Nothing kicks off the holiday season in the Quad Cities more festively than the Festival of Trees!

This amazing annual tradition since 1986, held at the RiverCenter (136 E 3rd St Davenport), will commence festivities on Thursday Nov 15. There will be something to enjoy for the entire family between the art galleries, Bo the Bear, the decorated trees and much more!

 

Here is a full list of the Special Events at the Festival of Trees 2018:

 

Thursday Nov 15             9 a.m. – 12 p.m.                            RiverCenter (136 E 3rd St. Davenport)

A special day dedicated exclusively to our stars with disabilities. This event is not open to the public. Visit https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/special-stars for more information.

 

Thursday Nov 15                5:30-9:30 p.m.              River Music Experience (129 Main St. Davenport)

Cheers! Beer and Wine Tasting Party– Enjoy live entertainment by Iowa native and country music artist Angela Meyer and the Quad Cities own Kevin Carton from the piano based pop rock group “Minus Six”. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Get tickets today at https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/cheers.

 

Friday Nov 16                   9 a.m. – 12 p.m.                            RiverCenter South (136 E 3rd St. Davenport)

A party dedicated to our senior friends age 55 and over. Tickets are $5 at the door. Visit https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/silver-bell-social for more information.

 

Friday Nov 16                       6:30 p.m.       RiverCenter South, Great Hall (136 E 3rd St. Davenport)

Grand Premiere Party- Be one of the first to purchase or bid on beautiful designer displays while enjoying culinary creations by Chef Chris Carton. Enjoy the jazzy-funky sounds of the popular band Soul Storm, while you take in the marvelous displays and participate in some awesome raffles. Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at the door. Reserved table for 8 is $800. Get tickets today at https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/grand-premiere.

 

Saturday Nov 17                 10 a.m.            Downtown Davenport

Festival of Trees Holiday Parade- This event features giant helium character balloons, pageant queens, dance groups, floats, bands, tractors, and of course your chance to see Santa making his way down the parade route! For parade route, visit https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/holiday-parade.

 

Sunday Nov 18                     2 p.m.             Radisson (111 E 2nd St. Davenport)

Teddy Bear Tea– Children are invited to bring their favorite plush animal to an adorable Teddy Bear Tea party for youngsters and their adult guests. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/teddy-bear-tea.

 

Monday Nov 19                   5 p.m.             Golden Leaf Banquet (2902 E Kimberly Rd. Davenport)

Sizzlin’ Soiree Ladies Night– Enjoy a plated dinner as models grace the stage with the latest styles from area boutiques.  Tickets are $50 and a table of 8 is $400. Purchase your tickets today at https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/sizzlin-soiree.

 

Tuesday Nov 20                   6-9 p.m.         Waterfront Convention Center (2021 State St. Bettendorf)

SugarPlum Ball– Quoted as being the “best event in the Quad Cities,” this evening is for all the special sugarplums and their favorite gentlemen. For more information, visit https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/sugar-plum-ball.

 

Wednesday Nov 21           11 a.m.             Radisson (111 E 2nd St. Davenport)

Celebrity Lunch– Local Celebrities will become waiters for a day and entertain guests by showcasing their outrageous and wacky talents for tips. Tickets are $50 each or a table of 10 is $475 (Includes one FREE Adult General Admission ticket to Festival). Make your reservation today at https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/celebrity-lunch.

 

Saturday Nov 24                 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Family Day– $1 off General Admission prices for the whole family!

 

 

General admission tickets are available for purchase at the door during Festival hours. Adults are $10, Seniors (60+) are $6 and Children (2-10) are only $3. All IHMVCU Members can show their debit, credit or membership cards or IHMVCU checks for BOGO General Admission tickets (only applies to same type of tickets).

 

Here are the General Admission Hours:

Saturday Nov 17                 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday Nov 18                     10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Military Day)

Monday Nov 19                   9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday Nov 20                   9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday Nov 21           9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday Nov 22                 CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

Friday Nov 23                       9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday Nov 24                 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Family Day)

Sunday Nov 25                     10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

For a full list of Santa’s hours and group rates, go to https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/admission.

The Festival of Trees is the annual fundraiser for Quad City Arts, a non-profit organization that enriches the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. Visit https://www.qcfestivaloftrees.com for more information.

Get into the holiday spirit, while making lifelong memories with your family and friends, at this year’s Festival of Trees!

Tess Abney is a freelance writer who was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She spends most of her time attempting to successfully raise three boys. In her free time, writing is her passion. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.