Abilene Baptist Church is presenting its 35th annual singing Christmas tree this weekend.
The annual holiday kicks off the Christmas season for many families, said Abilene Minister of Music Tommy Sunderland.
“It’s a special part of their Christmas time,” Sunderland said. “For a lot of people, it’s an annual tradition.”
The church will put on the event at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the church, 3917 Washington Road in Martinez. A Sunday matinee will be held at 3 p.m.
This year’s theme, “More Than a King,” has a drama told from the viewpoint of one of the three wise men.
“It’ll be told from one of their perspectives having returned from their journey to their family,” Sunderland said. His daughter Amy wrote the script.
The centerpiece of the production is a 30-foot tall tree that holds more than 80 choir members on multiple tiers.
Lights on the tree, adorned with real greenery, are computer-controlled to go along with the music.
Guests will hear a variety of traditional and contemporary carols including Sing We Now of Christmas and Away in a Manger as well as contemporary Christian music.
“It’s a little bit of everything,” Sunderland said. “As always, we’ll end with the Hallelujah! chorus.”
Audiences of nearly 5,000 attend the production each year.
Free admission tickets can be picked up at the church between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and through noon on Friday. Tickets also can be downloaded for a fee at www.itickets.com.
For more information about Abilene’s singing Christmas tree, call (706) 869-1774 or visit www.my