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The Strolling Nutcracker

Dreams Dance Academy presents The Strolling Nutcracker

 Click here for a glimpse into a past "Strolling Nutcracker." It is always a magical evening!

What is The Strolling Nutcracker?

In 2016, Studio Owner and Director Jenny O'Brien, had a vision of bringing  shop windows to life during the holidays with "live mannequins." She presented the idea to the Downtown St. Charles Partnership (now the St. Charles Business Alliance) and for the next few years, she was the volunteer coordinator for the event, bringing together a number of local studios. 

It quickly became one of our dancers (and parents!) favorite events of the year, and the joy we saw it bring to people driving and walking by, as well as business owners who allowed us to use their windows...made it even more special. The Alliance is no longer having this event as part of the annual Holiday Homecoming so we are continuing the tradition by putting a new spin on it. And that is how The Strolling Nutcracker came to be.

Thank you to our 2022 participating downtown STC businesses

HOW IT WORKS: Visit each window below OUTSIDE of the business, in whatever order you'd like! Scenes are not in chronological order by address/location.



Sweet treat stops (for children only!  While supplies last.

Pick up a Nutcracker bag at any window and collect sweet treats at each window.

2023 participating businesses announced soon.

The below are 2022 participants.

Mixology* 116. W. Main Street

Nutcracker scene: The Party

Sweet treat stop: Gift box with a surprise

Double Take Consignment * 122 W. Main St.

Nutcracker scene: Waltz of the Flowers/Dance of the Dew Drop Fairy

Sweet treat stop: Flower lollipop

Coroco Coffee * 101 S. First Street

Nutcracker scene: The Battle

Sweet treat stop: Nutcracker ornament

Kilwins * 132 S. First Street

Nutcracker scene: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Sweet treat stop: Land of the Sweets Chocolate

The Diamondaire * 117 W Main Street

Nutcracker scene: Spanish Dance

Sweet treat stop:  Handheld Fan

HM Hair Bar* 13 S. Second Street

Nutcracker scene: Land of the Snow

Sweet treat stop: Snowy mint

9, 2023
Mixology Logo
Diamondaire logo
HM Hair Bar logo
Coroco logo
Double Take logo
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