Be a part of Festival and experience the team work of one of the BIGGEST events in the Quad Cities!
It takes a village of over 2,000 volunteers to bring the magic of Festival to our community each year and we are thankful for all who donate their time to make it a success. Sign-up for a shift and receive FREE TICKET to come back and visit us again with family and friends.
Volunteering is perfect for:
Not sure what spot to volunteer for?
Here are quick descriptions to help you pick a volunteer spot:
Reindeer Games – Oversees a craft of game for younger visitors of Festival and ensures that everyone stays safe and has fun. Ideal for groups who want to volunteer together or high school students who need volunteer hours!
Be Original Gallery – Assist our Visual Arts Director and our staff with the curation and sales of items from our Rock Island gallery conveniently located at Festival!
Floater – Are you interested in helping but don’t really care where? Be a floater! This person helps cover the gap for us if we run short on volunteers. They also help keep Festival running smoothly by being a messenger and covering breaks.
Sales Floor Assistant – Helps bidders place their bids at Festival of Trees and helps direct visitors where they need to go. Ideal for someone who is comfortable using an iPad.
Raffle Ticket Sales – We need help selling raffle tickets for the over 100 raffle baskets at Festival of Trees! This is ideal for someone who enjoys talking to visitors and even for a small group of friends or family who want to volunteer together.
Raffle Ticket Collection – We need help collecting all the raffle tickets throughout the event! This is ideal for someone who has a shorter window of time to volunteer but still wants to do their part.
Raffle Ticket Counting – We need help counting all the raffle tickets throughout the event! This is ideal for someone who has a shorter window of time to volunteer but still wants to do their part.
Gingerbread Village – Be the mayor of Gingerbread Village for a few hours! Keep an eye on the gingerbread creations and assist visitors who wish to make a purchase. Ideal for someone who is looking for a more low-key experience!
Treat Shoppe – Help us make sure our Treat Shoppe is fully staffed!
Admissions Volunteer (3rd St, 2nd Floor, Performer’s entrance) – Be the first person to greet visitors as they arrive at Festival of Trees! This person should be comfortable in a fast-paced environment and with using
Square and iPad technology.
Per CDC recommendations, masks are required for volunteers and strongly encouraged for visitors.
Please email us if you have questions about volunteering at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The “official kick-off to the holiday season” happens later this month with the KwikStar Festival of Trees! There are many different reasons that people get excited for Festival of Trees, some like to see all the decorated trees, wreaths, stockings, ornaments, etc., others love our events like SugarPlum Ball or Celebrity Lunch, and for others, it is a family tradition. For me, I love it all, but there are two things that rise to the top for me.
The first will always be the impact that Festival of Trees has. I’m not even talking about the impact on a person attending Festival of Trees, studies show events like these reduce stress, increase creativity, and so much more. I’m talking about the impact that is created in the year AFTER the event. Festival of Trees raises money for Quad City Arts. This 10-day event helps put a Visiting Artist into the schools for students, provides funding to pay students to create art through the Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program, helps provide gallery space for regional artists, and more.
The second is the Holiday Parade. It is worth mentioning that I am not a parade person. I love that we have them, but I am not one to attend a parade! However, in 2019 I fell in love with our Holiday Parade (2019 was my first Festival of Trees with Quad City Arts). When you hear the marching bands play and see the helium balloons in the sky it is a truly magical feeling. The energy in Downtown Davenport cannot be replicated and it leaves you filled with JOY. Thanks to our community sponsors, not only is it FREE to see it is also televised on KWQC-TV6.
What's New this year?
We'll have new character balloons at the parade,
a brand new floor plan at the RiverCenter, and so much more!
It takes a village of over 2,000 volunteers to bring the magic of Festival to our community each year and we are thankful for all who donate their time to make it a success. Sign-up for a shift and receive FREE admission to come back and visit us again with family and friends.
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Our Special Events book is out now, take a peek!