Where to See Santa in the Quad Cities this Holiday Season

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The holiday season is nearly here, and we are excited to see Santa in the Quad Cities very soon!

For many families, the holiday season just isn’t complete without a visit to see Santa himself! Whether you are 2 or 92, nothing captures the spirit of the season like Santa, especially when Mrs. Claus or the reindeer are near. We heard a rumor that the big fella himself will be making some appearances around the QC area real soon, so we want to make sure you know where to be and when! So be good, for goodness sake!

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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

November 11 – December 24

Get your photo taken with Santa and enjoy the amazing aquariums and wildlife displays found in every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store.


Lighting on the Commons

November 18 | 3:30 – 6:00 pm

Meet Santa at the John Deere Pavillion while enjoying wagon rides, live music, a children’s craft area, and, the famous Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks!


Holiday Vendor Fair

November 18 & 19

Vendors provide a variety of home decor, crafts, arts, and more. There will also be food, beverages, entertainment for the kids, and so much more at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.


Festival of Trees

November 18 – 26

Visit Santa and tell him your holiday wishes! A photographer is available on-site to capture this special moment with photographs available for purchase.


Timber Lane Christmas Tree Farm

November 25 & 26 | December 2 & 3

Come visit Santa and get your picture taken with him from 11-3 on November 25 & 26 and December 2 and from 12-3 on December 3.


Pioneer Village Christmas Walk

November 26 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Stroll along the beautifully decorated Board Walk, see old-world craft demonstrations throughout the Village, Visit Santa in the Dammann Building, Listen to Christmas music in the Church, and Purchase cookies & hot chocolate in the Soda Fountain!


NorthPark Mall

November 30 – December 24

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland located at Von Maur Court. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase. *Sensory Santa, Sunday, December 3, 10:00 am*


SouthPark Mall

December 1 – 24 

Santa will be located at Von Maur. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase.


Holly Days

December 1

Electric Parade, Large Colorful Tree Lighting, Pictures with Santa, Kids Activities and more!


Christmas in the Village

December 1 & 2

Santa will be at the International Fire Museum. The Grinch, An Elf, Frosty the Snowman, and a Reindeer will be in the Village too!


Made Market QC

December 1 & 2

Santa will be at Made Market QC at the Bend XPO, in East Moline. Pre-Sale – $5 | At the door – $7 | Children 17 and under are FREE


Christmas in LeClaire

December 1 – 3

A three-day event with crafts, baked goods, and silent auctions throughout the city, plus plenty of opportunities for your little ones to meet Santa Claus himself — and other favorite holiday characters — with our Strolling Santas!


Rivermont Collegiate

Date TBD

Free photos with Santa!


Moline Public Library

December 2 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Drop in the library to see Santa and share your list with the Head Elf himself! At this fun holiday event, kids and families can meet Santa, take pictures if they wish, plus make stops around the North Pole to do crafts and activities. No registration required.


DeWitt Christmas Carnival

December 2 | 9:00 – 11:00 am

Huddle up for a chat with Santa as he arrives on a Firetruck at 9:00 am. Play fun carnival games for just $0.25 and win awesome prizes!


Breakfast with Santa

December 2 | 8:30 – 10:30 am | $10 – $15

Pictures with Santa, letters to write to Santa, and a pancake breakfast at Bettendorf YMCA. The price is $10 for Individuals and $15 for a family. Stop by a YMCA location to get registered.

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New Kingdom Trailriders

December 2 | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for hot cocoa and cookies, where Santa will stop by one of the photo spots!


Christmas in Silvis

December 2 | 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Photos with Santa at Downtown Silvis Fire Station


Village of Andalusia

December 2 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Get your photo taken with Santa at the Community Center!


Cookies & Cocoa with Santa

December 2 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come see Santa and enjoy some cookies, hot cocoa, and arts and crafts at the Department for Children & Family Services in Rock Island, IL.


Scuba Santa

December 2 & 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Bring your friends and family to take your picture with Scuba Santa in the Gulf of Mexico Aquarium located in our Rivers to the Sea Exhibit and included with general admission at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque!


Winter in Bloom

December 3 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Hauberg Estate is the perfect way to start the holiday season with your entire family. There will be a visit from Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides; kids will enjoy crafts and games. Cookies and cocoa for everyone. A cash bar will also be available. This event is free to the public and everyone is welcome!


Galesburg Holly Day Parade and Santa Rescue

December 3 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Santa Rescue at 4:30 with the parade beginning at 5:00p in Downtown Galesburg.
Parade begins at the Corner of S. Chambers and Main Streets, heading west on Main Street, before turning left onto South Cherry Street, ending at the Knox County Courthouse.


Symphony of Lights

December 3, 10 & 17

Meet with Santa Claus at the Eagle Point Lodge.


Geneseo Public Library

December 6 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Santa will be visiting the library!


Port Byron Christmas Walk

December 8 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet Santa at the library, enjoy Christmas crafts and games, eat delicious baked goods, sing holiday karaoke, and go home with festive take and make crafts like stovetop potpourri and peppermint bath bombs.


Winter Nights Winter Lights

December 8 & 9

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and take your own photos. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.


Crafts with Santa

December 9 | 8:30 – 10:30 am | FREE

Photos with Santa, sugar cookies to decorate, holiday crafts, and your child(ren) can write letters to Santa at Camp Abe Lincoln. Stop by a YMCA to get registered.


GiGi’s Christmas Party

December 9 | 9:00 – 10:30 am

Gifts, games, crafts, and Santa too! Please register early to help us and Santa with planning.


Old Oaks Winery

December 10 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Get your picture taken with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa!


Santa’s Coming to The Tangled Wood

December 10 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Cookies and candy canes for kids to decorate while they visit with Santa, sip on hot chocolate & watch The Grinch.


Santa Brunch

December 10 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | $10 – $22

Enjoy a delicious brunch at Jerry’s in LeClaire and get your photos taken with Santa!


Holiday Magic at The Fun Station QC

December 10 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Meet Santa, Balloon Twisting, Cookie Decorating, Write a letter to Santa and Arts & Crafts Station!
Holiday Magic is included in all ticket prices. Active Memberships get free admission to this event

Kid’s Night with Santa at Machine Shed

December 12 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Bring your kids and create unforgettable memories as they get a chance to meet Santa and share their holiday wishes – plus kids eat half-price all day!


DeWitt Winter Market

December 14 | 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Visit with Santa inside the DeWitt Community Center while shopping for local goods!


Colona Public Library

December 14 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Santa Claus pays a special visit to the library. Cookies and crafts will be provided!


Corn Crib Nursery

December 16th | 10:30a – 2:30p

Corn Crib has all of your Holiday greenery with custom wreaths, bows, grave blankets, and more! Be sure to visit Santa for a photo.


Niabi Zoo – Breakfast/Brunch with Santa Paws

December 16 & 17

Holiday cheer abounds when Santa Paws comes to town! Bring the family to our winter wonderland to eat a warm meal, decorate cookies with the elves, and get a photo with Santa Paws!


Hickory Creek Christmas Fair

December 16 & 17 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visit with Santa and get your picture taken with him between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday or Sunday!

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