Tis the season for holiday events! The most magical time of the year is here and I am excited to share all the amazing holiday events happening in the Quad City area. There is never an excuse that there’s nothing to do!

Below, I’m sharing the Macaroni Kids Quad Cities Top Picks for December – and if you want to make sure you don’t miss a single awesome event, sign up for our free weekly newsletter, jam-packed with local events every single week. You’ll never hear “I’m bored” again.

Related post: QCMB Fall Family Fun Guide


Elf the Musical

Nov 8th-Dec 30th

See Buddy the Elf at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse this holiday season. Runs through Dec. 30th.


Santa at the Crib

Dec 2nd

Let us help you get ready for the Christmas season!! Come shop the Crib for Christmas Gifts, fresh cut Frasier Fir Christmas Trees, Handmade Wreaths, Poinsettias and more. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and s’mores while you visit with SANTA!!!


Brunch with Santa- Hotel Blackhawk

Dec 3rd

Join us for Brunch with Santa at Bix Bistro on Sunday, December 3rd from 9am-1pm. Reservations recommended, call 563.484.5900 today!


Family Museum’s Winter Fest

Dec 3rd

There will be plenty of wintry and fun activities for all ages. Guests can make a variety of holiday crafts and enjoy a dance performance from the Family Museum Dance Company.


Breakfast and Bowling with Santa

Dec 9th

Guess who is coming to town — SANTA !!!!
Happy Joe’s and Lee’s Lanes is hosting a special event…. Breakfast and Bowling with Santa!!
Breakfast Buffet from 8AM-10AM


Geneseo Christmas Walk

Dec 9th

Children’s activities fill the afternoon with special crafts, face painting, writing letters to Santa making reindeer food, and much more. Children’s choirs will also be featured at various times throughtout the afternoon. As the Sun goes down the night heats up with the Walk’s ever-growing lighted parade at 5 p.m. People line the streets as music and twinkling lights fill the evening air. Numerous floats, marching musicians, and animal parade southward down State Street into the downtown district.


The Nutcracker- Quad Cities Ballet

Dec 9th

This well-known Holiday Classic choreographed by Artistic Director Courtney Lyon 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


Polar Express Holiday Workshop

Dec 12th

This family event is a great opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Polar Express themed holiday floral display while creating holiday ornaments and gifts! Materials and instruction for craft projects suitable to different skill levels will be provided along with some holiday cheer! Come during the day or afterdark to take in the beautiful lights.


Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer the Musical

Dec 13th

First airing in 1964, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER has become a beloved Christmas classic – capturing the hearts and wonder of generations of fans. Coming to the Adler theatre December 13th!


Polar Express Pajama Party

Dec 14-17

Families of all ages can expect tons of fun while attending a Polar Express Pajama Party. Along with the showing of The Polar Express 3D on our GIANT Screen in your pj’s there will be the following holiday activities: face painting, a hot chocolate station, a make-n-take sleigh bell station, holiday tic-tac-toe, a souvenir Putnam ornament and a lights-out adventure through the museum exhibits. Dec 14th – Dec 17th.


Supper with Santa

Dec 15th

Join us for an evening with your favorite man in the red suit! Bring your wish list and take a picture with Santa after dinner (parents remember to brin gyour cameras, we will not be taking Santa photos). We will have pizza, provided by Moline Happy Joe’s, refreshments and more!


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