Photo provided by Old Town Cape

Photo provided by Old Town Cape

Cape Girardeau, Missouri is a beautiful city no matter what time of year it is, but when it comes to the holidays, this city just comes to life. My family has our list of places that we must visit and we often visit them more than once.

1. Cape Girardeau Parade of Lights – this is an annual parade, almost always held the Sunday evening after Thanksgiving. Area businesses, churches, and organizations bring out their best to entertain the crowd on the streets of Cape Girardeau.  While we are often bundled up so tight we can barely move, but my kids refuse to miss it. The parade usually last about an hour, I suggest packing some blankets, lawn chairs, and something warm to drink.

2. The Holiday lights display at Cape Girardeau County Park – If I have drove one circle around Cape Girardeau County Park I have drove a thousand circles, yes it is that good. Yearly local businesses, area churches, and members of the community take pride in decking out Cape Girardeau County Park. This is free to visit, you simply take a drive through the park after dark, you have the option of tuning into the local radio station for some holiday tunes while you cruise. I do highly suggest picking up some hot chocolate your favorite holiday beverage prior to your drive.

3. Hutson’s Furniture Window Display – Yearly Hutson’s Furniture Store spend hours building an animated window display for the public to admire. My kids can stand out in the freezing cold for what seems to be hours, pointing out all the tiny little details.

Photo by Becky Davenport

Photo by Becky Davenport / Missouri TravelingMom

Hutson’s Furniture window will be unveiled the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Hutson’s Furniture is located at 43 South Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO. The window is open around the clock and is free to the public.

4. Downtown Christmas Open House in Cape Girardeau – Downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri helps you make holiday shopping fun. Forget all the hustle and bustle, take a free carriage ride around Historic Downtown Cape Girardeau, enjoy the Christmas carolers, and then meet the Santa for a free picture.

My kids and I have joined in the festivities in Downtown Cape Girardeau over the past years. My youngest (age 5) says his favorite part is seeing all the lights, my oldest (age 10) says she likes seeing all merchants and how jolly they are…I agree with her — it is very heartwarming!

For more family friendly stops in Cape Girardeau, Missouri contact the Cape Girardeau CVB, they are always happy to help!