There will be no waiting at the Chatfield Center for the Arts this weekend as Christmas cheer abounds.

“Throughout the weekend of Dec. 9 and 10, the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) will be a flurry of Christmas festivities,” related co-director Jenni Petersen-Brant, inviting the Christmas-impatient to do what any sensible chipmunk (or human) would do…make Christmas fun come early.

She highlighted, “Things kick off with the Presbyterian holiday craft and gift show on Saturday, Dec. 9, and milk and cookies with Santa — sponsored by the Chatfield Commercial Club. Following the Saturday afternoon events is ‘At Christmas’ with Mick Sterling and Friends,’ a family-friendly musical theater production presented in Potter Auditorium and generously sponsored by Community & Economic Development Associates (CEDA). On Sunday, Dec. 10, the Chatfield Brass Band (CBB) and Wits’ End Theatre (WET) present their ‘Winter Celebration’ event filled with seasonal songs and skits. Before the concert, and again following the concert, the Chatfield High School Art Club’s auction and bake sale will be raising funds for the club’s annual art trip.”

Saturday’s the day to get shopping and wishing, according to Petersen-Brant.

“The Pioneer Presbyterian Holiday Craft and Gift Show, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature a variety of artisans selling maple syrup, homemade crafts, table runners, jewelry, candles and candle holders, quilted and wool items, blankets, Christmas décor, homemade rugs, dishcloths, knitted hats and much, much more. Representatives of LuLaRoe, Tupperware and Tastefully Simple will also be taking part. Vendors will be set up in the Legion Room and in other areas throughout the first floor of the 1916 school building.”

She reminded kids of every size to make sure to pause for the Claus while at the CCA from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We feel pretty lucky to have Santa making a stop at the CCA – he’ll be in the 1916 Gallery, just off the Legion Room,” Petersen-Brant pointed out. “Kids can find him in our art gallery, along with a very interesting ceramics exhibition, while mom and dad are busy shopping the holiday craft and gift sale.”

After the sky has darkened, it’s time to settle into a seat at the CCA with “At Christmas.”

The director outlined, “‘At Christmas’ will be a blend of familiar Christmas tales with original and traditional Christmas music, belly laughs and maybe even a few heartwarming tears, presented by two Twin Cities music veterans and their elfish accomplices.”

Now in its eighth season, the production is a smart mix of family-fueled comedy and intimate drama brilliantly written and performed by three alumni of Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop — Shannon Custer, Michelle Cassioppi and Jim Robinson — as well as live six-piece band featuring one of the Twin Cities’ favorite frontmen, Mick Sterling, along with Paul Guertin on the keyboards.

The concert is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., but doors will open at 6 p.m. for social hour festivities with holiday treats and beverages available for purchase.

Advance tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for youth and can be purchased on the CCA’s website or by calling 507-884-7676, or they may also be purchased during the CCA’s regular box office hours — Thursday and Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sunday afternoon offers its own Christmas excitement and rush. “The Chatfield Brass Band concert will be on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. This year, they are partnering with Wits’ End Theatre to add a new element of seasonal songs and skits to the band’s annual concert and give these two great organizations the opportunity to work together on an event for the community, sprinkling sketches, comedy and theatrical performance throughout the instrumental pieces,” said Petersen-Brant. “It’s always a treat to take in the CBB’s Christmas concert, because for one, all of their musicians are super-passionate about what they do, and the organization is known for putting on high-quality, entertaining performances.”

The high school art club’s auction and bake sale is making its CCA debut this year.

“This important art club event is moving to the CCA this year to introduce it to new audience,” Petersen-Brant explained. “The auction and bake sale is an opportunity to support the art club in raising funds for their annual art trip, under the supervision of Ms. Abigail Potter.”

The auction will include student artwork, as well as items donated by local businesses. There are typically 80 to 90 items up for auction, along with hundreds of cookies, bars, pies and more for sale.

The art club auction starts at 1 p.m. when the doors open for the Winter Celebration and will conclude 15 minutes after the concert lets out. Auction items and baked goods will line the hallways throughout the former school building as one heads into the Potter Auditorium.

And all of these trains that loop the loop — events that usually would be on different tracks — just happened to hurry Christmas up at the CCA.

“Actually, these events came together quite organically,” Petersen-Brant said. “Each organization — the CCA, the CBB and the Commercial Club — has traditionally planned independent Christmas-themed events, all of which took place at the CCA. As we began talking with each other about what the other was planning, it became evident we could coalesce them into a single weekend and host our first unofficial CCA Christmas weekend. Next year, we hope to work even more collaboratively and with more forethought to establish the second weekend in December as one to be in Chatfield for holiday cheer and celebrating the season.”

Petersen-Brant commented, “It is going to be fun to have all of these things happening in one location over one weekend. All events are family-friendly, so the whole family can come and join in the festivities.”

She also described the Christmas event as being a unique opportunity for parents and grandparents who may have spent their formative years roaming the halls of what is now the CCA to share memories with their children and grandchildren.

“The former elementary school and place where generations of people have grown up and found themselves, the CCA is a place where our community, young and old, can return to and continue to connect,” Petersen-Brant said. “The building is spacious and welcoming, and we envision it as a hub for these types of community celebrations and creative learning.”

She and the other organizers of the events most hope the community enjoys being able to come to one location for different events that engage a broad range of ages.

“We also hope that people appreciate the cooperative effort of all of the organizations involved working together to create something special for the community,” she added. “Everything is designed with families in mind. Admission to many of the events is free, and we’re offering youth and families discounts to the ‘At Christmas’ musical theatre production. It is an opportunity for people to connect and spend time with friends and family before the holiday hectic-ness sets in.”

Finally, Petersen-Brant encouraged others looking to help with projects like this to contact her.

She stated, “We’d also like to remind people that if they are interested in playing a hands-on role in making events like this happen, all of our organizations rely heavily on passionate volunteers. We love hearing from people that would like to join our volunteer rosters. Working together with our community partners and creating more collaborative programming is our long-term vision. The weekend of Dec. 9 and 10 is providing a great opportunity to experiment with that idea.”