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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 27th - 11:00 AM
Kister Park Gazebo - 400 block of South Main Street

The 2015 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.  Festivities continue until 9:00 PM.  Santa's official carriage is sponsored by Saint Louis Carriage Company.

OFFICIAL SAINT CHARLES CITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
November 27th - 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
New 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.

Santa Parade Special Guests for 2015:
December 5 - Rising Generations
December 12 - The Winfield Chamber Singers
December 13 - River Blenders
December 19 -
Ambassadors of Harmony

THE COBBLESTONE WASSAILIERS IN CONCERT
Opening Day, Saturdays and Sundays - 2:30 PM
Berthold Square - corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive

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!

KRAMPUSNACHTS IN SAINT CHARLES
Wednesdays - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
North Main Street 

This year we introduce a new tradition - Saint Charles Christmas Traditions Krampusnachts!  The traditional Krampusnachts happens 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!

MASTER OF REVELS MARSHMALLOW ROAST
Fridays - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Berthold Square - corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive

If a chill nips at your nose on a Friday night, take a walk to Berthold Square 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.

CANDLELIGHT READING OF "TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS!"
Wednesdays - 7:00 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. 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.

CAROLING AT THE GAZEBO
Sundays - 4:45 PM
Kister Park Gazebo

On Sunday afternoons, join the Cobblestone Wassailiers and all of your favorite Christmas friends at 4:45 PM on the steps of the Kister Park gazebo and enjoy a sing-a-long of traditional Christmas carols.

SAINT NICHOLAS DAY CELEBRATION
December 6 - 4:00 PM
North Main Colonnade - 200 North Main Street

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is a revered Christmas figure all over the world, and on December 6th, we invite you to join us for a unique Saint Nicholas Day celebration.  The festivities begin at 4:00 PM in the Colonnade in the 200 block of North Main Street where children of all ages are encouraged to join Saint Nicholas in the festival's Saint Nicholas Day Children's Parade, where the procession will travel the short distance from the Colonnade to Berthold Square.  There you are invited to participate in a classic Saint Nicholas Day custom...with a twist!  Saint Nicholas has established a reputation of gift giving, in particular leaving gold coins and other small goodies in the shoes that others leave out for him.  In honor of this tradition, this year the festival is looking to give back this holiday season by hosting a shoe drive (in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects), where we invite you to bring along a new or gently used pair of shoes to donate.  And who knows, Saint Nick may have a special gift in return for you, too. 

SANTA LUCIA DAY CELEBRATION
December 13 - 4:00 PM
North Main Colonnade - 200 North Main Street

Join us on December 13, as Christmas Traditions observes the centuries-old Scandinavian celebration of "St. Lucy's Day".  The highlight of our celebration will be a special evening children's parade lead by the Saint of Light herself.  Children of all ages are encouraged to meet at 4:00 PM at the Colonnade in the 200 block of North Main Street, where under the soft glow of lantern light, the procession will travel to Berthold Square and end with interactive story-telling by Santa Lucia.

MEET THE REINDEER FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR AND HER LIVE REINDEER PALS
December 19 & 20 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
First Missouri State Capitol - 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 her special friends direct from the North Pole as a special surprise for Christmas Traditions visitors.  Join her in the backyard of the historic First Missouri State Capitol as she regales you with funny stories about her 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 S. Main Street to the Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park

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 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.  Santa's official carriage is sponsored by Saint Louis Carriage Company.