Posted by: faithtravelfocus | October 4, 2010

Wrap Your “Merry Christmas” Shows Now

“Merry Christmas” may not be the PC greeting everywhere these days, but full-throated wishes for the season and uplifting live family entertainment options across the land can help you continue the good ole traditions. 

The good Yule news is: they’re still saying “Merry Christmas” in cities like Branson, Lancaster, Orange County, and New York City! Most live shows combine secular symbols (like Santa) and fun with faith messages packaged with contemporary style and technologies. 

First Christmas at Radio City in NYC

Now is not too early to do your planning and ticket buying! As you plan – perhaps to travel a distance to catch your shows – don’t fail to check out what other faith experiences might stand at your destination. You can find ideas some in our earlier posts. 

Radio City Christmas Spectacular ( The 78-year tradition continues in New York’s Radio Music Hall, starring The Rockettes in legendary precision numbers like the Parade of Wooden Soldiers and a First Christmas Nativity finale with live animals (where DO they put those camels in the middle of Manhattan?). New York performances run from November 5-December 30. The 25-city national coast-to-coast tour kicks off in Madison, WI November 10 and concludes in Portland, OR December 26th

Sight & Sound Theatres ( Often called “Christian Broadway,” Sight & Sound Theatres in Lancaster County, PA and Branson, MO bring Bible stories to life in dazzling and inspiring shows. 

Miracle of Christmas in Lancaster’s 2,000-seat Millennium Theatre November 20-December 30 features characters and live animals and the Bible’s Christmas story. Voices of Christmas October 30-December 30 in the Living Waters Theatre ncourages the audience to get involved with the music and motion, as the presentations move through Christmas carols, dances, animals and Bible stories. 

In Branson, Miracle of Christmas plays October 30-December 31 in the Sight & Sound Theatre where a 30-foot Christmas tree and Nativity scenes fill the hall. 

Crystal Cathedral ( Southern California’s famous church on a 40-acre campus has a standing tradition of presenting its Glory of Christmas pageant with carols, live animals, flying angels and the Nativity. London Symphony Orchestra recorded music provides backdrop for live performances by adult and child soloists. The cathedral’s world-renowned pipe organ fills the all-glass structure with sounds that inspire. Show dates this year are November 26-January 2. 

Washington, DC ( The nation’s Capital City celebrates the season all over town, and the centerpiece  is the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace display behind The White House. The Pageant of Peace stage features a Nativity scene and live, free performances by choirs and dancers throughout the second half of December. At the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a lineup of seasonal religious and secular performances include the traditional Messiah sing-along, Handel’s Messiah by the National Symphony Orchestra, and Christmas music by the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

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