The holiday season really begins in the Quad Cities with two events: The Lighting on the Commons and the Kwik Star Festival of Trees. This weekend, the 2022 Festival of Trees begins and there is so much holiday family fun to be had to benefit the Quad City Arts.

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This Year's Theme Is Peppermint Forest

In a press release, officials from the 2022 Festival of Trees invite you to take a walk through the “Peppermint Forest” at this year’s Kwik Star Festival of Trees. Celebrating 37 years as Quad City Arts largest annual fundraiser, the holiday magic returns to the RiverCenter, from November 19 through November 27.

This year's events will feature a spectacular display of over 150 designer trees, rooms, hearth & homes, wreaths, gingerbread creations, and other holiday gift shop items that are all sold to raise money in support of arts education and local arts programs throughout the Quad Cities. All designer trees and wreaths will either be raffled at the Festival or be sold online through a mobile bidding platform.

Over 30,000 people experience the 10-day Festival of Trees each year and an additional 45,000 watch the Holiday Parade, making this event one of the largest attractions in the Quad Cities and the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season.

The fun-filled Festival of Trees event is great for all ages and will continue to feature all the familiar attractions and special events that many have come to know and love with some new twists. One of those twists includes a new floor plan design and a chance to get your photo taken in a giant inflatable snow globe.

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You can also get tickets to attend one of the many fun special events including:

  • The Premiere Opening Night Party,
  • A Rather Curious Brunch
  • Teddy Bear Tea
  • SugarPlum Ball
  • Celebrity Lunch
  • Festival After Dark: Silent Disco Party!

30th Anniversary of the Holiday Parade

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Holiday Parade, taking place in downtown Davenport, Saturday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. Broadcast live by KWQC-TV6, this free event features giant helium character balloons, including an entrance by Elvis, Santa Garfield, Oscar the Grouch, Kermit the Frog, and more.

Festival Of Trees
Festival Of Trees

The parade will also feature pageant queens, dance groups, floats, marching bands, and of course your chance to see Santa! The procession will begin at 3rd Street & Pershing Ave. going west to Scott Street, then turning left to make its way back east on 2nd Street, finishing at 2nd Street and Iowa Ave.

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B100 Will Be There

Look for our girl Sarah playing some music at Daiquiri Factory! There will be breakfast food and hot chocolate available at Daq Fac too!

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It takes a village of over 2,000 volunteers to bring the magic of the Festival to our community each year and we are thankful for all who donate their time to make it a success. Sign-up for a shift and receive FREE admission to come back and visit us again. To register visit:

General Admission Days and Hours


  • November 17 - Santa’s Special Stars Private Tours
  • November 18 - Silver Bell Social Senior Event, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • November 19 - Festival Opens to Public 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • November 20 -10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Military Day $2 off all admission tickets for military families with military ID (Immediate family of military member only)
  • November 21 - 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • November 22 - 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • November 23 - 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • November 24 - CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
  • November 25 - 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • November 26 - 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Family Day $1 off all admission
  • November 27 - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Santa’s hours differ from regular general admission and will be available at:

Tickets Information

To streamline admission gates there will be a fast pass lane for all prepaid or comp admission tickets.

Discounted general admission tickets are available for purchase at all area Kwik Star locations November 1-15. Tickets can still be purchased at the door with a credit/debit card during Festival hours including the IHMVCU BOGO offer.

Festival of Trees will continue to go cashless this year and both general admission and special event tickets are now available for purchase online at

Tickets are available for purchase at the doors during Festival hours:

  • $10 Adults
  • $5 Children (2-9)

Special Events You Should Know About

Festival Of Trees
Festival Of Trees
  • November 18 - Premiere Party
  • November 19 - FREE Holiday Parade
  • November 20 - A Rather Curious Brunch / Teddy Bear Tea
  • November 22 - SugarPlum Ball
  • November 23 - Celebrity Lunch

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 309-793-1213.

Officials say they are thankful for a generous and caring community of volunteers, designers, CenterStage entertainers, sponsors, and friends of the Festival that help bring the magic of this holiday event to our community each year.


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