Holiday Cheer in Missouri: Things to do in the Southeast Region

The holidays are coming.

And so is the family.

What are you going to do?

Show your Missouri spirit, of course, by taking them to some of the coolest, holiday-iest places in your neck of the woods!

Ste. Genevieve Annual Holiday Christmas Festival

Across Missouri you find an abundance of places bursting with holiday spirit. And here’s the proof. Check out these five awesome sights to enjoy when your family visits southeast Missouri.

  • The first weekend in December is a great time for festival fun in Ste. Genevieve, which hosts its 31st Annual Holiday Christmas Festival from Dec. 4-6, 2015. During the weekend, you’ll enjoy a parade, carolers and carriage rides; have the chance to snap photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus; listen to any number of 30 free musical programs in the historic district; and shop in stores and art galleries. Find more at
  • Select a cedar, white pine or Scotch pine tree from the fields at Meier Horse Shoe Pines in Jackson. Belgian horses will haul a sled out to the fields so you can cut your own tree without having to worry about lugging it back. The farm has two fields with 14 acres of trees and boasts about 1,000 trees per acre! There’s also a Christmas shop where gifts, decorations and wreaths are sold.
  • Savor a taste of the Show-Me State during the Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail’s A Taste of the Holidays Each of four wineries along this trail will offer special wine and holiday treat pairings on Nov. 14-15. Yes, it’s a nice pre-holiday outing and a great way to showcase Missouri’s awesome wines to family and friends who come into town early.
  • If your ideal holiday-season outing involves hunting, you’ll want to be in Kennett on Dec. 5-6, when the Chamber of Commerce hosts its first-ever Show-Me Duck Showdown. Four-person teams will compete for cash prizes and bragging rights at this event. Attendees also have the opportunity to enjoy a meal with the local Ducks Unlimited chapter on Dec. 5.
  • See what Christmas was like in 1860 when you tour the Hunter-Dawson House State Historic Site by candlelight in New Madrid. Evening tours on Dec. 11-12 showcase this beautiful home, which has Georgian, Greek revival and Italianate architectural features. Guides will be dressed in period-appropriate attire and light refreshments will be served.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of holiday fun in southeast Missouri. Find more holiday fun at and don’t forget to check out our Trip Ideas for other family-friendly itineraries.

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