A menagerie of icy animals will be on display Friday-Sunday, Jan. 14-16, in downtown Davenport, when the Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) kicks off Icestravaganza, presented by Rubberstamps.net
Some 36,000 pounds of beautiful Zoo Animal Safari-themed ice carvings will be on display from 5 p.m., Friday, through 10 p.m., Sunday, at the Freight House and LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport.
Attendees can stroll by on the Freight House boardwalk or check them out from their vehicle in the new drive-through display on Beiderbecke Drive in LeClaire Park. Organizers recommend that the best time to see and photograph the sculptures is when they’re glowing from dusk to 10 p.m.
Festival goers are encouraged to snap a photo and post on social media using the hashtag #IcestravaganzaQC.
“We invite you to visit Downtown Davenport and enjoy Icestravaganza, one of the most popular
outdoor winter events in the QC,” DDP Director of Events Jason Gilliland said in a news release. “I’m amazed every year at the ice sculptures that are created, transforming blocks of ice into intricate creations that look even better at night when they’re lit.”
Visitors also can watch the Metronet live ice carving demonstration in-person or online from 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, on the DDP’s Facebook page.
The Family Credit Union will host a warming station with free hot chocolate and a fire pit at the Freight House’s outdoor patio during the ice carving competition and from 5-6:30 p.m. each day. Attendees also are encouraged to check out the Farmers’ Market vendors (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday) and visit nearby downtown businesses to eat, drink and shop.
Icestravaganza is produced by DDP, an affiliate of the Quad Cities Chamber. The presenting sponsor is Rubberstamps.net. It also is supported by these sponsors: The Family Credit Union, Metronet, MidAmerican Energy, Rhythm City Casino, WHBF, KLJB FOX 18, Townsquare Media, Quad-City Times, Front Street Taproom, City of Davenport, One Step, Inc, Hupp Toyota Lift and Adler Theatre.
To keep the event fun and safe, organizers ask attendees to socially distance and mask up.