The holiday season will begin with the warm glow of hundreds of luminaries lining the streets of Victorian-era downtown St. Joseph, Mich., from dusk to 9 p.m. on November 16. The 24th Annual Luminary Festival, sponsored by The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, creates a joyful atmosphere for all ages to enjoy refreshments, special prices and gift ideas galore from participating restaurants and shopkeepers.
“All ages are invited to head downtown for this festive event,” said Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today. “Whether you’re looking to enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate, grab a sweet treat, or get a jump start on your holiday gift shopping it’s a great way to kick off the holiday season.”
Festival participants and sustaining sponsors include 221 Main, Alley Cuts, Baroda Founders, Caffe Tosi, Chartreuse, DK Boutique, Friends by Design, FuzzyButz, G&M Variety, Gallery on the Alley, Grins of St. Joseph, Lana’s Boutique, Lazy Ballerina Winery, Lazy Daisy, Moxie’s Boutique, Oh My Darlings, Olive Cart, PurelyMichigan, Re-Imagine, ReVive Spa, State Street Stuff, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, The Candlestick Maker, Third Coast Surf Shop, Wanderlust Outfitters, Waterfront Framing, Whitcomb, White Pine Winery, and Zion UCC.
A variety of participants will host businesses and/or offer specials. Wanderlust Outfitters will feature a preview of their Black Friday sales; White Pine Winery will offer mulled wine samples; Third Coast Surf Shop will host North Pier Brewing and North Shore Inn; ReVive Spa will host Sister Lakes Brewing, watercolor artist Dori Beth Josimovich and Full Circle Café.
Zapal says that Luminary Festival is the kick off to holiday shopping and that many downtown businesses will offer free gift wrapping throughout the holiday season. “Shopping locally is a great way to get unique and special gifts for everyone on your list while supporting our local businesses and community. Everyone is encouraged to join us on Saturday, November 24 for Small Business Saturday for additional specials.”
St. Joseph Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events, visit stjoetoday.com, facebook.com/stjoetoday, the Welcome Center or call 269-985-1111.