Holiday Getaway to St. Charles

Hit the streets for the annual St. Charles Christmas Traditions event, dine on some tasty global fare and take in the quaint beauty of historic Main Street.

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Holiday cheer and charm is in full swing this month in St. Charles. Plan a trip to catch carolers and more at the annual St. Charles Christmas Traditions event.


Plan your visit so you stay sometime between November 24 and December 24. That’s when they city goes all out for the St. Charles Christmas Traditions event. There you can get in a festive mood with Victorian carolers, a holiday parade and classic Christmas characters from legends around the world. Munch on seasonal goodies like roasted chestnuts, or enjoy a stroll through the gingerbread village. There are activities for all ages, like a gingerbread contest, letters to Santa, a holiday train and even a little mistletoe in the gazebo. It all takes place on the town’s historic brick-lined streets, where there are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, too.



Make a reservation to stay at one of the adorable guest houses at The Guest House Co. All of them are located on or within walking distance of Main Street in the city’s historic district. The Red Barn Guest House is a favorite for its unique architectural elements, like steeply vaulted ceilings, shiplap walls, interior barn doors and a spiral staircase.



When you’re ready to eat, get reservations for dinner at Pangea. This casual fine-dining spot offers dishes that feature flavors from around the world. The fall menu offered creative creations such as bone marrow tarts and duck grilled cheese with tomato jam. Don’t miss No Menu Monday, when the restaurant gets creative with a three-course one-night-only menu.

For a treat, get dessert at Little O’s Soda Shop where you can find gooey butter cake, soda fountain drinks and old-fashioned ice cream dessert.



Work off your meal with a walk or bike ride on the Katy Trail, the country’s longest rail-to-trail path. It goes east to west across the state, and St. Charles is a great place to start exploring it. Park at the St. Charles Trailhead by the Lewis & Clark Boat House and take off.


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