Holiday festivities. Bald eagles. Great skiing, snowboarding, and fun for the whole family. Winter in the Quad Cities doesn't mean sitting at home and staring out the window.

Whether you're an thrill-seeker hunting for a great slope or an arts enthusiast looking for the warm comfort of a world-class museum, we've got an affordable getaway that you won't forget. Check out some of our recommendations below, or dive into our interactive events calendar for a comprehensive look at all there is to see and do during this great season.
Go on a bald eagle safari Bald eagles are the ultimate snowbirds! They migrate south from Canada and end up in our backyard. From December through February, these magnificent birds gather along the wooded bluffs along the Mississippi River to spend the winter.
Explore more Learn the best ways to see a bald eagle in its native habitat
Email bald eagle naturalist Bob Motz to schedule a personal bald eagle safari
Check out our bald eagle video with spotting tips and an interview with Bob Motz
Enjoy a winter wonderland Discover our winter wonderland filled with marvelous outdoor activities. Downhill skiing, snowboarding, and a fun-filled tubing hill can all be found at Ski Snowstar. Quiet cross country skiing and hiking opportunities await you at our forest preserve and parks. The Quad Cities has you covered with outstanding winter adventures!
Explore more Go bald eagle watching
Enjoy winter hiking and cross-country skiing at Black Hawk State Historic Site, Loud Thunder Forest Preserve or Scott County Park
Get your downhill skiing thrills at Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park
Embark on an indoor adventure Being inside in the winter doesn't mean that you have nothing to do. No matter your interest or your age, we have a great museum to suit your tastes. Get out of the cold and learn a little something new.
Explore more Bring your family to the Putnam Museum and explore the interactive science center
Find your inner art enthusiast at the award-winning Figge Art Museum
Kids of all ages will love the newly-renovated Family Museum
View our full list of Museums & History for more great ideas
Join the holiday festivities From the incredible Festival of Trees to a huge balloon parade, Christmas light tours, unique holiday shopping, and much more, the Quad Cities is a great destination to bring the light of the holidays into your life.
Explore more Learn more about Festival of Trees
Check out the annual holiday parade on the Saturday before Thanksgiving
Pay a visit to the historic Deere mansions for the annual 19th Century Christmas celebration
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