- One ticket to see Christmas Celebration 2014
- When: Saturdays and Sundays, December 13–21
- Where: Evangel Cathedral
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $45 for general admission (up to $69.57 value)
- $52.50 for VIP seating (up to $80.12 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Christmas Celebration 2014
For the 24th year running, Evangel Cathedral dazzles the DC region with a Christmas pageant that blends music, dance, storytelling, and spectacle. Some of the country’s most soulful gospel singers lead the festivities and get the audience clapping, including pastor and hitmaker Marvin Sapp, known for such impassioned songs as “Never Would Have Made It” and “The Best in Me.” Sapp will joined by other gospel luminaries such as Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and Tamela Mann, as well as a cast of more than 200 that belts out traditional carols, devotionals, and original songs. Throughout the evening, the ensemble visits Christmases in Biblical times, the Victorian era, the present day, and the inevitable dystopian future ruled by evergreen overlords.
Animal performers—from camels and llamas to goats, horses, and dogs—also join the celebrities as they tell the story not only of Jesus’ birth, but his life and his sacrifice. Meanwhile, special effects and a laser light show further open up Evangel Cathedral across 10 set pieces. The entire spectacle has earned praise from audiences and critics alike, most notably the Washington Informer, who, in 2011, noted that the performance “left the audience teary-eyed” and “put everyone in the spirit of praise,” making it “one for the category of great Christmas musicals.”
Bishop Don Meares and his wife, Marion, deliver large-scale worship services and celebrity-studded events at Evangel Cathedral Multi-Media & Arts Center. In addition to prayer services, the stunning faith center hosts Bible study classes, mentorship opportunities, and even a spiritual hotline that parishioners can call in times of distress. Women's groups and youth groups foster an even greater sense of community among the congregation. The church also has many specialized facilities: a bookstore provides edifying materials, and a banquet hall called Camelot invites diners to try and pull a knife out of the mystical block of butter in the kitchen.