Downtown Businesses! Free.

Village Christmas Walk (Village of East Davenport) December 4-5 @ 6:00pm  Activities include: Santa Claus, Scrooge, Carolers and Musicians, Trolley Rides, Nativity With Animals, Santa will be in the Village Fire House, Scrooge will be at the Boyler’s Building, Awkward Christmas Photos at The Village Theatre – $5 charge, Kids Crafting Center In The Village Theatre, Face Painting at Lagomarcino’s, Petting Zoo & Nativity Scene at Gildea’s Pocket Park (corner of Mound St. and E. 11th St.), Meet The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, “Winter Sparkle” Fireworks: Saturday at 9 p.m. Most activities free.

Christmas in LeClaire (Downtown LeClaire, IA) December 4-6 @ All day  Strolling Santas from around the world. Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Breakfast with Santa at Happy Joe’s on Sat. from 8-10am. Mrs. Claus will be at Antique Archeology from 11am-2pm handing out candy canes. Stop at Best Days Photography and the kids can have their picture taken with one of the Strolling Santas. Kids will receive Christmas in LeClaire Dollars to buy gifts for their family at Santa’s Gift Shop (Civic Center parking lot) from 11am-4pm Sat. and Sun.Experience “The Miracle of Jesus” Sat. from 10am-3pm at the Masonic Lodge (2nd floor). Free trolley rides throughout the town on Sat. 11am-7pm and Sun. 11am-4pm. There will be face painting and a balloon artist at GraniteXact Sat. from 2-4pm. WQAD will have their “Selfie Set” on the patio at Mississippi River Distilling Co. Sat. from 12-3pm. Don’t miss Mississippi River Distilling Company’s First Friday and First Saturday events from 5:30-8pm. Free.

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Winter Sparkle Fireworks (Village of East Davenport) December 5 @ 9:00pm  Watch a winter fireworks show during the Village Christmas Walk. Free.

Handmade City (Figge Art Museum) December 5 @ 10:00am-5:00pm  Handmade Holidays! Shop QC’s indie craft show.

DeWitt’s Hometown Christmas (Downtown DeWitt, IA) December 5 @9:00am-7:00pm  Hometown Christmas is a free event to the public. Come spend the day in DeWitt and get into the Christmas spirit! Enjoy a Kid’s Christmas Carnival, Santa, Donuts, make-it take-it crafts, carnival prizes, Kid’s Christmas Movie, One Mile Hometown Holiday Hustle Fun Run, Live Window Walk, Lit Pickup Parade. Free.

19th Century Christmas (Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House) December 6 @ 12:00-5:00pm  A genuine, non- commercial holiday experience. Simple, heartfelt expressions of the season come to life through live music, festive holiday trimmings and homespun arts and crafts – all designed to help keep the season sweet, sane and simple. Santa Claus visit, free book for Santa’s first 400 visitors, performance by the Moline Boys Choir, face painting, caricature artist, art show, and children’s make-and-take crafts. Free.

Winterfest (Family Museum) December 6 @ 12:00-5:00pm  There will be a host of joyful family activities for everyone including dance performances from the Family Museum Dance Company dancers, holiday music performed by the Pleasant Valley High School Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, refreshments, fun activities such as snowpeople sculptures and handmade ornaments, and a visit from Santa. Admission is free with donation to the food pantry.

Putnam Explorers: Deck the Halls (Putnam Museum and Science Center) December 6 @ 1:30-3:30pm  Learn about circuits and electricity, then use what you’ve learned to make your own light- up seasonal card or ornament. Use stickers made in FabLab to personalize creation. Register online. $13 (non-members), $10 (member).


Milk & Cookies with Santa (Chick-fil-A) December 8 @ 9:30-11:00am  Santa Claus is coming to town! Join Quad City Moms Blog for a morning of fun! Meet Santa! Enjoy delicious cookies and food! Moms, refuel with a hot cup of Coffee! Decorate a ‘Cookies for Santa’ plate! Make a gingerbread house! High-five Santa’s cow assistant! Plus more Holiday Activities! YOU’LL ALSO HELP US GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY! We’re proud to be supporting the Coats for Kids charity. Coats for Kids provides winter coats to needy students in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities. Please bring a new or gently used coat, hat, gloves, or other winter gear to donate. RSVP here.

Holiday Train (Marquette, IA 52158) December 8 @ 5:05-5:45  A Marquette tradition, the annual Holiday Train will stop in the City. The Holiday Train is a rolling fundraising event that travels across Canada and the United States, raising money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues while hosting free holiday concerts along the way. Remember to bring a non-perishable food to help those in need as part of the experience. And enjoy the spectacular and unique light show! Free with food donation.

QC Holiday Expo (2101 16th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201) December 12 @ 8:00am-4:00pm  Holiday vendor and craft fair. Free admission.

Geneseo Christmas Walk (Downtown Geneseo) December 12 @ All day  Geneseo’s spirit sparkles downtown with Christmas magic in the air. Each storefront window has family, friends, and even some animals depicting various scenes. Enjoy chestnuts roasting and make memories for young and old. Join the Geneseo Jingle 5K run and other fun family activities during the afternoon. Don’t forget the lighted Christmas parade!

Season of Light Holiday Show (John Deere Planetarium) December 12-18, Weekdays @ 7:oopm & Weekends @ 2:00pm  Season of Light is a multimedia planetarium show that uses the sky projector, astronomical images, music and narration, all projected onto a 30-foot dome to tell the story of how holiday traditions are connected to the sky above. Free but RSVP here.

Elf Training Academy (LeClaire Library) December 15 @ 6:30pm  Children of all ages can train to become one of Santa’s elves by completing holiday games and crafts. A special guest will end the evening with a surprise! Free.

The Polar Express Pajama Party (Putnam Museum and Science Center) December 17-19 @ Movie times vary  Before the movie, the lights will be out in the museum exhibit halls for a scavenger hunt for Frosty’s pieces, so make sure to bring your flashlights! In addition to the movie, each ticket includes a cup of cocoa and a souvenir golden ticket. Youth tickets also include a sleigh bell with choice of ribbon, face painting, and holiday activities. Activities will end at 6pm, and will not be available after the movie. Adults $9.50, Youth (3-18) $13.00.


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NorthPark Mall (Von Maur Court) November 13 – December 24 @ Times vary  Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home. Pet photos with Santa available on December 14 from 6-8pm. Santa visit is free, photo price varies.

SouthPark Mall (Von Maur Court) November 13 – December 24 @ Times vary  Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home. Pet photos with Santa available on December 7 from 6-8pm. Santa visit is free, photo price varies.

Festival of Trees (The RiverCenter) November 20-29 @ Times vary  Located in the heart of the North Pole, Santa sits on his throne waiting for good little boys and girls to tell him their holiday wishes! Santa is available on his throne for visiting with children. Tickets available at door – Adults $10, Children (2-10) $3, Seniors (60+) $6.

Lighting on the Commons (Moline Centre) November 21 @ 3:30pm, Official Lighting @ 6:00pm  Featuring a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs Claus, kids craft area, tractor and wagon rides throughout the downtown, cookies with hot chocolate & cider and of course lights and fireworks. Free

Wallace’s Holiday Open House (Wallace’s Garden Center) November 21-22 @ 9:00am-5:00pm Free.

Village Christmas Walk (Village of East Davenport) December 4-5 @ 6:00pm  Santa will be in the Village Fire House. Free.

DeWitt’s Hometown Christmas (Downtown DeWitt, IA) December 5 @9:00am-7:00pm Enjoy Santa along with a Kid’s Christmas Carnival, Donuts, make-it take-it crafts, carnival prizes, Kid’s Christmas Movie, One Mile Hometown Holiday Hustle Fun Run, Live Window Walk, Lit Pickup Parade. Free.

Geneseo Christmas Walk (Downtown Geneseo) December 12 @ All Day


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Festival of Trees Holiday Parade (Starts at The RiverCenter) November 21 @ 10:15am  The largest helium-balloon parade in the Midwest. Over 20 large helium balloons, pageant queens, dance groups, bands, clowns, floats, tractors and unique antique cars will participate in this spectacular event. PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Lit Pickup Parade (Down 6th Ave, DeWitt, IA 52742) December 5 @ 5:30pm  Our newest addition is the Lit Pickup Parade down 6th Ave! For more details or for information on how to be a part of the parade visit thier Facebook Page. Free.

Geneseo Christmas Walk (Downtown Geneseo) December 12 @ 5:00pm As the sun goes down the night heats up with the Walk’s ever-growing lighted parade. People line the streets as music and twinkling lights fill the evening air. Numerous floats, marching musicians, and animals parade southward down State Street into the downtown district. After the parade, visitors can turn their gaze to the business-front windows.


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Kall Christmas Lights (1852 Westminster Circle, Davenport, IA) Show starts: November 28, Monday-Thursday 5:15-10:45pm / Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5:15-11:15pm / Sunday 5:15-10:45pm  Show starts with the “novelty” song (“The Mom Song” from last year), followed immediately by the first regular song of the evening. Songs on the half hour are always the new songs of the year, and the ones on the hour are the songs from last year. IF you see us outside in the driveway across the street for a show, we welcome people to come stand outside with us (weather permitting, of course) and watch from outside of their cars. We will have a radio with us. If we are NOT outside, there is no radio playing, and they won’t hear the music.

The 19th Street Light Show (1408 19th St, Bettendorf, IA) Show starts: December 6, Sunday-Thursday 5:30-10:00pm / Friday, Saturday 5:30-10:30pm. The display will run through January 4, 2015. No shows Dec 24th & 25th!

Blanchard St Christmas Train (2404 N Blanchard St, Davenport, IA) Show times:

The Brown’s Christmas Light Extravaganza (517 45th Ave, East Moline, IL) Show times:  Better than any ordinary display you might see, this one is programmed to music. Yes, that’s right, music! Amazing holiday songs will broadcast through your FM car radio on 98.3FM


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Weber’s Christmas Forest (27356 N. Weber Rd. Geneseo, IL 61254) Opens November 21, Friday/Saturday/Sunday @ 9:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday @10:00am-5:00pm Scotch Pine, Red Pine “Norway”, White Pine, Douglas Fir trees- saws, tree bailing, and tree shaking available. Gift shop and petting zoo. (Check their Facebook page for updates) $18.95-$29.95.

Kelly Tree Farm (1045 Stone Mill Rd. Tipton, IA 52772) November 27-29 @ 9:00am-5:00pm, December 4-6 @ 9:00am-5:00pm, from December 6 on @ check website  Over 1000 White Pine, Scotch Pine, and Canaan Fir up to 10 feet tall. Choose and cut your own fresh Christmas trees- saw provided. Large selection of fresh cut trees if you prefer not to cut your own tree. Potted evergreen trees to plant this fall available. Trees are shaken of any loose needles. Fresh Made Wreaths, Tree Stands, and Tree Removal Bags available for purchase. Most trees $40.

Jack Frost Pines (800 162nd Ave. Milan, IL 61264) November 27-29 @10:00am-4:30pm, December 5-6 @ 10:00am-4:30pm  Final Season. Ten acres of the finest choose and cut Christmas trees. Come to the farm and select white pine, scotch pines, fraser fir, concolor fir, douglas fir, or a korean fir. These trees are especially grown and shaped for your Christmas tree cutting. Free pine cones and candy canes for the children. Free Kling Cards–Christmas tree preservative for all trees. Prices vary.


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Big Rock Candy Christmas (The District Theatre) November 12-22 @8:00pm & Sundays at 2:00pm  The sequel to the District’s ever popular original bluegrass musical, BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, is back! The boys are back with an all new holiday adventure! When the actors set to perform A Christmas Carol end up too sick to perform, it’s up to the band to take the reigns and save the day. All of your favorite characters are back with a few surprises and some festive holiday tunes! All tickets $20.

Holiday Pops (Adler Theatre) November 20-21 @ 8:00pm & 2:00 on Saturday Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting adaptation of artistic performances seen in cultural centers the world over.  Artists are veterans of exceptional cirque events and include aerial flyers, acrobats, dancers, balancers, and spinners.  Each artist’s performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular holiday favorites – featuring both adult and children’s choirs – in collaboration with the Maestro. Featuring – We Wish You a Merry Christmas, The First Noel, Rocket Sleigh, Parade of Wooden Soldiers, movements from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, Deck the Halls, White Christmas and much more!  It’s a traditional holiday delight that everyone in the family will enjoy. Tickets $10-$75 available here.

A Wonderful Life (Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse) November 13-December 27 @ Times vary  In our tradition of presenting a holiday classic, A WONDERFUL LIFE certainly fits the bill. George Bailey’s story remains a timeless tale of dreams, love, and the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Based on the classic Frank Capra film starring James Stewart, the story closely follows the original plot, set in 1945, telling the story of a suicidal man whose guardian angel reveals to him how different the world and everyone whose life he has touched would be had he never been born. The matinee is a plated lunch served at the table with your choice of one of the options from above. Adults $50.16, Students (18 & under) $29.26, Seniors (60+) $48.16 available here.

The Most Famous Reindeer of All- Children’s Theatre (Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse) November 27-December 27 Brunch @ 11:00am, Show @ 12:00pm  The Most Famous Reindeer Of All is a twist on the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer story. Kids and parents can enjoy the classic story brought to life in a new musical adventure about a reindeer who simply wants to fit in. Along the way, Rudolph will encounter friends like Sammy The Snowflake and Ike the Elf. He will also face off against Evilla the Ice Witch! Brunch + show tickets Adults $20, Students (6-18) $18, Children (5 & under) $15. Show only tickets $10.50. Call to RSVP here.

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A Christmas Story: The Musical (Prospect Park Auditorium) December 3-6 @ 7:30pm + Sunday @ 2:00pm  Based on the classic 1983 holiday movie, “A Christmas Story, The Musical: follows young Ralphie Parker, a daydreamer from Indiana who spends his entire days counting down the most exciting day in any kid’s life: Christmas. All he wants is an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. See Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that his perfect gift ends up under the tree. “A Christmas Story, The Musical” captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown ups alike. Adults $16, Children $11. Call here RSVP.

Holiday Spectacular Concert (Figge Art Museum) December 3 @ 5:00pm  Heartland Marimba Festival members will perform a fun and upbeat program of holiday selections on marimbas, dulcimer, sleigh bells, orchestra bells and glass xylophone, with singers! Stay for a special holiday-themed gallery tour following the concert. Free.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells (Galvin Fine Arts Center) December 5-6 @ 3:00pm  A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling Junie B. Jones book series by Barbara Park. An SAU holiday tradition you won’t want to miss! Adults $9, Faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens $8, Non-SAU students/children $8. RSVP here.

A Christmas Carol (The District Theatre) December 10-12, 17-20 @ 8:00pm & December 13, 20 @2:00pm   Based on Charles Dickens’ classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul. This new musical with an original adaptation with a new book by Tristan Layne Tapscott and new music and lyrics by Danny White, follows an older man writing down his memories of an older gentleman he once knew. As we hear his stories we travel back in time where we meet Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys and colorful characters, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. All tickets $20.

The Nutcracker (Adler Theatre) December 12-13  Ballet Quad Cities presents The Nutcracker. This well-known holiday classic comes to life in Ballet Quad Cities’ own enchanting production. Lavish costumes and magnificent scenery blend with beautiful choreography to create the most delightful fantasy ever. With live music provided by Orchestra Iowa, this is one holiday production that you won’t want to miss! Cameo appearance by the Quad City Symphony’s Children Choir. Adults $18-$36, Seniors & Students $14-$28, Children (12 & Under) $10.50-$19.50 available here.

Tuba Christmas (SouthPark Mall in Younkers Court) December 12 @ 2:00pm  Celebrate the holiday season with a Quad City tradition. Go to listen or go to play! All tuba players are invited to participate- more info on their website! Free.

Lighter Theatre (Adler Theatre) December 18 @ 7:30pm  Quad City Arts’ Festival of Trees presents Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry and poignant story telling. Tickets $21-$38 available here.


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Davenport: Lindsey Park, Fejervary Park, Duck Creek Park, Garfield park, Truman Elementary

Bettendorf: Veterans Memorial Park

Rock Island: Lincoln Park

Moline: Moline High School

Milan: Camden Park

Silvis: Schadt Park

Hampton: Illiniwek Park


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Ski Snowstar Winter Park (9500 126th West Andalusia, IL 61232) Early December – mid-March  Downhill skiing (all levels), snowboarding, tubing, equipment rentals, and lessons available. Family skiing facility with 28 acres of fun and excitement served by 2 quad-lifts, 1 double, and 2 rope tows. Tube hill is another great way to enjoy the winter. Prices vary.

Chestnut Mountain Resort (3577 South Blanding, Hanover, IL 61041) Scheduled Opening Day- Weather Permitting: Friday, November 27 @ 9am to 9pm  Chestnut Mountain now possess one of the largest snowmaking system in the Midwest. This first rate system consists of 70 strategically placed snowmaking machines & five 300 HP Vertical Turbine Pumps that cover more than 60 acres of ski-able terrain. This dazzling display of power gives Chestnut the ability to produce mountains of snow and open early as you can see from the past two seasons. Prices vary.

Sundown Mountain Resort (16991 Asbury Rd. Dubuque, IA 52002) One of the best Midwest ski resorts and the premier destination to take your family (of all abilities) skiing and snowboarding this winter- offering 21 runs, 2 terrain parks, 4 lifts with 2 conveyor carpets and 475 feet of vertical. Prices vary.


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Galesburg Turkey Trot (Galesburg, IL) November 22 @9:00am 40th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Run/walk. Register here.

YMCA Turkey Trot (Davenport, IA) November 26 @ 9:00am  Races include: 1-Mile Family Fun Run, 5-Mile Certified Run/Walk, 2-Person Relay, Les Mills Mash-Up, Out of Town Trotter. The race finishes on West 2nd Street, Downtown Davenport – in front of the Davenport Family YMCA. Free refreshments are available inside the Davenport YMCA afterwards. Register here.

Good Hope Turkey Trot (Good Hope, IL) November 26 @ 8:00am We are a family-friendly race and we welcome anyone to come and join us on Thanksgiving morning. All the proceeds of the race will be benefitting the Golden Apple Foundation. Register here.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk (Credit Island, Davenport, IA) December 5 @ 10:00am  Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Register here.

One Mile Hometown Holiday Hustle Fun Run (DeWitt Community Center 512 10th Street DeWitt, IA) December 5 @ 4:30pm  Registration starts at 3:30 at the Dewitt Community Center, 4:00 Costume Contest Judging, 4:15 Costume Awards, 4:30 1 Mile Run/Walk.

Reindeer Ramble (IBEW Union Hall, Moline, IL) December 6 @ 9:00am  Register here.

Jingle Run/Walk (Geneseo, IL) December 12 @ 8:30am  5K run/walk through Geneseo. 3.1 wheel-measured, flat course, city streets. Participants are encouraged to wear Christmas themed costumes and awards will be given to various costumed participants. Register here.

Santa Fun Run (1318 4th Ave. Moline, IL 61265) December 12 @ 2:00pm  Plan for Adventure is hosting its inaugural Santa Fun Run, ending with a Holiday Party at PFA’s new location! You can join for a part of it, or all of it! The run will be a 5K route at 3pm in downtown Moline, with plenty of holiday cheer along the way. There will also be a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run at 2pm, where they will get to run with Santa and his Adventure Reindeer! Photos with Santa will be available after the run. Adults $30, Kids $10. Register here.


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Don’t see YOUR favorite holiday event? We’ll be regularly updating this page throughout the holidays, but we’d love your help! Share an event with us and we may add it to the list!

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