Festival of the Little Hills!

The largest festival of the year with over 300 craft & food booths.

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The Legends of Christmas


The holiday festivities of Saint Charles Christmas Traditions® are so legendary, that some of the most iconic figures of history, literature, and folklore have traveled from their fanciful realms in order to celebrate with you and your family. From the North Pole to the Land of the Sweets, the Ice Kingdom to Dickensian England, these quirky personalities are eager not only to share their histories, but to bring you into their story. You never know what you might see while exploring Main Street! Be recruited by the Sugarplum Fairy to join the Nutcracker Prince’s legion of toy soldiers as they seek to defeat the odious Mouse King, help Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim attempt to bring a smile to the face of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, or learn the finer points of window frosting from Jack Frost and Susie Snowflake.

As you walk down historic Main Street, you’ll be travelling to the four corners of the earth (no passport required) as you encounter nearly a dozen international Santas and global gift givers who will share the music and customs of how their native countries celebrate Christmas. And for the first time in festival history, our 45th anniversary season welcomes new friends to help you explore the traditions of New Year’s, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa. Swap holiday recipes with the cheerful Italian Christmas witch, La Befana, learn how to play dreidel with Titus Flavius Josephus, and marvel at the local history as Civil War Santa shares tales of the figures and locations along Main Street that figured prominently in the war between the states.


Collect them all!

Our dozens of holiday figures each have a commemorative trading card featuring their image and story to share with you as a merry memento of your visit to Christmas Traditions.






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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