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Recap: The 43rd Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree!

December 29, 2012
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At the 43rd annual Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree!
At the 43rd annual Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree!

At the 43rd annual Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree!

Earlier this month I was invited to attend the 43rd annual Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree show! My blogging & being on social media really does have its perks – and this invitation was one of them. Each year for a very long time, I’ve wanted to attend this show but for whatever reason, never got around to it. I’m so pleased that I finally did go (with my friend Brandi) because now this show is going to be an annual Christmas tradition in my household for sure!!

Dancing Santas at Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree!

Dancing Santas at Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree!

I LOVE Christmas. I love Christmas songs and Christmas carols. So it makes a lot of sense that I LOVED the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Wow! How talented are Edmontonians? Great, amazing singers. Great orchestra and John Cameron, the director of the show, proved he had multiple talents from booming into the mic with his powerful voice to playing perfectly on the piano. It was just great production value all around – literally, there were a number of cameras going at different angles that were being faded and cut to on the big screens. (That’s the nerdy, video editor in me talking). And great, inspirational stories. I was almost brought to tears when Kristen Fersovitch’s story was told. Kristen was diagnosed with terminal cancer and had been part of the show before – but wasn’t last year because of her health. When she took to the stage this year and sang A Silent Night Story, I got goosebumps. They had Mark Marsi come in from Toronto to perform a number of pieces, including his own ‘Christmas Is.’ His voice is incredible. They also had a local band called 6 Minute Warning who were introduced to the audience through an acapella performance of their own original song ‘Light up the Night’ that blew me away! (My thought was really, do they do weddings???)

This year’s theme was ‘The Perfect Gift’ – and the show really is just that. Other favourites included All I want for Christmas, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Jingle Bells medley, Winter Wonderland medley, and Mary Did you Know (I loved this so much!!!!!)

Placing an ornament on a tree at the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree!

Placing an ornament on a tree at the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree!

And one of the best parts of the show is knowing that you’re helping support less fortunate Edmontonians. Net profits from the Singing Christmas Tree go towards Edmonton charities each year. This year profits benefited Santas Anonymous and the Edmonton Food Bank. Such good causes.

Overall, boy did I ever enjoy the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree!! The “tree” is stunning. The performances were great. I was just so impressed and was certainly feeling the Christmas spirit. This year the shows were in early December, which really does mean if you attend – it’s like it kicks off the entire holiday season for you. At least, it did for me!

I’d like to thank Pamella Heikel for extending the Singing Christmas Tree invitation to me. I’ve been bitten by the bug and as I said earlier, this show will now be a part of my annual Christmas tradition! I’m looking forward to going again next year – this time with Mike, and then in future years, with our family!! So fun! So festive!

Have you been to the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree? What did you think?!

Linda

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