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2018 Holiday Events Roundup: Light displays, festivals, parades, Santa events

There’s still time to have your organization’s holiday festival, light display, craft fair, or Santa events included in our holiday roundup. Just send an email to tammy@70WestSentinel.com. To be included, your event should be free to the public, or if charging admission, must be offered by a government entity or nonprofit organization, or must benefit a charity.

Where information is available, any fee or admission cost is noted.

November

Wednesday, November 14

  • O’Fallon Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lighting of the city’s tree, Santa, gift and holiday items for sale

Saturday, November 17

  • Holiday Night Lights 5K, Rotary Park, Wentzville. Registration starts at 3 p.m., race starts at 4:50 p.m.

Thursday, November 22 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 23

  • Christmas Traditions Opening Day, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Katy Depot in Frontier Park. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4 p.m. Tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at Berthold Square, with carolers and free hot wassail. Readings of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Saturday, November 24

  • Christmas Traditions, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4:30 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Sunday, November 25

  • Christmas Traditions, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Monday, November 26

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights hayrides, Rotary Park, Wentzville. By reservation only
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights, Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. Train, wagon, and hayrides by advance reservation only

Tuesday, November 27

  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $7 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Wednesday, November 28

  • Christmas Traditions, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Readings of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights hayrides, Rotary Park, Wentzville. By reservation only
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Thursday, November 29

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Friday, November 30

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • Christmas Traditions, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Readings of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Candlelight processional.
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles
  • Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Meadows Shopping Center clock tower plaza. Green Tree Elementary Choir, free cookies and carriage rides. Coffee and hot chocolate available for purchase.

December

Saturday, December 1

  • Christmas Traditions, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4:30 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people. Visit with Santa and see a Christmas tree display in the Kolb building
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Sunday, December 2 to Monday, December 10 – Happy Hanukkah!

Sunday, December 2

  • Bingo with Santa, lunch and bingo, Wentzville Parks and Recreation. Registration required.
  • Christmas Traditions, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles
  • Wentzville Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade

Monday, December 3

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights walk through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville.
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights, Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. Train, wagon, and hayrides by advance reservation only

Tuesday, December 4

  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $7 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Wednesday, December 5

  • Christmas Traditions, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Readings of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights hayrides, Rotary Park, Wentzville. By reservation only
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Thursday, December 6

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Friday, December 7

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • Christmas Traditions, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Readings of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Candlelight processional.
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles
  • Christmas Candlelight Walks, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Hwy. F, Defiance. Stroll candlelit paths, enjoy musical performances and historic vignettes. Admission $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are limited and some sessions may sell out. Register online

Saturday, December 8

  • Candy Cane Hunt, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Renaud Center, O’Fallon. Hunt candy canes then enjoy milk and cookies and activities with Santa. $8 residents, $10 non-residents. Sign-up deadline November 27
  • Christmas Traditions, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4:30 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people. Visit with Santa and see a Christmas tree display in the Kolb building
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles
  • Christmas Candlelight Walks, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Hwy. F, Defiance. Stroll candlelit paths, enjoy musical performances and historic vignettes. Admission $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are limited and some sessions may sell out. Register online

Sunday, December 9

  • Christmas Traditions, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Monday, December 10

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights hayrides, Rotary Park, Wentzville. By reservation only
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights Holiday Stroll walk through, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. Walk along the illuminated route, enjoy holiday music, visit with Santa and watch a fireworks show. Holiday gifts and food will be on sale from O’Fallon-based non-profit organizations. Fireworks start at 7:25 p.m. Admission $3 person in advance; $5 day of event. Ages 2 and under free.

Tuesday, December 11

  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights Holiday Stroll walk through, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. Walk along the illuminated route, enjoy holiday music, visit with Santa and watch a fireworks show. Holiday gifts and food will be on sale from O’Fallon-based non-profit organizations. Fireworks start at 7:25 p.m. Admission $3 person in advance; $5 day of event. Ages 2 and under free.

Wednesday, December 12

  • Christmas Traditions, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Readings of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights hayrides, Rotary Park, Wentzville. By reservation only
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Thursday, December 13

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Friday, December 14

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • Christmas Traditions, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Readings of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Candlelight processional.
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles
  • Christmas Candlelight Walks, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Hwy. F, Defiance. Stroll candlelit paths, enjoy musical performances and historic vignettes. Admission $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are limited and some sessions may sell out. Register online.

Saturday, December 15

  • Santa’s Workshop, 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Krekel Civic Center, O’Fallon. Create a special holiday craft. Limited seats, please register.
  • Santa’s Search Party, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Indian Camp Creek Park, 2679 Dietrich Road. Find characters along the trails. $1 per person, advance registration required
  • Christmas Traditions, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. Meet Santa’s reindeer 3 to 5 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4:30 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Santa’s Workshop, 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., Krekel Civic Center, O’Fallon. Create a special holiday craft. Limited seats, please register.
  • Pizza with Santa, 11:45 a.m., Krekel Civic Center, O’Fallon. Limited seats, please register.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people. Visit with Santa and see a Christmas tree display in the Kolb building
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles
  • Christmas Candlelight Walks, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Hwy. F, Defiance. Stroll candlelit paths, enjoy musical performances and historic vignettes. Admission $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are limited and some sessions may sell out. Register online.

Sunday, December 16

  • Christmas Traditions, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Meet Santa’s reindeer 3 to 5 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Monday, December 17

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people. Hayrides available by reservation.
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights, Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. Train, wagon, and hayrides by advance reservation only

Tuesday, December 18

  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $7 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Wednesday, December 19

  • Christmas Traditions, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Readings of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people. Hayrides available by reservation
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Thursday, December 20

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Friday, December 21

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • Christmas Traditions, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Readings of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol. Candlelight processional.
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Saturday, December 22

  • Christmas Traditions, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4:30 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people. Visit with Santa and see a Christmas tree display in the Kolb building
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Sunday, December 23

  • Christmas Traditions, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. Carolers at Berthold Square at 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at the gazebo at 4 p.m. Candlelight processional.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Monday, December 24

  • Christmas Traditions, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Historic Main Street St. Charles. Parade, closing ceremonies and Santa send-off, 1:30 p.m.
  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights, Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. Train, wagon, and hayrides by advance reservation only

Tuesday, December 25 – Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26 to Tuesday, January 1 – Happy Kwanzaa!

Wednesday, December 26

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people. Hayrides available by reservation
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Thursday, December 27

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 9  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Friday, December 28

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles

Saturday, December 29

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights drive through, 6 – 10  p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. $10 cars; $15 commercial vehicles
  • Wentzville 5th Saturday Community Dance! 7 p.m to 9 p.m. (Newcomers can receive instructions at 6:30 p.m.) Wentzville Community Club 500 West Main Street, Wentzville. Recommended for ages 8 & up.  Younger children welcome with parental supervision.  Let us be your newest holiday tradition. Potluck snacks. For more details, email wentzvillecommunitydance@gmail.com or call John at (636) 336-2521.

Monday, December 30

  • Wentzville Holiday Night Lights drive through, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Rotary Park, Wentzville. $8 vehicle up to six people
  • O’Fallon Celebration of Lights, Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. Train, wagon, and hayrides by advance reservation only

Tuesday, December 31

  • New Year’s Eve Lock-in, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. New Year’s Day. Ages 8 – 13. Games, contests, dancing, crafts, raffles. Concessions available for purchase. Register in advance.

January

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – Happy New Year!

 

 

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