St. Charles Christmas Traditions

When: Fri., Nov. 27, 12 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays, 12-5 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30-9 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23 2015

When it comes to capturing the sweet, nostalgic essence of Christmastime in America, few places do it better than St. Charles' Historic Main Street (100 North Main Street, St. Charles; 800-366-2427 or Experience the magic for yourself at St. Charles Christmas Traditions, a month-long celebration of holiday cheer. Shop and dine along the red-brick streets, say hello to the strolling characters, and allow the festive carolers to lift your spirits. This is the perfect place to begin your own holiday tradition with your family, complete with a gingerbread village, chestnut-roasting and a host of Santas from around the world. Go on — get merry! St. Charles Christmas Traditions opens with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday, November 27. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday (November 27 to December 23), and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 24. Admission is free.

Brooke Foster

Price: free admission