Cabin fever can descend fast in wintertime -- specifically, as soon as you begin your Christmas shopping in earnest. After a few rounds in stores you start to feel trapped. Not a good feeling, especially when you're not even done with all the required errands. Your remedy lies in St. Charles Christmas Traditions
. This deluxe celebration takes place along historic Main Street in downtown St. Charles (230 South Main Street, St. Charles; 800-366-2427 or www.stcharleschristmas.com
), where the quaintness and sturdy charm of the very old buildings and homes, and the even sturdier brick-surfaced street itself, provides a hand-in-glove fit with the nostalgic vibe that Christmas exudes. The outdoor festival includes costumed characters, wandering carolers, photos with Santa, and late-night shopping and dining. You can experience the tradition 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Sunday, December 22, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24. Admission is free and best of all, you can be outside as much as you want -- cabin fever successfully averted.
Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays; Tue., Dec. 24. Starts: Nov. 29. Continues through Dec. 22, 2013