WINTER NIGHTS WINTER LIGHTS EXHIBIT
ADVANCED TICKETS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED.
11.17 – 12.12 WED - SUN | 5-9 PM
12.15 – 1.2 DAILY | 5-9 PM
Open: New Year’s Eve and the night of New Year’s Day
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas
$8 adults | $4 Youth 2-15 | Free under 2
Members $6 adults | $2 Youth 2-15 | Free under 2
The outdoor gardens will be in winter bloom with over 160,000 glowing lights, showcasing our largest light display yet. Explore the Sun Garden, Children’s Garden, lawns, pond and pocket gardens of our outdoor light exhibit. Advanced ticket purchase highly recommended at qcgardens.com.
Visit the white outdoor events canopy for hot cocoa and treats by Taste Buds.
MEMBERS FREE WEDNESDAYS
New this year, Botanical Center members and FunBundle members receive free admission Wednesday nights during the exhibit. Members must show membership card upon entry. Memberships are available for purchase on qcgardens.com/memberships.
LIGHTING OF THE EXHIBIT
11.17 WEDNESDAY | 5:30 PM LIGHTING, 5-9 PM
After a short introduction of our sponsor, MidAmerican Energy Company, guests can gather around the pond as the lights are turned on then browse the displays.
IMPACTLIFE BLOOD DRIVE
11.24, 12.15 WEDNESDAYS | 4-7:30 PM
You have the power to help. By giving blood, you’ll provide a lifesaving resource used by patients in the Quad Cities. Those donating in the Donor Bus, located in our parking lot on select dates, will receive two free tickets to the light exhibit. Masks and appointments are required. Schedule an appointment at bloodcenter.org or call 800-747-5401. Hosted in collaboration with Visit Quad Cities.
12.2, 12.16, 12.30 THURSDAYS | 6-9 PM
$20 couple | $10 individual
Enjoy live music by Roger Carlson and seasonal cocktails indoors at the cash bar. Snacks and hot cocoa provided.
SANTA AND THE MRS. VISIT
12.10 FRIDAY AND 12.11 SATURDAY | 5-8 PM
Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and take your own photos. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be wearing holiday masks for photos.
YOUR MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
Purchase a membership for FREE ADMISSION for one year, including entrance to Winter Nights Winter Lights on Wednesdays. Or make gift-giving easy and surprise loved ones with a membership. Go to qcgardens.com/memberships to start your holiday shopping now.
Date & Time
Nov 17, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022
Quad City Botanical Center
As a public garden we maintain hundreds of plants ranging from tropical varieties to regional Zone 5 perennials. A garden for all seasons, our tropical atrium is splendid throughout the winter months and has been turned into a sandy beach on occasion, and our rare conifer collection is unique to the Quad Cities. In spring, flowering bulbs enliven the garden, including a stunning iris collection. Other special collections include day lilies, mums and ornamental grasses. Our outdoor butterfly garden attracts pollinators by the hundreds, and is lively from early spring to late fall when the monarchs start their migration.
As an educational resource we offer staff-guided tours of our gardens, grounds and greenhouse, serving 10,000 students annually. In addition, we participate in outreach programs at school campuses and set up educational booths at various community events. Our expert staff is on hand to answer questions and help interpret the garden and exhibits.
As a banquet facility we serve thousands of guests throughout the year and host events for affinity groups, service clubs, businesses, brides and grooms, birthday and anniversary party honorees, and classmates seeking a unique backdrop for a memorable event.
We support local artists by providing gallery space to exhibit works of art from various mediums and our gift shop offers many one-of-a-kind handcrafted items.
The Quad City Botanical Center is a 501 c 3, non-profit organization. We celebrated 20 years of bringing people and plants together in fun and meaningful ways in 2018 and welcome you to the gardens!