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Plan Your Holidays Now!

With the holiday season right around the corner, we wanted to let you know about some of the fun events and activities you and your family can be a part of this year. Get ready for a week-long celebration of all things holly and jolly, starting November 29 in Downtown Cape Girardeau!

November 29 | Christmas Tree Lighting

Be sure to bring the family to the Vasterling Courtyard on Broadway as Santa Claus lights a 30-foot Christmas tree in Downtown Cape for the first time! The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony taking place at 6:20 p.m. Enjoy live music, visits with Santa, and complimentary beverages and treats provided by local businesses!

November 30 | Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide initiative that was started by American Express in 2010. Since its inception, Downtown Cape Girardeau has celebrated this holiday shopping event with joy. Small Business Saturday sets aside a special day to shop locally with extra holiday cheer and intention!

December 1 | Parade of Lights

People come from all over Southeast Missouri to watch as the best Christmas parade around marches down Broadway and Main Street in Downtown Cape Girardeau. Be sure to join the fun Sunday at dusk (5 p.m.)!

December 6-7 | Downtown Christmas Open House

Your favorite downtown holiday tradition is back! Save the date for the 17th Annual Downtown Christmas Open House two-day event. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and enjoy all that #DowntownCG has to offer! Below you can find some of the great activities happening this year as a part of the Open House.

December 6 | Santa’s Workshop

Visit Santa’s Workshop located in Ritter Real Estate (139 N. Main) for fun activities and crafts and to get pictures with Santa Claus himself!

December 6 | Horse and Buggy Rides

Free rides around Downtown Cape will be offered on day one of the Open House. Hop on and enjoy the views!

December 6-7 | Live Caroling

While you’re strolling along Main Street and more, you’ll enjoy live caroling from various local choirs that will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit!

December 6-7 | In-Store Specials

Several #DowntownCG businesses will be offering lots of fun specials and deals during the weekend, along with special treats including a hot cocoa bar, candy canes, cookies, and more!

December 6-7 | $500 Shopping Spree Giveaway

During the Open House, you’ll have a chance to win one of two $500 Downtown Shopping Sprees! Make sure you stop by Santa’s Workshop, Whoville, or Art Van Furniture for more details on how to enter.

December 7 | Outdoor Christmas Market

This event is sure to become a new tradition in Downtown Cape! From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit Frederick Street (from Broadway to Themis) for an Outdoor Christmas Market featuring baked goods, hand-crafted items, and so much more from local vendors.

December 7 | Whoville

Step into Dr. Seuss’ magical world of Whoville located at Catapult Creative House (612 Broadway) to participate in fun children’s activities and to get your photo with the Grinch!

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