Deck the Downtowns starts today, November 18th, in Davenport, Bettendorf, and Rock Island where you're invited to eat, drink, shop, and be merry!

All three downtowns will host a hunt for a specific holiday ornament in businesses from now until January 1, 2023.

Hands holding glowing string of white Christmas lights

Downtown Davenport

"In downtown Davenport, hunt for the holiday pickle ornament. Join the German tradition of hunting for a pickle ornament throughout downtown. Pick up an official card at one of the 40+ participating businesses to play. Find 10 pickles and turn in the completed card at either the German American Heritage Center or Davenport Public Library and win a pickle ornament for your own tree. Participants will also be entered to win gift cards and a grand prize basket. Visit for a list of participating businesses."

Hanging a Unique Ornament on the Christmas Tree
Meagan Baker

Downtown Rock Island

"In downtown Rock Island, hunt for the holiday train ornament. Hunt for custom-crafted train ornaments created by Crawford Company and decorated by Jackson Autobody & Custom Paint at 40+ businesses in downtown Rock Island. Find 10 holiday trains and turn in the completed card at the Rock Island Library, Quad City Arts or Quad City Botanical Center and win the custom train ornament for your own tree. Participants will also be entered to win gift cards and a grand prize basket. Visit for a list of participating businesses."

Photo by Kevin Woblick on Unsplash
Photo by Kevin Woblick on Unsplash

Downtown Bettendorf

"In downtown Bettendorf, hunt for the new I-74 bridge ornament. The Downtown Bettendorf Business Women commissioned the ornament featuring the artwork of Brad Bisbey with proceeds benefiting families in need and scholarships. Clues on where to find these limited-edition ornaments placed in businesses throughout downtown will be released on the Downtown Bettendorf Facebook page. Finders are asked to take a photo and share on social media."

I-74 River Bridge Facebook
I-74 River Bridge Facebook

Vote For Your Favorite Display

"To help celebrate the season, downtowns will be decorated for the holidays. Look for holiday and winter scenes in 10 storefronts in Bettendorf and more than 40 in Davenport. Local artist Atlanta Dawn will paint all the designs in Bettendorf and many of them in Davenport. In Davenport, you’re invited to vote for your favorite holiday display Nov. 18 – Jan. 1 for a chance to win gift cards and goodies – and the business will earn bragging rights with the Clark W. Griswold Jr. Award for Excellence Trophy. Vote at"

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