‘Tis the season: Holiday events, Santa, and more around the Quad Cities Area

Browse this list for a variety of events throughout the holiday season around the Quad City area.
Browse this list for a variety of events throughout the holiday season around the Quad City area.
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 3:03 PM CST
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(KWQC) - ‘Tis the season for holiday events around the Quad Cities. Join in all holiday fun the area has to offer.

Browse this list for a variety of events throughout the holiday season around 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 event visit the KWQC Community Calendar.

Community Coat Drive:

Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Metropolitan Community Church on West Locus in Davenport or at the Dahl Ford Dealership.

They are asking for coats, blankets, sleeping bags, hats, scarfs, gloves, socks, earmuffs and more. Distribution will be Dec. 9 and 10.

Weed Park Festival of Lights:

Muscatine’s historic Weed Park will shine brightly from Dec. 3 through Dec. 26 with beautiful displays provided by those who have adopted areas within the park.

Viewers will be able to drive through the spectacle from 5:30-7:30 p.m. daily beginning at the Washington Street entrance and proceeding to the Colorado Street exit, Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department said. Non-perishable goodwill food donations may be deposited in the container at the Washington Street entrance to benefit local food pantries.

Rock Island Library’s Tuneful Tuesday:

Dec. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. enjoy holiday music by a small group from the River Bend Bronze Handbell Ensemble in the Community Room of the Downtown Library at 401 19th Street.

Tuneful Tuesdays are free and open to the public, and while registration is not required, masks are. The free music series is made possible by sponsorship from Carol and James Horstmann.

Rock Island Library Family Crafternoon:

Dec. 8 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. join for a surprise Family Crafternoon from 2:30 to 5:30 pm at the Rock Island Southwest Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road.

Families can drop in during event hours to complete a fun holiday craft. The event is free and does not require registration. The event coincides with a Wednesday early-out day for elementary schools in the Rock Island/Milan School District #41. Masks are required.

The library’s Teen Services department will also offer a grab-and-go craft kit for ages 12 and up. Register via the library’s event calendar to reserve a kit to make a felt plush toy. A few kits will also be available on a drop-in basis while supplies last. Both pre-registered and drop-in kits will be available for pick up at Rock Island Library locations.

For more services and events at the library, visit the library website at, call 309-732-READ, and follow the Rock Island Library on social media.

2021 Lucia Nights in Historic Bishop Hill

Bishop Hill invites you to join our 2021 Lucia Nights celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 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 wearing a long white robe and encircling her head was a crown of candles. Legend has it that Lucia appeared on a ship laden with food. When the ship was unloaded, both it and Lucia vanished. Girls in Sweden today wake their families on Dec. 13 carrying a tray of Lucia buns while dressed in a white robe and wearing a crown of candles.

Lucia Nights begins in Bishop Hill with the Lighting of the Park Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Dec. 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 greet guests. Around the village, each building will have a single candle in every window, and sidewalks will also be illuminated by candles. Restaurants are open both evenings. Special Christmas gifts will be on sale.

On both evenings, Bishop Hill will be hosting a wide variety of free Christmas activities. At the Fire Station, the Peoria Cooperative Academy Madrigal Singers will be performing each night 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 be playing a variety of Christmas and folk music from 6 to 9 p.m. The VASA National Archives will have a closing reception for their Local Lodge Names exhibit. Also at the Archives, storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will share a medley of Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories and songs from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition, the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will host its annual Soup and Chili Supper, beginning at 4 p.m. A free-will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal. Finally, the 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 numerous local businesses. This event is also partly funded by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more details, call 309-927-3899 or view

Holiday Tour of Lights

The Galva Arts Council will be hosting a Holiday Tour of Lights on Dec. 11 to showcase festive houses. The winner will receive a sign for their yard and a gift card.

The Tour begins at the Galva Arts Council building in Galena, Ill. where you can grab a map and voting sheet. Drive around and enjoy all of the festive houses between 5:30-7:30 p.m. Afterwards, vote for your favorite display and enjoy light refreshments at the Arts Council building. There is no fee for the event, but donations are appreciated.

For more information contact the Arts Council at, 563-293-6986 or via Facebook.

Live Nativity Program Coming to Davenport:

From Dec. 16-18 the New Life Baptist Church, located at 7780 W. Locust St in Davenport, will hold a live Nativity program again this holiday season. This program will include Mary riding in on a donkey, an angel appearing to shepherds, as well as wisemen journeying from the east. The scene will have live animals, real characters, and heart touching narration to music in an authentic looking setting.

Pastor, Dr. Roger Vester, invites the public to this free program to discover the real meaning of Christmas and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. No tickets or preregistration required. Show times are at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. each night the live nativity scene is open.

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

Located at the Moline City Center from Nov. 27 to Dec. 31 see 30,000 Christmas lights, 1,000 feet tinsel, specialty cocktails, surprise visits from Santa and more. Analog Arcade Bar said the event is open Tuesday through Sunday and family-friendly until 9 p.m., DJ’s on Friday and Saturday nights through the event.

Fejervary Holiday Lights Show with Davenport Parks

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

Thursday nights are “throwback Thursday” the show will rewind to 2019 and 2020 shows.

Vander Veer Poinsettia and Lights Display with Davenport Parks

Davenport Paks set up Vander Veer Botanical Park with white lights illuminating walkways throughout the park, the rose garden, and the Grand Allée.

In the Conservatory, Davenport Paks said the annual Poinsettia Show, a holiday spectacular featuring countless poinsettias and a multitude of lights as well as the Gingerbread Village holiday display, will open to the public on Nov. 27 through Jan. 9, Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and extended Saturday hours through Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Conservatory is closed on Mondays. There is no admission fee for the Conservatory.

Rock Island Parks and Recreation Holiday events

  • Letters from Santa

Let Santa tell your children they’ve been good, but need to clean their room more, Rock Island Parks said. Have Santa compliment good grades or an accomplishment!

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

  • You’ve Been GRINCHED!

Be as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel this holiday season and treat your friends or family to a Grinchy surprise, the rock island parks said.

Parks staff will deliver and place signage and twenty “rotten eggs” in their yard for 24 hours and then Parks staff will remove the signs, the Rock Island parks said. They will also receive a note telling them who Grinched them. 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 Dec. 15 to Dec. 23. Call 309-732-7275 or register online at

  • Santa

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

Check back for more holiday events in the Quad Cities area to be added.

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