Schedule of Events
Christmas Traditions is a month-long celebration of Christmas in St. Charles. The festival runs Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. In addition to the 30 costumed characters who are always "making seasons bright," there are a host of other activities to enjoy while you're in St. Charles for Christmas.
The OPENING CEREMONY is November 29th at 11:00 AM. Watch as Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage, escorted by the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps and the Legends of Christmas. Festivities continue until 9:00 PM. And at 5:00 PM don't miss the lighting of the official ST. CHARLES CHRISTMAS TREE where free, hot wassail will be served to all.
Take a relaxing CARRIAGE RIDE along Main Street during the holiday season. The rides will be available during festival hours, weather permitting. Carriages are independently owned and operated and do not operate during the Santa Parade.
During festival hours, be sure to visit the CHESTNUT ROASTERS and take a step back in time while enjoying their playful banter. They can be found at the Daniel Boone statue between the 700 and 800 blocks of S. Main St.
Coming to Christmas Traditions with your sweetheart? Plan a stop at the KISSING BALL! This special bundle of mistletoe, holly, ribbon, and evergreens marks the perfect spot for you to fall in love all over again. You'll find the Kissing Ball in the Kister Park gazebo located in the 400 block of S. Main.
Join your favorite Legends of Christmas characters Fridays from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM for a good, old-fashioned MARSHMALLOW ROAST. It's ooey-gooey fun! Enjoy roasting and eating delicious marshmallows (they're free!) while listening to holiday stories. You'll find the fire pit in the backyard of the beautiful Historic Missouri First State Capitol building (200 S. Main).
Visit SANTA'S COTTAGE for the most beautiful PHOTO WITH SANTA around! The new location for 2013 will be the KATY Depot in Frontier Park. For more information, please visit the Photos with Santa page.
Also at the KATY DEPOT this year you will find The KATY DEPOT TRAIN DISPLAY. The display features a Victorian winter scene, Circus scene, KATY coal train, Union Pacific Big Boy, Polar Express, and many others. Admission is free, however, donations are accepted. The display is hosted by the Frenchtown Heritage Museum. The hours are: Opening Day Noon to 9:00 PM, Saturdays 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Sundays Noon to 5:00 PM, Fridays 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and Christmas Eve 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Enjoy the pageantry of a live SANTA PARADE led by the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps. This special parade features all your favorite Legends of Christmas as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Follow the procession from 1000 S. Main Street to Berthold Square for caroling and a short, family-friendly program. Parades are held Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 1:30 PM.
Visit the candy-filled world of the GINGERBREAD VILLAGE at 116 N. Main. You'll love seeing all the different gingerbread houses that were crafted and entered into our 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest. November 29 - December 21, Firdays 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturdays 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Sundays Noon to 5:00 PM. The display will close at 6:00 PM on December 21.
Come see this festive holiday train display and toys of yesteryear at TRAINS AND TREASURES located at the Frenchtown Heritage Museum, 1121 N. Second. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children (ages 3 to 12 years). November 29 - December 24, Wednesday through Friday Noon to 3:00 PM and Saturday Noon - 5:00 PM. For more information, please call 636-724-2106.
Join us for the beautiful Spanish tradition of LAS POSADAS on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 PM. This symbolic reenactment follows Mary and Joseph as they search for shelter prior to Jesus' birth. The procession begins in the 1000 block of S. Main and proceeds north to Frontier Park. The event ends with a live nativity followed by caroling and a yule log bonfire.
Listen to the SLEIGH BELL SINGERS as they stroll N. Main Street, performing Christmas songs from the 1930s and 40s and spreading holiday cheer.
And to end the 2013 festival, join us for one final wave to Santa before he heads back to the North Pole for the big night! The SANTA SEND-OFF will be held Christmas Eve at 1:30 PM at Berthold Square at the corner of First Capitol Drive and S. Main.