Christmas parades, holiday events in the Heartland 2021

Check out Christmas parades and holiday events in the Heartland.
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Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 2:49 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2021 at 2:37 PM CST
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(KFVS) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Check out some holiday events in the Heartland below. If you don’t see your event listed, email it to us at

For more Christmas cheer at home, check out the schedule of classic and new holiday programming on KFVS.


Bollinger County

Circle U Bar and Grill in Sedgewickville will be hosting their 1st year holiday festivities on Saturday, Dec. 11. Christmas in the Village begins at 3 p.m. carriage rides and fun activities for the kids, with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The Davis family will be hosting there second free Christmas dinner at the community building in Sedgewickville on Main Street from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19.

Cape Girardeau County

Saint Francis Healthcare System will host a Live Nativity on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteers will take on the roles of Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds and angels. The event will feature live animals including cows, camels, four-horn sheep and a donkey. It will be at Entrance 6 of the Saint Francis Cancer Institute. Parking will be available near the Cancer Institute.

The Downtown Holiday Open House in Cape Girardeau will be Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4. It includes live caroling, pictures with Santa and the Grinch, family activities in Santa’s Workshop, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Stores and restaurants will be open.

Old Town Cape’s Holiday Bazaar is Dec. 4. The outdoor event features vendors with handcrafted products and produce. The bazaar will be located on Frederick Street between the blocks of Broadway Street and Themis Street.

The Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt will be Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Park Center. It’s for ages 2 years and older. Parents will not be charged admission for the event, but must accompany children. Register online here.

Breakfast with Santa will be 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 at the Osage Centre. For ages 12 and under accompanied by an adult (everyone in attendance must buy a ticket). Tickets are $7 per person in advance or $10 per person day-of. Santa will be arriving at 9 a.m. Parents are invited to bring their cameras for pictures with Santa. Call 339-6340 for more information.

The Uptown Jackson Christmas Parade will be Sunday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. The theme this year is “Peace on Earth.”

The Cape Girardeau County Historical Society in Jackson is hosting an indoor Nativity Walk exhibit. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special Nativity collections and other Christmas collections will be featured.

The Research Annex at the Cape Girardeau Co. Historical Society will feature “Santa’s Place,” opening Christmas Parade evening, Sunday, Dec. 5, complete with a visit from Santa after the parade.

The Southern Country Church Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A total of six churches in Cape Girardeau County will be on the free tour. A list of the churches and more information can be found here.

The Oliver House’s Candlelight Tour kicks off the holiday season on Thursday, Dec. 2. It will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Oliver House is located at 224 E. Adams St. in Jackson.

The Oliver House Christmas Tour will be Sundays, December 5, 12 and 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s located at 224 E. Adams St. in Jackson. They are decorated for Christmas and ready for tours. Santa Claus will visit the Oliver House on Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The 33rd annual Holiday Home Tour is virtual this year and begins Saturday, Dec. 11. This year’s tour will showcase six homes. It’s hosted by the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services and highlights area homes decorated for Christmas. Proceeds from the event will help LFCS continue to provide services in southeast Missouri including adoption, parenting, crisis pregnancy and counseling services. You can find more information, including ticket pricing, online.

Poppa Mojo’s Frozen Daiquiris will host their annual holiday meal for the hungry and homeless on Saturday, Dec. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

The Riverside Regional Library will host a Christmas book drawing Dec. 1-30 at its Benton branch. The contest is open to all patrons. The library will also host a craft kit and Santa letter event Dec. 1-21 at its Jackson main branch. On Friday, Dec. 30, there will be take-and-make Christmas craft kits at all the library branches.

Jefferson City

Arrow Rock State Historic Site will host Old Fashioned Christmas in the Village. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The site building will be open and decorated for Christmas and visitors can tour the building and visit with interpreters. Visitors can also see the judge and lawyer as they end the year in the Old Courthouse. The pathway will be lit, but participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight.

Current River State Park will host create ready-to-gift Christmas cards and ornaments. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program will start with a short history of Christmas cards and then participants will make Christmas cards and ornaments that can be given to friends or family, or used to decorate their own trees.

Mississippi County

Charleston’s annual Christmas parade will be Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. It will travel from S. Main to N. Main Streets. You can meet Santa after the parade at Terri K’s for photos and/or take part in Ugly Sweater Night during Midnight Madness Downtown.

New Madrid County

Staff members at Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site invite the public to their 1860s Victorian Christmas during candlelight tours of the Hunter-Dawson home from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 11. The house will be lit with oil lamps and candles, as well as decorated with fresh greenery, Christmas trees and 1860s-style ornaments. Site staff will be present to answer any questions. In addition to the candlelight tours, daytime tours will be available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The event is free and open to the public. Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site is located at 312 Dawson Road in New Madrid.

Perry County

Christmas on the Square in Perryville will be Saturday, Dec. 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Activities will include ornament making, pictures with Santa, the light parade at 6 p.m. and choir singing at 6:30 p.m.

Lighting the Way to Hope tree lighting will be Sunday, Dec. 5 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, 811 W. Saint Joseph St. in Perryville. The annual tree lighting event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. They ask that those attending bring at least one non-perishable item that will help the Ladies of Charity Food Pantry assist those in need in the community.

The Christmas Country Church Tour will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 16-17 in Perryville. This is the 17th season for the self-guided, free tour that features churches that are at least 100 years old.

Wreaths Across America will be Saturday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon at Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial in Perryville.

Sikeston County

The Sikeston Depot Museum and Cultural Center will present their annual Santa Program. The program will be held on Saturday, December 4, at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The theme for this year program will be Santa in Candy Land. Visitors will be able to take their pictures with Santa. They will also have arts and crafts for kids.

Scott County

The 2nd annual Benton Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is Sunday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. It will use the Neighbor Day parade route. Presented by the City of Benton with the help of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, a $100 prize will be given to the best float. Santa will be there. Line-up is at 4:30 p.m. at the ballfields.

The Scott City Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

Stoddard County

Children can write a letter to Santa and drop it off at his mailbox outside the Puxico Police Department. You can also mail it to P.O. 103, Puxico, MO 63960. Letters will be collected Nov. 17-Dec. 15. Letters will be delivered to Santa and he will send a personal letter to your home. To receive a personal letter from Santa, your letters must include: first and last name of child, a return address and be turned in by Dec. 15.

Puxico Country Christmas kicks off with the parade on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. A craft fair will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and then on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 5 there will be an auto-lighted Tour of Homes at dark.

Ste. Genevieve County

Staff members at Felix Vallé House State Historic Site invite the public to join as they celebrate Le Revéillon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. This annual celebration includes music, food and decorations of a French Christmas celebration of the early 1800s. The historic site is located at 198 Merchant St., on the corner of Second and Merchant Streets in Ste. Genevieve.

Wayne County

The 29th Annual Festival of Lights Auto Tour will be Nov. 26-Dec. 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 573-222-8562 if you want to participate.

“Old Fashioned Christmas” festivities at the Greenville City Park will be Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the Christmas parade at 6 p.m.


Alexander County

The 3rd Annual Lights Parade will be held in Cairo on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go.’ After the parade there will be a bonfire, chili, hot chocolate and giveaways, such as t-shirts and gift cards. For more information, contact Ke’Ron Jackson at 618-306-6250 or Maria Watkins at 618-534-9439.

Jackson County

The City of Carbondale’s Community Tree Lighting at the Town Square Pavilion will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. There will also be hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit from Santa Claus. Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry will light the tree. Following the lighting ceremony, it will be lit every night at 5 p.m. throughout the holiday season.

The Carbondale Park District will host a special tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. to kick off the first ever Hometown Holiday Light Show at Carbondale Park District Hickory Lodge Administration Building at 1115 West Sycamore Street. The light show will be available to the public following the ceremony throughout the holiday season. The lights will be available each evening from 5 to 10 p.m. Visitors can walk around the facility to see the lights and displays. Off-street parking will be available in the back.

The Carbondale Park District will host Gram the Night and Hickory Lodge Makers Market on Dec. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be more than 10 scenic picture-taking opportunities set up for you and your family and friends to use. Stop inside for the market, where local artists will be selling their crafts.

The annual SIU Holiday Craft Sale will be Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 2-4. The handmade arts and craft fair will he held in the SIU Student Center Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade will be Dec. 4. Street closures for the parade will begin at 5 p.m. Check the detour and parking maps here.

Write letters to Santa starting on Dec. 4 at the Old Train Depot, 121 S. Illinois Ave. in Carbondale from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Carbondale Christmas Store is open again at the Carbondale Police Department. Each year, the store, along with the Coats for Kids program, provides coats and toys for children ages 1-10 from Carbondale. They are accepting donations of new toys and coats in the police department lobby and the Civic Center Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Coats can also be dropped off at the SIU Men’s and Women’s basketball games through Dec. 4.

The Murphysboro Hometown Christmas 5th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Carl Lee Park (next to Sallie Logan Library) will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. There will be food, music, carriage rides, hot cocoa, popcorn and more. Kids crafts will be available at no charge in the youth center building. Santa’s cottage will be open for pictures with the children. New and gently used toys can also be dropped off at Snowflake Square-The Giving Shop.

The Jackson County Stage Company presents “A Christmas Story” Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 9-17 at The Varsity Center in Carbondale. You can find ticket information online.

Jefferson County

The Downtown Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Mount Vernon will be Saturday, Dec. 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The parade theme is “Miracle on 9th St.” Activities will take place between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. They include: concessions, carriage rides, tree lighting ceremony, crafts and more.

Johnson County

Christmas Open House in Goreville will be Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall. You can take pictures with Santa. There will be crafts, baked goods, candies and more.

Massac County

Metropolis’ Christmas parade and tree lighting will be Dec. 4 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas at the Movies.” It wills tart on Ferry Street (down by Cordavino’s restaurant), come up to 5th St. (turning at the light by City National Bank), turn onto Superman Square and then finish down Market Street toward Walgreens.

Perry County

Take the children to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Du Quoin City Hall. They will be there from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.

The City of Du Quoin announced its Christmas Home Decorating Contest. Sign up is underway. Judging will take place the week of Dec. 12 with the winners announced on or before Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. You can call City Hall at 618-542-3841 to sign up.

Union County

The City of Anna’s Christmas parade will be Saturday, Dec. 11 at noon. The parade begins at the Middle School and travels south on Hwy. 5/Powell Parkway. It then turns left on 4th St., crosses the railroad tracks and turns right. It will end in front of the Anna ISD Administration building.

Christmas in the Village will be Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Pavilion in Cobden. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there. Other events include caroling, wagon rides, Christmas lights, shopping and more.

Williamson County

Santa’s Mailbox in Marion will be Nov. 24. The mailbox is on the sidewalk directly in front of the main entrance to City Hall, 1102 Tower Square Plaza. Drop off letters through Dec. 15. They ask that you include a return address on the letter or envelope.

Carriage rides in Marion will begin on Dec. 6. They will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 10, then from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 11-12. The carriage rides begin and end in Paradise Alley, located in the southwest corner of the square between the Civic Center and Lavish Bath Box. Click here to make a reservation.

Community of Faith Church will hold The Christ Event, a live nativity tour, Dec. 18-19 rom 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s located in the parking lot adjacent to 107 E. Union Street between Crown Brew Coffee Co. and Union Street Arts in downtown Marion. The outdoor live nativity tour retells the story of Christ’s birth with live music performances and live animals. The tour begins every 15 minutes, is led by shepherd guides and lasts about 30 minutes.

Registration will be open Dec. 1-15 for the Very Merry Marion Holiday Contest. Award categories include: Best Overall Christmas Spirit, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, It’s a Griswold Life, Best Use of Animation, Santa’s Workshop and Jolliest Business. Online voting will take place between Dec. 1-20. All entries will be mapped and available for the public’s participation.


Calloway County

The 6th annual Rotary Light Up Murray Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. The parade route will start on 10th Street and continue down Main Street past the court square toward the old Briggs & Stratton lot.

The Murray Bank Festival of Lights will be Nov. 27-Jan. 1 in Murray. Central Park will be lit up nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. You’re encouraged to bring canned goods for your admission, which will be donated to Murray Calloway Need Line.

The Town and Gown Holiday Concert in Murray will take place on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The band is led by John Fannin and Brad Almquist. The group will perform a mixture of traditional and modern holiday songs.

The Murray State University President’s Office and Town & Gown will host the annual Holidays at Oakhurst event on Dec. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oakhurst is located at 1510 Main Street in Murray.

Marshall County

Mail your letters to Santa in a special mailbox at Calvert City Hall. Letters will be accepted now through Dec. 12. They must have the child’s name and return mailing address to receive a response. Stamps are not necessary. Parents can include tips in the envelope to help Santa’s helpers when writing the letter.

The 5th Avenue Christmas Celebration is scheduled for Dec. 4 in Calvert City. It includes the Jingle All the Way 5K and Candy Cane Fun Run at Memorial Park at 8 a.m., the Christmas Bazaar at 9 a.m., Lions Club Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. and the Calvert City Tree Lighting at Memorial Park at 7:30 p.m. There will also be photos with Santa at 5th Ave. and the Calvert City Civic Center, as well as train rides, cookie decorating and more at Memorial Park.

McCracken County

Paducah Parks and Recreation’s Candy Cane Hunt will be Saturday, Dec. 4. The free event is for kids ages 10 and younger. It will be held on the lawn of the National Quilt Museum, 215 Jefferson St. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. This year there will be more than 3,000 candy canes divided amongst four age groups. The hunt will be at the following times: 12:30 p.m. for ages 3 and under, 12:50 p.m. for ages 4 and 5, 1:10 p.m. for ages 6 and 7 and 1:30 p.m. for ages 8-10. For the safety of the participants, 2nd Street will be closed to traffic between Jefferson and Monroe Street. They encourage participants to park at the downtown Farmers’ Market parking lots with the entrance on the intersection of 2nd and Monroe.

The 2021 City of Paducah Christmas Parade returns to Broadway in downtown Paducah on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “It’s a SUPER Christmas!” Participants can celebrate their favorite superheroes, hometown or make-believe. Social distancing is encouraged. The parade units will begin lining up at 3 p.m. in the marshaling area on Broadway between 13th and 17th Streets and nearby. The parade route begins at 14th and Broadway and will proceed down Broadway to 2nd Street where it will turn left on 2nd and continue to Monroe Street where it will end at the Farmer’s Market parking lot.

The Paducah Holiday Market will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 11. You can shop for gifts from local farmers and artisans. The location is TBD.


Weakley County

The City of Martin and the University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 37th annual Santa’s Village holiday celebration Dec. 9-12 in the university’s Ned Ray McWherter Agricultural Complex. The event is open to the public 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 9-10, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 12. The event is free; however, visitors are encouraged to donate $5-worth of canned food or an unopened children’s toy to benefit local families. Santa’s Village will include a forest of lights and MTD model train display, along with a petting zoo and carnival rides.

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