Santa Charles? 

Cabin fever can descend fast in wintertime -- specifically, as soon as you begin your Christmas shopping in earnest. After a few rounds in stores you start to feel trapped. Not a good feeling, especially when you're not even done with all the required errands. Your remedy lies in St. Charles Christmas Traditions. This deluxe celebration takes place along historic Main Street in downtown St. Charles (230 South Main Street, St. Charles; 800-366-2427 or www.stcharleschristmas.com), where the quaintness and sturdy charm of the very old buildings and homes, and the even sturdier brick-surfaced street itself, provides a hand-in-glove fit with the nostalgic vibe that Christmas exudes. The outdoor festival includes costumed characters, wandering carolers, photos with Santa, and late-night shopping and dining. You can experience the tradition 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Sunday, December 22, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24. Admission is free and best of all, you can be outside as much as you want -- cabin fever successfully averted.
Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays; Tue., Dec. 24. Starts: Nov. 29. Continues through Dec. 22, 2013

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