Carols ahead atop giant Christmas tree

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A 60-person choir will stand atop a large Christmas tree to sing holiday tunes, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, on the grounds of Pioneer Museum.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The program will include a children’s choir from Fredericksburg Music Academy.

Members of the Nimitz Rotary Club will offer food and beverages by donation for both evenings, including Frito pies, chili dogs, wassail and water.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved into the Gillespie County Historical Society sanctuary, located at 312 West San Antonio Street.

The event is free but donations will be accepted. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Both the main entrance on Main Street and the side gate on Milam Street will be open.

The 30-foot-tall lighted Christmas tree will be the setting for the volunteer community chorus to present a family concert co-sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society and Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and made possible by a grant from the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance.

The tree is a giant metal structure in the shape of a Christmas tree. Greenery and lights are added to make the effect complete. The tree is assembled before the concert, and taken down after the Christmas holidays.

The singers will stand on the tree at different heights for the one-hour concert featuring traditional music, German carols and sing-alongs.

“In German, the project is called Der Singende Weihnachtsbaum.

To help fund the attraction, several local residents have made donations for underwriting.

Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street.

For more information, contact Jim Wilhite at jim.wilhite.twc.com or visit http://www.pioneermuseum.net/singing-christmas-tree.html.