past is present
Historic St. Charles
by Jim McCarty
Visit St. Charles
in December and its obvious Missouris first capital takes
the Christmas season seriously. The
historic river citys Christmas Traditions festivities return for
the 22nd year.
the cobblestone streets in the historic district and you are likely
to smell roasting chestnuts and see living history characters like Ebeneezer
Scrooge, the Little Match Girl and historic Santas from around the world.
St. Charles spares no expense to make your Christmas visit memorable.
In October they hold tryouts for parts in their festivities and hire
professional actors like the ones featured on our cover to play the
parts. A dialect coach ensures they not only look the part but also
Only real decorations
are allowed along Main Street, adding the sense of smell to the sites
and sounds of the season. The Lewis & Clark Drum and Fife Corps
joins carolers singing Christmas favorites. Dozens of craft stores can
fill everyones wish lists.
On Dec. 7 the Las Posadas procession reenacts Mary and Joseph looking
for shelter at the inn, followed by a throng of thousands holding candles.
There is a Santa parade each weekend and plenty of opportunity for photos
with Santa and his reindeer.
For more information call 1-800-366-2427 or log on to www.stcharleschristmas.com.