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St. Charles Christmas Traditions returns

Enjoy all the splendor of Christmas past and present with a trip down Saint Charles’ Historic Main Street during the St. Charles Christmas Traditions festival. Festival hours are Opening Day [Nov. 23]: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesdays: 6-9 p.m.; Fridays: 6-9 p.m.; Saturdays: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays: Noon-5 p.m.; and Christmas Eve: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Opening Day:The festival kicks off with the arrival of Santa, Mrs. Claus and all of the Legends of Christmas at 11 a.m. on Nov. 23 at the Katy Depot in Frontier Park, 500 South Riverside Drive. At 5 p.m. in Berthold Square, corner of South Main Street and First Capitol Drive, celebrate the annual lighting of the city’s official Christmas Tree. All events that take place on Saturdays throughout the festival also take place on opening day.

Las Posadas:At 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, join a candlelit procession following Mary and Joseph as they travel from Boone’s Lick and South Main to Frontier Park where a live nativity scene, Christmas Carols and a Yule Log bonfire await.

Santa Parade:Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m., South Main Street to Frontier Park.

Cobblestone Wassailiers in Concert: Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in Berthold Square.

Land of Sweets Dance Party:Boogie along with Clara, the Nutcracker Prince ad friends on Saturdays and Sundays at noon in the Kister Park Gazebo, 400 block of South Main Street.

Ice Block Party:Chill out with Jack Frost, Susie Snowflake and more on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. in Berthold Square.

Meet Santa’s Reindeer:Visit with the antlered brethren of Santa’s reindeer on Dec. 15-16 from 3-5 p.m. at the First State Capitol State Historic Site.

Voices of Christmas:Share in the sounds with guest choirs from across the region. Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in the OPO Plaza, 119 South Main Street.

Main Street Krampusnachts:Enjoy a weekly visit from some of Santa’s naughtier friends. Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on South Main Street.

“Twas the Night Before Christmas”: Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, 200 South Main Street. Readings take place every 15 minutes.

“A Christmas Carol”:Ebenezer Scrooge relives that fateful Christmas Eve  on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at the Kister Park Gazebo.

Candlelight Processionals:The day comes to a fitting close every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Berthold Square.

Closing Ceremony:Bid farewell to Santa and Mrs. Claus at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 on the Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park.

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