And, remember: robust singing is exercise. It releases the same feel-good endorphins as a good walk. You’ll feel better.
3. Plug into the symphony. The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra is another cultural jewel that’s had a hard time this year, having to go virtual with concerts.
But now through Jan. 11, you can access the QCSO’s Brass and Percussion Sections performing holiday favorites right in your home. A household ticket is only $23. For that, the whole family can sit around and enjoy:
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Adeste Fideles,” “Christmas Day,” “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” “Stille Nacht,” “Nutcracker Suite,” “Pastorale/Jesu Bambino,” “Joy to the World” and “Sleigh Ride.”
4. Look at the lights! Because people are stuck at home because of pandemic, and because everyone wants to do something joyful, and because the weather has been warm enough to encourage outdoor work, Quad-Citians are putting up a lot more outdoor lights than usual.
Lights are everywhere and wonderfully beautiful. So just take a drive. And if you want to make sure you see lights, visit the Poinsettias and Lights display at Davenport’s Vander Veer Botanical Park, the holiday lights at Fejervary Park, also Davenport, and the Winter Nights, Winter Lights display at the Quad-City Botanical Center, Rock Island. The first two are absolutely free; there is a charge at the botanical center.