2024 Visitors Magazine

The 2024 Discover Saint Charles Magazine has arrived!  The magazine features the people, places, and attractions that make Saint Charles unique.  Whether you’re interested in history, shopping, the arts, or gaming, there’s so much to do you’ll need more than a day. 

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Photos With Santa

The Historic KATY Train Depot in Frontier Park has been a Saint Charles landmark since it opened in 1893. But not many people know that during the holiday season, Santa uses it as a special workshop outpost as he counts down to Christmas Eve. Mr. Claus wants to let you in on the secret as he welcomes you to become an “honorary elf”, as you explore the workshop, get a glimpse of his busy mailroom, and witness the majestic Reindeer Hall of Fame, where you can learn some of the stories of Santa’s lesser-known reindeer (you know…the ones that didn’t have a red nose). 

While you're there, you can also have a meet and greet with the big guy AND get a memento of this holiday memory with your very own "Photo with Santa"!

Santa is excited to meet with visitors in his cottage during the following hours*:

Opening Day, Friday, November 29: 12:45 PM to 7:00 PM**

Saturdays: 12:45 PM to 7:00 PM**

Sundays: 12:45 PM to 4:00 PM**

Christmas Eve: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM**

* Santa will be taking a brief milk and cookie break during the following times: Opening Day & Saturdays (3:00 PM to 3:20 PM and 5:30 PM to 5:50 PM), Sundays (2:30 PM to 3:00 PM)

** Santa must depart the cottage at the closing time of each day, the door to the Depot will be closed approximately :30 before that time to ensure that guests will have their visit before Santa departs the cottage. 

High-quality professional photos with Victorian Santa Claus are available as a souvenir of your visit.
Photo packages:

  • Package A - $25 (2-5x7 prints)

  • Package B - $30 (1-5x7 4-wallet sized prints, 1 snowflake photo ornament)

  • Package C - $50 (All digital images)

  • Package D- $25 (1-8x10 print)

Add on a snowflake photo ornament for $5