December has arrived and with it comes the flurry of Christmas activities and events for the Steelville community. There will be Christmas music, shopping, and fun for all ages in the coming weeks, so get out your calendar and make plans to enjoy the holiday season here in our hometown.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS and PROGRAMS
Christmas Programs for Steelville Elementary third and fourth graders will be held on Thursday, December 5 at the Meramec Music Theater. Third grade will perform at 6 p.m. and the fourth grade will follow at 7 p.m.
The Steelville Arts Council will present Suzy Bogguss in concert at the Meramec Music Theatre on Saturday, December 7. There will be two performances of the Christmas Special concert—one at 2 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.meramecmusictheatre.com or by calling (573) 775-5999.
A Community Choir Christmas Concert will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Meramec Music Theater. The concert will feature more than 70 singers from seven communities, along with 10 local instrumental musicians. Special guests will be the Standard Brass Quintet from the Ft. Leonard Wood 399th Army Band.
There is no admission charge and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a Christmas Pop Mini-Concert by the Ft. Leonard Wood Brass Quintet, followed by a Sacred Christmas Music Concert by the Community Choir at 7 p.m.
Steelville Middle School students in band and choir will perform at their Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 17 at 6 p.m. in the gym.
GIBBS CARE CENTER BAKE SALE & CRAFT FAIR
Gibbs Care Center will host a shopping event on Saturday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be all kinds of things to choose from, including cloth books, scarves, baked goods, wood crafts, jewelry, baskets, Scentsy items, and much more. Free coffee and cookies will also be available. Vendor booth fees will go to benefit residents of the nursing home.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
FCNB Insurance will sponsor a Gingerbread House Contest before and during the open house event. Age categories are ten and under, 11 to 16, and 17 and over. There is no entry fee, and prize money will be awarded to first, second, and third places in each age category ($25, $20, $15). Awards of $10 each will be given to the following categories as well: Best Fits the Parade Theme (“What Christmas Means to Me”), Best Use of Candy Canes, Best Use of Gum Drops. These three winners will be chosen from all entries.
Projects should be turned in on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at the FCNB Insurance office at 404 W. Main Street. Judging will take place at noon.
All gingerbread houses entered into the contest will be on display on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, December 8 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
STEELVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS
Business Open Houses will be on Sunday, December 8 from 2 to 5 p.m.
The Christmas Prince and Princess Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Children ages three to six years old, who live in the Steelville School District, are invited to participate in the 26th annual pageant, sponsored by the Steelville Chamber of Commerce. The pageant will be held at the Meramec Music Theatre.
Registration forms are available at First Community National Bank, Peoples Bank, and Steelville Drug. Completed forms can be returned to these businesses for pick up. In order to prepare for the pageant, the registration deadline is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4. Late entries will not be accepted.
Each child will be asked to sit on the stage in a small group and have a short visit with Santa individually. At the end of the pageant, each child will receive a gift from Santa.
There is no dress code or entry fee. The children will be judged only on their mannerisms on stage while waiting to visit with Santa, their approach to Santa, and their visit with him. A prince and princess, as well as runner-ups, will be chosen.
The Christmas Parade will begin at 5 p.m. The theme this year is “What Christmas Means to Me.” Only one Santa is allowed in the parade, so please contact the parade chair for more information.
Line up is at 4:15 p.m. with judging to occur at 4:30 p.m. for floats. The parade route will begin at the Steelville Middle School, go down Main Street, and end at the 3-way stop sign. For more information, please contact Parade Chair Denyal Lefler at (573) 205-5012 or the Steelville Chamber of Commerce office at (573) 775-5533.
Immediately following the parade on Sunday, December 8, First Baptist Church on Main Street will share a retelling of the Christmas story through a presentation of a living nativity scene, complete with real animals (including camels!) in the “backyard” of the church. The event will also feature Christmas music, hot chocolate, and homemade cookies.
CRAFT FAIR FUNDRAISER
Booth space is $25 (add $5 for electricity) and all money from the fees will go to support the local Steelville Backpack Program to feed children in need. A special Kids’ Christmas Store will also be available at the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with all proceeds earned through sales there going to the backpack program.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHT
The 5th Annual Community Christmas movie night will be held on December 16 at 6 p.m. in the Steelville Middle School gym. Local businesses that would like to help sponsor this event for the children with a contribution are asked to contact City Hall at (573) 775-2815. In the past, the community has provided pizza, popcorn, cookies, hot chocolate, and a goody bag from Santa for each child who attends.