What will I experience at Festival?
Festival is fun for the entire family...


Festival of Trees has an attraction for the entire family! Guests can enjoy browsing the beautiful
holiday displays designed by talented local designers, shopping for a present in our Tinsel
Treasures Gift Shop, watching performances by local dance groups on CenterStage, listening
to a story by the Book Tree, visiting Santa in the North Pole children's activity center, or stopping
by the TreatShoppe to have a tasty chocolate treat. Please scroll down below to find out
what holiday wonderland awaits your friends and family at the Festival of Trees.

Art Exhibit
This display showcases the artistic talents of Quad City high school students. It is one of best viewed attractions, showing how much the community appreciates the creativity of talented youth. All mediums, two and three dimensional, from painting to pottery are featured in this attraction. Awards are given to students whose work best reflects the qualifications for each judging category. You won't want to miss this display!       

Book Tree
The Book Tree, located in the North Pole Children's Activity Center, is an oversized 20 ft tall tree filled with books. Throughout the ten days of Festival children gather around this enormous tree to listen to scheduled story tellers readers. Every book that fills the tree is generously donated. Once Festival ends, the books are distributed to needy children in the Quad Cities.      

Festival of Trees Celebrity Baskets

Celebrity Baskets
Area celebrities garnish and fill to the brim holiday baskets based on a unique theme centered on their notoriety, their hobby, or some Festival feature. Local dignitaries, specialty shops owners, and radio and television personalities are some of the individuals who design these treasured items. These delightful baskets will be filled with many wonderful treasures. Simply buy a $1 raffle ticket from any of the sellers on the floor for a chance to own any of these personality plus baskets!

Festival of Trees CenterStage

CenterStage is a favorite Festival attraction that showcases a variety of delightful local talent during general admission hours. Dancers, singers, bands, and choirs fill the Great Hall with wonderful holiday entertainment to add to the holiday magic and cheer at Festival. More than 3,200 individuals of all ages entertain the Festival audiences each year.

Children's & Teen Trees
Children’s and Teen Trees are a delightful attraction and feature 4 ft holiday trees designed by elementary, middle school and high school students. These stroll-through exhibits give young creative minds an opportunity to celebrate the arts by participating in Festival of Trees.

Festival of Trees Designer Displays

Designer Displays
As the heart of the event, these spectacular designs showcase original creations by our area's most talented professional and non-professional designers. Each year, thousands of individuals gather to peruse the Trees, Doors, Holiday Entries, Hearth & Home and Rooms designs. Don't miss out on your chance to view or purchase the designs!

Festival of Trees Festival Express 

Festival Express
Every year the local Engineers at KJWW Engineering work year round creating a fantastic display called Festival Express to help support Festival of Trees. Children delight in winding their way through the Austrian village surrounded by mountains, stars illuminated with fiber optics, suspended snowflakes, and Christmas spirit. All ages enjoy the whistles sounding and the lights sparkling as the engines carry the train lover off into a world of enchantment. A $1 ticket will buy a child an opportunity to become an Engineer as they navigate their locomotive across the tracks and through the mountains. All aboard!


Gift Shop
Find the perfect holiday treasure for family and friends here! Purchase Isabel Bloom Festival exclusives. Purchase unique items not easily found in the area, suited to all tastes and price ranges. Make the Gift Shop the first stop for holiday purchases.

Festival of Trees Gingerbread Village 

Gingerbread Village
A Festival all-time favorite, the Gingerbread Village simply gets sweeter every year. Gingerbread creations by amateur, professional, youth, and senior bakers will be assembled into an incredible edible village that will tempt all your senses. Limited only by the creator’s imagination, you won’t want to miss a single frosted delight. Each of the deliciously interesting designs will be available for viewing and purchasing – the perfect way to decorate your holiday home with something that is so sweet!


Honor Trees
Dedicated to loved ones, Honor Trees offer a beautiful way to remember or honor someone during the holiday season - birthdays,  anniversaries,  soldiers serving our country,  honor roll members, as well as those dearly departed are but a few of the ways friends and family may be honored on these freshly decorated trees. A fitting tribute to the very special people in our lives!  Adorning brilliantly lit trees in a peaceful forest setting, lovely personalized ornaments will celebrate the lives or accomplishments of our loved ones. The ornaments will be displayed throughout Festival and will be mailed to buyers before December 25.  Take a few minutes and rest on the benches provided among these trees, and reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.

Festival of Trees Holiday Parade 

Holiday Parade
Every year thousands of attendees flock to the streets of downtown Davenport to watch the annual Festival of Trees Holiday Parade. The parade is a Quad City tradition and is Quad City Arts Festival of Trees gift to the community. There are over 20 large helium balloons, pageant queens, dance groups, bands, clowns, floats, tractors and unique antique cars that participate in this spectacular event.

Festival of Trees North Pole Children's Activity Center 

North Pole Children's Activity Center
Come visit Santa at the North Pole! Santa's Arctic home features activities for all ages. stop by and enjoy decorating cookies in Mrs. Claus's Kitchen, play golf in Prancer's Putt Putt, snuggle up in a bean bag chair to listen to story tellers at the Book tree, win prizes at the Snow Bowl, and don't forget to visit the jolly guy himself in Santa's Workshop!


Santa's Throne
Located in the heart of the North Pole Children's Activity Center, Santa sits on his throne waiting for good little boys and girls to tell him their holiday wishes. The North Pole is open during General Admission hours. However, Santa is available on his throne for visiting with children and sets his own hours. Click here for Santa's schedule. A photographer is available on site to capture this special moment with photographs available for purchase.

Festival of Trees Talking Tree 

Talking Tree
This amazing magical evergreen will likely welcome you as you enter the Great Hall. Sporting "granny" glasses and a Santa hat, the surprising Talking Tree will give you directions, tell stories, and maybe even recite a poem or pass along a holiday joke. Mr./Mrs. Tree will even notice if your wearing a special outfit. Listen in at various times and you will discover this jolly old tree has many different voices, but it will always have a cheery word for visitors. Kids, especially, will be awestruck when they ask the Tree a question and it answers while rolling its eyes.


Toy Tree
Standing at over 20-feet-tall, the Toy Tree is a new Festival favorite! Festival of Trees will be taking new toy donations to fill the giant tree, which will still be located in the atrium of the RiverCenter South building to greet guests as they visit Festival. All toys will be delivered to Toys for Tots at the end of Festival.


Satisfy your sweet-tooth At the TreatShoppe, located just inside the Great Hall. The TreatShoppe carries assorted sweet and salty treats including brownies, old fashioned hard candies, brownies, homemade rice crispy treats and fudge and popcorn. We didn't forget about the ice cream! TreatShoppe also carries the Quad Cities favorite Whitey's Ice Cream in assorted flavors and the popcorn is always fresh. Stop on by and satisfy your sweet-tooth.