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Holiday lights, songs and Santa in St. Charles

‘In St. Charles’ to be performed during Lighting of the Lights ceremony

Published: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 9:06 p.m. CDT
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A lighted train makes its way east during a past St. Charles Holiday Homecoming Electric Christmas Parade.

ST. CHARLES – In addition to the annual Lighting of the Lights ceremony and Electric Christmas Parade, this year’s Holiday Homecoming events in St. Charles will feature a performance of the St. Charles city song, which will become official if the City Council votes in favor of it Monday.

Scott Piner of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership said the tune, “In St. Charles,” will be performed by the song’s composer, Jim Masters, during the Lighting of the Lights ceremony at 5 p.m. Nov. 29. He said Masters’ sister will accompany him on the piano.

Piner said the St. Charles East and North High School Chorales will sing along, too, and crowds will be encouraged to join in.

He said the lyrics will passed around to members of the audience.

Piner noted this will be the first time Mayor Ray Rogina will attend the ceremony as mayor, and Rogina will “flip the switch” to illuminate the city.

The evening will feature a song performed by youths from Steel Beam Theatre. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to appear on the First Street Plaza at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The Electric Christmas Parade will light up the streets on the evening of Nov. 30. Nearly 50 lighted entries are scheduled to parade down Main Street through downtown St. Charles starting at 5:30 p.m. This year’s grand marshals, Boy Scout Troop One, will be featured as the troop celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Piner said a Toys for Kids collection will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 in front of the St. Charles Municipal Building, 2 E. Main St. The St. Charles Breakfast Rotary will collect toys as the parade travels down Main Street.

The parade will include a visit from Miss Illinois winner Brittany Smith, who recently competed in the Miss America competition.

Other Holiday Homecoming events include free horse-drawn sleigh rides at First Street Plaza from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30; visit with Santa at the First Street Plaza from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 30; and a free holiday movie, “The Polar Express,” at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 30.

All Holiday Homecoming events are free of charge.

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