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!


Opening Day, November 29 from Noon to 5:00 PM 
Saturdays from 10:00 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.

Pricing for Photos with Santa: 

  • (2) 5 x 7 photos   
  • (1) 5 x 7 & (4) Wallets
  • All Digital Photos
  • Snowflake Photo Ornament
$  6

Free Digital Photos with $60 purchase
Cash or Credit Accepted


*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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