St. Charles Cancels Christmas Parade; Holiday Homecoming Trims Down Due to COVID-19

St. Charles Cancels Christmas Parade; Holiday Homecoming Trims Down Due to COVID-19

The annual Holiday Homecoming in St. Charles will look very different this year compared to previous years as it decreases its footprint due to health and safety restrictions from Phase 4 of the “Restore Illinois” plan and city and state government guidelines.

Holiday Homecoming will be held on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, but it will not include the Electric Christmas Parade and traditional Lighting of the Lights Celebration. The Lighting of the Lights Celebration will be held virtually and broadcasted on our social media pages on Friday, Nov. 27.

In place of the parade, the Holiday Tree Trail program will be taking its place. This event will feature approximately 45 real trees that will be put up around 1st Street and the Riverwalk in Downtown St. Charles.

Local businesses, organizations or individuals will have the opportunity to purchase one of these trees to light and decorate with their individual theme. These trees will stay up through Jan. 1, 2021.

Individuals looking to participate in the Holiday Tree Trail Contest can find the online and print applications at

Other events during Holiday Homecoming will be “Santa’s House” on the East Plaza with limited hours, starting Saturday, Nov. 28. The house will be set up so Santa will be socially distant from visitors, still allowing for a photo to be taken. There will be a mailbox set up for children to leave their letters.

Although the event will look different, the spirit of the holidays will be there for all to enjoy according to St. Charles Business Alliance executive director Jenna Sawicki.

“We want to make sure to set the expectation that this year is going to look significantly different than previous Holiday Homecomings,” Sawicki said. “While there will be major changes in place, we have been working hard to keep the holiday spirit of this amazing, community event alive so that we can keep the joy and benefits it brings to our businesses and community.”

The St Charles businesses will also offer holiday related deals, specials and events and be featured on the Holiday Homecoming website.

For more information and updates on Holiday Homecoming, please visit

SOURCE: St. Charles Business Alliance news release