- Top Christmas Towns in the Midwest
AAA Magazine ranked the top Christmas towns in the Midwest. Ste. Genevieve came in at #2! Considering a Holiday Getaway? Check Out These Charming Small Towns (aaa.com)
Party like its 1745 in the old French village of Ste. Geneviève where the new blends with old traditions during the Holiday Christmas Festival on the first full weekend in December. On Saturday, December 4, festivities kick off with a parade led by Santa, followed by shopping opportunities and open houses honoring French Christmas traditions. On Saturday afternoon, the Felix Vallé House State Historic Site, which dates to 1818, re-creates Le Réveillon—a traditional feast usually served after midnight Christmas Mass that includes 13 desserts honoring Jesus and his disciples.
Then return to Ste. Geneviève on December 31 for La Guignolée, a French New Year’s Eve tradition. Follow costumed La Guignolèe revelers as they march to select sites in town and sing a beggar’s song for drinks and favors. The party continues at their final stop, the Centre for French Colonial Life, and participants welcome the New Year.
- Ste. Genevieve Voted #2: Best Small Town Cultural Scene
Ste. Genevieve ranked #2!
Best Small Town Cultural Scene
- Chocolate Walk 2022
Do you love eating chocolate and shopping? Then this event is for you! Join in the delicious fun on the first Saturday in February in historic downtown Ste. Genevieve. With the purchase of a ticket, you will be able to sample a yummy chocolate treat at each participating shop while you explore the unique items for sale! Only 300 tickets are available, and they always sell out in advance. To purchase a ticket go to: www.downtownstegenevieve.org. This event is sponsored by Downtown Ste. Genevieve.
- The King’s Ball
The King’s Ball is an annual French-inspired celebration of music and dancing that was held in Ste. Genevieve over 200 years ago, and it continues today! Revelers are encouraged to dress in period attire to add to the ambience, and the musical ensemble will provide instructions for the period dances. What is hidden in the King’s cake will determine the “King” for the year. Guests are welcome to bring snacks, plus there will be a cash bar. The King’s Ball for 2022 will be held at the VFW Hall on February 5 for 6:00 until 11:00.
Proceeds will go to the Foundation for Restoration of Ste Genevieve and the Ste. Genevieve Museum and Learning Center.
- With Visit To Ste. Genevieve, Kovalski Adds Another National Park To His List
Four years ago this month, Dr. Paul Kovalski completed a 30-year journey to visit all the national parks. The dentist from Marlboro, New Jersey saved for last a park in his home state — Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. It was his 413th different national park.
The National Park Service keeps adding parks, however, and Kovalski keeps traveling.On Thursday, December 17, he visited Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, the second-newest unit in the National Park Service system — No. 422. (The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument was established as the 423rd unit on December 10.)Kovalski, who also volunteers many hours per year at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, brought to Ste.Genevieve some items from that park as well as other national parks he has visited. While he rates Glacier National Park as tops on his list, he thought the story of St. Croix Island, founded in 1604 as one of the first settlements of New France, would be of interest to Ste. Genevieve history buffs.While in Ste. Genevieve, Kovalski toured the Guibourd-Valle House operated by the Foundation for Restoration. He also visited the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center; the National Park Service headquarters at the Jean-Baptiste Valle House; and the Green Tree Tavern, which is owned by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources but has been legislatively approved for transfer to the National Park Service.Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was established on October 30, 2020. It includes the Jean-Baptiste Valle House on South Main Street and the Bauvais-Amoureux House on St. Mary’s Road. The National Park Service is working with the city of Ste. Genevieve to jointly operate the Welcome Center, which also has been approved for transfer to the National Park Service.Since establishment, the park has attracted visitors interested in having their National Park Service passport books stamped. Also among the visitors so far is David Kroese, an author who chronicled his visits to all the national parks in his book, The Centennial: A Journey through America’s National Parks System.
- Hawn’s First Day Hike Will Have Flexible Schedule
The annual First Day Hike at Hawn State Park will not include a set scheduled hike this year as it has in the past.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, hikers are encouraged to take self-guided journeys through America’s state parks between Wednesday, December 30, and Sunday, January 3.
Hikers can take photos and post them on social media with the hashtag #MoFirstDayHikes. Missouri State Parks will have daily drawings for gift cards in the amount of $25. Visit mostateparks.com/FirstDayHikes for more details and to enter for a chance to win.
- Reaching Halfway Point Between Eclipses
Monday, December 14, marks 1,211 days since the Great American Eclipse of 2017, and 1,211 days to the next total solar eclipse for Ste. Genevieve — on April 8, 2024.
A solar eclipse did take place on Monday, December 14, and it was viewable in Argentina and Chile in South America.
Ste. Genevieve was included in the path of totality on August 21, 2017 — the first time that was the case since perhaps the 1400s.
The St. Louis area had not previously been on the centerline for a total solar eclipse since 1442, and St. Louis won’t be on the centerline for the 2024 eclipse.
The 2024 centerline will cross the United States from Texas to the northeast. The north edge of the centerline will not extend as far up as Festus but it will include Ste. Genevieve County.
As the northern end of the centerline, Ste. Genevieve will have about 2 minutes of totality; Cape Girardeau will have about 4 minutes as the midpoint of the centerline.
Ste. Genevieve had more than 2 1/2 minutes of totality in 2017 by being at the midpoint of the centerline and near the point of longest duration in Southern Illinois.
In 2017, Ste. Genevieve hosted a one-day musical festival leading into the eclipse event, and a viewing event took place at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center.
For more information on the 2024 eclipse, click here.
Forbes magazine had a story about the halfway as well.
- Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Established
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Jason Smith on Friday [October 30] announced that U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt has completed the final step to formally establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park.
Blunt and Smith led the legislation, which was signed into law in March 2018, to establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park and designate it as a unit of the National Park System.
This is the first National Historical Park to be established in Missouri.
View the complete news release from Senator Blunt’s office here.
To view the release from the Department of the Interior, click here.
- Museum Learning Center Opens
The Daily Journal reported on the October 16 soft opening for the Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center.
The facility at 360 Market Street features items from the Darrough Collection, which includes dinosaur sculptures, and items related to Ste. Genevieve history from the old museum.
The Museum Learning Center currently is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission includes a ticket to return when more of the museum is open.
Read the Daily Journal story here.
- Octane Tour Impressed With Drive Through Ste. Genevieve
The Daily Journal published a story about the Octane Tour’s visit to Southeast Missouri during the weekend of September 11 to September 13.
The tour attracts dozens of car enthusiasts in the St. Louis area for weekend getaway drives. This year’s drive featured Ste. Genevieve County and its wine country.
Several classic cars stopped in Ste. Genevieve on Friday, September 11, and parked at downtown parking lots.
Organizer Matt Burcham was impressed with Ste. Genevieve, telling the Daily Journal:
“The response that the Ste. Genevieve businesses had with us coming into town was crazy. Everybody had handmade signs welcoming the Octane Tour.“Some people had even made up some dash plaques and handed them out to us and other people met us, and it was really cool. All these people were taking pictures of these signs and putting them on Facebook. It was nice to see the area wanted us here. We want to try and patronize these places as we can.”
- Ste. Genevieve Named A Must-Visit Charming Small Town
- River Rapids Waterpark Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again
River Rapids Waterpark at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center was featured recently on onlyinyourstate.com.
The park’s final day of the 2020 season is Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
Click here to see the story.
- Ste. Geneviève featured in a recently published video wiki “Vacation Ideas for Lovers of American History”
Ste. Genevieve was listed as #1 in this video from Ezvid Wiki!
Thanks to Ezvid Wiki !
- USA Today Feature Article on Ste. Genevieve
USA Today Feature Article on Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve was featured in this USA Today gallery article about its architectural and historical significance.
- National Park Designation
Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park
Starting Up America’s Newest National Park!