With 80 choir members nestled in its branches and music ranging from "O Come, All Ye Faithful" to "Hallelujah" and "Peace On Earth," the First Sarasota Baptist Church has been bringing the Christmas spirit to life in Sarasota for over 40 years. At any given moment the more than 12,000 lights on the tree change pattern coordinating with the music, and at 30 feet tall, 12 levels and holding 115 choir members, tickets are just $15 but they sell out quickly. Arriving for the first concert of the season, we were seated in the third row with optimum viewing of this annual Sarasota spectacle, and were embraced by the spirit of the season.
The Singing Christmas Tree Program
The 30-foot tall Christmas Tree and seats for the orchestra before the performance began
Last minute sounds checks and lighting of the live Christmas tree on stage
Decked out in festive attire, the performance began with a group singing 'The Wonder of Christmas'
The Singing Christmas Tree with 80 choir members perched in the branches and more than 12,000 lights changing pattern coordinating with the music, serenaded by a live orchestra
The colours of the lights changed and twinkled as the choir sang different carols
A young member of the church sang a touching rendition of 'I Believe'
Closeup of singers in the tree
'A' for effort as a young woman dressed as an angel zip-lines over the audience onto the stage
A family of little angels