DENMARK - The McDuffie Student Services Center at Denmark Technical College was overflowing with Christmas spirit thanks to the hard work of the DTC Choir and Dr. Yvette McDaniel, choir director, at the annual Denmark Tech Family Holiday Concert on Nov. 28.

The choir was joined by area children displaying their musical abilities as they performed at the event. Every year, the choir, directed by McDaniel, sings traditional and contemporary holiday selections.

The choir started the show and was joined by second- and third-grade students in a rendition of "Silent Night," entertaining the crowd as only they could. Next up was the little ones through first grade singing "Away in A Manger. Finally, fourth- and fifth-grade students performed "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

Of course, where would a holiday be without the appearance of the jolly man in the red suit. As the children were singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Santa arrived. Taking his place on his chair by the fire, he patiently held every child and listened to their Christmas wishes as parents took pictures of their excited offspring. As they exited Santa’s lap, each child received a candy cane and a wrapped gift.

Denmark Tech Interim President Dr. Christopher Hall filled in as the emcee for the evening.

“It was wonderful seeing the children participate in the show, and what excitement when they saw Santa!" Hall said. "Dr. McDaniel spends a lot of her own time recruiting and rehearsing with local children to prep them for the Family Holiday Concert, along with her students in the choir. You can just see the love she has for this community, and the things she has done with our choir is just amazing.”

Every year the choir spends the day decorating the Chaplin Arena to transform it into a magical evening for the community. As evidenced by the joyful looks on the children's faces, the concert was a smashing success.