Thursday, November 6, 2014

Warm Candlelight Heralds the Holiday Season in Downtown St. Joseph Nov. 21

20th Annual Luminary Festival Welcomes Shoppers Dusk to 9 p.m.

The holiday season will begin with the warm glow of hundreds of luminaries lining the streets of Victorian-era downtown St. Joseph, Mich., from dusk to 9 p.m. on Nov. 21. The 20th Annual Luminary Festival presented by Cook Nuclear Plant/Indiana Michigan Power, creates a festive atmosphere for all ages to enjoy refreshments, special prices and gift ideas galore from participating restaurants and shopkeepers.

“The candlelight creates such a heartwarming mood downtown – it is a favorite event of both visitors and shop owners,” said Purely Michigan’s owner Lynne Christiano. “Plus, you’ll come home with decorating ideas for the holidays and the shopping selection is fantastic for everyone on your list.”

Participating stores and restaurants include:
Alley Cuts, Baroda Founders, Bella’s Boutique, The Boulevard Inn, Bound for Freedom, The Buck Burgers & Brew, Caffe Tosi, The Candlestick Maker, Chan’s Garden, Days of Yore Antiques, DK Boutique, Edgewater Bank, Edgewater Gifts, Elephants Breath Antiques, Eve, Forever Books, FuzzyButz, G&M variety, Gallery on the Alley, Golden Brown Bakery, Grins, HarborTown Interiors, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, John DeVries Agency, Karen Brown CPA, Kilwin’s, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Lana’s Boutique, Landis Clothing, Lazy Daisy, Moxie’s, The Natural Gem, Olive Cart, Perennial Accents, Purely Michigan, RyeBelles, Schu’s Grill & Bar, State Street Antiques, Third Coast Surf Shop, The Toy Company, V&A Bootery, Waterfront Framing & Fine Art, White Pine Winery, Willow Tree, Williamson Employment Services Inc. and more!

For Luminary Festival updates or more information, contact St. Joseph Today at 269-985-1111 or visit or

In addition to St. Joseph’s Luminary Festival, guests can also attend the 1st Annual Benton Harbor Holiday Lights Celebration in the Benton Harbor Arts District. The event will be located in Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park and begin at 6 p.m. This new event features an official lighting of the City of Benton Harbor’s Christmas tree, a short program, performances from the Boys and Girls Club and BHAS youth choirs, the Benton Harbor High School Marching Band, as well as invited choirs from the Twin Cities Area. The Benton Harbor Arts District businesses will be open so the celebration will continue through the evening.

The Luminary Festival is produced and managed by St. Joseph Today, a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities.

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