St. Charles Christmas Traditions
St. Charles, MO/December 19, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) St. Charles Christmas Traditions – Through December 24th, visitors to historic St. Charles Main Street will be transported back in time to visit, among others, Santas from the American Frontier, Civil War and Victorian Ages. Literary characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim also roam the cobblestone streets in costume, interacting with visitors. There are approximately 50 character actors during Christmas Traditions. They are easy to spot due to the crowds surrounding them up and down Main Street while they share their stories and origins.
Some of the characters, like Jack Frost, enjoy interacting and teasing guests. On the opposite side, The Nutcracker comes to life with the sweet Sugar Plum Fairy (always a fan favorite). Children line up to laugh with these characters and photo opportunities abound.
The annual month long festival has become a family event with many extended families coming back every year to collect characters’ trading cards. Christmas Tradition weekends find revelers of all ages shopping and watching the daily parade of characters. This year, music is everywhere as Victorian carolers sing traditional Christmas tunes along with traveling quartets specializing in the popular holiday songs of the past.
Just past the brick Main Street, along the Missouri River, is Frontier Park’s Katy Depot. The retired train station serves as Santa’s Cottage. Inside, visitors can check out an amazing model train display as they wait to visit and take photos with Santa Claus.
This year, visitors can enjoy marshmallow roasting with the legends of Christmas on Friday Evenings and Sunday caroling at the Kister Park Gazebo. The shops of Main Street shine in their seasonal splendor and vendors sell everything from cookies to kettle corn for shoppers and revelers to enjoy. This is the final week for 2016 Christmas Traditions so don’t miss out on this unique and fun family event.
Contributing Editor: Kimberly Lowell
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