Camels, a TV advert icon and a daring escape artist will be bringing festive cheer to a yuletide extravaganza set to be held in Perth on Christmas week.
Christmas Box 2021 is set to dazzle audiences at Perth Concert Hall on December 22 and will kick off with a live nativity play in the quadrant outside the building at 6pm, featuring live animals.
The show will then move inside the concert hall at 6.30pm, where all attendees will receive a gold Christmas box including the items they need to enjoy the event.
The evening will feature, among others, performances from singer Wynne Evans – of Go Compare fame – Scottish music group Celtic Worship and Li Lau, who wowed audiences with his nail-biting escape artist routines on Britain’s Got Talent 2020.
There will also be guest appearances from people who “have remarkable stories of hope and freedom”.
Last year COVID-19 made it impossible for people to meet up in person, so church groups organised the Christmas Box 2020 event for people to enjoy from the safety of their own homes.
Despite this year seeing the return of live performances, the indoor gig will still be live-streamed on YouTube for free viewing.
Well-known businessman Sir Brian Souter, a member of the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Perth, is one of the lead organisers of Christmas Box 2021.
He said: “We took our initiative last year and did an online Christmas show and it was a big success.
“We got 26 churches taking part and hope to have around the same this year.
“Then we were thinking we should do something for 2021 – and decided to do something really ambitious.
“We are going to start off with a live nativity play which is going to be performed in the quadrant outside the hall from 6pm and anybody can just come along and attend that.
“We have got real camels coming along – so it will be quite an event!
“The show itself starts in the concert hall at 6.30pm and this year everyone that comes will get a Christmas box.
“Items will be related to this year’s themes of light, hope and freedom.
“This is a unique concert that we have never really done before.
“It is very exciting and we are confident we can fill the 1,200 seats in the concert hall.”
Tickets are on sale now and cost £3 per adult, £1 per child (under 3s can attend for free) with all the funds raised going towards the Bethany Homeless Project.
Attendance at the live nativity play outdoors will be free for all ages.
Tickets are available from www.horsecross.co.uk or the Perth Theatre box office.