Kick off the holidays in Southwest Michigan this weekend! On Friday, November 18 early gift shoppers will enjoy extended hours, special offers and more as they stroll through hundreds of luminaries in downtown St. Joseph from 5:00p-8:00p. This weekend will also feature sneak peeks of specials, one-of-a-kind gifts, free gift wrapping, new merchandise, events and festive fun this holiday season.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Stroll through downtown St. Joseph as hundreds of luminaries light your way to kick off the holiday season during Luminary from 5:00p-8:00p! Participating locations invite you to eat, shop, drink and be merry.
INSIDER TIP: Many businesses will host extended hours and
special offers. Visit stjoetoday.com/luminary for a list of
Join the Krasl Art Center for their Community ⇄ Members’ Show: Annual Meeting & Evening of Art Opening Reception from 6:00p-8:00p! This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will enjoy a guest lecture from community leaders Emanuel and Sharon Brown, the presentation of the Members' Award, music, a cash bar and lite bites.
Get a preview of Wanderlust Outfitters Black Friday sales from 5:00p-8:00p during Luminary! Early holiday shoppers will also enjoy Christmas gift wrapping that evening.
Stop by The Candlestick Maker for a little early holiday shopping! During Luminary, shoppers will enjoy a buy three get one free special on all fragrance items (free item equal to or lesser value).
Spin the wheel to earn savings at Finalé Touch! Shoppers will enjoy savings up to 50% and a $100 off drawing giveaway.
Forever Books hosts a Book Signing with children’s book author/illustrator Talitha Shipman from 5:00p-8:00p. Shipman is the author of Finding Beauty and the illustrator of First Snow, Applesauce Day and the Astrid the Astronaut series. Attendees will also enjoy a sweet treat and complimentary gift wrapping.
Catch an Artisan Pop-Up Market from 5:00p-8:00p at Waterfront House of Framing & Fashion that will feature local artisans!
The Aesthetics Lounge and Spa hosts a special sale on their “Product of the Month" REVITALASH ADVANCED, on sale for $135 - normally $150; comes with a free full-size eyelash wash, while supplies last. This breakthrough eyelash conditioner helps less-than-ideal lashes take on a look of enhanced beauty!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Journeyman Distillery hosts an Autumn Artisan Market on Saturday from 11:00a-7:00p and Sunday from 10:00a-5:00p. Wander the historic Featherbone Corset Factory with a craft cocktail while you shop local artisans and makers!
It’s Deer Widow’s Weekend at Urban Garage Market this Saturday and Sunday! Grab some friends and enjoy special sales and tasty treats. Shoppers will be entered into a drawing when they make a purchase!
Mark your calendars for G&M Variety’s first annual Holiday this Saturday from 10:00a-4:00p! Shoppers will enjoy a free gift with purchase, hourly drawings, snacks and extra savings.
The St. Joseph Public Library hosts a Used Book Sale on Friday from 10:30a-5:00p and Saturday from 10:30a-3:00p. One Saturday attendees will enjoy a bag sale from 1:00p-3:00p, $6/bag.
Enjoy tasty brews, delicious food and live music this weekend at The Livery! Groove to tunes from Austin Benzing on Saturday at 7:00p.
INSIDER TIP: Catch live music featuring Nathan Walton &
The Remedy on Friday at 7:00p and Yoga on Tap with the
YMCA of Greater Michiana on Sunday at 12:30p.
Get in the holiday spirit with the Andrew’s University Wind Symphony Holiday Concert at the Howard Performing Arts Center, this Sunday at 8:00p.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
St. Joe Today + SWMI businesses and restaurants hosts Countdown to New Year, a daily giveaway event throughout the month of December! Shoppers earn one entry per $25 purchase (one time or cumulative). Qualifying purchases must be made between November 18 and December 18. Visit stjoetoday.com/countdown for more information!
INSIDER TIP: Earn double entries when you shop during
Luminary (November 18), Small Business Saturday (November 26),
Window Wonderland (December 2) and the Fanny Mae
Memorial Reindog Parade (December 3)!
Make your own holiday decor at Fernwood Botanical Garden’s Holiday Wreath Workshops! Join Fernwood on November 20, December 8 or December 11 as they help you create your own festive wreath using fresh greens collected from the Fernwood gardens. Reserve your spot today!
Lake Michigan College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department present Antigonick this weekend at The Mendel Center! This adaptation of Antigonick “breaks the play open, breaks down the fourth wall, and revels in its messiness and complications.” Catch the show Thursday-Saturday at 7:00p and Sunday at 3:00p.
Round Barn Brewery and Public House wants to test your holiday knowledge during Thanksgiving Trivia at 2:00p. Grab five of your friends (max group size, 6 per team) and get ready to compete! Reservations required.
Create your own Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Wild Ginger Flowers & Gifts at Lazy Ballerina Winery from 1:00p-2:30p. Brooke, owner of Wild Ginger Flower & Gifts, will guide you through arranging a beautiful floral centerpiece! Reservations required.
Additionally, shoppers and diners alike will enjoy a magical experience this winter season while downtown. Beautiful winter lights and festive holiday music throughout downtown St. Joseph will enhance the holiday atmosphere. The winter lights and music will kick off on Luminary (November 18). The lights will remain up through February in conjunction with Light up the Bluff (December 2 through February 15).