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Christmas Traditions Attractions
THE LEGENDS OF CHRISTMAS
From international Santas and global gift bringers to Christmas carolers of various musical eras…enjoy the opportunity to see (and hear) some of the most famous figures of holiday history and folklore in special, socially distanced settings along Main Street.
THE SANTA PARADE
At Noon on Opening Day (November 27th), Saturdays, and Sundays, marvel as all of your favorite Legends of Christmas and carolers come together in a special procession down the middle of Main Street. You won’t want to miss the parade’s grand finale, when a cavalcade of our international gift bringers (each carrying the flag of their native land), heralds the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage.
OH CHRISTMAS TREE: THE EVOLUTION OF AN ICON
In this unique educational display, a forest of decorate trees tell the story of how the look of the traditional Christmas tree has morphed throughout history; from the retro charm of aluminum trees to iconic representations in popular culture (from Charlie Brown’s sad sapling to Seinfeld’s “Festivus Pole.”)
Meet the big man himself, Victorian Santa Claus, as the Historic KATY Train Depot in Frontier Park is transformed into “North Pole Distribution Outpost #636. Get a glimpse of an elf workshop, Santa’s Mail Room, and the Reindeer Hall of Fame. And don’t forget to get a unique socially distanced photo with Mr. Claus in Santa’s parlor!
On Wednesday & Friday nights (not including November 27th), celebrate the bizarre, odd, and curious traditions of Christmas as Krampus and his notorious batch of international baddies transform the deck of the KATY Train Depot into a turn-of-the-century boardwalk sideshow. But don’t worry, these family-friendly eerie characters aren’t scary and look forward to sharing the interesting holiday traditions of their home countries. And you won’t want to miss the unique “redecoration” that occurs as Santa’s Parlor temporarily becomes Krampus’ Lair!
Be entertained by the antics and witty banter of our Chestnut Roasters as they demonstrate the art of roasting this favorite holiday snack. For a small fee, you can enjoy one for yourself either as a tasty treat or as an old-fashioned hand warmer.
THE PICCADILLY PEDDLERS
Looking for the perfect merry merchandise to commemorate your visit to Saint Charles Christmas Traditions? The Piccadilly Peddlers (purveyors of fine goods) have set up shop in the shadow of the city Christmas Tree, and these boisterous Victorian merchants have a variety of souvenirs (from festival t-shirts to ornaments) to offer.
T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS READINGS
Every Wednesday & Friday evening, Clement Clark Moore gathers around the campfire in the backyard of the First State Capitol Historic Site to retell his most famous poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas (better known as “T’was the Night Before Christmas”).
Located at Main Street Church, talented Gingerbread artisans from around the community submit unique creations to be voted on by the public.