Warm Candlelight Heralds the Holiday Season in Downtown St. Joseph

Warm Candlelight Heralds the Holiday Season in Downtown St. Joseph Nov. 22 25th Annual Luminary Festival Welcomes Shoppers 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
St. Joseph, Mich. — The holiday season will begin with the warm glow of hundreds of luminaries lining the streets of Victorian-era downtown St. Joseph, Mich., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 22. The 25th 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 4A Song Vinyl, Alley Cuts, Baroda Founders, DK Boutique, Edgewater Gifts, Elephants Breathe, Forever Books, Freedom Boat Club, Friends by Design, Fusion Center for Dance, FuzzyButz Pet Bakery, G&M Variety, Gallery on the Alley, Glik’s, Grins of St. Joseph, HarborTown Interiors, Kilwins, Lazy Ballerina Winery, Nosh Village, Olive Cart, Perennial Accents, PurelyMichigan, ReVive Spa, South Bend Chocolate Café, State Street Stuff, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, Third Coast Surf Shop, Wanderlust Outfitters, Waterfront Framing & Design, Whitcomb and White Pine Winery. 
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 offer 40% off select items and NEW! snowboarding gear in store; Perennial Accents will offer a free gift with purchase; Forever Books will offer hot chocolate and cookies. 
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. As if Luminary Festival wasn’t enough, everyone is encouraged to join us on Saturday, November 30 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.  

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