ST. CHARLES – A record number of people attended the Lighting of the Lights ceremony in downtown St. Charles on Nov. 29 that kicked off the two-day St. Charles Holiday Homecoming event.

The St. Charles Holiday Homecoming took place Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 in downtown St. Charles. The two-day event included the Lighting of the Lights ceremony, horse-drawn trolley rides, visits with Santa, a free holiday movie, live holiday window displays and the Electric Christmas Parade, which recognized former St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet as the Grand Marshal.

This year saw a record attendance during the Lighting of the Lights ceremony, with more than 1,500 people attending the event on First Street Plaza, according to a news release from the St. Charles Business Alliance. The events on Nov. 30 were presented by the St. Charles Business Alliance and its sponsors. 

The second day of Holiday Homecoming culminated with the Electric Christmas Parade, where locals and visitors alike crowded along Main Street to witness 56 holiday-themed entries on the parade route. Entries were judged by a panel of judges, who selected winners in three categories: Business, Non-Profit and Children, with an overall winner.

Best of Show went to Skyline Tree Service. The other winners are as follows:

Children’s Showcase

1st Place – St. Charles Swim Team
2nd Place – Marquee Youth Stage
3rd Place – Elite Academy of Dance

Non-Profit Showcase

1st Place – Lazarus House
  2nd Place – Salvation Army
3rd Place – Fox Valley Region - Model A Restorers Club

Business Showcase

1st Place – Midwest Compost
2nd Place – Doc’s HVAC
3rd Place – Garage 31


The event is organized by the St. Charles Business Alliance, and made possible by sponsorship support, including this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Fox Valley Auto Group.

Platinum Sponsors included: AHC Advisors, Inc. and In Towne Self-Storage. Gold Sponsors included: Best of the Fox, Christ Community Church, Club Arcada Speakeasy and Restaurant, Gerald Subaru, McNally’s Heating & Cooling, Premier Living Properties and Trotter and Associates, Inc.

Silver Sponsors included: Cornerstone Partners and West Valley Graphics. Bronze Sponsors included: Corcoran Commercial Real Estate and Lakeshore Recycling Services.
 
To view more Holiday Homecoming photos, go to stcholidayhomecoming.com, or visit the group's Facebook page. For more information, go to stcalliance.org or call the St. Charles Business Alliance office at 630-443-3967.

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