December Bucket List | In & Around the Quad Cities


December in the Quad Cities is a magical time when the area comes alive with festive lights, holiday spirit, and many activities to enjoy. Whether you’re a local resident or planning a visit, we’ve compiled a bucket list of must-do items for a memorable and joy-filled December in the Quad Cities.

Skate at the River’s Edge Ice Rink:

Embrace the chill of the season with ice skating at the River’s Edge Ice Rink in Davenport. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, gliding on the ice is a perfect way to celebrate the season.

Visit the Quad City Botanical Center:

Explore the lush beauty of the Quad City Botanical Center, which is transformed into a holiday wonderland during the season. The Winter Nights Winter Lights event features thousands of twinkling lights, festive displays, and seasonal music.

Discover Seasonal Sips and Bites:

Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or spiced cider from one of the local cafes, and don’t forget to indulge in some holiday treats and baked goods at the area’s bakeries.

Shop Local for Unique Gifts:

Support local businesses by shopping for unique gifts and holiday décor in the Quad Cities. Check out the local shops and boutiques for one-of-a-kind finds.

Attend the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert:

Experience the joy of live holiday music with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops Concert. The concert features classic holiday tunes and is a perfect way to get into the spirit! Or check out another of these amazing holiday performances in December.

Explore Seasonal Festivals:

Keep an eye out for local holiday festivals and markets, such as the Christmas Markets at the Freight House Farmers’ Market in Davenport. These events feature artisanal gifts and festive activities.

Go Sledding:

There are a dozen places to go sledding throughout the Quad Cities. So gear up, grab your tubes or sleds, and hit the local hills for some free family fun!

Write letters and see Santa:

Writing a letter to Santa is like a sprinkle of stardust, bringing a sense of wonder and excitement that is truly irreplaceable! Be sure to drop your letter off at one or many of these locations throughout the QCA and don’t forget to see Santa himself!

Rent an Igloo or Outdoor Patio:

If you are looking for something fun and unique to do this winter, rent an igloo or outdoor patio at one of these awesome locations.

Quad City Storm Ice Hockey:

Support and cheer on your local minor league hockey team and attend a Quad City Storm Game.

We’re lucky to live in a community that offers a wealth of holiday activities and traditions to enjoy with friends and families. From festive light displays to cultural experiences and seasonal festivities, there’s something for everyone to make the most of this particular time of year. So, bundle up, grab a warm drink, and check off these December must-dos from your Quad Cities bucket list!

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