In the spirit of the
holiday season, the windows of a downtown historic structure will again be
decorated for all to enjoy. The public is invited to share in the
excitement during the annual unveiling when the curtains are pulled back of the large windows of City
Hall, 602 South Main. The opening takes place at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 27, with
holiday refreshments available during the event.
Window decorating has been
a tradition for this building since 1911 when its original tenant, Newman’s
Department Store displayed the latest fashion trends and hot items throughout
the year. During the holidays, shoppers enjoyed the elaborate decorations of
the season with holiday décor, specialty items and a large assortment of toys.
The City began the holiday display in 2009, and this
year’s windows are being decorated with a new twist: Joplin attractions were asked to participate
and decorate one of the windows. City staff received affirmative responses from
George Washington Carver National Monument; Downtown
Joplin; Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc.; Joplin History and Mineral
Museum; Spiva Center for the Arts; and Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon
Center. A City committee is also
decorating one of the windows. Each window will offer a unique perspective on
this year’s holiday window theme, “Experience
JoMo for the Holidays”.
unveiling, the downtown audience will want to stroll down Main Street to Spiva
Park for the Holiday Tree Lighting event.
Located at 4th and Main
Street. Joplin Parks and Recreation staff host this event, offering music, refreshments, as well as a craft
project for kids. Lights for the tree
and park area will be turned on at 6:30 p.m.!
Last year a Christmas light show was
added in Spiva Park, and this year’s show will be bigger and brighter! The light show is set to music and starts on
the half hour, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Area residents are welcome to come
to the park in the evenings between November 27 and January 1 to watch the
So mark the calendar for a special night of family
fun on Monday, November 27 in downtown Joplin. Both events are fun, annual
activities for all ages to enjoy as a special kick off to the holiday season.
Various other activities
are planned throughout the holidays as well, so be sure to check out the event
page on the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website at www.visitjoplinmo.com for more details or check out their Facebook
page at www.facebook.com/VisitJoplinMo