The Kwik Star tree festival kicks off on Saturday

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

Quad City Arts said this year’s theme, “Peppermint Forest,” includes a spectacular display of more than 150 trees, rooms, homes and designer homes, wreaths, gingerbread creations and more. Holiday gift shop items which are all sold to raise money for Quad City Arts in support of local arts programs through the Quad Cities.

This fun, all-ages event will continue to feature all the familiar attractions and special events many have come to know and love with new twists, including designer selfie stations throughout the event, auctions online for designer displays, a silent after-party disco 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 air live on KWQC-TV6. The parade will also be broadcast live on KWQC website.

This free event features giant helium character balloons, including the debut of Optimus Prime, Animal from the Muppets, the Cheshire Cat and more, as well as pageant queens, dance groups, floats , marching bands and of course your chance to see Santa Claus.

The grand marshals of this year’s parade are:

  • KWQC-TV6 weather anchor and reporter Theresa Bryant, who has been with the station since 1992, will be KWQC’s grand marshal.
  • Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Regional Development Authority, Steve Geifman, will be the Grand Marshal of the RDA.
  • Brian Stahl, a retired teacher from Geneseo Ag, a John Deere employee for 42 years, will be the grand marshal of Deere & Company.
  • Supply Chain Manager Mike Schneider will be Arconic’s Grand Marshal.

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

No temporary parking will be in effect Saturday in downtown Davenport 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. There will be a FAST PASS lane for all prepaid admission tickets at the entrance gates.

Tickets are available for purchase at the gates during Festival hours, $10 for adults, $5 for children 2-10, and 2 and under is 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 were always needed to help create the magic of tree festivals, they said in a press release. When you sign up for a shift, you receive a free admission ticket to return and visit again. To register go to: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/volunteer.

Special Events:

  • November 18: Evening of the premiere
  • November 19: FREE Holiday Parade
  • N°20: A Rather Curious Brunch / Teddy Bear Tea
  • November 22: SugarPlum Ball
  • November 23: Celebrity Luncheon
  • November 26 After Dark Festival: Silent Disco

General admission days and times

  • November 17: Private Tours of Santa’s Special Stars
  • Nov. 18: Silver Bell Seniors Social, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: Festival open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • November 20: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Military Day $2 off all admission tickets for military families with military ID (immediate family of military only)
  • Nov. 21: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • November 24: CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day
  • Nov. 25: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • November 26: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Family Day $1 off all admissions / After Dark Festival 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ($10 extra with paid admission)
  • Nov. 27: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa’s hours of operation differ from regular general admission and will be available at: www.qcfestivaloftrees.com

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