Festival 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.

OPENING CEREMONY
November 25th - 11:00 AM
Kister Park Gazebo - 400 block of South Main Street

The 2016 season begins with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by horse-drawn carriage, escorted by the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps and all of your favorite Legends of Christmas.  Watch as they hang the ceremonial last piece of greenery, marking the official start to the holiday season. 

OFFICIAL SAINT CHARLES CITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
November 25th - 5:00 PM
Berthold Square - corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive

Join Mayor Sally Faith along with the Cobblestone Wassailiers for the annual lighting of Saint Charles' Official Christmas Tree.  While you're there, take the chill off the evening air with a complimentary cup of piping hot wassail, provided by AT&T Missouri. 

SANTA PARADE
Opening Day, Saturdays and Sundays - 1:30 PM
Parade Route - 1000 South Main Street to the Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park

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 the Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park.  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 the Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park, where the parade will end with a short family-friendly program.  Enter your child to win a "Ride with Santa". Santa's official carriage is sponsored by Saint Louis Carriage Company.

THE COBBLESTONE WASSAILIERS IN CONCERT
Opening Day, Saturdays and Sundays - 2:30 PM
Kister Park Gazebo - 400 block of South Main Street

Come enjoy the dulcet tones of Saint Charles' own Cobblestone Wassailiers as they all join together to sing at Berthold Square following the Santa Parade.  Featuring both standard beloved carols, and some that you'll be delighted to hear for the first time.  The Cobblestone Wassailiers promise to provide a concert both young and old will enjoy!

LAND OF SWEETS DANCE PARTY
Opening Day, Saturdays and Sundays - 3 pm
Kister Park Gazebo - 400 block of South Main Street

Twirl, tap, or taffy twist your way to the gazebo in Kister Park to boogie along with Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Drosselmeyer. Showcase your best dancing skills or learn some sweet new moves. You'll leave with visions of sugar plums dancing in your heads and carols ringing in your hearts.

MEET JACK FROST AND HIS ICY FRIENDS
Fridays and Saturdays - 7 pm
Berthold Square - Corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive

Have you been given the cold shoulder from your favorite icy friends? Wishing to chill out with some of the coolest Legends of Christmas? Don't get cold feet and come meet Jack Frost, Susie Snowflake, and Snegurochka in Berthold Square for the best ice block party on Main Street! This hoopla is "snow" joke!

CHRISTMAS CAROL
Opening Day, Saturdays and Sunday - 4 pm
Berthold Square - Corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive

Enjoy an interactive presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol presented by none other than Charles Dickens himself! Watch as Ebeneezer Scrooge relives that fateful Christmas Eve night with the help of a few surprise Legends of Christmas!

MAIN STREET KRAMPUSNACHTS
Wednesdays - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
North Main Street 

Traditionally, Krampusnacht happens on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day, but we'll be enjoying a weekly visit from some of Santa's naughtier friends on North Main Street. Come meet Legends such as Krampus, the Mouse King, and Belsnickel and collect their limited edition cards!

CANDLELIGHT READING OF "TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS!"
Wednesdays - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM*
First Missouri State Capitol - 200 South Main Street

Enjoy a special reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by author Clement Clarke Moore with musical accompaniment in the historic Peck Brothers residence at the First Missouri State Capitol on South Main Street. *Readings will happen every 15 minutes 

EVENING PROCESSIONALS
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays - 8:45 pm
Route - 900 block of South Main Street to Berthold Square (corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive) 

On Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the day comes to a close with a special candlelight procession. Our Legends of Christmas will make their way to the gazebo in Kister Park, join them as they end the day with a sing-a-long of traditional Christmas carols lead by the Cobblestone Wassailiers.

MARSHMALLOW ROAST WITH THE LEGENDS OF CHRISTMAS
Fridays - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Bike Stop Café - 701 Riverside Drive

If a chill nips at your nose on a Friday night, take a walk to Bike Stop Café to enjoy complimentary marshmallow roasting with some of your favorite Christmas Legends. Keep an eye out - you never know who will stop by or what shenanigans await you! The Marshmallow Roast is sponsored by KMOV.

SUNDAY EVENING CAROLING AT THE GAZEBO
Sundays - 4:30 pm
Kister Park Gazebo - 400 block of South Main Street


On Sunday evenings, join the Cobblestone Wassailiers and all of your favorite Christmas friends at 4:30 on the steps of the Kister Park gazebo and enjoy a sing-a-long of traditional Christmas Carols.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Saturdays (November 26, December 10 and 17) - 9 am
Sundays (November 27, December 4, 11, 18) - 9:30 am
Garden Café ala Fleur - 524 South Main Street

Come enjoy a buffet-style breakfast at the beautiful Garden Café ala Fleur for a special up-close-and-personal visit with Victorian Santa. Reservations are required. Tickets are $18 per person, $9 for children (6 years and under), and can be purchased by calling 636-255-6155. Please note that this facility is not handicapped accessible.

YULETIDE DINNER WITH THE LEGENDS OF CHRISTMAS
December 1 and 15 - 7 pm
Old Stone Chapel - 1106 South Main Street


It's the most wonderful time of year, and no one celebrates the holidays better than our Legends of Christmas. Join us as your favorite Santas and Christmas Legends take over the Old Stone Chapel for a jolly time - complete with music, a wonderful buffet-style dinner, and exciting one-on-one interactions. Tickets are $30 per person, $18 for children (10 years and under), and can be purchased by calling 636-255-6155.

MEET SANTA'S REINDEER
December 17 and 18 - 3 to 5 pm
Historic Missouri First State Capitol State Historic Site - 200 South Main Street

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen - now get the chance to meet some of their antlered brethren up close. The Reindeer Flight Instructor has brought some of his special friends direct from the North Pole as a special surprise for Christmas Traditions visitors. Join him in the backyard of the Historic Missouri First State Capitol State Historic Site as he regales you with funny stories about his reindeer pals... you'll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to meet and take photos with these beautiful animals.

CLOSING CEREMONY AND SANTA SEND-OFF
December 24 - 1:30 pm
Parade Route: 1000 South Main Street to Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park


As another year of 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 Frontier Park 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.