Celebrate a centuries old tradition along historic Main Street in St. Charles. Every year since the mid-1970s, on the first Saturday in December at 6:30 PM, visitors and residents come to Main Street to celebrate Las Posadas (“the Inns”). One of the regions many traditions, this candle-lit procession starts on the 900 block of South Main Street and moves north slowly down the street. Visitors light the way for “Mary and Joseph” as the two make their way in search of safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. This re-enactment of their journey finds the couple looking for lodging along Main Street.
They go to four businesses along the way: Ginsey Rose, Fox & Hound, The Main House (Mother in Law House), and Main Street Books. Each stop turns them away, symbolizing the struggles the couple went through along their journey. At the end of the procession, “Mary and Joseph” find refuge in the nativity. Once they arrive, they are joined by baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men, carolers, a donkey and sheep, and fellowship. There are readings of The Story, carols for all to sing, and lighting of a yule log.
Guests are encouraged to help light their journey, bring your own battery operated candle or make a donation for a candle at one of three locations: the corner of First Capitol Drive and Main Street, near the Gazebo in Kister Park, and on the corner of McDonough and Main Street.
Las Posadas is a non-denominational event sponsored by several St. Charles area churches, individuals, and community organizations. Event Director, Kat Byrd said “Our goal is to remind everyone to slow down and remember what the season is about. Through this moving candlelit procession, guests really appreciate the sacredness of the season, and can feel the Spirit moving among the community. Watching the people stream down First Capitol toward Frontier Park with their candles burning bright is a beautiful sight. So many people have commented to me that because the world is in such a dark place, being part of this event brings light back into their life.”