Enjoy the Christmas Traditions in St. Charles

Santa, and Mrs. Claus of course, rule in St. Charles for the Christmas Traditions festival.  It just so happens there are ten Santa characters as a part of this annual event celebrating its 39th anniversary this year.

StcSantaIn the event you’re keeping score…here’s the Santa line-up for 2013:

  • Victorian Santa
  • Frontier Santa
  • Civil War Santa
  • Father Christmas
  • World War II Santa
  • Père Noël
  • MacNicholas
  • Kris Kringle
  • Saint Nicholas
  • Julenisse


These Santa characters comprise the more than 40 Legends of Christmas participating as a part of this year’s Christmas Traditions in St. Charles, which opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs through the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

StcChristmasChristmas Traditions characters are beautifully dressed in handcrafted costumes representing their heritage, and carry trading cards featuring individual photos with a bit of Christmas history for guests to collect as a yuletide keepsake.

“This year,” said Amanda Strupp, festival director, “we’re trying something new in an effort to meld the old with the new.  If you follow the Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook (@DiscoverStC on Twitter), you’ll have an opportunity to see our talking character cards.  For years,” she said, “visitors have been collecting these trading-sized cards, and now they can experience what we’re calling ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ online to get an even more in-depth perspective of our Christmas legends up close and personal.”

So shop and dine along the brick-lined streets festively decorated for the year-end holidays.  With more than 10,000 feet of fresh greenery, 150 wreaths, 1,200 hand-tied red velvet bows, and thousands of twinkling white lights adorning trees and buildings, you can’t help but get caught up in the holiday spirit!

Enjoy the pageantry of a magical parade with all the Christmas Traditions characters at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, led by none other than Santa & Mrs. Claus.  You’ll experience Carolers and the Fife & Drum Corps as they perform for passersby, while the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages echoes softly throughout the historic district.

Photo courtesy of the St. Charles CVB
Photo courtesy of the St. Charles CVB.

There’s also a wide range of lodging available in St. Charles along with romantic, late night shopping on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 9 p.m.  And while you’re in town, don’t forget to have your photo taken with Victorian Santa at the Katy Depot in Frontier Park on the Missouri riverfront every Saturday and Sunday.

Festival activities associated with Christmas Traditions are free with the exception of food, beverage, shopping and Santa photos.  On behalf of Mayor Sally Faith and all of us in St. Charles, we wish you a very joyous holiday, with the continued warmth and glow of the season throughout the New Year!


Christmas Traditions at a Glance:

Christmas Traditions at a Glance:

November 29 – December 24

Main Street in St. Charles

Saturdays and Opening Day – 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sundays – Noon-5 p.m.
Wednesdays & Fridays – 6:30-9 p.m.
Christmas Eve – 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

1-800-366-2427, toll-free


Written by Carol Felzien, director of communication, Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau.  

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