Lighting of the Lights on the 1st Street Plaza 5:00pm
Experience the wonder of the season as Mayor Rogina illuminates the city and officially kicks-off the holidays in St. Charles. There will be a special performance by the St. Charles East and North High Schools’ Chorales, as well as an appearance by Santa. Be there as Santa opens his house for the first time this season.
Swan's Christmas Trees
East of the First Street Plaza, along the river
Open through the Holiday Season
Find Swan's Christmas Trees along the river through the holiday season. These trees fill Downtown St. Charles with an amazing scent and scenic holiday view along the river.
Tree Lots Hours:
Monday through Friday- 12-8pm
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express, encourages people to shop at independently owned businesses on Saturday November, 29. Downtown St. Charles is a great place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list. We invite you to
Shop Small all season long.
FREE Holiday Movies at the Arcada Theatre: The Polar Express- 10:30am
Bring the family to the historic Arcada Theatre to watch a holiday movie favorite. Seating begins at 9:30am.
Free Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides on First St. Plaza - 1-3:30pm
Take a ride on a horse drawn sleigh, and take a ride back in time. Enjoy the splendor of St. Charles, as you escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays on this leisurely ride.
Visit with Santa on the 1st Street Plaza
Saturdays & Sundays from November 29-December 21 - 1-4pm
Be sure to stop by Santa’s House for a visit while he’s in town from the North Pole. He’ll be back every weekend through December 21. Be sure to bring your list and your camera!
Electric Christmas Parade- 5:30 p.m.
On Main Street – between 6th Street and 4th Avenue
Don’t miss this spectacular, fully illuminated parade down Main Street. You are sure to be in awe as the city lights are turned off and the lighted floats make their way along the scenic backdrop of Downtown St. Charles. Click here to see part of last years parade!
Once the weekend festivities are over, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the holidays in Downtown St. Charles:
Our unique shops, from Century Corners to First Street, are the perfect place to find that special, one-of-a-kind gift. With personalized service and convenient, free parking, it’s easy to check things off your list.
Let us do the cooking! Whether you’ve had a long day of shopping or are planning a special holiday get-together, Downtown St. Charles is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
It’s easy to enjoy great entertainment. Our theatres offer quality entertainment close to home with ample free parking. It doesn’t get easier than that.
If you are looking to come Downtown St. Charles outside of these times, check out our Downtown Business Directory for places to go. For special savings from Downtown St. Charles merchants and restaurants, click here and start enjoying the holidays today!
Get a glimpse at the Lighting of the Lights video here!
Check out a video of the Electric Christmas Parade here!
Lighting of the Lights Ceremony
Electric Christmas Parade