• Holiday Friday Nights Offer Shopping Opportunities, Activities

    Ste. Genevieve will have stores open late and a family-friendly activity on Friday nights throughout the holiday season.

    “Vieux Noel” will take you through the boxwoods in the yard of the Linden House.

    French Colonial America is bringing back “Vieux Noel,” a lit walk through the back yard of Hands On History at the Linden House. The journey weaves through the yard and boxwoods, showing cutouts of colonial children from Ste. Genevieve as they bring gifts to the newborn King in a Nativity scene.

    The “View Noel” also includes live music, cookies and cocoa. Common Grounds Coffee House will be have a table offering refreshments.

    It will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday nights of December 4, December 11 and December 18. It also will take place during the Holiday Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 5.

    Also, a half-dozen stores are staying open until 8 p.m. for the holidays: Sassafras Creek Originals on St. Mary’s Road; Silver Sycamore art gallery at Third and Market; and Belle Ever After, European Entitlements, the Show Me Shop, and Music Art Love — all on Main Street.

    Come see the decorated shops of downtown Ste. Genevieve.

    Silver Sycamore art gallery is one of the many downtown Ste. Genevieve stores decorated for the holidays.

  • Sassafras Creek Hosting Open House This Weekend (Dec. 5-6)

    Sassafras Creek Originals (311 St. Mary’s Road) is hosting a Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6.

    The cabin at Sassafras Creek is now available to rent through Airbnb.com.

    The event will include tours of the new bed-and-breakfast cabin, a bonfire, hot chocolate and sales at the store. Shoppers will be eligible for door prizes.

    Santa Claus also will be on the scene.

    Local photographer Ronnie Rayfield will have his fourth annual Family Christmas Photoshoot at the cabin. No reservations required. Photo scenes can include Santa along with his horse and wagon.

    For information on the photos, call 314-471-3308.

    Contact Sassafras Creek at 573-513-2491.

  • Holiday Christmas Festival Plans Safe Weekend Of Events (Dec. 5-6)

    Santa and Mrs. Claus ride on the Lions Club float during the 2019 Holiday Christmas Festival parade. Ste. Genevieve’s annual event is set for December 5 and December 6 this year with the parade starting the weekend festivities at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 5.

    Ste. Genevieve’s Holiday Christmas Festival — one of the largest such celebrations in Missouri — will take place this year … with some modifications to address COVID-19.

    The event returns for its 36th year with the ever-popular parade on Saturday, December 5, and more than a dozen concerts taking place over the two days.

    Masks will be required at all indoor concerts and lectures per request of the musicians and speakers. Masks also will be required at the Lions Park Spectacular, where children can have their photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus taken under social-distancing guidelines.

    Event organizer Annette Rolfe said the many musicians who offer entertainment annually at the event looked forward to coming back this year.

    “Everyone is really on board,” Rolfe said. “All they want is the precautions. If we follow the rules, we can make this work.”

    Rolfe emphasizes that the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department strongly suggests wearing a mask at public venues.


    Parade participants will not be allowed to throw candy as they usually do. Instead, elves will be handing out candy packets in Lion’s Club Park.

    The parade route from the Valle Catholic Desert to Third Street to Market to Main to Washington to Second to Merchant and back to the desert is long enough to encourage social distancing for parade-watchers. Fewer viewers usually line Second Street if you are looking to distance from others. The parade will kick off the festival at 11 a.m.

    The Lions Park Spectacular will begin at noon with free photos with Santa.  Music will be provided by Vernon Flieg, the first of many musical performances on the weekend.

    Christmas crafts for children will be offered by Ste. Genevieve artist Diane Wilson beginning at noon at the Orris Theatre. Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.

    The indoor music venues also will observe social distancing with seating limitations.

    Concerts will be given by the Joyful Sound Ringers handbell choir, Southeast Missouri State University professor Matt Palisch on the pipe organ at the Church of Ste. Genevieve, the Southeast Missouri String Quartet, the Isaac Lausell Trio, Adele Martin and Bluesette, saxophonist Gerry Huggins and guitarist Stormy Bennett. In addition to the Catholic Church, venues include Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the Orris, and the Welcome Center.

    Huggins will play at the 18th-century Jean-Baptiste Valle House on Saturday, as will Martin and Bluesette.

    Martin was born in Belgium and now lives in Illinois. She bills her sounds as French cafe music. “You’ll feel like you’re on the Left Bank [of Paris],” Rolfe said.

    Bennett, from Ste. Genevieve, has played gospel and patriotic music at events and shows throughout the region.

    The Guibourd-Valle House, owned and operated by the Foundation for Restoration, will host an open house Saturday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. with colonial decorations and live music.

    At the same time, Music Art Love will feature live music by Academy Hill.

    All of that activity Saturday leads into the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. outside the Welcome Center. Gary Scheel will emcee the event. Les Chanteurs Francais with Bill and Patti Naeger will perform, along with the Ste. Genevieve High School Madrigal Choir.

    The First Presbyterian Church will host its Live Nativity scene beginning at 6 p.m., and carols will be sung outside the church.

    Sunday’s schedule includes afternoon concerts by violinist Megan Heithaus, Lausell on guitar and renowned harpist Amy Camie.

    Lausell, who teaches at the Southern Illinois University School of Music in Carbondale, has been a festival mainstay. He teams with professor Jimmy Beers and Dr. Richard Kelly for the modern jazz trio on Saturday and then performs selections spanning 500 years of French, Italian, Spanish and American music with his classical guitar performance on Sunday.

    Heithaus, who has been part of the event for 13 years, performs in the string quartet on Saturday afternoon and then provides the music at the Guibourd-Valle on Saturday night before returning to play solo on Sunday afternoon.

    Camie is new to the Holiday Christmas Festival. She is a certified clinical musician and spiritual harpist who will weave together holiday favorites in a seamless tapestry that wraps you in the spirit of Christmas.

    Also on the weekend, the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild will have its Christmas show in its new building on the Courthouse Square and the new Museum Learning Center will have Christmas displays in its courtyard.

    “My goal is that people feel safe,” Rolfe said. “Even in this time, we want to have a magical place that people can come to and have a wonderful experience.”

    For more information on the event, go to www.visitstegen.com.


    Saturday, December 5

    11 a.m.

    — FREE Christmas Parade, Ste. Genevieve Historic District.

    12 noon

    — Lions Park Spectacular, FREE pictures with Santa (Masks Required), Market Street. FREE Vernon Flieg performs traditional country, rock and Christmas tunes.

    — FREE Christmas Crafts for Children by Diane Wilson (Masks Required) at the ORRIS, 265 Merchant Street, ENDS AT 2:00 p.m.

    1 to 1:45 p.m.

    — FREE pipe organ concert, and Joyful Sound Ringers directed by Matt Palisch, Professor of Organ for SEMO State University and Director of Music for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jackson, MO. The Joyful Sound Ringers perform both at St. Paul’s worship service and also special concerts and workshops associated with the hand bell association of St. Louis. Program includes Christmas carols by the ringers and organ solos at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, 49 DuBourg Place. ONE CONCERT ONLY.

    — FREE Southeast Missouri String Quartet concert performed by accredited directors, teachers and symphony performers at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 200 Market Street, featuring Baroque, Classical, and Romantic period Austro-German music.

    — FREE The Isaac Lausell Trio, modern jazz with standards in Latin music featuring award winning Dr. Isaac Lausell from SIU School of Music, Carbondale, Professor Jimmy Beers, and Dr. Richard Kelly, at Music Art Love, 199 N. Main Street.

    — FREE Authentic French Café music, jazz, soul, blues, and Christmas tunes. Performed by Adele Martin and Bluesette at the Jean-Baptiste Valle House, 99 S. Main Street.

    2 to 2:45 p.m.

    — Repeat of above concerts: String Quartet, Isaac Lausell Trio, and Adele Martin and Bluesette.

    — FREE Matt Palisch, Professor of Organ for SEMO State University and Director of Music for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jackson, MO will perform a solo pipe organ concert featuring multiple genres of music from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Impressionistic to 20th and 21st Century Christmas tunes at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, 49 DuBourg Place. ONE CONCERT ONLY

    3 to 3:45 p.m.

    — FREE saxophone solo performance by Gerry Huggins, featuring contemporary, smooth jazz, and holiday music at the Jean-Baptiste Valle, 99 S. Main Street.

    — FREE acoustic guitar concert performed by Stormy Bennett specializing in thumb rhythm and melody at the ORRIS, 265 Merchant Street.

    4 to 4:45 p.m.

    — Repeat of above concerts: acoustic guitar and saxophone.

    4 to 6 p.m.

    — FREE Guibourd House hosts an open house at Fourth and Merchant Street featuring a display of Colonial Christmas decorations. Baroque period solo violin performance by Megan Heithaus. ENDS AT 6 p.m.

    — FREE Blue Grass music performed by Academy Hill at Music Art Love, 199 N. Main Street. ENDS AT 6 p.m.

    6 p.m.

    — FREE Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, at the Welcome Center, 66 S. Main Street, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. Performances by Les Chanteurs Francais with Bill & Patti Naeger, SGHS Madrigal Choir, and hosted by Gary Scheel.

    — FREE Live Bethlehem Nativity Scene, First Presbyterian Church, 160 S. Main Street. Christmas carols will be sung outside the church.

    — Lynn, Jack, and Jen Trio performing pop standard’s from the 30’s to the 70’s, with a little country and Broadway at Audubon’s Grill and Bar, 9 N. Main Street.

    Sunday, December 6

    12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

    — FREE violin solo performance, performed by Megan Heithaus, featuring Impressionistic period music, at the Welcome Center, 66 S. Main Street.

    — FREE classical guitar concert performed by renowned artist Dr. Isaac Lausell, DMA, SIU School of Music, Carbondale, featuring 500 years of French, Italian, Spanish, and American music at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 200 Market Street.

    1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

    — Repeat of above concerts: Violin and Classical Guitar.

    3 p.m.

    — FREE renowned artist Amy Camie performing unique solo harp interpretations in her program “Embracing the Spirit of Christmas” weaving together holiday favorites in a seamless tapestry that gently opens the heart and lovingly wraps you in the spirit of Christmas at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, 49 DuBourg Place.

    Saturday and Sunday

    — Ste. Genevieve Art Guild Christmas Show will be open at the historic “Museum” building, 310 Merchant Street. Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

    — The Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center will have Christmas displays in their Courtyard, 360 Market Street. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    — Visit historic sites, museums, art galleries and shops.


    The Ste Genevieve County Health Department strongly suggests wearing a mask at public venues.

  • Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Established

    The Jean-Baptiste Valle House is serving as the headquarters for the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, which was established on Friday, October 30.

    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.

    Click here for story from the Daily Journal.

  • 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

    Ste. Genevieve this year was listed 47th on a list of 60 charming American towns to visit.

    The original list appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, early in 2020.

    Onlyinyourstate.com also highlighted the listing in August.

  • 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!

    Vacation Ideas For Lovers Of American History

    Thanks to Ezvid Wiki !

  • USA Today Feature Article on Ste. Genevieve

    USA Today Feature Article on Ste. Genevieve

    Hotel Audubon, Ste. Genevieve MO

    Hotel Audubon, established in 1903 and re-opened in 2018, shares Ste. Geneviève’s historic charms

    Ste. Genevieve was featured in this USA Today gallery article about its architectural and historical significance.

    Read the article HERE.

  • National Park Designation

    Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park

    Starting Up America’s Newest National Park!

    National Park Service

    Click here to read more about our National Park Service Designation! (PDF)