Top Christmas Towns in the Midwest

Visitors to Ste. Geneviève will find historic buildings and cabins, like the Sassafras Creek Cabin, decorated for the holidays. | Photo courtesy R. Mueller

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!

Impressive #2, Ste. Genevieve

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.

 

 

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.

A photo of the 2017 solar eclipse taken in Downtown Ste. Genevieve.

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

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.”

USA Today Feature Article on Ste. Genevieve

Hotel Audubon, Ste. Genevieve MO

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
GARY GARTH, SPECIAL TO USA TODAY

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

Read the article HERE.