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'Rock & Roll Christmas' returns to DL's Holmes Theatre on Dec. 14

The Rock & Roll Christmas show returns to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Holmes Box Office. (Submitted photo)

One of the Historic Holmes Theatre's most popular holiday traditions, "Rock & Roll Christmas," returns to Detroit Lakes for its 7th straight year on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Rock & Roll Christmas is a Las Vegas-caliber, multimedia, full-production show that mixes an

8-piece band with music, comedy, parodies and even a game show! This all-star cast of musicians will rock their way through timeless holiday classics, along with some new takes on hit songs you didn't even know were holiday classics.

The line-up of musicians is truly legendary, as Paul "Stretch" Diethelm and Ted Manderfeld are joined on stage by vocalists Pamela McNeill, Stacy Bauer, and Tim Haussner, and backed by bassist Mike Zeleny, saxophonist and flutist Mike Kreitzer and drummer Billy Thommes. You'll hear Christmas standards like "Silent Night," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "The Little Drummer Boy" and many more — like you've never heard them performed before! Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit and rock you through the holidays better than a trip to see Rock & Roll Christmas!

Tickets for this Thursday's show are $29 for adults and $14.50 for students. Reserve your Seats by calling 218-844-SHOW (7469) or visiting The Historic Holmes Theatre is located at 806 Summit Avenue in Detroit Lakes.

Also this weekend

There's plenty of holiday hoopla going on in the lakes area this weekend. Here's a brief look at some of the highlights:

• Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Jewel, accompanied by her father, Atz, and her brothers, Atz Lett and Nikos Kilcher, will bring her "Handmade Holiday Tour" to Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino this Friday, Dec. 15 for an 8 p.m. show. Jewel and the Kilchers will perform a collection of holiday favorites and hit songs. Tickets are sold out.

• Stop by the Washington Square Mall parking lot between noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 to get an up-close view of Santa's Reindeer, who will be visiting Detroit Lakes from the North Pole! There will also be free horse-drawn sleigh rides departing from the parking lot, while inside the mall there will be kids' crafts as well as Photos & Wishes with Santa. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202 for more information.

• The Lakes Area Concert Band will present its 11th annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 16, inside the sanctuary of Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church (912 Lake Ave.).. Selections to be performed under the direction of Gene Gaffney include "Sleigh Ride," "Greensleeves," "Jingle Bells Fantasy, "Secret Agent Santa," "Stars and Stripes for Christmas" and a Christmas sing-along. There is no admission fee, but free will donations to support the band will be gratefully accepted.

• The Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church Choir will present "Season of Rejoicing: A Christmas Musical," by Susan Callaway and Mark Cabaniss, at 8:15 and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. The musical is directed by Diane Jordan, with Jane Ballard on piano accompaniment, Jeff Johnson, trombone, and Liz Harman and DeWayne Myhre, soloists. The church is located at 885 Pembina Trail, Detroit Lakes; a Christmas tea will follow both performances.

• Detroit Lakes' Trinity Lutheran Church will welcome the community to its 15th annual Candles & Carols at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. Come hear the poetry and stories of Christmastime, with music provided by the Trinity Lutheran choirs and the congregation. Though there is no admission fee, there will be a freewill offering to support the Children's Services Program at the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center. Following the concert, there will be a Christmas Turkey Dinner, catered by Pam Skarie, in the church fellowship hall. Advance dinner tickets are available for $12 each at the Trinity Lutheran Church office, 218-847-7211 and the Chamber Office, 218-847-9202.