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St. Charles to usher in holiday season with Holiday Homecoming

Kicks off Friday night with lighting of the lights ceremony

The Electric Christmas Parade will again wind its way through downtown St. Charles this weekend as part of the two-day Holiday Homecoming.

The pandemic forced the St. Charles Business Alliance to drop last year’s parade and the traditional lighting of the lights ceremony was turned into a virtual event. Both events will return as part of the two-day Holiday Homecoming.

Longtime St. Charles volunteer Steve Martin has been named as the grand marshal for the St. Charles Electric Christmas Parade. Martin is a lifelong St. Charles resident and a 1971 St. Charles High School graduate.

In 2014, Martin was honored with the Charlemagne Award, recognizing a lifetime of community service. He was also the recipient of the 2018 School District 303 Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his high level of achievement and contributions to his community.

For more than 41 years, Martin has been the chief marshal of the St. Charles Electric Christmas Parade and St. Patrick’s Parade. He has also marshaled additional parades, including the Memorial Day Parade, Labor Day Parade and 1984 Sesquicentennial Parade.

The lighting of the lights ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Friday on the 1st Street Plaza. After the ceremony, families will be able to visit with Santa until 7 p.m.

The Holiday Tree Trail Display and Contest is returning for its second year starting on Friday. The event will feature 50 real trees decorated by local community groups that will be displayed around First Street and the riverwalk in downtown St. Charles.

In-person voting will take place Friday through Sunday. The trees will stay up through the entire month of December.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, “Frozen II” will be shown for free at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St. in downtown St. Charles. Doors will open at 9 a.m.

Santa’s House will be open from 1-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday afternoon starting Saturday until Dec. 19. The Electric Christmas Parade will step off on Main Street in downtown St. Charles at 5:30 p.m.

The Electric Christmas Parade is sponsored by St. Charles Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Platinum level sponsors include Audi Exchange, The PRIDE Stores and @Properties and Gold level sponsors include Fox Valley Auto Group, McNally’s Heating and Cooling, Premier Living Properties, Trotter and Associates, Christ Community Church, 93 Octane Brewery and McGrath Honda in St. Charles.

More information about Holiday Homecoming is at stcholidayhomecoming.com.

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.