For the first time since 2019, one of the Quad Cities' most adored holiday traditions returns to Davenport's Adler Theatre when the professional talents of Ballet Quad Cities perform Tchaikovsky's holiday dance classic The Nutcracker. A December 11 and 12 event boasting new choreography and staging by Artistic Director Courtney Lyon and Artistic Associate Emily Kate Long, the eagerly awaited family experience will feature live musical accompaniment by Orchestra Iowa, as well as the return of guest artist Domingo Rubio, the longtime portrayer of the company's dancing Dracula.

A remarkable 13,000 years of state history will be explored in a virtual event on December 16, with the Davenport Public Library hosting the online presentation Iowa's People & Places: A Program Commemorating 175 Years of Iowa Statehood. a fascinating webinar stroll through the centuries led by State Curator Leo Landis.

Offering participants a special virtual program in its popular “Community Connections” series, the Bettendorf Public Library invites yuletide revelers to have a jolly old time learning about a jolly old elf in The History & Folklore of Santa Claus, in which Laura Keyes of Historic Voices explores the origins and evolution a figure beloved to children (and more than a few adults) all around the world.

Vintage, classic, and antique motorcycles of all makes and models will be on display through April 3 when Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center debuts its homegrown Winter Wheels: Antique Motorcycle Exhibition, in which patrons can enjoy viewing rusty gold to frame-up restorations to everything in between.

Hosting an original exhibition displayed in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design, Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center will, through December 31, offer a fascinating exploration into historic portraiture with the homegrown exhibit Faces of the Past.

An inventive and riotous improv-comedy troupe composed of Jeff De Leon, Jen Kuhle, and Leslie Mitchell, Wisenheimer will celebrate a significant milestone at Moline's Black Box Theatre on December 4 with their 10-year anniversary show, an evening that will boast a brief retrospective, an opening-act improv performance, announcements on future plans, and maybe a surprise or two.

In a December 6 program hosted by the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society and Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center of the Davenport Public Library, patrons at the library's Main Street branch are invited to learn more about their family histories in the in-person and virtual event Your Guide to the 1950 Census, a special presentation hosted by author and traveling public speaker Lisa Louise Cooke.

A film and television actor, touring comedian, and Emmy-winning host for the popular Discovery Channel game show Cash Cab, standup sensation Ben Bailey plays a December 5 engagement at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room, the New Jersey-based talent also familiar from appearances on such TV series as 30 Rock, Blue Bloods, Parenthood, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Lauded by Rolling Stone as “absolutely incredible” and Broadway World as “an eye-popping display of storytelling that's like nothing else you've ever seen,” the electrified talents of Lightwire Theater bring their stage sensation A Very Electric Christmas to the University of Dubuque on November 28, a holiday-themed family event by the America's Go Talent competitors whom judge Sharon Osbourne declared “spectacular in every sense of the word.”

Family audiences are invited to the TaxSlayer Center from November 18 to 21 to experience the wonderful world of Disney – on Ice – in the brand-new touring sensation Mickey's Search Party, with the Moline venue transformed into an enormous skating rink and some of the studio's most beloved characters joining Mickey Mouse and friends for an unforgettable adventure.