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Christmas Traditions® is a month-long celebration of Christmas in St. Charles. The festival runs Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. In addition to the 80 plus characters who are always "making seasons bright", there are a host of other activities to enjoy while you're in St. Charles for Christmas.


November 23 at 11:00 AM

Katy Depot - Frontier Park (500 South Riverside Drive)
The 2018 season will begin with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by horse-drawn carriage, escorted by the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps and all of your favorite Legends of Christmas. 


November 23 at 5:00 PM

Berthold Square - corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive
Join Mayor Sally Faith and the Cobblestone Wassailiers for the annual lighting of Saint Charles' Official Christmas Tree. While you're there, take the chill off the evening air with a complimentary cup of piping hot wassail.


Opening Day, Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30 PM

Parade Route - 1000 South Main Street to the Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park On Opening Day as well as every Saturday and Sunday during the festival, Main Street comes alive with the music, pageantry, and spectacle of one of the best loved Christmas Traditions events: the Santa Parade. Cheer and celebrate as all of the Christmas Traditions characters and carolers come together in a special procession to the Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park.  You won't want to miss the parade's grand finale, as a cavalcade of our international Santas, each carrying the flag of their native land, herald the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and their horse-drawn carriage. 

Follow the procession as it makes its way from the 1000 block of South Main Street to the Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park, where the parade will end with a short family-friendly program.  

We are planning lots of fun activities for 2018, stay tuned for more!



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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