St. Charles Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade to bring on holiday cheer Nov. 26-27

  • The annual St. Charles Holiday Homecoming two-day event will conclude with the Electric Christmas Parade featuring 60 floats on Saturday, Nov. 27.

    The annual St. Charles Holiday Homecoming two-day event will conclude with the Electric Christmas Parade featuring 60 floats on Saturday, Nov. 27. Courtesy of St. Charles Business Alliance

 
 
Updated 11/19/2021 3:44 PM

St. Charles starts the holiday season off right with its annual Holiday Homecoming Weekend.

This two-day event is on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving -- Nov. 26-27 -- featuring a variety of fun activities and over 30 local business events and specials.

 

The event kicks off with the "Lighting of the Lights" ceremony on the First Street Plaza at 5 p.m.

Afterward, have your Christmas wish list ready for your chance to visit with Santa until 7 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, walk the Holiday Tree Trail to see 50 decorated trees on display along First Street and the Waterfront walkway. Don't forget to vote for your favorite. The trees are decorated by local community groups and will be up for viewing for the whole month of December.

Voting will take place from Nov. 26-28. Place your vote at the ballot box located next to Santa's House. Trees will be up to enjoy all holiday season.

Stop by the Holiday Tree Trail Display and Contest, along First Street Waterfront Walkway, and vote in-person voting Nov. 26-28. It features 50 decorated trees from local community groups.
Stop by the Holiday Tree Trail Display and Contest, along First Street Waterfront Walkway, and vote in-person voting Nov. 26-28. It features 50 decorated trees from local community groups. - Courtesy of St. Charles Business Alliance
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Then, on Saturday, Nov. 27, there is even more family-friendly fun that everyone can enjoy.

The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., will open its doors at 9 a.m. for a free showing of "Frozen II."

Don't forget to shop at local St. Charles businesses on Small Business Saturday.

To cap off the Holiday Homecoming Weekend, see the dazzling light displays of 60 parade floats traveling down Main Street in the Electric Christmas Parade. The parade, which steps off at 5:30 p.m., also features high school bands performing holiday tunes, and the special guest, Santa Claus.

High school bands will get you in the holiday spirit performing in the annual St. Charles Electric Christmas Parade down Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 27.
High school bands will get you in the holiday spirit performing in the annual St. Charles Electric Christmas Parade down Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 27. - Courtesy of St. Charles Business Alliance

All Holiday Homecoming events and activities are free. For more information on all the Holiday Homecoming activities, visit stchholidayhomecoming.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Santa's House will open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 27 until Dec. 19, on First Street Plaza.

The Electric Christmas Parade is sponsored by St. Charles Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Platinum level sponsors include Audi Exchange, The PRIDE Stores and @Properties, and Gold level sponsors include Fox Valley Auto Group, McNally's Heating and Cooling, Premier Living Properties, Trotter and Associates, Christ Community Church, 93 Octane Brewery, and McGrath Honda in St. Charles.

The mission of the St. Charles Business Alliance is to drive economic growth to make the St. Charles Community a destination where people, businesses and tourism thrive. The Alliance produces the St. Charles Fine Art Show, Holiday Homecoming, Jazz Weekend, Scarecrow Festival and the St. Patrick's Parade. For more information about the Alliance, visit www.stcalliance.org.

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