‘America’s Tallest’ Singing Christmas Tree Coming Soon to Frauenthal Historic Center in Muskegon

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI — The singing “America’s Tallest” Christmas tree is set to return to the stage this month, kicking off the holiday season in Muskegon.

Thousands descend on downtown annually for the beloved Christmas parade.

In its 37th year, the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree will be on display for four days starting Wednesday 30 November inside the Frauenthal Historic Centre.

The time-honored annual event, directed by Mona Shores’ Sean Lawton, draws spectators from all over the state and country.

“It’s just something that once you’re in, you tend to come back after that,” Lawton told MLive/The Muskegon Chronicle. “I’m excited to be back out there and making people’s vacations go off strong.”

The hand-built metal structure on the Frauenthal Center stage has the title of “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree,” standing at 67 feet tall.

More than 160 singers from the Mona Shores High School Choir will perform this year, stationed throughout the tree structure and along its base. More than 50 members of the Mona Shores High School Orchestra will accompany the choir this year.

Together, high school students will perform many beloved Christmas carols such as O Come All Ye Faithful and Jingle Bells and, in keeping with tradition, a candlelight acapella procession, Siyahamba.

Every year, the tree angel comes close to touching the ceiling at the top of the 67-foot-tall tree. This year’s Angel Tree is a senior Ella Cole.

It is estimated that more than 3,000 singers have participated in The Tree since its inception in 1985, according to a region press release.

Lawton, who has taught at Mona Shores for the past 30 years, has been there to see several generations of families perform at the annual holiday event.

He said, “I see children on my show who have been taught by their parents or siblings, and there is a lot of anticipation because so many children have grown up with him.” “So sometimes their grandparents were in.”

More than 6,000 audience members buy tickets to see the performance each year, and more than 10,000 viewers tuned in to watch a live broadcast of last year’s event.

“I don’t know of any high school choir that has literally thousands of people paying for a ticket to a high school recital,” Lawton said. “This is something that people love, and it’s beautiful. The setting is in the Frauenthal Centre, and the 25,000 lights are all programmed to music, it’s just such an eclectic mix of music.”

The Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree will perform five shows at the Frauenthal Center, at 425 West Western Ave. Tickets cost $15 or $18 and can be purchased here or at the Frauenthal Center Box Office. Here is a list of show times and dates:

  • Wednesday, November 30, at 7 p.m
  • Thursday, December 1, at 7 p.m
  • Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m
  • Saturday, December 3 at 3pm and 7pm

A special rehearsal show will take place at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 29, before the production opens to the public. The school district invites community members with special needs, seniors, veterans, and others who may not be able to afford productions to attend without cost.

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