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Christmas tree twinkles and sings at church
Annual concert series begins Dec. 11
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Choir members at First Baptist Church practice during a dress rehearsal for the Living Christmas Tree concert. The 14th annual show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the church.

Living Christmas Tree

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 4:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14

Where: First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., Gainesville

How much: Free

More info: 678-677-8064, fbcgainesville.org

Singers have been rehearsing and will be ready to gather on a decorated stage in the shape of a Christmas tree to perform the “Living Christmas Tree” concert next week. 

First Baptist Church of Gainesville will host its 14th annual Christmas concert with five shows in the church’s main sanctuary. Showtimes are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 4:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

Pick up tickets to the free shows in the church office at 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville.

The tree, decorated with garland and lights, held nearly 80 singers last year while others where stationed around the base.

Last year, a new lighting system including 12,000 lights adorned the tree. The lights are choreographed to the choir’s music, productions coordinator Mark Green said.

Along with the choir, the concert will have a 32-piece orchestra, which includes a harpist this year.

“It’s such a beautiful thing to watch and listen to, and it gets people into the Christmas spirt,” Green said.

This year the performance will include two new arrangements of “O Holy Night” and “I Wonder as I Wander” by Robert Nugent.

For those who cannot attend, they can listen to on the radio station 1330 WGTJ-AM from 4-5:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.

“We want everyone to be a part of the celebration,” Green said.

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