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Christmas variety show returns

In just a few years, the Rosemount Area Arts Council’s Christmas at the Steeple Center has become a community tradition. It’s a popular event that draws hundreds to downtown Rosemount each year.

“People of all ages enjoy it,” said event chair Joanne Johnson.

The arts council will host Christmas at the Steeple Center Dec. 7. Shows will begin at 2 and 7 p.m.

RAAC chair Jeanne Schwartz said their goal in producing the event is to offer quality entertainment to the community. So far, each year the event has sold out, indicating that people in the community are looking for such opportunities. In all, 400 tickets are sold for Christmas at the Steeple Center.

“It’s certainly a popular event,” said Schwartz.

The show features family entertainment including music, comedy and dance. As in years past, the Rosemount Community Band will anchor the show. Additional returning acts include the Special Delivery Singers, Dance Connection and the reading of the Christmas Story by mayor Bill Droste.

To keep things fresh, this year the band Mariachi Jalisco will perform for the first time. Johnson said they wanted to liven up the show with something different. She said Mariachi Jalisco is a fun band and will bring flair to the show.

This year’s show will be the first real test for the new sound and lighting equipment that was recently installed in the Steeple Center. Schwartz believes the new systems will add to the quality of the show.

“The new sound system is absolutely fabulous,” said Schwartz.

A lot of work goes into putting on Christmas at the Steeple Center. Schwartz said it is one of RAAC’s largest events. RAAC is an all-volunteer organization.

“So many people contribute to this. The whole arts council is fabulous,” said Johnson of the volunteers.

Despite all the work, Johnson said the event is a lot of fun to put on and every year they get a little better at it.

Tickets are available at or are available for purchase in person at the Front Porch, located in the Steeple Center. Matinee tickets are $15 and the evening performance is $18.

Schwartz suggested people purchase their tickets early.

“Get your tickets now because they do sell out,” she said.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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