T'was the First Weekend of December

Stock image: Creative CommonsT’was the night before Christmas, and all through the downtown everyone was stirring, shopping around. The children were waiting excitedly with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there . . .


The family was watching away from their beds, while Christmas lights twinkled over their heads. And Mom in her scarf and I in my coat, settled in to watch the parade floats. When there down the street there arose such a song, we sprang over to sing along. Away down the street the carolers sang, horse hooves clopped, and jingle bells rang. The lights on the streets were like new fallen snow, giving cheer to everyone below. When what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a carriage and horse coming near. With all these amazing events to attend I knew in an instant it was the first December weekend. With parades lining up, and twinkle lights in hand, each town was ready, turning into a Christmas land: There’s Jackson, and Cape, Carterville, Ste. Gen., Cobden, Scott City,  Poplar Bluff, and Marion! And all across the street, all over the wall, they decorate and light it all!

Don’t miss these town celebrations, December opens up to all the holiday events that will pack the whole season with fun.

The Parade of Lights in Cape Girardeau has been rescheduled due to rain but there will be no damped spirits this year. The parade will take place December 6 at 5 p.m. A variety of floats will travel down Broadway St. aglow with Christmas lights, music, and holiday spirit.

Jackson is also holding their annual Christmas Parade December 5 at 4:30 p.m. Afterwards Jackson will host an uptown celebration with carolers singing holiday favorites, Santa Claus visiting the little ones, hot chocolate, stories at the History Center, and late night shopping with local merchants. Check out everything they have to offer here.

On December 4 at 5 p.m. Downtown Cape Girardeau is having their Christmas Open House, an exciting celebration full of Christmas joy. There will be free horse-drawn carriage rides, kids activities with Santa Claus, carolers, and much more. Downtown shops will also have special treats including a hot chocolate bar at Socials Cafe. It’s also First Friday for the Southeast Arts Council, so visit the galleries for local art and hors d'oeuvres as well.

The LFCS is hosting their Holiday Home Tour December 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour through six beautiful homes that have been completely decorated for the holidays. Spend the day out, get some decoration ideas, and support the Lutheran Family Children's Services. Call 573-334-5866, or click here for information.

For a trip out of town how about a holiday light tour through St. Louis? The Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park is a beloved holiday tradition 30 years running. You can drive or take a carriage ride through millions of lights illuminating the park. The Winter Wonderland is open every night through January 2 (excluding Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Cost is $10 for a family car, $20 for a limo, $40 per van, and $90 for a tour bus. Located at 9551 Litzsinger.

Similar events are happening all over the area. Downtown Carterville is having a Christmas celebration with sparkling lights, warm cookies, delicious hot cocoa, joyful carolers, carriage rides, Santa Claus, and more December 4 at 6 p.m. St. Genevieve will have a weekend-long Christmas festival with live music and activities all over town. There are plenty of other parades, performances, and Santa sightings happening all weekend. Visit our seasonal calendar to see them all.

It comes once a year, so before it’s out of sight, happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.

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