Sugarplum Festival returns for 2021

After being cancelled last year due to the ongoing pandemic, visitors will once again be able to ring in the holiday season with a festive and safe event November 11-13, 2021. Featuring over 30 local businesses including artisans, craftspeople, and local entrepreneurs, the Sugarplum Festival at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art highlights local goods, handcrafted gifts, and specially selected items in a boutique holiday fair setting.
Experience the Holidays Downtown

You're invited to bring your friends and family downtown to experience all the fun activities, great places to eat, and unique shops with specialty gift options for everyone on your list. There will be activities and special events every Saturday beginning with the “Lighting Ceremony” with fireworks and live music to be held on Saturday, November 27th at Coleman Hawkins Park in Felix Street Square. 
Holiday Park & South Pole Lighting Ceremonies take place day after Thanksgiving.

At 6:00 PM on November 26, join St. Joseph Parks and Recreation for an evening of awe and wonder as the Mayor flips the switch to transform Krug Park into Holiday Park for the 51st year! At 7:00 PM, our mayor will slip the switch to transform Hyde Park into the beautifully illuminated South Pole! Both parks are lit until January 1st. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served at Holiday Park.
We had the distinct pleasure of conversing with State Representative Richard Brown this month, who is also a member of the Missouri Tourism Commission. We are so glad he came to both our Visitor Center and our Executive office to learn about St. Joseph.

He was taken with St. Joseph and how much there is to do and said he would definitely be back. We can't wait to welcome him again. Representative Brown, thank you for visiting.
This month in Sports and Convention Marketing

St. Joseph was host to a couple of substantial events already this month, bringing people to town from Tennessee, Florida, Indiana, California, and other states.
The Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Induction and Tip-Off Classic Presented by Hillyard was held on Nov. 5-7. The induction ceremony on Nov. 5, held at Missouri Theater, consisted of nine legendary players and two amazing coaches. The tournament was then held at Civic Arena last weekend, Nov. 6 & 7. Full induction class list and teams that particpated can be found here. Economic impact to Buchanan County for this event was expected to be $225,000.
St. Joseph was also host to the CenStates TTRA (Travel and Tourism Research Association) Conference on Nov. 3-5 at Stoney Creek Conference Center. The mission of this group is to increase the quality, value, effectiveness and use of research in travel marketing, planning and development. CenStates is the regional chapter of TTRA that focuses on the issues concerning Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. With this being their first conference since COVID, there were approximately 50 attendees from the various states. Economic Impact for this group was over $21,000. 
Upcoming shows at the Missouri Theater and Ruby Theater

November 20, 2 pm and 7 pm
Missouri Theater, 717 Edmond St.
The Dance Arts Performing Arts Company
In Summer, settlers arrive on the prairie.
They are full of excitement and hope, ready for exploration and new beginnings. They seek a fresh start in a new home. In Autumn, settlers come of age, either in love or in grief. Three sisters living on a homestead come to terms with loss and learn to endure through simple acts of caretaking. Passing through the scene are three pairs of ‘lovers:’ a parent and child, a young couple in love, and a pair of friends, demonstrating all the ways we can love each other and lift each other up. In Winter, cowhands make many comical attempts to corral their horses in a blizzard, exemplifying teamwork, perseverance, and respect for animals and the elements. In Spring, all the cast returns for a celebration of renewal, progress, and entering the future. You’re entire family will love this original and amazing ballet and musical performance! Tickets:

A Nice Family Christmas
November 26, 27 & 28, December 3, 4 & 5 - various times
Ruby Theatre, 615 S. 10th
It’s Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas – his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, his eccentric grandmother, and his battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material. One by one, we learn each family member’s secrets, problems, and dysfunctions, and when they learn that he’s writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Tickets:

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
December 10, 11 & 12 - various times
Missouri Theater, 717 Edmond St.
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure Linda to Hollywood to be his new dance partner, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love? Tickets:

Holiday Cheer – Saint Joseph Symphony
December 18, 7 pm
Missouri Theater, 717 Edmond St.
No holiday season is complete without hearing the Saint Joseph Symphony’s season concert – Holiday Cheer! Festive songs of the Christmas holiday paired with season favorites and Chanukah tunes; this concert promises to put you, your friends and family in a cheerful mood. This year’s concert will feature soloist from the Robidoux Resident Theatre and their production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Of course, not holiday concert would be complete without our communal sing-a-long. Reserve your tickets today – open seats will not last – everyone needs some Holiday Cheer! Tickets: