Rosemount’s holiday extravaganza is back

The Rosemount Area Arts Council tapped local talent for this year’s Christmas at the Steeple Center shows, which will include performances by the Rosemount Community Band, Dance Connection of Rosemount, Sawtooth Bluegrass Band and many more. (File photo)

Second annual ‘Christmas at the Steeple Center’ is Dec. 1

Rosemount is getting into the holiday spirit in a big way this weekend with its second annual Christmas at the Steeple Center performances.

Patterned on variety shows of old, the event features music and Christmas-themed readings by members of the Rosemount community, as well as a tree lighting ceremony and a visit from jolly old St. Nick.

Performances are scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Rosemount Youth Commission set for 6 p.m. that day just outside the Steeple Center.

A visual-art component has been added to the festivities this year, with local artist DeAnne Parks doing performance painting as the music and readings unfold on stage.

“We wanted to present as many different art forms as possible,” said John Loch of the Rosemount Area Arts Council, which is hosting the event.

Last year’s inaugural Christmas at the Steeple Center proved a hit, with both performances drawing sold-out crowds, Loch said.

The Rosemount Arts Council once again tapped local talent for the shows. This year’s roster of performers includes the Rosemount Community Band, the bell choir from Rosemount United Methodist Church, local bluegrass band Sawtooth and dancers from Dance Connection of Rosemount.

Solo vocalist Heather Nelson is slated to perform “Ave Maria,” “Silent Night” and other seasonal favorites, and Josh Corbett, a minister at Rosemount United Methodist, will give a reading of the nativity story.

A reading of “The Night Before Christmas” will be delivered by Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste; City Council Member Mark DeBettignies will give the reading at the afternoon show. “A Cup of Christmas Tea” will be read by Keith Reed of the Rosemount Players.

Tickets are $12 for the matinee and $15 for the evening performance. To purchase tickets or for additional information, visit www.rosemountaac.org or call (651) 600-8693.

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