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 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). 


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 "Christmas Memories". Entry forms are available at - entry form must be completed by November 16.  For more information, please visit


November 24 - December 17
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. This year the village will be filled with “Christmas Memories”. Hosted by Main Street Church and sponsored by Missouri Baptist University. 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 
Head over to the Old Post Office to post your letter to Santa or any one of your favorite Christmas Legends. Visit the steps of the OPO and the big red mail-box to post your letter in style.


Opening Day, November 27 from Noon to 6:00 PM 
Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sundays from Noon to 5:00 PM
Christmas Eve from 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM

KATY Depot in 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 beautiful historic KATY Depot in Frontier Park and find yourself inside Santa's Cottage and Train Land. Stop in to have your photo taken with Santa, visit with his elves, and explore the magic of Santa's Train Land courtesy of the Frenchtown Heritage Museum.

*Please note that Santa's Cottage & Train Land 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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