Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will throw the switch to light the City Beautiful's official Christmas tree at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando on Friday, November 30.
Thousands of LED lights and hundreds of baubles and bows will adorn the 40-foot, all-natural Norwegian Spruce, which arrives at Lake Eola Park from Sugar Mountain Nursery in North Carolina this Friday at 9 a.m.
As part of the tree-lighting ceremony, colorful lights will surround Lake Eola, converting the City park into a magical holiday scene. There will also be a musical stage production featuring Trinity Downtown Evangelical Lutheran Church and School's annual Christmas show, The Gift. As part of the show, a choir of nearly 100 voices will perform familiar Christmas music arranged and conducted by Derric Johnson, Conductor Emeritus of the Disney Candlelight Procession.
During the music presentations, the audience will be asked to join the choir in singing Stille Nacht (Silent Night), featuring hand-held candles for all in the audience. The movie presentation of Elf follows the musical show immediately at the Disney Amphitheater.
Admission is free; however, donations for Project IDignity will also be collected at the event.
The Gifts'n'Goodies shopping village, including a special holiday appearance by The Food Truck Bazaar, opens the evening at 4 p.m. along Rosalind Avenue.
For more information about The GIFT stage celebration, go to www.TheGiftOrlando.com. For more information on Holiday Lights Orlando, please visit cityoforlando.net/holiday.