While there are 45 shopping days from Friday until Christmas, Moline Centre is getting into the holiday spirit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday with its second annual Holiday Hop in downtown Moline.
The event highlights more than 40 stores and restaurants in the area, including in-store specials, refreshments, kids’ crafts, Christmas movies, games, free trolley transportation and more.
“Holiday Hop is a way to support our local business community while getting into the festive spirit of the holidays,” Adam Guthrie, executive director of Moline Centre Main Street, said in a recent release. “We’re looking to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event by continuing to highlight all that the downtown Moline area has to offer.”
Among the special activities and discounts planned are:
• Barley & Rye Bistro, 1320 5th Ave.: Order a bottle of wine with dinner and receive half off the bottle's price.
• Barrel House, 1321 5th Ave.: Get $3 off any draft beer.
• Bierstube Moline, 1413 5th Ave.: Children receive complimentary Kinderpunsch and Frittierte Schneebälle (fried snowballs). Glühwein, seasonal mulled wine, is also available for adult purchase.
• The Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Ave.: Santa will be at the Black Box to give out free books to kids while children's Christmas movies play.
• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, 338 6th St.: Play all the reindeer games, where there will be free hot chocolate, popcorn, crafts and games for kids.
• Cup A Joe, 1603 5th Ave.: Free coffee, a chocolate fountain and other treats.
• DIY craft lounge, 1514 5th Ave.: Free cider and hand-crafted cupcakes.
• Isabel Bloom, 1505 River Dr.: Get a free gift with any purchase while in-house entertainment plays.
• Julie's Artistic Rose, 1601 5th Ave.: 20-percent off everything storewide with free refreshments.
• Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 101 18th St.: Complimentary hot chocolate station as Christmas music plays.
• Two Rivers Massage, 1411 6th Ave.: Get a free chair massage, gift bag, cider and cookies.
• WaterMark Corners, 1500 River Dr.: Free wine and cheese, personalized stationery for the first 100 customers and live music. On Friday and Saturday, get $10 WaterMark Cash for every $50 spent.
For a complete list of participating businesses and activities, visit molinecentre.org/events/moline-centre-holiday-hop-1.