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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Kwik Star Festival of Trees returns to the River Center November 19-28.

Quad City Arts announced that this year’s theme, ‘Peppermint Forest,’ includes a spectacular display of more than 150 designed trees, rooms, hearths and homes, wreaths, gingerbread creations and other items in holiday gift shops, sold for raising money for Quad City Arts to support local arts programs throughout the Quad Cities.

This fun event for all ages will continue to feature all the familiar attractions and special events many have come to know and love, with some new twists including designer selfie stations throughout the event, online bidding for designer showcases, a silent disco after entertainment and a new Mad-Hatter-style Sunday brunch, Quad City Arts said.

The 30th annual holiday parade will take place in downtown Davenport at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be broadcast live on KWQC-TV6. The parade will also be streamed live on the KWQC website.

This free event features giant helium balloons, including the debut of Optimus Prime, the Muppets, the Cheshire Cat and more, along with pageant queens, dance troupes, rides, bands and of course your chance to see Santa.

This year’s parade commanders are:

  • Theresa Bryant, KWQC-TV6 weather anchor and reporter who has been with the station since 1992, will serve as KWQC grand marshal.
  • Regional Development Authority Board Vice President Steve Geifman will serve as RDA Grand Marshal.
  • Retired Geneseo Ag teacher Brian Stahl, a 42-year career with John Deere, will serve as Deere & Company grand marshal.
  • Supply chain manager Mike Schneider will be Arconic’s grand marshal.

The procession will begin at 3rd Street and Pershing Avenue and proceed west to Scott Street, turn left and return east on 2nd Street, ending at 2nd Street and Iowa Avenue. Co-title sponsors of the holiday parade are Arconic, John Deere, Regional Development Authority and KWQC.

There will be no temporary parking restrictions in downtown Davenport on Saturday due to the festival...
There will be a temporary parking ban in downtown Davenport on Saturday due to the Festival of Trees parade. (KWQC)(KWQC)

The Festival of Trees is still cashless in 2022, and general admission tickets are now available for purchase online, Quad City Arts said. A FAST PASS lane will be available at the entrance gate for all prepaid tickets.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door during the festival, $10 for adults, $5 for children 2-10, and 2 and under are free. All IHMVCU members can enjoy BOGO general admission.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com or call 309-793-1213.

Quad City Arts said volunteers are still needed to help create the magic of the Festival of Trees, according to a news release. When you sign up for a shift, you get a free return ticket. To register, visit: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/volunteer.

Special events:

  • November 18: Premiere Party
  • November 19: FREE Holiday Parade
  • No. 20: A rather curious brunch / Teddy bear tea
  • November 22: SugarPlum Ball
  • November 23: Celebrity lunch
  • November 26 After Dark Festival: Silent Disco

General reception days and hours

  • November 17: Santa’s Special Star Private Tours
  • Nov. 18: Silver Bell Social Senior Event, 9 a.m. to noon
  • November 19: The festival is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m
  • November 20: 10am-7pm Military Day $2 off all tickets for military families with military ID (immediate family of military member only)
  • November 21: from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
  • November 22: from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
  • November 23: from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
  • November 24: CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
  • November 25: from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m
  • November 26: 9am – 7pm Family Day $1 off all admissions / Festival After Dark 8pm – 10pm ($10 surcharge with paid admission)
  • November 27: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Santa’s Hours are different from normal general admission tickets and will be available at: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com

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