CHRIST­MAS WITH CHAR­AC­TER St. Charles

Trea­sured hol­i­day tra­di­tions come alive in a his­toric town just west of St. Louis. Cos­tumed char­ac­ters, sen­sory de­lights and made-for-kids magic cre­ate a vin­tage Christ­mas.

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Af­ter 44 years, Christ­mas Tra­di­tions (Novem­ber 23–De­cem­ber 24) still fills the brick streets of the St. Charles His­toric District with cos­tumed char­ac­ters, car­ol­ers in fa-la-la fin­ery and as­sorted hol­i­day magic. Vic­to­rian Santa and Mrs. Claus host a cast of In­ter­na­tional San­tas and fa­mous hol­i­day names, in­clud­ing Ebenezer Scrooge, Jack Frost and the Mas­ter of Rev­els (the dude in charge of royal en­ter­tain­ment). In­ter­act with Christ­mas Tra­di­tions char­ac­ters and col­lect their trad­ing cards (in­clud­ing a bit of his­tory) as me­men­tos. ROAST OF CHRIST­MAS PAST

A toasty aroma leads to the Chestnut Roast­ers, who ban­ter while prep­ping the snacks (which dou­ble as hand­warm­ers). In­dulge your senses fur­ther with su­gar-and-spice de­lights at Main Street Church, where the Gin­ger­bread Vil­lage dis­plays en­tries from the gin­ger­bread dec­o­rat­ing con­test.

YOU’VE GOT MAIL

Take kids to the Old Post Of­fice to drop let­ters to Santa or other char­ac­ters in the big red mail­box on the front steps.

THE CANDY CANES AT CHRIST­MAS TRA­DI­TIONS

CHRIST­MAS DECOR ON MAIN STREET

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