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 mixologysalonspa.com
Nutcracker scene: The Party
Sweet treat stop: Gift box with a surprise
Double Take Consignment * 122 W. Main St. doubletakeconsignment.net
Nutcracker scene: Waltz of the Flowers/Dance of the Dew Drop Fairy
Sweet treat stop: Flower lollipop
Coroco Coffee * 101 S. First Street corococoffee.com
Nutcracker scene: The Battle
Sweet treat stop: Nutcracker ornament
Kilwins * 132 S. First Street kilwins.com
Nutcracker scene: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Sweet treat stop: Land of the Sweets Chocolate
The Diamondaire * 117 W Main Street thediamondaire.com
Nutcracker scene: Spanish Dance
Sweet treat stop: Handheld Fan
HM Hair Bar* 13 S. Second Street hmhairbar.com
Nutcracker scene: Land of the Snow
Sweet treat stop: Snowy mint