Light Up The Bluff- 6:00-7:00pm
Year-round, the bluff in St.Joseph is a sight to behold. For the holiday times, the landmark is lit with thousands of lights, wrapped around trees and sculptures. Stroll through the arches of snowflakes to the illuminated "Maids of the Mist" fountain as you listen to the St. Joseph choir, and find plenty of familiar wintery friends (there's a really big Frosty the Snowman!). The tree at Broad Street and Lake Boulevard is lit with a ceremony at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Live Mannequins- 7:00-8:30pm
After you stroll the bluff, head to State Street for the 6th Annual Live Manequins! Created by Square Peg Events, this annual spectacle brings comminity members inside the store windows to pose as mannequins for a judged competition. This year, the theme is Literature- come check out what our downtown stores and partners have come up with, from traditional Little Women to Elf on the Shelf. We want to know what your favorite was; check out stjoetoday.com/vote that evening to cast your votes! The event is free, and the fun doesn't stop there!
After Party and Awards- 8:30-10:00pm
Afterwards celebrate the spirit of friendly competition at the After Party & Awards held at the Box Factory for the Arts from 8:30-10:00pm. This event is free and open to the public and will feature live music by Jack Adams and a cash bar. Winners announced at 9:45pm. 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.
Breakfast at Shu's- 9:00-11:00am
Santa has arrived at Shu's! Two kids eat free with an adult breakfast; they'll also have the chance to visit with Santa and decorate cookies. Call for reservations at 269.983.7248; he'll be there Sunday too.
Morton House Museum Holiday Event- 11:00am-4:00pm
There's plenty of Christmas goodies and their world famous wasil; this will be the last chance to see the Upton Company Toy Exhibit!
Sippin' with Santa- 1:00-6:00pm
Santa is turning up in Baroda, too, at Round Barn Winery's Sippin' with Santa event! Donate a new, unwrapped toy (or $5 suggested donation) for a visit with Santa, in partnership with Toys for Tots in New Buffalo. Kids can also participate in ornament making and cookie decorating, while the 21+ crowd is invited for seasonal cheer Round Barn style!
Reindog Holiday Parade- 4:00pm
For all your furry friends, the Reindog Parade has returned to downtown St. Joseph! At 4:00pm, "Santa Bernards" and "Reindeer Rottweilers" and more will parade down State Street (beginning at Elm). Sponsored by FuzzyButz, this annual event promises a great time for two-and-four legged friends. Registration is required; you can register in advanced at the Welcome Center, or day-of-registration begins at 2:00pm in the Welcome Center.
Grand Mustachio Bashio- 6:00pm
North Pier Brewing is having their Second Annual Grand Mustachio Basio on December 2nd! With proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Southwest Michigans, the event promises a good time...and a twist on holiday fashion.
Christmas Holiday Open House- 12:00-4:00pm
Animal Aid is hosting their Annual Holiday Open House. Head over to the St. Joseph City Library for a great cause! There will be gift items, a silent auction, bake sale, stocking stuffers and more!
Santa Brunch at the Bistro on the Boulevard- 11:30am-2:00pm
Santa's a busy guy! He's having breakfast at the Bistro on the Boulevard on Sunday from 11:30am-2:00pm. It's a brunch buffet, with cookie decorating for kids. Call for reservation at 269.983.3882; if you miss this week, they'll also offer a breakfast with Santa on December 10th and 17th.
Santa's House- 1:00-5:00pm
Sponsored by the Herald-Palladium, Santa's House is moved from the North Pole each year to right outside the Welcome Center! Santa arrives in style during the Reindog Holiday Parade (Saturday at 5:00pm) and holds various hours here throughout the holiday season. Visit stjoetoday.com/santa for a detailed list.
For a quiet end to an awesome weekend, head over to the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph for the Monday Musical Club's 86th Annual Vespers Service. There will be performances by the Monday Musical Club Chorus, Paula Steuernagel (Director), Esther Showmaker (Accompianist), Dr. Karl Schrock (Organist), and Maggie Barta (Vocal Soloist). This is the eighth decade for this event; admission is free, though donations to the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph area Good Fellow Fund are greatfully appreciated.