Every year for the past 32 years, Snyder Memorial Baptist Church has been honored to bring the annual production, The Singing Christmas Tree to the Fayetteville Community. It has been a Fayetteville tradition since 1980; this year the production features 250 singers, two handbell choirs and a 40-piece orchestra.
The spirit of Christmas will fill the room as singers from several generations come together to perform musical selections that will bring joy to everyone. The Intergenerational Choir is made up of 40-50 children, 100 teenagers and 100-125 adults. Your ticket will be honored up until 30 minutes before the show starts; there are no seat guarantees after that.
This year’s theme is These Three Gifts, which will focus on the importance and signiﬁcance of each of the three gifts of the magi as it explores the type of gifts we give for Christmas.
“The structure of the singing Christmas tree is the same each year but the music and the theme is re-done every year. If you have been to one of the shows in the past, rest assured that you have never seen the performance that will be presented this year,” says Dr. Larry Dickens, minister of music at the church.
Dickens is conducting his 14th production of this magnificent show. He is also an adjunct professor of church music at Campbell University Divinity School where he teaches his love of music to graduate students.
“This event is a gift to the community and it is free. All we ask from everyone attending the show is to bring a few canned goods to be donated to two local food-distribution centers,” explained Dickens.
There will be six performances and tickets are disappearing fast, so if you have plans to attend the performance this year, get your tickets soon.
“A lot of hard work and commitment goes into making sure that the production comes together well. Volunteers from the church and the community come together and work overtime to make sure that everyone is ready to give their best performance,” said Dickens.
There are several options for obtaining tickets. Tickets are available at the church office, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be picked up in the church office on Sunday morning or you can call the church office at 910-484-3191 and request tickets be mailed to you. These tickets are going fast so get yours now.
The singing Christmas tree only comes once a year and you don’t want to miss it. Performances will be held on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29-30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Seating will be guaranteed up until 30 minutes before the show begins so arrive early. Grab your coats, your canned goods and your tickets, and get ready to attend the largest holiday performance presented in our area. Excitement is in the area so don’t be late because you don’t want to miss any of The Singing Christmas Tree.
Photo: The Snyder Memorial Baptist Singing Christmas Tree has been a holiday tradition in the community for more than 30 years.