Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 Christmas Events for Kids!!

I know many of you don't live where I do. But the Quad Cities has not cornered the market on FUN EVENTS for the holidays!!

No matter where you live -- if you are a child's Grandma -- or favorite Aunt -- or special neighbor -- there are MANY WONDERFUL THINGS GOING ON in your hood during the holiday season.
Here's the list I made for Emily...about the events in our area..... It's impressive!!

Grandma Rita’s List:

 2016 Christmas Events for Children:

Places to see Santa:
• NorthPark Mall – Nov. 18 – Dec. 24
• SouthPark Mall – Nov. 18 – Dec. 24
• Festival of Trees North Pole – Nov. 19-27 (Santa’s hours here)
• Lighting on the John Deere Commons – Nov. 19, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Galva Old Fashioned Christmas – Nov. 26
• Christmas in LeClaire – Dec. 2-4
• Village of East Davenport Christmas Walk – Dec. 2-3
• 19th Century Christmas at Butterworth Center/Deere-Wiman – Dec. 4
• Passport to the Holidays, Quad City Botanical Center – Dec. 4

Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm: Christmas at the Village ~ Noon - 4:00 P.M. ~ Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village ~ Begin your holidays early with a historic walk through the beautifully decorated Village; complete with Friends of the Village in period costume. While there, enjoy craft demonstrations and sales, letters to Santa in the General Store, refreshments at the soda fountain, holiday music, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free with a donation of nonperishable goods for the North Scott Food Pantry.

12/1/2016 Figge Museum: Family Workshop 6 pm Annual Holiday Family Workshop Family: $15/member family of four, $20/non-member family of four, $3 extra/person, children 3 and under are free.  Pre-registration required

Be the architect and builder of a dreamy gingerbread house during this cheerful holiday workshop. Marshmallow clouds, gumdrop sidewalks and cinnamon cereal roofs are just a few of the creative ideas you can use to create an imaginative and delicious house!

Families can also create ornaments, gift cards, and print their own wrapping paper during this crafty bonanza. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Come early to enjoy a sandwich basket and some holiday music!

To register, contact Heather Aaronson at or 563.345.6630, or register in the Museum Store.

QC Music Guild A Christmas Carol, $16 adult, $11 child, Dec 1,2,3,4 Call 309-762-6610; Thur, Fri, Sat 7:30…Sat Sun at 2:00

Children’s Shopping Bazaar: Saturday, December 3 - United Methodist church, Eldridge, Ia. Lilly (and/or Warren) would take a shopping list…and about $20…

The Gospel According to Scrooge; December 2(7), 3(2) ,4(6), - 2016; Presented at NEW HOPE CHURCH, 2305 7th Ave., Moline, IL (free will offering)

Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center, Dec. 4, noon to 5p. 19th Century Christmas No charge for admission.
• Beautiful decorations throughout both homes
• Exclusive appearance by Santa Claus. (bring your camera!)
• Free book for each of Santa’s first 400 visitors
• Performance by the Moline Boys Choir at Butterworth Center
• Face painting for children and caricature artist
• Art show and Children’s make-and-take crafts (sponsored by Left Bank Art League) in the Deere-Wiman Carriage House
• Children's make-and-take crafts

Circa 21: Holly Jolly Christmas -- Until December 29. (309) 786-7733 ext. 2

Circa’s Children’s Theater: Jingle Aargh The Way (show only, $10.50) Fri/Sat..AM show at 9:30.. until December 27 (309) 786-7733 ext. 2 On their website, there is an activity sheet -- with a book to read, and pages to work out puzzles, etc. Looks like fun!

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop in Davenport, Iowa on Saturday, December 3 at 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Western Avenue and West River Drive in Davenport, Iowa.

Join us at 12:30 p.m. for a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa will be handing out candy canes and goodie bags to kids. Also, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. The train will arrive at 1:45 p.m. with a holiday concert by popular Canadian musicians Kelly Prescott and Colin James from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Clinton: On Saturday, December 3, the train will stop at the east end of Main Avenue, near the Sawmill Museum. Arrival is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. and music performances from Kelly Prescott and Colin James are set for 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Nutcracker: December 13, 14: Quad City Ballet. Adler Theater. Tickets $15-40….

Putnam Museum: Polar Express Pajama Party: This event sells out quickly. The kids (and parents) dress in pajamas, there is a flashlight scavenger hunt, a craft, and a cup of hot chocolate, and then the 3-D movie. I purchased three tickets for the Sunday December 18 11:45 movie…


Yes, I know...I'm a lucky, lucky girl...

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