Urban Joplin – December 2018       


Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! There are so many ways to get in the holiday spirit and spread Christmas cheer in the heart of Joplin. Head downtown and make this December one to remember!


The 48th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade is Tuesday, December 4, from 6-8 pm. Freeman Health System proudly continues to support and sponsor the Joplin Christmas Parade.


Monthly Favorites:


  • First Thursday ArtWalk – December 6, 5:30-8:30 pm
  • First Friday WineShare – December 7, 6-8 pm, Newton’s Jewelers Holiday Open House, 428 S. Main St.


Follow Downtown Joplin Alliance on Facebook for more events.


Upcoming Films and Events at Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway:


  • Broadway on Broadway: The King and I
  • Suspiria
  • We The Animals
  • Wildlife
  • Thunder Road
  • PSL: Murder, Mayhem, and a Movie
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show – Christmas Show
  • Siblings Improv


Follow Bookhouse Cinema on Facebook for all films, dates, and times.



Go walkin’ in a winter wonderland in downtown Joplin! There are so many fun little shops and restaurants to check out and do some shopping or just have a little fun and beat the cold. In fact, within the pages of this magazine, you’ll learn more about some of downtown’s best and brightest! Check out our Wish List on page [#] to find out what Blue Moon Boutique, 613 S. Main, and Be You-nique Boutique, 526 S. Main, have in stock for the holidays! Read about Club 609 in this month’s Taste of the Four States feature on page [#]. This downtown restaurant has been a beloved favorite in downtown JOMO since 1990! Its fabulous gourmet food never disappoints.


The Seventh Annual Alternative Christmas Fair & Chili Feed is taking place the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at 1901 S. Pearl. This unique shopping experience gives you the opportunity to purchase gifts from “Ten Thousand Villages,” a fair-trade retailer featuring items from artisans in developing countries and “Equal Exchange” fair-trade coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil and more.


To get in touch with your creative side, be sure to check out the 71st Annual Membership Show at Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St., which is running until December 15. The Membership Show showcases a wide variety of styles and media from 110 regional artists. Also until December 15, Spiva’s Regional Gallery will exhibit the work of Gloria Baker Feinstein, a fine art and portrait photographer based in Kansas City.


These are just a few of the fun things to do downtown this holiday season! Check out these other great resources to learn more: www.visitjoplinmo.com and www.connect2culture.org.