The Singing Christmas Tree

Photo by Hume Photography2

2016 marks the thirty-second anniversary of the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree. The response each year
from the larger West Michigan community continues to be overwhelming.

The tree holds 240 of the 275 singers that are in the Mona Shores High School Choir (the remainder sing
from a position below the Tree). The choir is joined by our 50 member Mona Shores High School Orchestra.

Over 5,000 audience members enjoy the Tree every year. Many say “It’s the way we kick off our holiday
season!” One of the most special moments in the production starts before the students are even in the Tree.
Imagine being surrounded by 275 singers, singing acappella, in a candlelight processional in the historic and
wonderfully acoustic Frauenthal Center.

A special dress rehearsal is held on the Wednesday before the production opens to the public. Members of the community with special needs, including groups who might not otherwise be able to afford the production, are given tickets to attend the dress rehearsal at no cost. Meijer sponsors this special Community Night event every year.

The person at the top of the Tree is known as “The Tree Angel” and is always a high school senior, selected
by the director. This student is always one who accurately represents the hard working choir students, and exemplifies the spirit of the Mona Shores Choir.

The tree is 67 feet in height from the base of the decorations to the top of the star. The tree is put up by parent
volunteers from the choir association. Over 850 pieces of unistrut steel form the superstructure which
is manually assembled by volunteer crews who begin to build the giant “erector set” on Sunday morning of
“Tree Week.”

Over 1,500 linear feet of electrical wiring runs throughout the tree to more than 25,000 colored lights, and
over 5,000 linear feet of special greenery imported from Germany is “fluffed” and put on the tree prior to the
decorations.

More than 200 volunteers started working on this year’s production in early October. And many worked
around the clock from Sunday morning through Monday evening to prepare for technical rehearsals and get
the tree presentable for its annual performance.

The first Singing Christmas Tree ever created happened 50 years ago in Southern California. It was 16 feet
high and held 25 singers. Many communities across the world have Singing Christmas Trees, but none are as
tall as this one.

The Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree is presented in the beautiful and historic Frauenthal Center for the
Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. For Ticket Information, click here.