Travelers seeking unique holiday fun should look no farther than Muskegon, Michigan, home to America’s tallest, singing Christmas tree! Every year, thousands of hours are spent planning and preparing for the event by local students, teachers and parents from Mona Shores High School. The end result: a living, breathing Christmas tree that stands five-stories tall and holds more than 200 singing students!
The Singing Christmas Tree is a sight to see!
Hour-long practices begin just after Labor Day as students prepare songs like, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” As the event draws nearer, the 67-foot steel tree is set up on the stage of the Muskegon Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts. Hundreds of volunteers place the 850 pieces of steel to build the tree frame, orchestrate and dress up the students, and decorate the tree with over 5,000 feet of garland and 25,000 twinkling lights!
The student at the top of the tree, known as “The Tree Angel,” is a high school senior nominated by the choir director. Most students can’t wait to move up the tree, as they start at the bottom as freshman and move closer to the top each year.
Now in its 31st year, the singing Christmas tree continues to grow in popularity. It was featured on TLC’s “Extreme Christmas Trees” in 2011 and in 2013 on the Travel Channel’s “Jingle Brawls.”
Over 5,000 people kick off their holiday season every year with a visit to the tree. This year will also feature a new look thanks to an updated structure and more LED lighting. The 2015 performances will be at 7 p.m. on December 3, 4 and 5 with an additional matinee performance at 3 p.m. on December 5. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Travel to Muskegon with SkyWest Airlines flights, operating as United Express, from Chicago O’Hare. Find the best fares at united.com.
A visit to the beautiful shores of Muskegon, Michigan is a great choice any time of the year. During the winter, extreme sports and unbeatable, snow-related fun abounds, while warmer months provide music festivals, water activities, and 26 miles of sandy beaches! No matter what the calendar says, an outdoor adventure awaits in this Western Michigan town!
The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex provides a place for exciting winter fun. Start by lacing up the skates for some time on the family skating rink, hockey rinks, or quarter-mile ice skating trail. More daring adventurists will love a trip down the luge. The Olympian-designed track allows participants to reach speeds of up to 30 mph! Afterward, spend some time cross country skiing on the longest-lit trail in the Midwest, race down the sledding hill, or snowshoe on one of three tracks, each designed for different experience levels.
Back in town, visitors can warm up while viewing a world-class collection of visual art at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Special exhibitions are also showcased throughout the year, including the Festival of Trees in the fall.
As the weather gets warmer, the outdoor fun only gets better. Flip upside down on a roller coaster or cool off in the water park at Michigan’s Adventure. The park is the largest amusement park and water park in Michigan with more than 60 rides and attractions. One of the most popular rides is Shivering Timbers, a long, fast, wooden roller coaster that reaches speeds of up to 65 mph.
The summer is also the perfect time to explore the three nearby state parks or to go boating, fishing or swimming on Lake Michigan. For a stunning bird’s eye view of the lake, tour a nearby historical lighthouse.
It’s easy to get to Muskegon with convenient SkyWest Airlines flights, operating as United Express, from Chicago O’Hare. Find the best fares and more travel info at united.com.