Getting in the holiday spirit is easy when you visit the Victorian-era downtown in St. Joseph, Mich. during the month of December. Four family-favorite events to celebrate the season will take place Dec. 6-7.
Light Up the Bluff on Dec. 6 will transform Lake Bluff Park when the mayor flips the switch at 6:30 p.m. and a million lights twinkle on the community tree and holiday-themed displays. The lights will then remain on through Valentine’s Day in Michigan’s Most Romantic City. This display is sponsored by the St. Joseph Improvement Association. Arrive at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy carolers from the St. Joseph High School Choir.
Following the tree lighting, visitors can stroll downtown and enjoy Window Wonderland sponsored by Edgewater Bank and Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. Dozens of storefronts will participate in this holiday window decorating event from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Those in search of the perfect gift will appreciate unique selections, special prices and a festive shopping atmosphere that evening and throughout December. For those that love weekends in downtown St. Joseph, join us on Friday, March 13, 2020 for March Mannequins! Watch storefronts come alive as dozens of community volunteers pose perfectly still, like mannequins, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit stjoetoday.com/marchmannequins.
Event attendees that weekend and visitors throughout the month will also notice the addition of holiday music playing throughout downtown St. Joseph Dec. 6 until Dec. 25. Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today says, “St. Joseph Today is hopeful that the music will add to the charm of downtown and entice holiday shoppers looking for those one-of-a-kind gifts. It’s our own winter wonderland!” Special thanks to Edward J. Todd for helping to bring this festive project to the downtown.
On Dec. 7, the 21st Annual Reindog Holiday Parade, sponsored by FuzzyButz, kicks off at 4:00 p.m. Pets and pet owners dress up in holiday costumes to entertain visitors along State St. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade must register. Parade participants may get registration forms at FuzzyButz on State St., St. Joseph Today’s downtown office or at stjoetoday.com/reindog. Day of registration will take place at the Welcome Center (301 State Street) from 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from participant registration fees will be donated to Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan.
Keeping with the Reindog pet theme, local charity Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan will hold its annual open house at the St. Joseph Public Library on Saturday Dec. 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors can buy treats from the bake sale, learn about pet adoption opportunities, make year-end donations and more.
After the parade, children can share their wish lists with Santa at Santa’s House, sponsored by the Herald-Palladium, until 7:00 p.m. Santa will be at the house, located at State and Pleasant Streets, until Dec. 23. House hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Special hours will also be offered Dec. 23 from noon to 5:00 p.m. for those last minute requests. Photography not provided, attendees are encouraged to bring their own cameras.
Edward J. Todd is devoted to supporting the education of our local youth as well as supporting the growth of local businesses through community events. St. Joseph Today and the whole community benefit from the generous support for the fine arts.
For more information on the Merry & Bright weekend visit stjoetoday.com/merryandbright.
St. Joseph Today, a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about these and other December activities, contact St. Joseph Today at 269-985-1111 or visit stjoetoday.com or facebook.com/stjoetoday.