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Union Depot Gets Into the Holiday Spirit With Series of Events for All Ages Including Special Performance by THE VOICE Top Five Contestant Kat Perkins

November 10, 2014

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul will offer festive events for all ages during the month of December, highlighted by a musical performance by musician and THE VOICE Top Five contestant Kat Perkins.  On Saturday, December 6 the historic space will host the annual Holiday Bake Sale featuring nearly 20 of the top Twin Cities bakeries and the debut of a collection of treats made with Bee Line Honey from the five beehives on the Union Depot rooftop.  The day’s activities will also include musical entertainment and refreshments, topped off by the annual Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony with carolers, fireworks and a musical performance by THE VOICE contestant Kat Perkins.  Other activities during the month include visits by a holiday-themed train and free holiday movie nights on December 12 and 19.  Below is a schedule with event details.

December 5-7 and 11-14:  “North Pole Express” Holiday Train

The Friends of the 261 will bring the North Pole Express steam engine and vintage train cars to Union Depot. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves and holiday fun for all.  Tickets are $17.50 for children (3 – 12 years) and $19.50 for adults and are available at www.261.com/north-pole-express.

December 6:  Annual Holiday Bake Sale and Tree Lighting Celebration with Kat Perkins Performance; Debut of Bee Line Honey treats

Bake Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Nearly 20 of the Twin Cities’ top bakeries will gather at Union Depot to sell holiday cookies, and Union Depot will offer a special cookie created using Bee Line Honey from the five beehives kept on the building’s rooftop.  The event will also include displays of modern and historic holiday décor, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and giveaways.  Admission is $5 for adults (kids under 12 admitted free).  A commemorative tin will be sold for $10 with a portion of proceeds benefiting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.  Tickets to the bake sale are available at www.uniondepot.org/bakesale.

Tree Lighting, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.:  The annual holiday tree lighting celebration will begin at 4 p.m. with caroling and refreshments and the tree will be lit at 5 p.m. Fireworks will follow the tree lighting. The tree lighting celebration is free with refreshments available for purchase.

Kat Perkins Performance, 4:30-5 p.m.: Top 5 contestant from THE VOICE, Kat Perkins, will perform in the Head House as part of the tree lighting events.  Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, Perkins made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.  Her single, “Fearless,” independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.  An inspirational speaker, talented singer and creative woman, Kat Perkins will dazzle visitors to Union Depot with her performance.

Bee Line Honey Treats: Union Depot will debut a collection of Bee Line Honey treats including Honey Bon-Bons crafted with Bee Line Honey and produced by Mademoiselle Miel and limited-edition jars of Bee Line Honey will be available starting at $3.00.

December 12 and 19:  Free Holiday Movie Nights

Holiday favorites (Disney’s) Frozen, The Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will be shown on a large screen in the Waiting Room.  The movie showings are free and open to the public.  Visit www.uniondepot.org/events for show times and details.