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.

The Christmas Tree Lighting is proudly presented by Old Town Cape, Inc., and our sponsors: Banterra Bank and Top of the Marq

Saturday, November 25

Small Business Saturday

Make sure to #shopsmall and #eatlocal while you visit all of your favorite downtown businesses!

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:
Commerce Bank, Drury Southwest, Rhodes, Southeast Missourian + rustmedia, and The Rhodes Group

Download Parade Packet

SATURDAY, December 2
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Holiday Open House

The Annual Downtown Holiday Open House is a family-friendly event, which includes pictures with Santa by Luxe Magnolia Photography, located by the Christmas tree at Vasterling Suites, children’s activities in Santa’s Workshop, also next to the Christmas Tree at Vasterling Suites, and horse-drawn carriage rides by Hileman Carriage Service starting at the corner of Main and Independence Streets. Santa's Workshop includes our very own conductor, Michael from Discovery Playhouse, who will be on site providing a magic key activity and Logan Chapman will be providing us with live holiday music Spanish Street lot at 35 S. Spanish.

Thank you so much to our Santa's Workshop Sponsor, Saint Francis Healthcare System, as well as our Christmas in Downtown sponsors, Commerce Bank, Drury Southwest, Rhodes, The Southeast Missourian and rustmedia, and The Rhodes Group. The horse-drawn carriage is sponsored by Visit Cape! Photos with Santa are sponsored by Noon Optimist Club.

Saturday, November 25 through Saturday, December 2

Downtown Cape Shopping Spree

For an entire week, downtown holiday shoppers can enter to win one of the two $500 downtown shopping sprees, courtesy of Old Town Cape. Enter to win by scanning the QR codes at a business within each of the six sectors listed in the Downtown Guide: Arts & Attractions, Retail, Dining & Nightlife, Services, Worship, and Lodging. Participating businesses will be listed on our Facebook event page. Two winners for the $500 shopping spree will be drawn, and winners can split the $500 between multiple downtown businesses.

Thank you to our Christmas in Downtown Sponsors!