JOPLIN, Mo. — City of Joplin employees are busy placing lights out in parks and displays as the holiday season approaches.

According to our recent online polls we asked our Joplin News First followers of it was too early to decorate the first week of November?

  • 👎🏽 TWITTER: 55% Too😡early!
  • 👍🏽 FB ‘behind the scenes’ group: 62% Decorate🎅🏽now!
  • 👍🏽 FB story: 70%🤶🏾Not too early!
  • 👍🏽 IG story: 64% lights on🎄

It is not a designated special time this year due to COVID. But the Christmas lights and tree in Spiva Park will light that evening at 4th and Main. Some businesses will stay open late or run specials.

The lights in Spiva Park will come on November 19, however there is not an official lighting ceremony this year. Instead join the Park and Recreation elves at the Holiday Tree Trail event in Mercy Park this year. Event kicks off from 6 to 8 p.m. on  Tuesday, November 24 at Mercy Park. Mercy Park Holiday Tree Trail is free and fun for the whole family.

Lynn Onstot, City of Joplin

On Thursday, November 19, the Downtown Joplin Alliance has coordinated the window display contest. Businesses are working hard to decorate their windows so they can grab your attention. That night begins the judging of the window displays along Main Street.

CLICK HERE to set a reminder so you can attend.

The lighting of the downtown lights is coming!

Afterwards, join Paranormal Science Lab for a walk through Downtown Joplin to hear some history and ghost tales. But you have to reserve your free tickets.

Click for more details about old Joplin Christmas past!