A tradition more than 30 years in the making, “The Singing Christmas Tree” at Shandon Baptist Church returns this weekend with performances beginning Friday.
What began in the 1980s at the Township Auditorium later moved to the church’s old worship center on Forest Drive. For the past several years, it has been held in the church’s newer worship center on the Forest Drive campus.
Spectators will be treated to music and drama to celebrate the Christmas story. Here is a look at the production by the numbers:
• 25: height, in feet, of the tree, including the star
• 50,000: number of lights adorning the tree
• 130: number of voices in the choir
• 300: total number of cast members, including musicians in the orchestra, children and youth in choirs, angels and actors.
• 1980s: the decade that began “The Singing Christmas Tree” tradition
• 7: the number of years in which the show took a hiatus
• 2010: the year “The Singing Christmas Tree” was revived, and the first year it was held in the church’s new worship center.
“The Singing Christmas Tree performances” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Sunday 2:30 performance will be interpreted for the deaf.
The performance is free and open to the public, but it is a ticketed event. Get tickets by calling Christmas at Shandon at (803) 751-1829 or online at www.christmasatshandon.com.
Shandon Baptist Church is located at 5250 Forest Drive in the Shandon community of Columbia.