St. Charles has a great on-going event around the Christmas season. The first day was the day after Thanksgiving and we enjoyed the day with family. Here's Sierra with her grandpa, aunt, and cousin Emily.
She convinced Auntie Michelle to share some treats. There were funnel cakes and kettle corn. Yum!
The girls were fascinated by this angle made out of plastic bottles.
The highlight: the Christmas parade. There are 40 or so "Christmas Characters", including santas from around the world and in different time in US history (Civil War Santa, WWII Santa), carolers, characters from the Nutcracker, and Jack Frost and the Ice Queen.
These guys were making chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Really. Have you ever actually eaten a chestnut roasted on an open fire? I hadn't until this year. They were actually rather good, kind of resembled a potato in taste.
When they are not in the parade, the Christmas characters greet people on the street. They each have a trading card, and you can collect them when you say hello (you can see one in Sierra's hand). When Sierra discovered this, she was so excited. She actually chased the Ice Queen down the street to get her card. Here she is with Mrs. Clause.
And here, the girls are talking to Mother Goose. This is the only character that Kaia would say anything to. Probably because she was very sweet and had a purple cape.