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Christmas Traditions Attractions


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 freshly 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). 


Main Street Church - 116 North Main Street
Display your creativity for all to see. Have some fun while competing for cash prizes, this year's theme is "Home 'Sweet' Home". Entry forms are available at - entry form must be completed by Wednesday, November 14.  For more information, please visit


November 29 - December 21

  • Fridays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Sundays from Noon to 5:00 PM

Main Street Church - 116 North Main Street
Come visit the sights, sounds, and smells of Gingerbread Village at Main Street Church. For more information, please visit


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.


OPO Start-Ups - 119 South Main Street 
Want to make sure that your letter gets to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve? Stop by the big red mailbox at the top of the stairs at the Old Post Office and drop off your letter for Santa - or any of your favorite Christmas Legends!


Santa is excited to meet with visitors during the following hours*:

  • Opening Day, Friday, November 29 (12 noon-5pm)
  • Saturdays: (10 am to 6 pm)
  • Sundays: (12 noon to 5 pm)
  • Christmas Eve: (11 am to 1:15 pm)

KATY Depot in Frontier Park - 500 South Riverside Drive
The Historic KATY Depot in Frontier Park has been a Saint Charles landmark since it opened in 1893. But not many people know that during the holiday season, Santa uses it as a special workshop outpost as he counts down to Christmas Eve. Mr. Claus wants to let you in on the secret as he welcomes you to become an “honorary elf,” as you explore the workshop, get a glimpse of his busy mailroom, and witness the majestic Reindeer Hall of Fame, where you can learn some of the stories of Santa’s lesser-known reindeer (you know…the ones that didn’t have a red nose).

Meet with Santa in his parlor where you can share a Christmas wish list, take a photo, and maybe even sneak a peek of the famous naughty and nice lists.

*Please note that Santa’s Cottage will be closed between 1:15 and 2:30 pm on Opening Day, Saturdays and Sundays during the festival, so that Santa can join his friends in the Santa Parade.




St. Charles is known for its warm welcome, unique historical perspective, and beautiful sites—there’s so much to do you’ll need more than a day.

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