Light Up the Bluff, Live Mannequins, Reindog Holiday Parade and Santa’s Arrival Fill Downtown St. Joseph with Holiday Cheer, Dec. 2-3
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. 2-3.
Light Up the Bluff on Dec. 2 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 Feb. 15 for Valentine’s Day planning in Michigan’s Most Romantic City. This display is sponsored by the St. Joseph Improvement Association.
Following the tree lighting, visitors can stroll downtown and enjoy the Fifth Annual Live Mannequins sponsored by Edgewater Bank and Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. Dozens of community volunteers will pose perfectly still in participating store windows from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme features Christmas music. All ages will have fun seeing a variety of scenes from their favorite holiday tunes. New this year, the Box Factory for the Arts will host the After Party & Awards from 8:30 to 10 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and will feature live music by the Deep Fried Pickle Project. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Road closures will be in effect in the downtown shopping district due to the volume of foot traffic, but plenty of additional free parking is available in the Broad Street lots across from the Box Factory! Free trolley rides provided by Sunset Coast Trolley will be available from the Box Factory lot to downtown from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Downtown pick up will be located at the Welcome Center and Jimmy John’s.
On Dec. 3, the 18th Annual Reindog Holiday Parade, sponsored by FuzzyButz, kicks off at 4 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. A portion of the net proceeds from participant registration fees will be donated to Save-A-Stray.
After the parade, children can share their wish lists with Santa at Santa’s House, sponsored by the Herald-Palladium, until 7 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 to 6 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. Special hours will also be offered Dec. 21-23 for those last minute requests. Gift hunters will appreciate the unique selections, special prices and festive shopping atmosphere that evening and throughout December.
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. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors can buy treats from the bake sale, learn about pet adoption opportunities, make year-end donations and more.
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.