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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 costumed 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 24 at 11:00 AM

Katy Depot - Frontier Park (500 South Riverside Drive)
The 2017 season begins 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 24 at 5:00 PM

Berthold Square - corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive
Join Mayor Sally Faith, President of SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles - Mike Bowers, 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, provided by SSM Healthcare.


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.  Enter your child to win a "Ride with Santa".


Opening Day, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30 PM

Berthold Square - Corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive 
Come enjoy the dulcet tones of Saint Charles' own Cobblestone Wassailiers as they all join together to sing at Berthold Square following the Santa Parade.  Featuring both standard beloved carols, and some that you'll be delighted to hear for the first time.  The Cobblestone Wassailiers promise to provide a concert both young and old will enjoy! 


Opening Day, Saturdays & Sundays at 3:00 PM

Kister Park Gazebo - 400 block of South Main Street Twirl, tap, or taffy twist your way to the gazebo in Kister Park to boogie along with Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Drosselmeyer. Showcase your best dancing skills or learn some sweet new moves. You'll leave with visions of sugar plums dancing in your heads and carols ringing in your hearts. 


Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Berthold Square - Corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive 
Have you been given the cold shoulder from your favorite icy friends? Wishing to chill out with some of the coolest Legends of Christmas? Don't get cold feet and come meet Jack Frost, Susie Snowflake, and Snegurochka in Berthold Square for the best ice block party on Main Street! This hoopla is "snow" joke! 


Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

North Main Street 
Traditionally, Krampusnacht happens on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day, but we'll be enjoying a weekly visit from some of Santa's naughtier friends on North Main Street. Come meet Legends such as Krampus, the Mouse King, and Belsnickel and collect their limited edition cards! 


Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM*

First Missouri State Capitol - 200 South Main Street 
Enjoy a special reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by author Clement Clarke Moore with musical accompaniment in the historic Peck Brothers residence at the First Missouri State Capitol on South Main Street. *Readings will happen every 15 minutes 


Opening Day, Wednesdays & Fridays at 6:30 PM 

Berthold Square – Corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive
Join Mikko, Mikkel, and Santa’s elves for a friendly competition. 


Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM

Route - 900 block of South Main Street to Berthold Square (corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive) 
On Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the day comes to a close with a special candlelight procession. Our Legends of Christmas will make their way to Berthold Square, join them as they end the day with a sing-a-long of traditional Christmas carols lead by the Cobblestone Wassailiers. 


December 16 & 17 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Historic Missouri First State Capitol State Historic Site - 200 South Main Street
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen - now get the chance to meet some of their antlered brethren up close. The Reindeer Flight Instructor has brought some of his special friends direct from the North Pole as a special surprise for Christmas Traditions visitors. Join him in the backyard of the Historic Missouri First State Capitol State Historic Site as he regales you with funny stories about his reindeer pals... you'll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to meet and take photos with these beautiful animals.


December 6 at 7:00 PM

Kister Park Gazebo – 400 Block of South Main Street 
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is a revered Christmas figure all over the world, and on December 6th, we invite you to join us for our own Saint Nicholas Day celebration.


December 13 at 7:00 PM

Kister Park Gazebo – 400 Block of South Main Street
On December 13th, we will observe the centuries-old Scandinavian celebration of “St. Lucy’s Day” with an interactive story-telling by the Saint of Light herself. 


December 24 at 1:30 PM

Parade Route: 1000 South Main Street to Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park
As another year of Christmas Traditions comes to a close, you won't want to miss the opportunity to say so long to your favorite Christmas friends as they gather in Frontier Park for a cheerful Closing Ceremony, which will culminate in the annual Santa Send-Off, where you can cheer on Santa and Mrs. Claus as they board a horse-drawn carriage to head back to the North Pole in preparation for the big night. 


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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