Get Ready to Celebrate the Holidays in Rocky Mount

holidays in rocky mount

Likely, there won’t be snow on the ground in Rocky Mount this Christmas, but that won’t stop our fair city from pulling out all the stops and ringing in the holidays with cheer, goodwill, and a lot of wonderful activities. From holiday concerts to carriage rides, we have a wealth of diversity in our community, and the December season is the perfect opportunity to enjoy yourself. 

We’ve highlighted many of the events you’ll certainly want to check out.  For more detailed information, be sure to visit the group’s web pages (we’ve provided links in the articles)!

December 6
Tar River Children’s Chorus “A Ceremony of Carols” on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Tickets $15.

If you’ve not heard the melodies of this wonderful musical group, you’re missing out on experiencing some of our best local talent. The chorus is comprised of 60 young singers who were selected through audition. The Concert Chorus singers are in the 7th through 12th grades. The Cantare Chorus is comprised of 3rd through 6th graders. Together they comprise the Tar River Children’s Chorus, and their annual holiday event is one of the favorites in our community. 

They have received several accolades including SUPERIOR (Gold) ratings at the 2013 Heritage Festival held at New York City’s famed Riverside Church. They also received the Spirit Award for “The Choir that Best Represented its Community.” It’s conducted by Patsy Johnson Gilliland.

Want to learn more? Visit their website for ticket information.

December 6
Lighting the Christmas Tree Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. 

The city of Rocky Mount will hold its Lighting of the Imperial Centre Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. The event will include carriage rides and a visit from Santa. You can get the details at the Imperial Centre’s website.

December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th at 7:30 p.m.
& December 8th and 15th at 2 p.m.
Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity”

Langston Hughes was a prominent African –American playwright and poet in living in New York in the 1920s. He was a part of the Harlem Renaissance, a period of expansive growth and recognition for African-American artists, poets and writers.  “Black Nativity” was one of his creations, where the Nativity story is told in dialogue, gospel songs and folk spirituals. 

This production will be held at the theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences

Tickets are $11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under. 

December 8 
Winter Wonderland Celebration, Dec. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Rocky Mount will once again feature the annual favorite Winter Wonderland celebration at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. The free event will feature music, a sledding hill, arts & crafts, carriage rides and a visit from Santa.


December 18
“A Swinging’ Christmas,” Tar River Swing Band, 7:30 PM at Dunn Center, Tickets $20, children and students free.

Ready to get into the holiday groove? 

Enjoy familiar tunes in a swinging style in addition to some of your regular swing favorites.  For information and to get tickets, visit the website for the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus.


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