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Daylong event will ring in holidays

Bringing people together is the goal of Rosemount’s annual tree lighting ceremony and this year planners hope to get a few more people out for the event. To do so, the youth commission and the Rosemount Area Arts Council have planned a full day of activities.

“We want to use the tree lighting as a way to unite the city together,” said Jacob Alex, a member of the city’s youth commission.

The tree lighting will take place Nov. 23 at the Steeple Center. Events will begin with a snowman ornament class at 10 a.m. The class is open to children ages 7 to 13. Jill Scarpari will teach some basic basket weaving techniques to create the ornament. The cost is $12, which covers all materials.

After the class, the movie Polar Express will be shown in the Steeple Center. RAAC member John Loch said the movie will be free and attendees should feel free to bring pillows and blankets to snuggle in. Refreshments including popcorn and candy will be available for sale.

Loch said there will be an intermission between the movie and the Christmas tree lighting. He encouraged residents to use that time to support local businesses.

Several businesses will offer specials that day including Divas and Denim. The shop will have an open house that will feature the lighting of the Eiffel Tower and Santa will make an appearance.

The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. The ceremony will include remarks from mayor Bill Droste, vocal and instrumental performances by ensembles from Rosemount High School and a visit from Santa.

The event will conclude with a showing of the holiday film classic Christmas in Connecticut. The cost to attend the movie is $6 per person. Refreshments will be sold as well.

Having collaborated on the event the last two years, Alex said the youth commission and RAAC wanted to step it up a notch this year. In planning the activities, they tried to come up with things that would be fun for everyone.

In the past the tree lighting event has coincided with RAAC’s annual Christmas at the Steeple Center. This year, Loch said, they wanted to ring in the Christmas season a bit earlier. Additionally, he said they hope the event can bring people in on its own merits.

Alex said he’s hopeful people will come out for the events. He added that people should dress for the weather.

“It should be fun,” said Alex.

To purchase tickets or for more information visit RAAC’s website at

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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