December Events

Moline, IL
December 1
19th Century Christmas

A Quad Cities tradition is just around the corner – 19th Century Christmas at Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House in Moline, Ill., is Sunday, December 1 from 12-5 p.m.  Free family activities are planned for all ages, from Santa handing out books to children in the Butterworth Education Center to cookies and punch for all visitors in the elegant Butterworth Center dining room.  More info

Eldridge, IA
December 6
Hometown Holiday

Join us in downtown Eldridge, Iowa, as we celebrate the Christmas season! Businesses will be opening their doors from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to welcome you with treats, drinks, or goodies.  Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, visit with Santa, roast marshmallows, and watch the sky lanterns fade into the night sky! More info

Davenport, IA
December 6-7
Christmas in the Village

It’s a family tradition for over 40 years in the Village of East Davenport.  Come and enjoy carolers, children’s activities, Nativity scene and petting zoo with animals, and, of course, Santa will be there along with other holiday characters.  6-9 p.m. each night.  There will be Winter Sparkle fireworks on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m.  The Village is located at Mound & 11th Street, Davenport, Iowa. More info

Davenport, IA
December 6-7

Join us for 100+ of the Midwest’s best artisans in handmade, vintage, sweet treats, and crafty kids at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St. in Davenport, Iowa. Live, festive music provided by the River Music Experience.  Admission: suggested $2 donation to be given directly to the River Music Experience to help fund youth music education in the Quad Cities.  Find gifts for everyone on your list, enjoy a cocktail and get festive with us!  Hours: Friday 6-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info

LeClaire, IA
December 6-8
Christmas in LeClaire

The charming village of LeClaire, Iowa, is transformed into a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting with its delightful shopping, trolley rides, activities, bazaar, Santas from around the world, craft demonstrations with a wooden shoe maker and chainsaw carver, and breakfast with Santa.  On Saturday there is an Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K at 10 a.m.  Christmas in LeClaire is where Santa comes to shop.  LeClaire is located 20 minutes outside of the metro Quad Cities (just off I-80 on Hwy 67).  More info

Davenport, IA
December 7-8

Christkindlmarkt includes over 45 vendors with traditional European crafts and fresh greenery, Christmas trees, candles, and treats at the Freight House, 421 W. River Drive in downtown Davenport, Iowa.  Enjoy the traditional Christkindlmarkt favorites such as gluhwein (German mulled wine), hot chocolate, and pretzels, along with seeing the German legendary characters such as Christkind, Krampus, and St. Nicholas.  Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Shuttles available to take you to Christmas in the Village and OMG Beckyfest. More info

Rock Island, IL
December 7-13
Season of Light

The John Deere Planetarium at Augustana College will be presenting its annual holiday program on December 7-13.  Using images, video, animation and sound, the program tells the story of how our holiday traditions are connected to the sky above. December is the darkest month of the year and people all over the world have held festivals, lit candles and tried to bring light to the darkness of the winter sky. The planetarium show is offered Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and weekday evenings at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required.  For reservations, go to

Davenport, IA
December 8
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train entertains hundreds of thousands of people, celebrating 21 years of collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America. Every pound and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community.  It stops near Modern Woodmen Park in downtown Davenport, Iowa, at 9 p.m. for a performance until 9:45 p.m.  Attendees are asked to bring money or a heart-healthy donation for their local food bank. More info

Bettendorf, IA
December 8

One of our most deer-ly beloved events is back again with lots of wintry fun activities for all ages from 12-5 p.m. at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa.  Meet a real reindeer and have your picture taken with Santa!  Make a variety of holiday crafts, enjoy performances by the Family Museum Dance Company (A Nutcracker “Sweet”), the Quad City Symphony Youth Choir, and other local musical groups.  A $1 cash or canned food donation for the River Bend Foodbank is all you need for admission (members, too!). Cash donations are preferred as every dollar donated provides FIVE meals for those in need. More info

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