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Old Town Cape Signature Events

Holiday Events

Friday, November 24
5:00 Pm - 7:00 pm
Vasterling suites courtyard

Christmas Tree Lighting

Join Santa & Mrs. Claus as they light the thirty-foot Christmas tree! Kick-off the holiday season with Christmas music, fire pits, and local food vendors.

Old Town Cape’s 30-foot Christmas Tree has quickly become a holiday destination for crowds in Cape Girardeau and surrounding areas. On the Friday following Thanksgiving, spectators can visit the corner of Broadway and Fountain to sing Christmas carols, illuminated aerial acrobatic performances, enjoy warm beverages and treats, and of course, watch Santa Claus light the tree. The tree then remains lit throughout the Christmas season until the beginning of the New Year. Join us in downtown Cape Girardeau at the Vasterling Suites Courtyard on Friday, November 24th from 5pm to 7pm!

Event Vendors:
Turk Dawgs
1UP Food Truck & Catering
Waves Mini Donuts
Hot Chocolate Truck by Dawn Kirby

Event Schedule:
- Vendors will be serving food
- S'mores station will begin
- Master of Ceremonies, Jim Maurer, will welcome attendees to the event
- With Santa, Mrs. Claus & the elves' arrival, musicians will lead attendees in singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
- Master of Ceremonies will lead the countdown to lighting
After the tree is lit, musicians lead singing “Deck the Halls” followed by "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors:
Banterra Bank, Ritter Real Estate, and Top of the Marq

Saturday, November 25

Small Business Saturday
Downtown Shopping Spree

We will be celebrating Small Business Saturday a little differently this year! Every year, we award two $500 downtown shopping sprees- and this year you'll need a BINGO to win! We are inviting the community to pick up & return their bingo card in the Marquette Tower Lobby from 8am-5pm on Saturday, November 25th. Consumers will be required to get a BINGO by visiting participating businesses and getting their card stamped. (Old Town Cape will provide the stamps)We have 24 spots available on our Small Business Saturday bingo cards, and all downtown businesses are invited to call our office at 573-334-8085 or email to participate. Limited spots are available and they will be on a first come first serve basis. Although there are limited spots available, we think this is a great opportunity to showcase a variety of our downtown businesses, Give us a call now to secure your spot!!  

Sunday, November 26
5:00 pm - 7:00 PM

Parade of Lights

Head downtown for the annual Parade of Lights beginning at dusk. The parade begins at the intersection of Broadway Street and West End Boulevard (Capaha Park entrance), continues East down Broadway toward the river, then turns right onto Main Street, and will end at 43 S. Main (Hutson’s Big Sandy Furniture parking lot). The theme for 2023 is "There’s Gnome Place Like Home for the Holidays"

The Parade of Lights is proudly presented by Old Town Cape, Inc., and our sponsors:
Drury Southwest, Rhodes, Southeast Missourian + rustmedia, and The Rhodes Group

Horse & Carriage Sponsorship: Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District

Download Parade Packet

Friday, december 1 & SATURDAY, December 2
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Holiday Open House

The 2023 Downtown Holiday Open House is a family-friendly TWO-DAY event this year! On Friday, Decemeber 1st, you can enjoy live mannequins at Pastimes Antiques, a hot chocolate bar at Socials Cafe, and Christmas carols by Alma Schrader Elementary School students! On Saturday, December 2nd, at Vasterling Suites courtyard, you will find children’s activities next to the Old Town Cape Christmas Tree along with Photos with Santa. In the market lot at 35 S. Spanish Street, you can find horse-drawn carriage rides by Hileman Carriage Service, snag a photo with The Grinch, warm your bones by the fire pits and enjoy holiday tunes by the Snowbird Street Band. Also on Saturday evening, Old St. Vincent Church will be hosting a Brass & Organ concert at 7pm!

Participating businesses will be decorated and waiting with holiday merchandise, in-store deals, and special events! Stay tuned on social media for our downtown deals! If you are a downtown business, please email or tag us in your deals or promotions for these dates!

Thank you so much to our sponsors!
Santa's Workshop: Saint Francis Healthcare System
Photos with Santa: Cape Noon Optimist Club
Horse & Carriage Rides: Visit Cape
Photos with The Grinch: First Missouri State Bank
Photography Sponsor: Sky573

Huge thanks to our Christmas in Downtown sponsors!
Drury Southwest, Rhodes, Southeast Missourian + rustmedia, and The Rhodes Group

Downtown Cape Girardeau is the area’s most scenic destination for holiday shopping. Christmas in Downtown Cape attracts seasonal shoppers and return consumers to enjoy a full schedule of events and promotions against a backdrop of historic and natural attractions decorated to reflect the magic of Christmas.

Thank you to our Christmas in Downtown Sponsors!