Rocky Mount's holiday events

Rocky Mount's holiday events

A full season of holiday events are on tap to end the 2018 calendar year, and a well-known name will make a stop in Rocky Mount as part of the festivities.

Brooke Simpson, who was a finalist on season 13 of NBC’s hit show, “The Voice,” will serve as grand marshal of the Rocky Mount Christmas Parade on Dec. 2.

The parade, which will begin at 3 p.m. in downtown Rocky Mount, will feature Simpson, who has released two singles. “Perfect” and “2am” were completed since Simpson finished in third place on “The Voice.” Simpson currently is touring the U.S. while recording songs.

Simpson will add to what is an annual tradition in downtown Rocky Mount. The parade also will feature local marching bands, colorful floats and more.

Holiday fun doesn’t wait until December. Local actors will continue the tradition of performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The first performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. Brooke Edwards, artistic and managing director at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, will direct the adaptation which includes Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.

Performances continue Dec. 6-9 with “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and the 50th annual Christmas Chorus at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences. The Dec. 6-8 shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., while the Dec. 9 show opens at 2 p.m. (Dec. 9 show cancelled due to threat of inclement weather). 

Holiday celebrations will continue with the Imperial Centre’s First Friday from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 7, featuring the tree lighting, Santa Claus, carriage rides and more. First Friday events are free.

Two days later, the Imperial Centre will hold its annual Winter Wonderland, a four-hour event (1-5 p.m.) on Dec. 9 that provides carriage rides, arts & crafts, pictures with Santa Claus and admission to the Children’s Museum and Arts Center – all for free. (Winter Wonderland cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather). 

Arts & crafts options also are available at the Imperial Centre through clay ornament workshops from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6. The fee is $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents.

The Rocky Mount Senior Center will hold a Christmas Gala on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nash Community College for just $25. The seniors will also hold a Christmas Light Tour on Dec. 20. The Senior Center Christmas Chorus will perform at various local nursing homes. For more information and to sign up for the Christmas Chorus, visit the front desk at the Rocky Mount Senior Center, or call 252-972-1152.

The Kwanzaa Kickoff celebration will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Imperial Centre. This new, free event will celebrate and introduce African-American heritage and Kwanzaa principles through interactives, African drum and dance performances and exhibitions featuring Kente cloths and drums. Kwanzaa is celebrated Dec. 26-Jan.1.

For more information on events at the Imperial Centre and the Christmas parade, visit imperialcentre.org, or call 252-972-1266. For more information about the senior events and activities, please call the Rocky Mount Senior Center at 252-972-1152.