Christmas in Cuba

Just off I-44 at Exit 208 sits the town of Cuba in all its holiday splendor. In fact, the Cuba Visitor Center is covered in festive lights as a beacon to travelers. If you’ve never been to Cuba MO, this holiday trip is well worth the drive. 

Located 80 miles south of St. Louis, Cuba is just one of several communities in Crawford County. As a small town, Cuba leaves a huge impression. This holiday the streets are lined with lights, the city buildings are dressed up, and the town welcomes this wonderful time of year. Don’t be surprised to hear local passerby’s say hello and wish you and yours a fine holiday season. It’s that kind of place. 

The lighted path grows longer each year. New this year, the Cuba Visitor Center allows travelers on I-44 to get a glimpse of our lighted splendor. In addition, Viva Cuba Garden, City Hall, the Cuba Senior Center, the Recklein Auditorium, the Crawford County Historical Society Museum, and the Recklein Memorial Library are all part of the picturesque Christmas landscape. To top it all off, there will be the traditional holiday tree at Recklein Commons which is a great spot for holiday family photos!

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Cuba Visitor Center Exit 208

The Cuba Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual Christmas Parade on the first Saturday in December to kick off the holiday season. The parade starts at the Wagon Wheel Motel and ends at the Recklein Commons on N Smith St. The parade starts at 5:00 pm and of course, Santa will be there. Learn more.

The City of Cuba is lucky to have citizens who care about the community. These same folks want to share the warmth of the season with everyone who happens to find themselves in Cuba during the holidays. Local businesses welcome travelers and “light lookers” to visit during the holiday season for specialty foods, drinks, and gifts. 

If you are working on your holiday shopping list, spend a day or two in Cuba!  Try out our Antique Trail and Curiosity Stops Day Trip that explores  17 shops, 52 miles, and three communities in Crawford County. Download the itinerary

Every adventure deserves a great meal, right? You’ll want to check out our many eateries and cafes. There is food for every taste, mood, or groove.  Get the full list. 

Cuba is a great small town along Route 66 in Central Missouri. Make the holiday shine with a trip to Santa’s Route 66 Mural City!

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