Singing Christmas Tree returns

A tree that sings? It sounds odd, for sure, but it’s real.

A 25 foot high Christmas tree will be bursting into song for two nights only, on 1 and 2 December.

It’s not some kind of freaky supernatural phenomenon where plants take on humanoid characteristics, it’s actually just a Christmas tree shaped metal structure – some 27 feet across, with six tiers and adorned with garlands – that around 80 choir members stand on and belt out Christmas carols. Brilliant and unique.

The Singing Christmas Tree made its first appearance in Grand Cayman last year, hosted by the First Assembly of God Church. It was such a success – some 5,000 people went to listen and look over the two days it was on – that it is set to become an annual event.

The tree is set up in the grounds of the First Assembly of God Church, just off the Lindford Pierson roundabout in George Town. There will be seating for about 2,000 and plenty more standing room, and refreshments will be on sale. The singers in the tree will be choirs from several different churches and they will be singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.

A number of soloists, including Paula Hinds, Dennis Wilson, Jimmy Gordon, Ferdinand Nicholls, Kevon Hyre and Lorraine Bobb-Stuart, will also be performing, as well as a 1,000-voice children’s choir.

A highlight of the performance last year, Love in any Language, will be repeated this year and there’s also a special surprise in store for this year – but it would hardly be a surprise if we told you what it was, would it?

Given how well attended it was last year, organisers are putting on a special shuttle service, so that even if you have to park some way away, you can hop on a free shuttle bus that will whizz you up to the church. Parents with young children needn’t worry that their little ones will get bored – a guest “clown” will be entertaining children inside the church, so that adults can enjoy the carol singing without interruptions.

It’s absolutely free to the public and organisers know the Sunday is going to be particularly busy, so if you have some flexibility, they urge you to go along on Saturday.

For more information call 929-5380.

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