"The Living Christmas Tree" program is put on annually at Foothills Baptist Church. In addition to about 10 musical numbers, the program also presented a dramatic play about a widower struggling to find meaning years after the tragic death of his wife. Along with tens of thousands of lights, the Living Tree also supports more than 70 choir members who backup stage singers. Dec. 11, 2010 Brian Johnson/AFN

The choir in the seventh annual Living Christmas Tree at Foothills Baptist Church in Ahwatukee Foothills will be bigger and better than ever, according to the event organizer.

Craig Anderson, worship pastor at the church, said this year there will be less drama in the performance but more than 80 singers in the Living Christmas Tree, filling the 10-tiered riser and a full orchestra will accompany the choir.

The Living Christmas Tree performance is a tradition each year in December. The large riser is covered with a Christmas tree set full of lights synchronized to the music. This year performances will be Dec. 13-15, beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

The show will contain a mixture of Christmas music from traditional carols and religious pieces to some non-traditional country songs and even some urban rock. All of the music in the performance will center around Christ and Christmas. This year Anderson said he has drummed up the nativity scene that they’ve always included in the show but there will be less drama than in years prior. The main focus will be on the music.

“We do this every year to proclaim our faith and love for Jesus Christ and that he’s the reason people can live life and celebrate Christmas and what Christ has done for us,” Anderson said. “People from all over Phoenix can be invited to be a part of that.”

Anderson said the show will run just over an hour and will entertain all ages.

The event is open to the entire community, free of charge. Refreshments will be available after the show at Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St.

For more information, visit foothillsbaptist.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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