Ste. Genevieve celebrates the season Dec. 4 and 5 with its annual Holiday Christmas Festival.
Previously known as the Country Christmas Walk, the event has expanded to include live performances of music with guest appearances by artists from Missouri and elsewhere.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 12:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Open houses will be held at historic sites, museums, and art galleries throughout the two-day event.
Annette Rolfe, executive director of the annual event since 2007, has made it an opportunity for both entertainment and education.
“I had potential to design a really fantastic parade,” Rolfe said, “and I thought there could be a lot more going on.”
A parade officially kicks off the festival at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 in the Historic District, followed by a concession at Lions Club Park where free hot dogs will be given to children accompanied by an adult, along with the arrival of Santa Claus.
The Christmas tree lighting will end Saturday’s festivities at 6 p.m.
On Dec. 5 the Wind Ensemble and Community Choir will perform in the Catholic Church at 4 p.m, the last event of the festival.
For more information, contact the Welcome Center at 800-373-7007 or visitstegen.com.