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Countdown to the New Year

Fri. November 20, 2020
- Sun. December 20, 2020
Start time not specified.

Countdown to the New Year with SWMI businesses and restaurants! Free entry with purchases made at participating locations November 20 through December 20.

To enter, fill out an entry form for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from a participating location. St. Joseph Today will draw daily winners through the month of December. Winners will be announced on our Facebook event page and contacted individually. 

 The grand prize will be drawn on December 31 for a $500 St. Joseph Today gift certificate good at over 80 locations. 

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS: 

221 Main Restaurant & Cocktail House
Cafe Tosi
DK Boutique
Edgewater Bank
Forever Clean Soap Works 
Forté Coffee
Full Circle Cafe
Glik's
G & M Variety
Gallery on the Alley
HarborTown Interiors
Kilwin's
Moxie's
North Pier Brewing
Olive Cart
Perennial Accents
Plank's Tavern on the Water
ReVive Spa
Sarett Nature Center
Scooter Joe's
Silver Beach Pizza
Silver Harbor Brewing Co.
Sister Lakes Brewing
South Shore Racquet Club
St. Joseph Today
The Inn at Harbor Shores
The Toy Company
Third Coast Surf Shop
Tosi's Restaurant
Watermark Brewing
White Pine Winery

And more to come!

 

 

Letters to Santa

Wed. November 25, 2020
- Thu. December 24, 2020
Start time not specified.

While Santa has to stay in the North Pole this year, his house will remain outside the Welcome Center to collect wish lists and letters! The St. Joseph Today staff have been entrusted by Santa and his elves to help get the letters to the North Pole! Stop by the Welcome Center for a candy cane treat – SJT will also have postcards for those last minute wish lists!

2020 Window Wonderland

Fri. December 04, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Getting into the holiday spirit is easy when you visit downtown St. Joe. During Window Wonderland attendees will enjoy strolling through downtown to view the dozens of storefronts that have decorated their windows for the holiday season. Vote for your favorite window at stjoetoday.com/vote

EVENT UPDATE:
SJT staff was informed that we had been in contact with a person that tested positive for COVID-19. SJT will be following Berrien County Health Department recommendations for quarantining. This means our office will be closed for 14 days. With current MDHHS Epidemic Orders, SJT will reevaluate circumstances at the end of the quarantine.

We are excited to still host this event and feature downtown St. Joseph merchants holiday windows! This year, voting will open at 10:00am on Friday, December 4 and remain open until 11:59pm on Thursday, December 10. The top three winners will be announced on Facebook Friday, December 11.

 

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS

Baroda Founders
Caffe Tosi
Chartreuse
DK Boutique
Edgewater Gifts
G&M Variety
Gallery on the Alley
Grins
HarborTown Interiors
Lazy Ballerina Winery
Oh My Darlings
Olive Cart
Perennial Accents
State Street Stuff
Statements Style Lounge
The Natural Gem
The Toy Company
Third Coast Surf Shop
Waterfront Framing & Design
White Pine Winery

 

2020 Reindog Holiday Parade

Sat. December 05, 2020
3:00pm

EVENT UPDATE: SJT staff was informed that we had been in contact with a person that tested positive for COVID-19. SJT will be following Berrien County Health Department recommendations for quarantining. This means our office will be closed for 14 days. With current MDHHS Epidemic Orders, SJT will reevaluate circumstances at the end of the quarantine.

This event will be cancelled for 2020.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus

Tue. December 08, 2020
- Tue. December 22, 2020
Start time not specified.

Mrs. Claus will read some of her favorite holiday books during Storytime with Mrs. Claus.

Stories will be released online at stjoetoday.com/santa and on the St. Joseph Today Facebook page: December 8, 15, 22.

 

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SWMI Holiday Cheer 2020

November 4th, 2020

We’re making spirits bright here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! As we head into the holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities to support local businesses and restaurants. From holiday open houses to festive workshops, winter events and Santa approved gifts we’ll help you check off your lists and make the most of this holiday season!

 

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSES

Kick off the holiday shopping season with Perennial Accents as they host their annual Holiday Open House Saturday, November 7 from 10:00am-8:00pm. Attendees will enjoy prize drawings every 30 minutes (need not be present to win) and a FREE gift with purchase.

Urban Garage Market hosts their Holiday Open House Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15! Celebrate the winter season with holiday decor, seasonal music and more. 

Get festive with Crystal Springs Florist as they host their Home for the Holidays event now through December 23. Attendees will enjoy a variety of holiday gift options and the chance to register for prizes!

JOLLY EVENTS

Silver Harbor Brewing hosts a Brewer's Dinner on November 12! Attendees will enjoy a 4-course meal with beer pairing + an extra sample of a new beer release. Limited tickets available! 

Luminary | November 20 | 5:00pm-8:00pm
Stroll through our downtown as luminaires light your way to kick off the holiday season! Participating locations invite you to eat, shop, drink and be merry while you enjoy this charming lakeside town. 

Letters to Santa | November 25 - December 24
While Santa has to stay in the North Pole this year, his house will remain outside the Welcome Center to collect wish lists and letters! The St. Joseph Today staff have been entrusted by Santa and his elves to help get the letters to the North Pole! Stop by the Welcome Center for a candy cane treat – SJT will also have postcards for those last minute wish lists!

The YMCA of Greater Michiana hosts their annual Thanksgiving Day Run on November 26 at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA! Participants will be able to choose from a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, or a 1 Mile Fun Run. In-person and virtual options available!

Small Business Saturday | November 28
Celebrate small businesses in Southwest Michigan! Local businesses are excited to welcome the community into their stores to find unique, one-of-a-kind merchandise. Small Business Saturday promotes shopping small to support your neighbors, family, friends and local economy.

Light up the Bluff | December 4 - February 14
Lake Bluff Park is transformed into a winter wonderland, featuring 1 million holiday lights.

Window Wonderland | December 4 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Attendees will enjoy strolling through downtown to view the dozens of storefronts that have decorated their windows for the holiday season. Vote for your favorite window at stjoetoday.com/vote

Reindog Holiday Parade | December 5 | 3:00pm
This event features dressed up pets and their owners in a variety of holiday garb. Be prepared to see all kinds of costumes from “Santa Bernards” to “Reindeer Rottweilers” – definitely a must-see event! Participants may register in-person at the Welcome Center or online at stjoetoday.com/reindog.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus | December 8, 15, 22
Mrs. Claus will read some of her favorite holiday books during Storytime with Mrs. Claus. Stories will be released online at stjoetoday.com/santa and on the St. Joseph Today Facebook page.

FESTIVE WORKSHOPS

The Turquoise Top Hat hosts fall and winter workshops through November and December!

Winter Wood Sled Signs 
      November 14 from 10:00am-1:00pm
      November 22 from 12:00pm-3:00pm
      December 3 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Holiday Wood Flower Centerpieces
      November 15 from 12:00pm-2:30pm
      November 20 from 6:00pm-8:30pm
      November 24 from 600pm-8:30pm

Wood Succulent Christmas Tree
      November 21 from 10:00am-1:00pm
      December 5 from 10:00am-1:00pm

Holiday & Winter Porch Signs
      November 19 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
      November 29 from 12:00pm-3:00pm

DIY Ornament Bar
      November 27 from 10:00am-4:00pm

Check out additional classes and weekly kits!

JLN Studio hosts fall and winter classes this November! 

Red Christmas Truck Painting
      November 19 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

November Abstract Workshop
      November 22 from 2:00pm-5:00pm 

Check out additional classes!

Lazy Ballerina Winery offers make and take crafts this fall and winter season!

Take & Make Wine Craft Kit Offerings
      Night Sky | Swear Word Coloring Book for Parents | Fall Tree Lighted Bottle

Urban Garage Market hosts workshops through November and December!

Chunky Knit Blanket Workshop
      November 7 from 11:00am-1:00pm
      November 12 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
      November 18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
      November 21 from 11:00am-1:00pm

Paint Your Own Piece with Chalk Paint
      November 24 from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Intro to Modern Calligraphy
      December 5 from 11:00am-1:00pm

Check out additional classes!

SANTA APPROVED GIFTS & MAGICAL DEALS

Countdown to the New Year with SWMI businesses and restaurants! Free entry with purchases made at participating locations November 20 through December 20. To enter, fill out an entry form for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from a participating location. St. Joseph Today will draw daily winners through the month of December. Head to stjoetoday.com/countdown for more information!

Lazy Ballerina Winery has partnered with the Humane Society of SWMI to feature adoptable animal photos on wine bottles! A portion of each bottle sold will benefit the Humane Society with matching funds by United Federal Credit Union

INSIDER TIP: Looking for a unique holiday gift?
You can special order wine bottles featuring
a photo of your favorite furry friend! 

Find gifts galore at Forever Clean Soap Works! Featuring everything from seasonal hand soaps and holiday bath bombs to scented candles and rejuvenating scrubs. You’re sure to find the perfect stocking stuffers!

Get holiday shopping done early this year with Wanderlust Outfitters as they host some amazing deals through the month of November! In-Store Specials include: Save $20 for every $100 you spend on regular priced items; Extended Black Friday Sales - don’t miss the Black Friday Preview Sale on November 20 during Luminary, this year many brands included in the preview will remain on sale through Cyber Monday. Online Specials include: Free shipping on $75+ orders; Free in-store pick up option; Promo codes for additional savings! 

The Buck Burgers & Brew hosts their annual gift card promo November 27-30! Buy $50 and get $10 free in gift cards.

This holiday season, find one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans during the Journeyman Autumn Artisan Market, November 21-22! Find everything from art/photography and home goods to clothing, health/beauty, pet products and more.

Get ready to snowboard with Third Coast Surf Shop! They have everything you need to shred this winter season. Get 15% off when you buy snowboard + boots + bindings.

Not sure what to buy? Consider a St. Joseph Today Gift Certificate! Our certificates can be used at more than 80 area locations including shops, restaurants, markets and more. SJT Gift Certificates can be purchased at the Welcome Center (301 State Street in downtown St. Joseph). Cash, check and credit card accepted.

 

Spooktacular SWMI 2020

October 14th, 2020

We’re on the search for all things spooky in Michigan’s Great Southwest! It’s been a fun packed fall with even more to come. With everything from trick-or-treating and spooky themed classes, a Hallowine event and more! Keep reading for festive events leading up to Halloween.

Fall Happenings in SWMI 2020

September 30th, 2020

Michigan’s Great Southwest is packed full of autumn fun! Everything from walking trails, fall themed drinks and food, farm visits, golfing excursions, live music - there’s something for everyone! Read on for a fall guide; #MeetMeLocally.

Fall Bucket List 2020

September 16th, 2020

Fall is here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! Check out our bucket list to make the most of this autumn.

Labor Day Weekend 2020

September 2nd, 2020

Soak up the last bit of summer in Michigan’s Great Southwest this holiday weekend! Enjoy everything from anniversary celebrations, water adventures, live music and a Farmers Market - there’s something for everyone! Read on for a full guide to ensure that you enjoy every last minute; #MeetMeLocally.

Summer in Michigan's Great Southwest is here and there's a little something for everyone! #MeetMeLocally

Summer in Michigan's Great Southwest means surrey rides, kayak/paddleboard adventures, local craft beer and wine tastings, boutique finds, delicious meals at local eateries, beach bum days, breathtaking sunsets and so much more! There's a little something for everyone; #MeetMeLocally.

Stay the weekend with us! Check out these lodging options

 

SHOP

  • Urban Garage Market is open Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 11am-3pm. They specialize in vintage finds, painted furniture, recycled treasures, home decor and more!
  • Perennial Accents is now open 7 days a week! Stop by for your home, kitchen, outdoor living and more.
  • Forever Clean Soap Works has you covered for those summer bug bites and sunburns, plus offers great products year-rounds!
  • Additional shopping in Michigan's Great Southwest!

 

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  • Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals offers a variety of ways to get around St. Joseph! Take a ride on a beach cruise, surrey, electric bike or tandem and explore the area. Water rentals include: kayak, pontoon boat, speed boat, dinghy and jet ski.
  • Sarett Nature Center sits on 1,000 acres and features 8 miles of trails, a nature center building and tree top walkway!
  • Southwest Michigan Cycleboat invites you to take a ride on the Harbor Hopper! Perfect for friends, family, team building or just a quick water getaway. Book your top today!
  • Additional activities in Michigan's Great Southwest!

 

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