UPDATED for 2018
My first Christmas spent in Huntsville I was told by several native Huntsvillians that The Living Christmas Tree presented at First Baptist Church in Huntsville was a tradition I could not miss. Now, I’m a big fan of Garrison Keillor and one of my favorite Lake Wobegon tales is “The Living Flag”, a hilarious story about a small town that celebrates the 4th of July by donning red, white, and blue baseball caps and standing in the formation of Old Glory. So when I heard the words “Living” and “Tree” I was all ears.
I mean, it’s a LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE. A Christmas tree, made up of people, singing Christmas music! I’m so there. In fact, I have been there every year since we moved here and I plan to attend every year we live in Huntsville. The tree is as awesome as it sounds and I guarantee your entire family will love it.
Performed by The Living Christmas Tree Choir and Orchestra the program is full of beautiful choral arrangements and accompanied by dancing, narration, and much more. The presentation can get long and small children may not appreciate it as much as older children. But, don’t let that keep you from going. There is free professional childcare for children through age 4 and a special Children’s Living Tree performance on Saturday morning. This performance is shorter and incorporates the selections that will most likely be enjoyed by children. The atmosphere is casual and keeping the kids quiet is definitely not required.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
This is a very popular event and tickets are required. The event is free but you’ll need to reserve a ticket online or in person (see details). The seating is first come first served so plan to arrive early to get a good seat. First Baptist Church views this as their “gift to the community” and therefore, no collection is taken during the performances. Each year, the music is different but always guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood. To get a sense of the scale of it, check out this cool time-lapse video of the construction of the actual tree!