‘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|Updated: Dec. 27, 2021 at 8:27 AM 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.

Winter Nights Winter Lights

The Quad City Botanical Center’s fifth annual Winter Nights Winter Lights exhibit powered by MidAmerican Energy Company is now open from 5 to 9 p.m. seven days a week through Jan. 2. It will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

The outdoor gardens are in winter bloom with over 160,000 glowing lights, showcasing our largest light display yet. Explore the Sun Garden, Children’s Garden, lawns, pond and pocket gardens of our outdoor light exhibit as you experience our largest fundraiser of the year. Bundle up, stroll the gardens at night and visit the outdoor events canopy for hot cocoa and treats for purchase by downtown Rock Island business Taste Buds.

Bring the kids for free crafts to make and take, do the scavenger hunt, shop for holiday gifts and take your own photos at one of many photo ops.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 12-15. Children younger than 2 are free. QC Botanical Center members and FunBundle members will receive $2 off admission.

Botanical Center and FunBundle members will get in for free on Wednesday nights throughout the duration of the exhibit.

Holiday Light Show in Muscatine

Muscatine area residents are enjoying the holiday light displays this season thanks to a collaborative effort between Musco Lighting, Muscatine Power and Water, and the City of Muscatine.

Synchronized music and light show is on display on the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge nightly throughout December. The bridge is outfitted with 44 LED lights donated by Musco Sports Lighting, making it one-of-a-kind and a must-see this holiday season.

The best view of the bridge show is at Riverside Park along the Mississippi River. The show is free to the public and starts at 6 pm. Viewers are encouraged to tune in to 87.9 on the radio to listen to holiday music.

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.

Great Revivalist Brew Lab Ms. Pac Man Mania Marathon:

Great Revivalist Brew Lab, located at 1225 S Oakwood Ave. Geneseo, premieres its month-long Ms. Pac Man Mania Marathon Dec. 1 to 31 with the winner announced at 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Players can compete with their family and friends (or complete strangers) for the highest score in Ms. Pac Man and a chance to win $500 cash.

Event rules: 1st Prize - $500.00, 2nd Prize - $300.00, 3rd Prize - $150.00; Highest score on December 31 determines the prize winners of the Ms. Pac Man Mania Marathon. 21 and over (no asking your kids to cheat for you). Must register at Great Revivalist Brew Lab for eligibility. Scores must be verified by Great Revivalist Brew Lab management. Players must sign in each time they play during Great Revivalist Brew Lab’s normal business hours (Closed Christmas Day) to be eligible. Players can play no more than $10 or a roll of quarters per session to promote fairness. Players & scores will be updated daily on Player Board in the Outer Rim, social media & Winners will be announced at 10 p.m., CST on New Year’s Eve at GRBL. Must be present to win. No fee to enter / No purchase necessary.

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.

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