The Singing Christmas Tree returns to Brandon this week.
Calvary Temple in Brandon has hosted the program for decades and this year’s presentations will be on stage Thursday December 7th until Sunday December 10th.
Music Administrator for the Singing Christmas Tree Vern Kratz says the program has a long history in the Westman region. “The first year they did it was in 1974 so it has been going for over 40 years and it has been quite a tradition here in Brandon and the entire Westman region.”
Planning for this year’s program began in June of this year and adult singers have been practicing since September and the children’s choir started practicing just after Thanksgiving. “Here we are with the show set to start this week and we will have full houses and expect to see anywhere from 2,200-2,400 people at the Calvary Temple Church.”
Singers come from 18 churches in and around Brandon and there will be close to 100 adult and youth singers performing this year.
“People can expect a larger 30 foot tree with close to 2,000 lights that can be changed into many, many different colours it is quite the dazzling effect to see that with the number of people in the tree. Along with the singing there will be some live drama taking place during the presentation and that portion is called the Christmas Calling” said Kratz.
There is no charge at the door but there will be a free will offering and 10 percent of what is collected will go to the Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner. People are also asked to bring a non perishable food item and those will be donated to the Helping Hands Soup Kitchen.
Presentations of the Singing Christmas Tree go Thursday and Friday evening at 7:00pm, Saturday performances are at 3:00pm and 7:00pm and it all ends on Sunday with shows at 10:00am and 3:00pm. Doors at Calvary Temple open up one hour before show time.
“We’ve been doing this for more than 40 years and every now and then we take a year off and we did that in 2016 after a run of 11 straight years. So it has been two years since we’ve seen this and we are even more excited about putting this on again.”