30th Anniversary Living Christmas TreeFirst Baptist ChurchDecember 20, 2014 7:30 PM
600 Governors Drive Southwest
Huntsville, AL 35801
First Baptist Church will present the 30th annual presentation of the Living Christmas Tree Thursday, December 18 through Sunday, December 21, 2014. Evening performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. An abbreviated performance especially for young children will be presented Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are free and are available at the church, which is located at 600 Governors Drive. Ticket reservations are also available by phone at (256) 428-9422 or by visiting the ticket office at 600 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801.View More >
Long hailed as a Huntsville Christmas tradition, the Living Christmas Tree (LCT) features a choir of 180 singers and a 60 piece orchestra. Directed by the Rev. Billy Orton, minister of music and worship, this years Living Christmas Tree will feature festive arrangements of familiar carols, beautiful settings of new and traditional Christmas music, and, of course, the candlelight processional with singers throughout the spacious FBC sanctuary.
In recognition of the Silver Anniversary presentations of the LCT, Mayor Tommy Battle wrote, I am excited that Huntsville is home to this annual event. I know The Living Christmas Tree will be a joyous event filled with wonderful fellowship, beautiful music and inspire strengthened motivation and dedication to your vital roles in your families, congregations and communities.
The Living Christmas Tree is a truly impressive structure. Standing 39 feet tall, the tree weighs 6,000 pounds, is dressed with more than 7,500 pieces of greenery and features 13,500 sparkling lights. The tree, with its skeleton resembling an erector set, is constructed in three days by a host of First Baptist members who volunteer their time and efforts in this Yuletide labor of love. It is a church-wide endeavor that includes not just our music ministry, but volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, explained Rev. Orton. The magnitude of the project calls for men, women, girls, boys, carpenters, engineers, decorators, cooks and more. Volunteers cover ticket orders, the parking of cars, ushering, public relationsthe scope is tremendous.
Not only is the Living Christmas Tree a wondrous site to see, but the spectacular musical sound of 180 singers and instrumentalists is alive with Christmas spirit. As noted in The Huntsville Times, The enduring program has become one of the areas most popular holiday entertainment traditions even for those who dont attend the church.