St. Charles was Missouri’s first state capitol between 1821 and 1826, while a permanent capitol city was in the planning and development stages in Jefferson City. It was founded as Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills) by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette and grew into a thriving riverfront trading center for early America.
Today many of the restored buildings hold tourist sites, restaurants and many unique shops. It is a great place to visit any time of the year but for me, especially so when it’s Christmas Traditions time. This event has taken place for nearly half a century; every evolving but still with the core elements in place. All of main street puts on it’s finest holiday decorations and lights and there is plenty of roasted chestnuts, cookies, wassail and hot chocolate to partake in.
The young and the young at heart enjoy wandering up and down Main Street and along the nearby riverfront park. And who doesn’t enjoy the carolers, Santas from different countries and eras and of course the big parade. The festival begins after Thanksgiving and continues until Christmas eve. For more information about the Christmas Traditions click here.
I’ve recently returned from a long awaited visit to family and I had to go and visit here. This year I was fortunate enough to find a parking space in time enough to see the parade and the weather was highly cooperative as for two days it was in the 70’s and the rest of our visit there it was in the upper 50’s. I’ve been there before when it was so cold my camera battery cut out early.
But lets begin with a night time stroll down Main Street.
Every building is decorated as well from simple wreaths to really going all out. And the window displays, in my opinion, are even better at night when the lights enhance the displays.
Even the horse drawn carriages – and horses – get decorated with night lights, bells, hoof polish and antlers!
Stay tuned for more…..