Belle Glade Sun

Rehearsals for final Living Christmas Tree

BELLE GLADE — It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center and the Glades Campus of Palm Beach State College presented the very first Living Christmas Tree. Back then, the set was very basic … a rugged tree structure that held only a few choir members with some risers on the stage for the rest of the choir.

Over the years, that tree evolved into a beautiful engineer-designed structure that held the entire choir and then into a charming village set. This year, the beautiful large tree will return for this 30th and final production, and many audience favorites from the past 30 years will fill the program in “30 Years of Favorites.”

Special to The Sun/DHCAC
The 2017 Living Christmas Tree choir.

To celebrate this special performance, the Dolly Hand plans to have a Dolly Hand Singers reunion! If you or someone you know have ever sung in the Tree, please join the choir, as they start rehearsals on Monday, Oct. 1, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The rehearsals will continue every Monday up until the public performance on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.

The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is located on the Belle Glade Campus of Palm Beach State College at 1977 College Drive. For more information, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit