It’s the most wonderful time of the year Quad Cities! Mark your calendars for all the holiday festivities happening this month! For even more holiday and winter activities, be sure to check out our holiday guides below, as well as our winter guides featuring where to go ice skating, winter bucket list, best sledding hills and so much more!
As always, don’t forget to check our calendar for the full month of family-friendly winter events going on in our community! *Many libraries require pre-registration for their events, so be sure to look ahead on the calendar for all of their fun activities*
Fairs, Festivals & Parades
The parade will travel down Wisconsin Street from 15th Street to 3rd Street. It’ll be very festive and a great way to celebrate the season. If you would like to enter the parade, it is free.
December 9 & 10
Experience a unique Swedish holiday. Luminaries line the sidewalks and candles are in every window. Live music at several locations. Young girls dressed as St. Lucia serve drinks and sweets in shops and museums throughout the village. Soup Supper is available at the Methodist Church. All Bishop Hill restaurants, shops, and museums will be open. Christmas tree lighting in the park at 6 pm December 10th.
Holiday 5K Runs
Lace-up your running shoes and throw on the most horrendous sweater you can find! Whether you run, walk, or crawl, you won’t want to miss this exciting event for all ages!
December 3 & 4
Vendors, crafters, and food vendors!
December 3 & 4
Sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past. Swedish folk characters will roam the village. Special music, Swedish food specialties, and an abundance of handmade wares and antiques. Chocolate Walk at the Bishop Hill Creative commons.
Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council and the BHHA.
December 3 & 4
It’s a family tradition! This free event celebrates everything we love about the holiday season. ChristKindlMarkt QC is an artisan craft and gift market and so much more! Centered around a festive German theme, this unique market is sure to please even the crankiest Krampus! Food, drinks, and live music make this market a “do not miss” event for everyone.
Elf The Musical
December 1 – 4
Prospect Park Auditorium
$11 – $16
A Christmas Story: The Musical
December 2 – 4 & 9 – 11
The Spotlight Theatre
All Is Calm
December 8 – 17
The Black Box Theatre
Holiday Lights @ Fejervary Learning Center
Join us for the seasonal holiday lights display at Fejervary Learning Center! Shows last approximately 15 minutes with a new show starting every 30 minutes beginning at 5 PM; the last show starts at 9:30 PM.
Vander Veer Conservatory Poinsettia & Light Display
The annual holiday spectacular features countless poinsettias (and Paintsettias!), a multitude of lights, and extended Saturday evening hours. (Closed Mondays and holidays)
Holiday Makers Markets
Happy Holidays Quad Cities! We’ve put together a list of holiday craft shows and makers’ markets throughout Iowa and Illinois. Shop small and support local crafters all over the midwest! *Be sure to check the websites before heading out to get the most up-to-date information.
Holiday / Winter-Themed Crafts
Below are links to a few Holiday and winter-themed crafts and coloring pages!