Abilene Baptist Church is presenting its singing Christmas tree this weekend for the 34th time.
“It seems to be, in this community, something that people appreciate,” said Abilene Music Minister the Rev. Tommy Sunderland. “I think that people love Christmas in general and they enjoy Christmas music.”
The annual holiday event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez. A Sunday matinee will be held at 3 p.m.
This year’s theme, “This is Christmas,” includes a drama set in an airport waiting area where several passengers have been bumped from an overcrowded flight, Sunderland said.
“It ties in with no room for Jesus in Bethlehem,” he said.
The production’s main draw remains a 30-foot tall tree that holds 80 church choir members on multiple tiers. Lights on the tree are computer-controlled according to song, Sunderland said.
Spectators will hear traditional and contemporary carols including Joy to the World, O Little Town of Bethlehem and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Audiences of between 4,000 and 6,000 attend each year, he said.
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 small fee at www.itickets.com.
Sunderland asks that guests bring an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots to be distributed to children in the area.
The show will also be broadcast at 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, on WAGT Channel 26.
For information about Abilene’s singing Christmas tree, call (706) 869-1774 or visit www.myabilene.org.