Winter in St. Charles

Plan a winter trip to St. Charles and enjoy the magic of the holiday season. The plethora of lights, cozy ambience, and wide variety of activities are sure to put everyone in to the holiday spirit. Kick-off winter with Holiday Homecoming; a two-day festival the weekend after Thanksgiving that put you in the Christmas spirit!

St. Charles offers many winter activities for all to enjoy; from ice skating under the lights at Lincoln Park to sledding at some of the best hills around. Want to embrace the outdoors? Head to Hickory Knolls Discovery Center to enjoy snowshoe rentals. 

Warm up after a fun-filled, winter day with a homemade soup from Townhouse Café, or head to Coroco Coffee and enjoy a freshly-brewed winter drink.


  • Holiday Homecoming

  • Holiday Tree Trail

  • Santa Visits

  • Shopping

  • Wine and Painting Nights

  •  Ice Skating

  • Restaurant Week

  • Movies

  • Spas and Relaxation

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Holiday Homecoming

This annual celebration in St. Charles consists of the Lighting of the Lights Ceremony, a Holiday Movie, Santa Visits, the Holiday Tree Trail, and everyone's favorite: the Electric Christmas Parade!

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Santa Visits

Leading up to Christmas, you have the opportunity to visit Santa's House located in the First Street Plaza. Santa stops by every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas from 1-4pm in December.


Wine and Painting Nights

Looking for a fun night out with friends? Head to one of St. Charles's three painting experience locations. You can paint, drink, and enjoy a night out at Board & Brush, Pinot's Palette, or SIP Parties!