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Holiday Events

We've Got the Spirit

Downtown Cape Girardeau has got the spirit when it comes to celebrating the holidays, especially Christmas. Let nostalgic events such as the Parade of Lights and the Downtown Christmas Open House bring a twinkle to your eye, and attend newer events such as Small Business Saturday to check off your holiday shopping list. With over 75 unique shops, you can find a gift for everyone on your list. And they'll love hearing all about the special place that you went to pick out their gift. Annual holiday events are listed below, and stay tuned on our Calendar of Events for additional holiday events. Do yourself a favor and get downtown to enjoy them this year! 

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide initiative that was started by American Express in 2010. Since it's inception Downtown Cape Girardeau has celebrated this much needed Holiday shopping event with joy. The whole idea is to support our local merchants the day after Black Friday. Of course, we suggest shopping local all the live-long year, but Small Business Saturday sets aside a special day to shop locally with extra holiday cheer and intention.

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The Parade of Lights

The Parade of Lights takes place annually the Sunday after Thanksgiving at dusk. People come from all over Southeast Missouri to watch the best Christmas Parade around march down Broadway and Main Streets in Downtown Cape Girardeau. Interested in being in the Parade of Lights? Download our 2018 Parade of Lights Entry Packet.

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Downtown Christmas Open House

Your favorite downtown holiday tradition is here! Save the date for Old Town Cape, Inc.'s 16th Annual Downtown Christmas Open House two-day event! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and enjoy all that #DowntownCG has to offer!

The 16th Annual Downtown Christmas Open House two-day event will take place on Friday, December 7, from 5 - 9 p.m. AND Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and will feature TWO chances to win a $500 #DowntownCG shopping spree!! This family-friendly open house event will include live caroling throughout downtown, pictures with Santa and activities for kids in Santa's Workshop, pictures with Grinch and children's activities in Whoville, horse drawn carriage rides, and participating businesses will be decorated and waiting for you with holiday merchandise, in-store deals, and special events!

See more details on our calendar of events. »