It's Christmas in LeClaire this weekend where you'll find a big variety of fun activities.

The holiday season is finally here and there’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than the 37th Annual Christmas in LeClaire, a three-day event full of shopping, fun, and activities for all ages!

There will also be plenty of holiday lights too because the whole town has been encouraged to enter the “LeClaire Holiday Lights” lighting/decorating contest sponsored by the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce.

There you'll find a map showing where all the great lights and decorations are, so you can enjoy a fun, family tour organized by LeClaire Parks & Rec. Commission.

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!

There will be free trolley rides around town to 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! 

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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
  • RiverView Dental Specialists, 1001 Canal Shore Drive; near Holiday Inn Express, Hungry Hobo, and Bierstube

Lace up your running shoes and throw on the most horrendous sweater you can find — the 6th Annual Ugly Sweater 5K and Kids’ Fun Run returns Saturday, December 4, 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 9:30 a.m., followed by the Ugly Sweater 5K at 10 a.m.

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 Dec. 3 — register by November 27 to receive our famous sweatshirt! Proceeds benefit King’s Harvest Ministries.

Christmas in LeClaire Schedule of Events

Friday, December 3

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

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

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.

5-11pm Celebrate Friday Night LIVE in LeClaire including –

5-8pm: Various shops open late.

5:30-7:30pm: The Crane & Pelican Café has live jazz by Freddy Allen. For reservations call 563-289-8774.

6:30-9:30pm: Mississippi River Distilling Company has live music by Ky & Ty.

7-10pm: Dirty Water Music has live music by the Dirty Water Boys.

7-10pm: Faithful Pilot Kitchen & Bar has live music by DR Duo.

8-11pm: Green Tree Brewery has live music by Jacob Hemenway. 

Saturday, December 4

8-10am Breakfast with Santa at Happy Joe’s.  Sponsored by LeClaire Happy Joe’s & Blackhawk Bank & Trust.  Kids – $4.50; Adults – $8.50.

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, Gift Wrap & Baked Goods.

10am-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 designated stops throughout the downtown. Pick-up and drop-off in MindFire’s parking lot across from the LeClaire Civic Center.

12:30-3pm Photos with Santa at the LeClaire Civic Center Parking Lot, 127 S. Cody Road.

*Rain/snow location will be at Navigate Realty located on the corner of Cody Road and Jones Street.

1-2pm  LeClaire Baptist Church Carolers near Grasshoppers Gift Shop

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

1-4pm Balloon Artist Jason Hamilton will be entertaining at Santa’s Gift Shop in the LeClaire Civic Center.

2-5pm Dirty Water Music has live music by the Dirty Water Boys.

6-9pm Mississippi River Distilling Company’s Celebration Center is showing Elf on the big screens.

8-11pm Green Tree Brewery has live music by Jordan Danielsen.

Sunday, December 5

10am-4pm         LeClaire Civic Center – Craft, Silent Auction (bidding closes at 2 pm), Gift Wrap & Baked Goods. Watch master carver Luke Travers create his one-of-a-kind wooden shoes.

11am-4pm FREE Trolley Rides with designated stops throughout the downtown.  Pick-up and drop-off in MindFire’s parking lot across from the LeClaire Civic Center.

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

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

2-5pm Dirty Water Music has live music by the Dirty Water Boys.

 

Bring the kids or make it a date night in LeClaire. Open the station app and listen to nonstop holiday music while you drive through the neighborhoods looking at the lights.

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