Christmas in LeClaire

Start the holiday season right in LeClaire, Iowa!

December 2 – 4, 2022

The holiday season is finally here and there’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than the 38th Annual Christmas in LeClaire, a three-day event full of shopping, fun, and activities for all ages!

Downtown LeClaire, Iowa comes alive with crafts, baked goods, and silent auctions throughout the city, plus plenty of opportunities for your little ones to meet Santa Claus himself — or one of his counterparts from around the world with our Strolling Santas!

NEW this year is the lighting of the LeClaire holiday tree located on the levee Friday at 6pm and the Light Up LeClaire Christmas Parade Saturday at 5:30pm.

Need a lift while you’re in town?

Our free trolley rides will help get you where you need to be! You will be able to park on either end of town and hop on and off the trolley throughout the day. It is great to ride just for fun, too; you can see all the decorated shops, ugly Christmas sweaters, and Strolling Santas!

Trolley stops include:

  • MindFire Communications, 126 S. Cody Road; across from the LeClaire Civic Center
  • Cody Mart, 1220 N. Cody Road; next door to Big Dave & Holly’s Dairy Sweet
  • Mississippi Cottage Antiques, 606 N. Cody Road; near La Herradura & Decades
  • Dwellings, 414 N. Cody Road
  • BierStube/RiverView Dental Specialists, 1001 Canal Shore Drive; near Holiday Inn Express and Hungry Hobo

Don we now our running apparel!

Lace up your running shoes and throw on the most horrendous sweater you can find — the 7th Annual Ugly Sweater 5K and Kids’ Fun Run returns Saturday, December 3, starting at the LeClaire Civic Center! Whether you run, walk, or crawl, you won’t want to miss this exciting event for all ages beginning with the Half-Mile Kids Reindeer Dash Fun Run at 9:30am, followed by the Ugly Sweater 5K at 10am.

The 5K will be followed by post-race walking tacos, a live DJ, an ugly sweater contest, and pull-tabs for drink specials. Registration is $40 for the 5K and $25 for the kids’ fun run through December 2 — register by November 21 to receive our famous sweatshirt! Proceeds benefit King’s Harvest Ministries.

Let’s Light Up LeClaire

New this year, the Light Up LeClaire Parade will take place on Saturday, December 3, at 5:30pm. Participants get to light up their cars, trucks, or anything they would like for a chance to win the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place award! The parade will travel down Wisconsin Street from 15th Street to 3rd Street. It’ll be very festive and a great way to celebrate the season. If you would like to enter the parade, it is free. Please register by December 1.

During the parade, LeClaire Baptist Church (located along the parade route at 1326 Wisconsin Street) will host free coffee, cider, and cocoa plus fire pit warming stations.

Christmas in LeClaire Schedule of Events

Friday, December 2

10am-5pm Masonic Lodge – Cookie Sale, Lunch, & Crafters.

10am-8pm LeClaire Civic Center – Crafts, Silent Auction, & Baked Goods.

10am-4pm LeClaire Civic Center – Watch Master Carver Luke Travers create wooden shoes.

11am-4pm Santa’s Gift Shop (inside LeClaire Civic Center).  Kids can use “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” to shop for family and friends.

5-7pm Strolling Santas and Christmas characters throughout the downtown.

5-8pm LeClaire Civic Center – Entertainment by balloon artist Jason Hamilton.

5-8pm Various shops open late.

6pm NEW First Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony located on the south end of the levee.

6:30-10:30pm Mississippi River Distilling Company has Friday Night LIVE music by Mars by Morning with Haley Stalzer and Hasta Verano and the release of their Long Lost Rum.

Saturday, December 3

8-10am Breakfast with Santa at Happy Joe’s. Sponsored by LeClaire Happy Joe’s & Blackhawk Bank & Trust.  Kids – $4.50; Adults – $9.50. 

9:30-10am Reindeer Dash Kid’s ½ Mile Fun Run – ages 12 and under. Starts at LeClaire Civic Center parking lot.

10am-12pm Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k Run – line up in LeClaire Civic Center parking lot.

10am-12pm Strolling Santas and Christmas characters throughout the downtown.

10am-2pm Masonic Lodge, 2nd Floor – Kid’s Craft Workshop.

10am-4pm Watch as Master Carver Luke Travers creates Wooden Shoes at LeClaire Civic Center.

10am-5pm Masonic Lodge, lower level – Cookie Sale, Lunch, & Crafters.

10am-8pm LeClaire Civic Center – Crafts, Silent Auction, & Baked Goods. 

10am-8pm Various shops open late.

11am Strolling Carolers throughout downtown courtesy of LeClaire Baptist Church.

11am-8pm Various shops open late.

11am-4pm Santa’s Gift Shop (inside LeClaire Civic Center). Kids can use “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” to shop for family and friends.

11am-5pm FREE Trolley Rides with (5) designated stops throughout the downtown. 

1-3pm Photos with Santa on the LeClaire Levee.

5:30pm NEW Light Up LeClaire Christmas Parade (presented by LeClaire Parks & Rec.) The parade will travel along Wisconsin Street.

During the parade, LeClaire Baptist Church (located along the parade route at 1326 Wisconsin Street) will host free coffee, cider, and cocoa plus fire pit warming stations.

Sunday, December 4

Noon-4pm LeClaire Civic Center – Crafts, Silent Auction (bidding closes at 2pm), & Baked Goods. Watch Master Carver Luke Travers create his one of a kind Wooden Shoes.

Noon-4pm FREE Trolley Rides with (5) designated stops throughout the downtown.  Pick-up and drop-off in MindFire’s parking lot across from the LeClaire Civic Center.

Noon-4pm Santa’s Gift Shop (inside LeClaire Civic Center). Kids can use “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” to shop for family and friends.

Noon-3pm Children’s story hour at the LeClaire Civic Center.

1-3pm Strolling Santas and Christmas characters throughout the downtown.

Christmas in LeClaire Business Specials

Mail a Letter to Santa at Bamboo Baby Boutique, Grasshoppers, Cody Rose Flower Co., Cody Road Trading Post, and the LeClaire Civic Center.

Find fun and special deals at our great shops during Christmas in LeClaire, December 2-4! Many shops are open late on Friday & Saturday and open on Sunday, too!

Antique Archaeology has Christmas Ornaments for sale. Free Tea Towel of your choice when you spend $95, too. See their beautiful Christmas lights in the shop!

Aunt Hatties has Glögg, a traditional holiday / winter drink spiced with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and citrus. It is non-alcoholic; drink it warm or cold and “spike” it, if you want. Find a special sale on Christmas Glögg during the holidays; $12 a bottle or $11 each for 2 bottles or $10 each for 3 or more bottles. They also have Lazy Ones ELF & Flap Jack Pajamas for the Family! You’ll probably want to take a lot of “elfies” in these matching Elf pajamas during the holidays. Buy 2 get 10% off, buy 3 or more pajamas for 20% off at Aunt Hattie’s!

Bamboo Baby Boutique has holiday candy samples. PLUS Letters to Santa! Kids can fill out their wish list and drop it in the Santa Mailbox.

Bela has giveaways for adults and kids and taste samples, too!

Cody Road Coffee has their December drink specials PLUS grab some delicious cocoa bombs – they make great stocking stuffers!

Cody Road Trading Post has 40% off all Outlaw soaps, lotions and beard oil and 25% off Lizzy James jewelry. They will be open until 8 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Cody Rose Flower Co. has a free hot cocoa station, free kids ornament crafts, free samples of dips and jams, pretzels, free popcorn, and wine on sale for $5 by the glass. Their “bouquet bar” is fully stocked for a great “make and take” bouquet PLUS they have winter greens for sale by the bunch. Hours are 9am-4pm on Friday, 10am-4pm on Saturday, and 12-4pm on Sunday.

Crane & Pelican Café gives a free bottle of wine with a $50 gift certificate purchase.

Grasshoppers Gift Shop has Tabor Home wine tasting on Friday evening and Ardon Creek wine tasting on Saturday evening. Plus, they have different specials throughout the weekend!

Green Tree Brewery has some specials on Saturday, December 3. They open at 10am and starting at noon, every runner from the Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k who comes in with their bib from the race will get $2 off their first pint. Also, $8 Crowlers and buy 1 Growler and get one 1/2 off. This special runs from open to close on December 3! Find live music Friday with Jordan Danielsen 8-11pm and Saturday with Ky & Brad 8-11pm.

LeClaire Nutrition has their December specials and is open Friday 7am-1:30pm and Saturday 8:30am-2pm.

Mississippi Cottage Antiques has a huge holiday sale! In-store deals include:
All Puzzles are 35% Off
All Furniture is 12% Off
Original Caboose Wood Stove is 12% Off
1920’s Cast Iron Laundry Stove is 12% Off
Beautiful Imari Collective Pieces are 30% Off
Collective Jardiniere Pottery is 30% Off
Vintage Desk With Drop Down Writing Area is 12% Off
Holiday Deals will run thru December 24, 2022. Enjoy browsing and contact them directly with purchase requests or questions. They offer free delivery on large orders within 30 miles of LeClaire, Iowa. Call Steve at 563-370-5940 or Deb at 563-579-4171 for more information. See items here: https://mississippicottageantiques.net/new-inventory/

Razzleberries is offering a free ornament with any purchase and a “Pick 6” deal. Pick out 6 items to purchase and one will be FREE! And you usually find fun ukulele music at Razz, too, with a great selection of ukuleles for purchase.

Rising Tide Boutique will have live music by Alex Axup on Saturday from 11am-1pm and specials all weekend long. They also have some pre-made gift bundles to make your gift-giving simple!

Studio K
(inside of Grasshoppers) has Mystery Packages for only $8, $2 candles, $1 pictures, $2 lamps, $10 anti-fatigue mats, and $15 Bluetooth scales.

The Shameless Chocoholic has Mrs. Claus at their shop on Friday from 4-7pm. On Friday & Saturday, they are serving their delicious gourmet hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows – Raspberry, Creme de Menthe, Vanilla, or Salted Caramel. (While supplies last.)

Wide River Winery Tasting Room has Buy Two Bottles of Wine, Get One FREE! Offer is available only on to-go bottle purchases. No limit on quantities. 

Santa Letter

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