Same great program, another year.
That's what organizers are planning for the 1998 Swiss Village Lighting Festival this Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"We try to think of things to do different, but the show will pretty much be just like it was last year," said Eric Little of the Payson First Assembly of God.
The holiday magic begins with the church's singers in a 24-foot Christmas tree, belting out such favorites as "Joy To The World" and "Silent Night." While the music plays, the lights of the Swiss Village Shops will go on, illuminating the night.
Other highlights include scenes from the Nutcracker ballet complete with a giant toy train, Dickensian characters strolling through the parking lots, and a Nativity scene with a singing Mary and Joseph.
"The one thing that's different this year is that we'll have a stage this time," Little said. "Hopefully, people will be able to see us a little better."
Throughout the Swiss Village, merchants will hold special drawings.
Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck at about 6:45 p.m. and will take up residence at the Santa House, where he will hear children's Christmas wishes.
Folks who miss the Swiss Village lighting will have a second chance to see the singing tree when the Assembly of God players perform for the Town Hall lighting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.