Holiday Homecoming plans underway in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES—The Downtown St. Charles Partnership recently announced plans for its 2010 Holiday Homecoming festivities, including the much-anticipated Electric Christmas Parade. This annual tradition in downtown St. Charles is held the weekend after Thanksgiving, and for 15 years, has marked the official kick-off to the holiday season for residents and visitors.

The festivities begin on Friday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m. with Lighting of the Lights in Lincoln Park. With the help of some children from the crowd, Mayor DeWitte will flip the switch that illuminates both Lincoln Park and Main Street, as holiday music is performed by the St. Charles North and St. Charles East Chorale groups. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to make a special appearance, as well.

The events begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a free holiday movie and concert at the Arcada Theatre. The family-friendly movie is followed by the concert at 2 p.m., which features young, local performers who take the stage to showcase their talent.

On Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m., families can enjoy free horse-drawn sleigh rides in downtown St. Charles. Also, children can stop and visit Santa’s House on the 1st Street Plaza from noon to 4 p.m. Santa will be available to children every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19.

The culmination of the festivities occurs at 5:30 p.m. with the Electric Christmas Parade. The procession takes place on Main Street between 6th Street and 4th Avenue. Entrants consist of floats, large inflatable balloon characters and other decorated vehicles, in addition to music and, of course, a lot of lights.

“We are delighted to continue this beloved holiday tradition on Main Street,” said Jennifer Faivre, Executive Director of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. “This two-day Holiday Homecoming event is a celebration of the holiday season in our home or community. Events like this one create wonderful memories and a sense of place for people.”