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by Jessica Waytenick • October 12, 2017

NOVEMBER 2017 Quad Cities – The Quad Cities is well known for its lively festival schedule during the summer months, and many visitors return for a fun-filled holiday season.  During November and December, nine separate events centered on downtowns and villages in the area attract thousands of people to ring in the holiday season with holiday walks, shopping, sleigh rides, Swedish specialties, lights, entertainment, and fireworks.

Holiday Hop – Friday, Nov. 17

Head down to the Moline Centre and join in the festivities!  Local retailers showcase their businesses and offer great specials, door prizes, music, food and beverages starting at 4 p.m.  Stick around and enjoy the beautiful lights along 5th Avenue, the creative Christmas trees and other seasonal decorations.  Santa is certain to make an appearance!  For more information, call 309-524-2054 or visit www.molinecentre.org

Lighting on the Commons – Saturday, Nov. 18

Come to the John Deere Commons in downtown Moline, Illinois, and enjoy the free Lighting on the Commons event from 3:30-6:00 p.m.  Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride; meet Santa and Mrs. Claus; listen to carolers and performing groups; warm-up with cider, hot cocoa and cookies; and take part in children’s activities.  Join in the festivities as nearly ½ million lights and fireworks brighten the skies in the Commons area and along the Moline Riverfront at 6:00 p.m.  The Quad City Mallards have a hockey game at 7 p.m. at the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Dr. in downtown Moline.  Get a free kid’s ticket with an adult ticket purchase.  For more information, visit www.lightingonthecommons.com

Julmarknad – Nov. 24-26 & Dec. 2-3
This annual Swedish Christmas Market takes place in the historic village of Bishop Hill and is reminiscent of medieval Scandinavian markets.  Seasonal Swedish folk characters roam the village and there is music and Swedish food specialties.  Enjoy the Chocolate Walk at the Dairy Building. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Bishop Hill is located 60 minutes south of the Quad Cities in between Cambridge and Kewanee, Illinois.  For more information, call 309-927-3345 or visit www.bishophill.com.

Walnut Grove Christmas Walk – Sunday, Nov. 26
Enjoy the historic buildings beautifully decorated at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village from 12-4 p.m.  Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy make & take crafts, refreshments, and much more.  Admission is free with a North Scott Food Pantry Donation!  Walnut Grove in the Scott County Park in Long Grove, Iowa, was a Scott County crossroads settlement and stagecoach stop in the 1860s.  For more information, call 563-328-3283 or visit www.scottcountyiowa.com

Christmas in the Village – Friday, Dec. 1-Saturday, Dec. 2

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. 2 at 9 p.m.  The Village is located at Mound & 11th Street, Davenport, Iowa.  For more information, call 563-323-8868 or visit www.villageofeastdavenport.com.

Holly Days – Friday, Dec. 1
Get into the holiday spirit during the Christmas Walk in Aledo, Ill., and enjoy food, drinks and holiday cheer from 5-8 p.m.  The warming station includes hot cocoa, hot cider and coffee for $.50 cup and free popcorn.  Buy a $5.00 raffle ticket to win gift baskets.  Holly Days begins on Friday night with an Aledo Main Street Electric Parade at 5:30 p.m.  Aledo, Ill., is located about 25 minutes south of the metro Quad Cities.  For more information, call 309-582-2751 or visit www.aledomainstreet.com.

Christmas in LeClaire - Friday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 3
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).  For more information, call 563-289-4242, ext. 61135 or visit www.visitleclaire.com

Gallery Hop! – Friday, Dec. 8

Gallery Hop! showcases local and regional artists in many downtown locations including galleries, restaurants, retail shops, and entertainment venues Downtown Rock Island from 6-10 p.m.  Find unique gifts to give to your loved ones!  For more information, contact the Downtown Rock Island Partnership at 309-788-6311 or visit their website at www.downtownrockisland.org

Lucia Nights Festival of Lights – Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9

Historic Bishop Hill, Ill., holds its Lucia Nights celebration from 6-9 p.m. both evenings.  Around the village, each building will have a single candle in each window and sidewalks will be illuminated by luminaries.  Each business and museum will be open until 9:00 p.m. and will have a Lucia girl serving cookies.  Activities begin on Friday with the lighting of the park Christmas tree with poetry and holiday singing.  www.bishophill.com

Discover these and many more marvels on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities.  Contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com.

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

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Media Contact – Jessica Waytenick, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, 309-736-6827 or jwaytenick@visitquadcities.com

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