There are still a number of festive events to help you celebrate the holiday season here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! From holiday stories to magically lit winter wonderland strolls, last minute wish lists to Santa and holiday shopping, we’ve got you covered.



Light up the Bluff & Downtown Winter Lights | Now - February 14
Enjoy a magical winter season as Lake Bluff Park is transformed into a winter wonderland, featuring 1 million holiday lights. Grab a hot chocolate and continue your stroll through downtown St. Joseph to take in the new winter lights! The winter lights have been placed downtown along State St. (from Elm St. to Ship St.) as well as Broad St. and Ship St. (Lake Blvd. to Main St.) and Pleasant St. (Lake Blvd. to Court St.) and will remain up through February in conjunction with Light up the Bluff.

Letters to Santa | Now - December 24
While Santa has to stay in the North Pole this year, his house will remain outside the Welcome Center to collect wish lists and letters! The St. Joseph Today staff have been entrusted by Santa and his elves to help get the letters to the North Pole! Stop by the Welcome Center for a candy cane treat – SJT will also have postcards for those last minute wish lists! Thank you to our sponsor The Herald Palladium

Storytime with Mrs. Claus | December 8, 15, 22
Mrs. Claus will read some of her favorite holiday books during Storytime with Mrs. Claus. Stories will be released online at and on the St. Joseph Today Facebook page. Thank you to our sponsor The Herald Palladium

Countdown to the New Year | Now - December 20
Countdown to the new year with SWMI businesses and restaurants! Free entry with purchases made at participating locations through December 20. To enter, fill out an entry form for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from a participating location. St. Joseph Today will draw daily winners through the month of December. Winners will be announced on our Facebook event page and contacted individually. For more information visit 

Candy Cane Lane | December 16-31
The City of St. Joseph invites the community to stroll through Candy Cane Lane in Milton Park and enjoy some holiday fun and winter activities!

Bah, Humbug! Virtual | December 20 | 2:00pm
Twin City Players presents Bah, Humbug! - the story of the timeless Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - this holiday season! Tune in virtually at or the TCP’s YouTube channel. 



St. Joseph Today Gift Certificates can be used at over 80 participating locations, which makes them great gifts for any occasion! This program supports the community and great local businesses. Participating locations can be found throughout SWMI - see here for a full list! Certificates are available in increments up to $50.00 - anything over will be split up into multiple gift certificates (i.e. if you'd like a $75, you will receive a $50 and $25 gift certificates to equal your total amount). NEW THIS YEAR - SJT gift certificates are now available for purchase online!

Find the perfect gift online at Silver Beach Carousel’s The Brass Ring Gift Shop! Available for shipping or curbside pickup. Visit for more information!  

Chartreuse, a local art co-op in downtown St. Joseph, features 20+ artists! Holiday shoppers are sure to find one-of-a-kind, locally made gifts!

INSIDER TIP: Chartreuse welcomes back ceramic artist Margaret Hogeboom!
Margaret shares her love of clay through both whimsical and
decorative pieces.

Gift buyers will enjoy seasonal specials at Olive Cart! Free shipping on online orders over $59 - use coupon code FREESHIP59; $100 gift card for just $80 (online and in-store), take an additional 10% off 3 or more already-reduced gift sets (in-store), 10% off curbside pick-up - use code CURBSIDE for online orders (online or phone).

Newly expanded, Perennial Accents features rugs, kitchenware, drinkware, pillows, cocktail and entertaining items, home furnishings and more! Right now you can enjoy 25% of all holiday decor while supplies last - “love where you lounge” this holiday season! Plus enjoy complimentary gift wrapping year-round. 

The Cheese Lady, Infusco Coffee, Dad’s Farm and Community Tap St. Joe - four new shops coming to The Market in downtown St. Joe in 2021 - have partnered to create the perfect holiday gift basket! The basket includes one 12oz bag of Infusco Coffee, one 10oz jar of Dad’s Farm jam, one 8oz jar of Dad’s Farm honey, one medium succulent, one Community Tap St. Joe Enamel Campfire Mug, one box of crackers and two expertly paired cheese from The Cheese Lady!

INSIDER TIP: Catch The Cheese Lady at Perennial Accents
for their last Pop Up Shop of 2020 on December 19!

This holiday season, Oh My Darlings is happy to help you pick out the perfect gift for you little ones! Owner Carla offers a personal shopping experience via video chat or will also text you product photos. Contact Oh My Darlings by phone (269) 214 6804, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message them on social media! 

“Relax, Revive and Rejuvenate” with ReVive Spa this holiday season! Gift cards for spa services make the perfect gift!


Wishing you and your family a merry & bright holiday season and a happy new year! 
- The St. Joseph Today Team


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