St. Charles Holiday Homecoming took place Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 in Downtown St. Charles. The two-day event featured 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, which saw over 1,500 people drawn to First Street Plaza. Saturday saw great attendance as well with the Saturday events presented by the St. Charles Business Alliance and their sponsors. The day culminated with the Electric Christmas Parade where locals and visitors alike crowded along Main Street to witness 56 Holiday-themed entries dazzle and gleam 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.
The 2019 Electric Christmas Parade winners are as follows:
Best of Show:
Skyline Tree Service
1st Place – St. Charles Swim Team
2nd Place – Marquee Youth Stage
3rd Place – Elite Academy of Dance
1st Place – Lazarus House
2nd Place – Salvation Army
3rd Place – Fox Valley Region – Model A Restorers Club
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 & 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, visit www.stcholidayhomecoming.com, or visit their Facebook page. For more information, please visit www.stcalliance.org or call the St. Charles Business Alliance office at 630-443-3967.