Nanaimo’s Generations Church presents annual Singing Christmas Tree show

This year's Singing Christmas Tree show tells the story of Mary and Joseph adapted from the play Two from Galilee.

There are more than 50 singers in the giant tree for this year's Singing Christmas Tree show.

There are more than 50 singers in the giant tree for this year's Singing Christmas Tree show.

For 24 years, Generations Church has produced the Singing Christmas Tree show and invited Nanaimo area residents to attend the show for free.

“We see it was a gift for the city,” said Darcy Siggelkow, lead pastor for Generations Church and musical director of the show. “People see it as a Christmas event.”

This year’s show is based on the musical Two from Galilee, written by Robert Sterling.

“It’s the traditional Bible story of Mary and Joseph told with a little bit of a spin. Obviously there is lots to that story in scripture per se so we are reading a little between the lines a bit and imagining what impact it would have had on their families and themselves personally,” said Siggelkow.

There are more than 50 singers in the giant tree. Siggelkow said the tree is comprised of community singers.

“We’ve got a great choir and lots of good music,” he said.

Last year Siggelkow said nearly 5,000 people came to the production, which averages to about 500 attendees a show.

The Singing Christmas Tree debuts Friday (Dec. 9) at 7 p.m. The show runs Saturday at 4  p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. It runs Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 17 and 18 and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Shows are at Generations Church, located at 1300 Princess Royal Ave.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved, and are available in advance from Generations Church, the Buzz Coffee House, Christian Book and Music Centre and online at http://bit.ly/2gA0kCK.

For more information please go to http://generations.ca.

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