>

December 2017

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
1
  • Holiday Christmas Festival
2
  • Holiday Christmas Festival
3
  • Holiday Christmas Festival
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
  • Le Reveillon
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
  • La Gui Année (or La Guignolèe)
  • La Guignolee Watch Party

Upcoming Events

December 31, 2017
  • La Guiannée, La Guignolèe or La Guillaneé

    When: Dec 31st, (New Year's Eve)
    Where: Historic District, Ste. Genevieve, MO
    Admission: FREE!

    Founded around 1735 by French fur traders, Ste. Genevieve remained a French speaking enclave for centuries in the newly Americanized Midwest. St. Gen is the oldest European settlement west of the Mississippi. Sadly, the last generations of native French speakers are disappearing, but old traditions such as La Guiannée remain.

    This ancient tradition, comparable to the English custom of Wassailing that harkens back to Europe's Middle Ages, is celebrated by descendants of those French settlers. Dressed in bizarre and somewhat archaic costumes, the revelers wander from place to place singing a beggars song for favors.

    You can see and participate with these singers and musicians as they celebrate this 250-year-old tradition New Year's Eve in the streets, cafes and pubs of Ste. Genevieve's Historic District.

 

News & Accolades