This year’s 17th annual Tropical Christmas festivities include a full line-up of entertainment to appeal to all tastes and generations. The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 4 at the festival grounds next to Rockport Harbor.

Returning by popular demand is Cast in Bronze, the national sensation, and only musical act in the world featuring a four-ton medieval folk instrument with 35 huge brass bells called a carillon.

Cast in Bronze has been featured at Florida’s Epcot Center, on NBC’s Today show, in a Presidential Inauguration, and at all major Renaissance Festivals across the country. The masked “Spirit of the Bells” will perform on the Festival Stage numerous times throughout the day, and accompany the fireworks display following the parade.

Making its first Tropical Christmas appearance is The Christmas Tree Huggers Band. This group of award-winning musicians serves up holiday favorites - Rock & Roll style.

Local and area groups, including the Pacific Islander dancers, will provide additional entertainment.

For more information, click on the “Tropical Christmas” tab in “About Rockport” at, call the City’s Parks and Leisure Services Department at (361) 727-2158 or 361-790-1136, or email

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