There are 6 less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, and everyone has been itching to turn on the holiday lights. Well…the lights are definitely on now so plan your driving tour and December nights at these popular Quad Cities locations. Or book a light tour with a local limo or trolley company.
Winter Nights Winter Lights
The outdoor gardens of the Quad City Botanical Center are in winter bloom this December with 100,000 glowing lights during Winter Nights Winter Lights. Bundle up and stroll the gardens at night from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday starting December 4, 2019. Then come inside to warm up at the hot chocolate bar. Bring the kids for crafts and cocoa or plan your visit on a special event day.
Also open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and the night of New Year’s Day. Exhibit ends January 4, 2020.
Winter Nights Winter Lights Admission: Adults 16+: $8; Youth 2-15: $4; Under 2: Free. Members of the Quad City Botanical Center receive a $2 discount.
Visit from Santa: Enjoy the Winter Nights Winter Lights display on December 13-14. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 5-8 p.m. and take your photos.
Date Nights: Enjoy live music and seasonal cocktails at the cash bar on December 5 and 19.
Champagne and Roses: On New Year’s Eve, enjoy champagne or sparkling cider, cupcakes and a red rose for your sweetheart as you enjoy the lights from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per couple (must be 21), and reservations are required. You can purchase tickets online at www.qcgardens.com.
Christmas Lights at Vander Veer Park
The Poinsettia and Lights display has officially opened and will close on January 10. The conservatory is open 10 am-4 pm. Extended hours and open until 7 pm for the Conservatory are Saturday nights ONLY on the following dates: December 7, 14, and 21. There are outdoor lights in the park too.
Fejervary Holiday Lights
Fejervary Learning Center, 1800 W. 12th St., Davenport, Iowa, has a new holiday light show through January 4. It’s free to park and watch. Turn your radio to 107.5 FM to sync with the holiday lights music broadcast.
Times: 5:30 – 9:30 PM (shows last 15 minutes and run every half-hour beginning at 5:30 PM)
Directions: Enter on W. 12th St and follow the directional signs. Attendees may park at the listed locations. Accessible parking is labeled and located directly across from the learning center. Exit by following the loop around the west side of the learning center and down Wilkes Ave.
Henry’s Christmas Yard
This is a one-of-a-kind display with sooooo many inflatables. The giant Santa that’s taller than the two-story house is really impressive. You should stop and get out to see them all! Located at 1504 26th Avenue, Moline, IL.
Kall Christmas House
This light show syncs up up with your radio at 107.1 FM. It’s every night from 5:30-10:30 pm located at 1852 Westminster Circle, Davenport. See the schedule on their Facebook page.
Let Someone Else Do the Driving
Davenport Trolley Company invites you to “SIP” back and enjoy 3-hours of family-friendly fun. A 3-Hour trolley rental for up to 22 people with a professional driver is $395 plus sales tax and driver gratuity. Additional hours available.
VIP Transportation scopes out in advance the best light displays on both sides of the river to incorporate into your tour. Bring your favorite beverages and up to 14-18 of your favorite people! Our Hummer Limo holds up to 14 passengers and our VIP Limo Bus holds up to 18 passengers. “SIP” back and enjoy 3-hours of fun!! Additional hours available.