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 40 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.
November 28th: 11:00 AM
Kister Park Gazebo (400 block of South Main Street)
Watch as Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage, escorted by the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps and all of your favorite the Legends of Christmas. Watch as they hang the ceremonial last piece of greenery, marking the official start to the holiday season. Festivities continue until 9:00 PM.
OFFICIAL SAINT CHARLES CITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
November 28th: 5:00 PM
Berthold Square (corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive)
Join Mayor Sally Faith along with the Cooblestone Wassaliers for the annual lighting of Saint Charles' Official Christmas Tree. While your there, take the chill off the evening air with a complimentary cup of piping hot wassail, provided by AT&T Missouri.
Opening Day, Saturdays and Sundays: 1:30 PM
Parade Route: 1000 South Main Street to Berthold Square (corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive)
On Opening Day as well as every Saturday and Sunday during the festival, Main Street comes alive with the music, pageantry, and spectacle of one of the best loved Christmas Traditions events: the Santa Parade. Cheer and celebrate as all of the Christmas Traditions characters and carolers come together in a special procession to Berthold Square. You won't want to miss the parade's grand finale, as a cavalcade of our international Santas, each carrying the flag of their native land, herald the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and their horse-drawn carriage.
Follow the procession as it makes its way from the 1000 block of South Main Street to Berthold Square, where the parade will end with a short family-friendly program, where this year, some of our legendary characters will display their hidden talents in a competition unlike any you've ever seen before. Who will win this silly showcase? You the audience will decide! Enter your child to win a "Ride with Santa" (contest opens November 1). Santa's official carriage is sponsored by Saint Louis Carriage Company.
In the 200 block of South Main Street and between the 700 and 800 blocks of South Main Street (next to the Daniel Boone statue).
During your visit, allow the warm and toasty smell of fresh roasted chestnuts to lead you to one of our enthusiastic chestnut vendors. Let them entertain you with their antics and witty banter while they demonstrate the art of roasting this favorite holiday snack (and for a small fee, enjoy one yourself - either as a tasty treat or as an old fashioned hand warmer).
HOLIDAY KISSING BALL
Kister Park Gazebo (400 block of South Main Street)
Nestled under the roof of the Kister Park gazebo, this bundle of mistletoe, holly, ribbon, and evergreen is recognized as one of the earliest holiday decorations adopted in America. Mistletoe is known to represent peace, love, and long-lasting happiness. So grab your sweetheart, share a hot chocolate, and pay a visit to the Kissing Ball this Christmas.
KATY Depot - Frontier Park (500 South Riverside Drive)
Santa and his elves have brought a little North Pole magic right here to Saint Charles. Step inside the Historic KATY Train Depot in Frontier Park and find yourself in Santa's Cottage. While there, be sure to experience "Santa's Train Land," an interactive 0-27 train display. Also enjoy complimentary crafts and activities including story time with Mrs. Claus and Mother Goose (at select times). And don't forget to pay a visit to the big man himself! For more information, please visit the Photos with Santa page. Please note that Santa will be joining his other Christmas friends for the Santa Parade from 1:15pm to 2:30pm on Opening Day (November 28) and each Saturday and Sunday during the festival.
Admission for "Santa's Train Land" is free, however, donations are accepted. The display is hosted by the Frenchtown Heritage Museum. The hours are for the train display are: Opening Day - Noon to 9:00 PM, Saturdays - 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Sundays - Noon to 5:00 PM, Wednesdays and Fridays - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and Christmas Eve - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
MASTER OF REVELS MARSHMALLOW ROAST If a chill nips at your nose on a Friday night, take a walk to the Historic Missouri First State Capital on the 200 block of South Main Street to enjoy complimentary marshmallow roasting with Saint Charles' resident clown about town, the Master of Revels. Tall stacks of marshmallows (and even taller tales) will be shared by Revels and his friends. Keep an eye out, you never know who will stop by or what shenanigans await you! The Marshmallow Roast is sponsored by KMOV.
Fridays - 7 to 8:30 pm | Historic Missouri First State Capitol - 200 S. Main Street
If a chill nips at your nose on a Friday night, take a walk to the Historic Missouri First State Capital on the 200 block of South Main Street to enjoy complimentary marshmallow roasting with Saint Charles' resident clown about town, the Master of Revels. Tall stacks of marshmallows (and even taller tales) will be shared by Revels and his friends. Keep an eye out, you never know who will stop by or what shenanigans await you! The Marshmallow Roast is sponsored by KMOV.
November 28 thru December 21 | Fridays - 6:30 to 9pm, Saturdays - 11 am to 9 pm, Sundays - Noon to 5 pm, Closes December 21 at 5 pm | Main Street Church - 116 N. Main Street
Come visit the sugar-coated sights and smells of Gingerbread Village. This year our holiday wonderland will transport you back to an Old-Fashioned Christmas. See the wonderfully decorated gingerbread houses from the decorating contest hosted by Main Street Church and Mercy Kids. For more information, please visit www.churchonmain.com/gingerbread.
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays - 8:45 pm
On Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the day comes to a close with a special candlelight procession. Starting off on the 900 block of South Main Street, join the procession as it continues to Berthold Square, where under the glow of Saint Charles' official Christmas tree, the Cobblestone Wassaliers will lead a sing-a-long of traditional Christmas carols.
CAROL SING-A-LONG AT THE GAZEBO
Sundays - 4:45 pm \ Kister Park Gazebo
On Sunday evenings, join all of your favorite Christmas friends at 4:45pm on the steps of the Kister Park gazebo as the Cobblestone Wassaliers lead a sing-a-long of traditional Christmas carols.
CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS PHOTO STOPS
Everyone enjoys the chance to collect their favorite characters' trading cards while visiting the festival. Now you have the opportunity to be the star of your own personal card. Step into one of our oversized trading cards and bring out your inner "character". Grab a camera, strike a pose, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind souvenir to remember your visit to Saint Charles.
CLOSING CEREMONY AND SANTA SEND OFF
December 24 - 1:30 pm | Parade Route: 1000 S. Main Street to Berthold Square (Corner of S. Main Street and First Capitol Drive)
As another year of St. Charles Christmas Traditions comes to a close, you won't want to miss the opportunity to say so long to your favorite Christmas friends as they gather in Berthold Square for a cheerful Closing Ceremony which will culminate in the annual Santa Send-Off, where you can cheer on Santa and Mrs. Claus as they board a horse-drawn carriage to head back to the North Pole in preparation for the big night, escorted by all of the Legends of Christmas.