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St. Charles comes alive during the holiday season

When it comes to celebrating the Holidays, St. Charles is filled with tradition for the entire family. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, when Mayor Ray Rogina and the Shafer Family flip the switch to light up the city for the season. The community joins together in carols and a special visit from Santa.

The weekend fun continues on Saturday, Nov. 24, with a free showing of “The Grinch” at the Arcada Theater. Doors open at 9 a.m. for Christmas carols and the movie starts at 10 a.m. Enjoy free horse-drawn trolley rides, live holiday window displays in downtown businesses and visits with Santa in the First Street Plaza begin at 1 p.m.

There will be shops, restaurants and establishments open for Small Business Saturday and to celebrate the weekend. They will be decked out in holiday décor and some will open their doors as warming centers, offering free goodies. Stay local and shop small this holiday season.

The highlight of the weekend is the Electric Christmas Parade, which steps off on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. This popular parade on Main Street features over 60 entries, all decked out in lights and festive music. We are excited that this years Grand Marshals will be retired Fire Chief Joe Shelstreet.

St. Charles really comes alive during the holidays, and we encourage people to include the city in their holiday plans. We have holiday shopping, amazing dining options and a wide range of businesses for making this holiday stand out. The city has a great nightlife and there is always something new to discover.

Whether spending the day, evening or the weekend, St. Charles offers an authentic holiday experience that can’t be missed. Keep up to date with everything happening in St. Charles www.stcalliance.org.  

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