Get in the Holiday Spirit at the 2022 St. Charles, IL Holiday Homecoming

It's the most magical time of the year again in St. Charles! The 2022 Holiday Homecoming, sponsored by St. Charles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, will take place on November 25th through November 26th and will feature several free holiday activities that will make your season merry and bright. Here's everything you need to know to make the most out of this year's Holiday Homecoming.


Lighting of the Lights Ceremony

Photos Courtesy of Drew Pertl Fine Art Photography

Holiday Homecoming kicks off with the Lighting of the Lights ceremony on Friday, November 25th at 5pm in the First Street Plaza. This beautiful ceremony is sponsored by Solutions Networking and is the perfect way to dive right into the holiday season as you get to celebrate with the entire community. You'll be able to sing along with the St. Charles East and North High School Chorales as they sing your favorite holiday carols, and you'll have the opportunity take a picture in front of our dazzling photo opportunity area - a lit up, eight-foot ornament backdrop, sponsored by The Pride Stores. Keep your eyes peeled for Santa, because he may even make an appearance at the end.


Free Holiday Movie

Photos Courtesy of the St. Charles Business Alliance

Saturday, November 26th will be filled with holiday fun, starting with the annual free holiday movie at the historic Arcada Theatre, sponsored by McNally's Heating & Cooling. This year's movie is "Elf" which will start at 10am. The doors open at 9am, so you'll have plenty of time to find a good seat and grab some snacks from the lobby. You are not going to want to miss this film because seeing a holiday movie at the Arcada Theatre is much more fun than trying to watch one on your VCR that has 11 cookies crammed into it.


Santa's House

Photos Courtesy of Drew Pertl Fine Art Photography

We hope you've finished your wish list because Santa will be right here in St. Charles, and you'll have many chances to visit him! Santa's House, sponsored by @Properties Christie's International Real Estate, will be at the First Street Plaza every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm from November 26th through December 18th. You'll be able to talk with Santa, and even snap a picture with him, too! Bring your wish list along with you too, as you can drop it off at Santa's House so that he can bring it back to his workshop. Hopefully you've been on your best behavior all year, or you may be in store for some coal!


Small Business Saturday

Photo Courtesy of the St. Charles Business Alliance

The holidays are almost here, and if you haven't started your shopping yet, we have a perfect opportunity for you to do so on Small Business Saturday. There's nothing better than supporting local, and with the countless amount of fantastic St. Charles businesses, you'll be able to find great gifts for everyone you're shopping for. Many businesses will be having sales and specials in honor of Small Business Saturday, so you're sure to find some terrific deals, as well. Click here to see some specials taking place on that Saturday.


Electric Christmas Parade

Photos Courtesy of Drew Pertl Fine Art Photography and the St. Charles Business Alliance

Wrapping up the 2022 Holiday Homecoming is what everyone has been waiting for: The Electric Christmas Parade. The Electric Christmas Parade, sponsored by St. Charles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, takes place in downtown St. Charles on Main Street, and has over 60 parade entries that will be lit up in the night! This is a great opportunity to admire the dazzling floats, listen to holiday tunes, and even see a special guest, Santa Claus!


Volunteer

Photos Courtesy of the St. Charles Business Alliance and Drew Pertl Fine Art Photography

The St. Charles Holiday Homecoming Weekend, and all of our events throughout the year, could not be possible without the help of our volunteers! We are still looking for individuals to be Parade Marshals, Parade Pacers, and Banner Carriers. To view the descriptions for each of the volunteer positions, and to fill out the application to sign up, please click here.


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