Special Events

Opening Ceremony
November 23 – 11 am
Kister Park Gazebo – 400 block of S. Main Street
Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage, escorted by the Lewis & Clark Fife & Drum Corps and the Legends of Christmas. Festivities continue all day with caroling, vendors, and Santas from around the world.

Official Saint Charles City Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony
November 23 – 5 pm
Berthold Square – 200 block of S. Main Street
You won’t want to miss the annual lighting of Saint Charles’ official Christmas Tree. City officials will be on hand for the ceremony along with some of your favorite Christmas Traditions characters. Be sure to bring a camera, as this is a perfect spot for snapping that special holiday photo of family and friends. And while you’re there, take the chill off the evening air with a cup of piping hot wassail, provided compliments of AT&T Missouri.

Breakfast with Santa
November 24 and December 1, 8, 15, and 22 – 9 am
Mother-In-Law House – 500 S. Main Street
Come enjoy breakfast at the beautiful Mother-In-Law House Restaurant for an up-close-and-personal visit with Santa. The jolly old elf himself will visit Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tickets are $15 for children (12 and under) and $18 for adults. Reservations are required, limited number of tickets available. Tickets on sale October 10, to purchase tickets, contact Karen Godfrey at 636-255-6155.

“A Clueless Christmas” – A Comical Interactive Christmas Mystery
Dinner Show – December 2, 9, 16, and 23 – Doors open at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 6 pm
Lunch Show – December 2 – Doors open at 10 am, Lunch at 10:30 am
Grand Opera House Banquet and Event Center – 311 N. Main Street
Ever wish you could be the one to figure out who-dunnit?  Come join us for this mysterious Christmas dinner with attendees such as Ms. Scarlet, Col. Mustard, Mr. Green, and Mrs. Peacock. Although Mr. Body may be the first to be murdered, anyone could be next!  Bring your pocketbook, as additional clues and case files will be available during the meal. If you guess the true murderer, you could leave with your own fabulous Christmas gift. We’ll give you a hint… it wasn’t Col. Mustard in the Library with the Candlestick! Dinner Show tickets are $62.50 per person and Lunch Show tickets are $50 per person. Reservations are required, limited number of tickets available. To purchase tickets, contact Karen Godfrey at 636-255-6155.

Las Posadas Procession
December 1 – 6 pm
Begins 1000 S. Main Street and ends in Frontier Park
Gather your candles, luminaries, lanterns and flashlights and join the beautiful procession by candlelight that has been a Spanish tradition for centuries. Follow behind a live re-enactment of Mary and Joseph searching for a room at the “inn.”  Procession begins at the corner of South Main and Boone’s Lick Road, travels north on Main Street to First Capitol Drive, and culminates in Frontier Park with a live nativity, the traditional Yule Log lighting, and caroling.  (Produced and funded by Main Street Church).

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