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.
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