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History & Facts

Affectionately known as "the Tree," the event has become as much a part of the Christmas season as parades, gifts and lights. Since 1981, the church has presented the Singing Christmas Tree choral program each year except in 1984, when the current worship center was under construction.

Weighing over 3,000 pounds, the tree frame consists of seven large trusses bolted together, and is capable of supporting 80 adults who stand on tiny platforms. The frame is covered by chicken wire, 1,100 feet of artificial greenery and approximately 10,000 lights.

Musical preparations begin each September, and tree construction begins immediately after Thanksgiving. The Niceville Singing Christmas Tree was the brainstorm of former pastor Dr. Joe Haigler, who said the idea came from an outdoor show he saw in Mississippi. Former minister of music, Richard Root, developed the program concept, and Ralph Nations, former minister of education, designed the tree structure.

Throughout the fall of 1981, church members built the frame in the old Family Life Center. In early December, church families went to the Eglin reservation and gathered truckload after truckload of cedar branches. It was a hot, sticky job, and though it smelled good in the sanctuary, the cedar provided an abundance of bugs, as well as presenting a fire hazard. In 1988, the church acquired silk greenery.

Beginning in 1981 with three presentations per year, the church now presents the program six times each year. Over 50,000 people have seen "the tree" live. It has been featured in local and regional newspapers, and has been broadcast several times on local television stations.

Since its inception, the Singing Christmas Tree has captivated both children and adults to become a favorite seasonal experience. Dennis Brown, minister of music at First Baptist, has directed the program since 1987.

Past programs have featured a variety of performers, including the church's clowns, puppets, children's choirs, student choir, adult choir, instrumental ensemble, soloists, angels, shepherds, donkeys, Santa Claus, Wise Men, and "the Holy Family". If a person can't sing or act, there are plenty of silent roles such as carpentry, costume making, decorating, stage coordination, sound, lighting, food preparation, and more.

TICKET INFORMATION


Beginning in early November, tickets will be available at the church office, or ticket requests may be sent to the address shown below. Requests will be honored in the order received.

SCT Tickets
622 Bayshore Drive
Niceville, FL 32578

To help us serve you, please:

  • Enclose $1 per ticket
  • Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope
  • State your first, second and third choice of dates and times

Please call 678-0201 or 678-4621 for more information. Child care is not provided during performances.

Singing Christmas Tree
Presentations of The Past

2005 24th Sing Joy
2004 23rd Comfort and Joy
2003 22nd A Midnight Clear
2002 21st Christmas Is Jesus
2001 20th From Our Hearts To Yours
2000 19th Noel - The Carols of Christmas
1999 18th Christmas Invitation,
Come As You Are
1998 17th The Father's Gift of Love
1997 16th A Season, A Savior, A Star
Camera Link 1996 15th The Wonders of His Love
1995 14th In Adoration of the King of Kings
1994 13th City of Light
1993 12th The Night the Angels Sang
1992 11th 'Round Again to Christmas
1991 10th Season of Love
1990 9th Come, Let Us Adore Him
1989 8th Joy! Joy! Joy!
1988 7th A Musical Panorama of Christmas
1987 6th Merry Christmas With Love
1986 5th The Gift Goes On
1985 4th Whole World Is Singing Christmas
1984 ---- None
1983 3rd A Country Christmas
1982 2nd Jesus Brightest Star
1981 1st From Our Hearts To Yours


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