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.
View the full festival guide
Our Special Events book is out now, take a peek!