St. Johns Lights Festival is December 2 and 3


The St. Johns High School Youth Action Committee worked on the Downtown tree lights.

The big weekend is coming up fast.

On Friday December 2 starting Downtown at 5:00 p.m. you can enjoy Gingerbread House Jackpot, Chili Cookoff at the UAW, Festive Cocoa, Train Rides and Glow Corn Hole.

The Santa Parade launches at 6:30 p.m. Atfter that the Community Saint will be named and the Tree Lighting in the Depot area will take place. Then all will be free to enjoy shopping in Downtown businesses.

On Saturday December 3 at the Southpoint Mall beginning at 9:00 a.m. there will be Breakfast with Santa 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Cookie Decorating, Kids Crafts,

Train Rides, Talking Christmas Tree, Frozen Igloo, Christmas Characters and Putt Putt Golf.

The Christmas Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The Knights of Columbus and St. Johns Lions Club will be selling 12 ounce cups of chili, chips and bottled water from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the UAW Hall downtown during the parade on Friday December 2. The hall is located at 117 W. Walker Street in Downtown St. Johns.

Enjoy some hot chili to warm you up during the Santa Parade and other downtown Christmas festivities $3.00 for a 12-ounce cup of hot chili served with crispy crackers and a smile. Bottled water and chips also available.

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Breakfast with Santa is at Grace Point Church in the Mall from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 3. Big Boy will be cooking up Pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage along with donuts and cereal. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets will be sold at the door. Sponsored by the St. Johns Chamber of Commerce.

Get your child’s picture taken with Santa for free just for attending the breakfast.


Homegrown Productions presents Wonderthon December 2-4

Homegrown Productions presents “The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon” by Don Zelidis. Love ’em or not, the airwaves are teeming with holiday movies from now until Santa finishes his sleigh ride.

Join them for a rollicking take on the feel-good movies of the season December 2 and 3 at 7:30 and December 4 at 3:00 at the Wilson Center, 101 W. Cass St., St. Johns. Tickets are $10 at the door.

This 90-minute staged reading features Makayla Marrison, Darryl Schmitz, Marci Balogh, Tim Balogh, Christopher Hibbs, Marsha Brook, Jan Ross, Tom Webb, Debbie Lundeen, Eric Kasten, Beth Webb, Bob Pung, Michelle Harvey Hill, Bob Murrell, Kallie Marrison, M D Nelson, David Brooks and Susan DeRosa.


Tickets for the Prince and Princess Tea party on sale December 3

Tickets go on sale soon for the 9th Annual Prince and Princess Tea party! This year’s shows will take place on Saturday, March 11, with shows at 12 noon or 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 with a show at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for both adults and children. What a great Christmas gift for your loved ones.

Ticket sales will open on Saturday, December 3, at 9:00 a.m. at the following link: https://sjhsdanceteam.ludus.com/index.php and scroll down to SJHS Dance Team 9th Annual Prince and Princess Tea Party 2023.


Mint City Singers Christmas Concert is December 10

The Mint City Singers under the direction of Steven Easterling with accompanist Jeff Richards proudly present “Musical Lights of the Season” a musical journey through the many colors of the holiday season.

O Come, O Come, Emanuel, Little Jack Frost, Carry the Light, Jesus, Jesus, Rest your head, Rudolph on the Housetop, Light the Candles
and many more songs of the season will be included.

Enjoy an evening of music to get you in the mood for the holidays at 7:00 p.m. at the Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass Street in St. Johns on December 10, 2022.


Museum to host children’s Victorian Christmas December 14

The Paine Gillam Scott House will be hosting a children’s Victorian Christmas event on Wednesday, December 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. complete with a tour of the House, a Victorian Christmas craft, refreshments and a story teller that will share with us a Christmas in the past.

Please make Paine Gillam Scott House part of your Holiday season. You will be amazed by the history we all have to share.

Feel free to contact them at (989) 224-2894 for more information.


Blue Bus Riders Enjoy safe, easy transportation on on Small Business Saturday

Shopping small in Clinton County has never been easier or more convenient. Clinton Transit’s drivers stand ready to provide residents with curb-to-curb transportation to the many small, locally owned businesses throughout St. Johns, DeWitt and Bath. Holiday shoppers wishing to avoid the hassle of parking, snowy road conditions, or long windy walks can rely on the agency’s iconic Blue Buses for a safe and reliable ride to any address in Clinton County.

“Our area has a fantastic collection of shops, boutiques, cafes, diners, pubs and more for shoppers to enjoy this season,” says MaLissa Schutt, Clinton Transit’s Executive Director. “There are so many great reasons to shop small and support businesses owned and run by people right here in the community. The Blue Buses make it so much easier. Shoppers can leave their vehicles at home and enjoy a stress-free lift to their local favorites.” 

Providing more than a ride, Clinton Transit drives economic vitality in the region. For local businesses, improved access to transportation means better access to talent and customers alike. “Mobility leads to connectivity,” says Schutt. “Whether you’re shopping local on Small Business Saturday, heading to the St. Johns Light Festival, or running in the Downtown DeWitt Turkey Trot, the Blue Bus is a great option to get there.”

New riders will need to register in advance of their first ride at www.mybluebus.com/sign-up or by calling the dispatch office at 989.224.8127, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It may take up to one business day for new accounts to be reviewed and processed. Once registered, riders can simply schedule their rides on the Clinton Transit mobile app or by calling the dispatch office.

Clinton Transit’s standard transportation hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. For mobility needs beyond published hours and locations, residents are encouraged to call Clinton Transit. “We want the community to know that if they need to get somewhere, we can often meet their needs directly or by coordinating on their behalf with other transportation providers,” says Schutt.

Established in 2001, Clinton Transit has been providing curb-to-curb service to meet the needs of all Clinton County residents. Fondly known as the Blue Bus, the on-demand transit system responds to ride requests and provides safe, reliable transportation to all county residents. This creates a more connected, accessible and vibrant Clinton County.

For more information on the Blue Bus, visit mybluebus.com.