A local Christmas tradition that has been around for more than three decades is being replaced with something new this season.


Millbrook Baptist Church will not be doing its well-known “Living Christmas Tree” production this year but, instead, will present a fresh, original show titled, “A Night with the King.”


“People wanted to see something different,” said the Rev. Bill Howard III, minister of music and worship. “We were able to make that happen this year.”


Howard said they have a great selection of music for the show and he wrote the script. The cast and crew have labored over the production with love and excitement, ready to wow Aiken with something different.


“It’s been an incredible thing to watch it all unfold,” Howard said. “We’re real pumped about it, real excited about it. The church is real into it.”


The theatrical biblical presentation will also include a large screen in which the audience will “see the life ministry of Jesus Christ,” Howard said.


More than 100 people are in the cast and choir. Members of the church made new costumes for those participating in the production.


“Through this presentation, we really want to make it a gift to the community more so than we have in the past,” Howard said. “We really want the public to come out, experience it and enjoy.”


The event is free but obtaining tickets (at no charge) is encouraged to make sure they have enough seating. Howard said anyone who forgets to get a ticket will still be admitted.


Tickets can be found at the church office or online www.itickets.com/events/296174.html.


The event will be held at Millbrook Baptist Church located at 223 South Aiken Blvd. S.E. in Aiken on Dec. 8 at 4 and 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.


On Dec. 9, the church will also hold Kid Blitz Live from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with an comedy group entertaining the children and a youth concert at The Rock at 6 p.m. with Bellarive playing. Those two events are free, as well.