Rosenberg City Council member Kevin Raines said it’s about time residents saw a bright spot in the city. And what better way to brighten up the city than with Christmas lights?

At Tuesday’s meeting, council unanimously agreed to move forward with Rosenberg Christmas Nights.

The Downtown Rosenberg Merchants are hosting Holiday Nights – A Small Town Christmas Experience on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from 5-8 p.m.

Communications Director Tanya Kveton explained that she has been in close contact with the downtown merchants and after holding several meetings with the downtown event planning committee, it was determined that it would be beneficial to both groups to host the Christmas Nights tree lightning event on Dec. 3.

“I hope that y’all will consider for the sake of normality that we do something downtown this year for Christmas,” Mayor Bill Benton began. “I want to point out that we got some good news the other day. The vaccine for COVID is supposed to be out the third week of November, so I think the COVID pandemic is wrapping up.”

Kveton explained that the pandemic hit the downtown merchants pretty hard, and they’re hopeful that Rosenberg Christmas Nights will bring residents and shoppers alike to the area.

Raines asked if the city could amp up the Christmas decorations this year.

“It’s about time we had a bright spot,” he added.

Council member Tim Anders said he’s looking forward to seeing downtown lit up.

“Everything’s been canceled, but we ain’t canceling Christmas,” Benton said. “We will be careful and cautious. Folks already know to wear their masks. We can be safe and have Christmas.”

This year’s event will be altered to accommodate social distancing with extra precautions in place to allow event attendees to gather safely and still enjoy an evening of holiday fun with their families.

City staff explained that the downtown merchants have several surprises planned for guests including store sales, treats and specials.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference Nov. 10.

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