Two Day Event Features Electric Christmas Parade and other free events
SOURCE: Downtown St. Charles Partnership
The Downtown St. Charles Partnership (DSCP) announces the initial plans for the Holiday Homecoming event Nov. 29 and 30. The event features the Lighting of the Lights, Sleigh Rides, Visits with Santa, a Holiday Movie, and the Electric Christmas Parade. In addition, retuning this year is the Swans’ Christmas Tree Lot on 1st Street across from the Plaza in Downtown St. Charles.
Schedule of Activities
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
· Lighting of the Lights on the 1st Street Plaza, 5:00 pm
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
· Free Holiday Movie at the Arcada Theatre: The Polar Express,- 10:30 AM
· Free Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides on 1st St. Plaza, 1-3:30 pm
· Visit with Santa at the 1st Street Plaza, 1 – 4 PM
· Electric Christmas Parade on Main Street, 5:30 PM
All Holiday Homecoming events and activities are free of charge.
Parade Entry Forms
Businesses, non-profits, and organizations that would like to enter the parade may do so by completing the Parade Entry Form, Rule and Regulations, and providing a Certificate of Insurance. The application fee is $250 for businesses, $125 for Downtown St. Charles Partnership member businesses, and complimentary to local non-profits. Applications are due by Friday, October 25, 2013 and can be downloaded at www.downtownstcharles.org/holidays.
The Downtown St. Charles Partnership is seeking volunteers for the parade day with responsibilities including Parade Pacers, Parade Marshals, and Banner Carriers. Those interested in volunteering for a service opportunity or to help their community, may do so by completing the volunteer form on the website at: www.downtownstcharles.org/holidays.
Volunteer Committee Spotlight
This year’s Parade Committee is chaired by Craig Larsen, Founder & President of AHC Advisors, Inc. A Professional and Chartered Financial Consultant CFP®, Larsen founded his business in 1995 as a fee-only investment advisor. AHC serves clients in the suburbs of Chicago, and locally in Saint Charles, Geneva, and Batavia. Professionally, Craig serves as the Treasurer for the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Illinois. Additionally, Larsen is very active in the community and recently joined the Tri City Family Services Board of Directors.
In addition to Larsen, the committee is made up of other community volunteers including: John Hughes of N Henry and Son; Steve Martin of First State Bank; Darlene Riebe, resident; Deb Fee of St. Charles Bank and Trust; Betsy Penny, resident; Michelle Glowinski, Resident; and Jan Wilson of Hair Capers.
Sponsorship opportunities exist for a few remaining elements at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. Organizations looking for marketing presence through the event may contact the Downtown St. Charles Partnership at 630-443-3964.
Sponsors include: Gold - Insurance through AAA (Lighting of the Lights); BMO Harris Bank (Movie); Onesti Entertainment (Movie); Kane County Chronicle (Santa House); St. Charles Bank and Trust (Sleigh Rides); Silver - Minuteman Press; Delnor Express Care (Chuggers the Train Engine), and Bronze - The PrivateBank (East HS Band); Advanced Disposal (North HS Band), McGrath Honda (Miss IL); and Spare Wheels Transportation (Shriners).
For more information on related to the Holiday Homecoming event from sponsorship, parade participation, to volunteering, visit www.DowntownStCharles.org/Holidays or call the Downtown St. Charles Partnership office at 630-443-3967.