November 9, 2010: Belhaven University will present the 78th annual Singing Christmas Tree on December 3 & 4. Since 1933, Belhaven students have been donning robes and forming the shape of a tree to sing carols and celebrate the advent of Christmas. This is North America’s oldest outdoor annual concert of its kind.

The tradition that attracts thousands each year was highlighted in the December 2008 issue of Southern Living magazine. It has been named one of the “Top 20 Events” for December 2010 by the Southeast Tourism Society.

For over 75 years, Belhaven has presented the Tree as a gift to the community. “Generations of families have made the Singing Christmas Tree part of their holiday,” says Mrs. Carolyn Sachs, director of the Tree. “Thousands of students have sung on the Tree, and past soloists of O Holy Night return to hear the new soloists. Although the songs change and the faces change, the Singing Christmas Tree always remains a celebration of the love of God coming down to earth as man.”

This is a family-friendly event, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. The event is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night (December 3-4) in the Belhaven Soccer Bowl. Admission is free. Call 601-974-6494 for more information.