Taking a Look at St. Charles’ Local Holidays


Credit to Sky Hebisen

The Botanical Gardens’ Garden Glow event uses over one million lights.

By Ashlynn Perez, Web Editor-in-Chief

Once again, holiday season has come to St. Charles and the town’s local traditions are revisited. Locals may be familiar with many of these popular celebrations in St. Charles and the surrounding areas, as they bring holiday cheer to the people who visit them.


Opening on Nov. 21, Union Station welcomed families into their doors with holiday spirit and an event titled “Home For The Holidays.” This event featured impressive lights, a Rudy’s Wonderland and photo stations. They created a walk-thru village to entertain guests and develop a friendly, warm holiday environment.

“GARDEN GLOW” – Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens’ annual Garden Glow opened this year on Nov. 11 and continues until Jan. 2. With more than one million lights, this attraction can truly light up the holiday season. This local tradition offers food and drink, music and entertainment, as well as a beautiful walk through the gardens.


The Main Street St. Charles celebrations are a staple of holidays in the area. Characters – from Santa Claus to the Sugarplum Fairy – walk the streets. However, this year due to COVID-19, characters will remain stationary and masked to protect guests. There will also be chestnut roasters and a character procession. Different from prior years, however, there will be no trading cards.

“U.S. BANK WILD LIGHTS” – Saint Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo’s holiday event opened on Nov. 27 and will close on Jan. 2. This event is described as a winter wonderland with more than a million lights. The event also features light shows and holiday treats.