December is right around the corner and there are lots of concerts, musicals and fellowship happening during the yuletide season. Here is a list of activities in the D.C. area and beyond that celebrate the joys of Christmas. The list is based on information made available to this column as of today, Thursday, Nov. 29.
“Welcome the Holidays.” Gavin Davis and Renee Ruth. The Drowsey Poet, 3700 Candlers Mountain Road, Lynchburg, VA. Time: 8 p.m. For admission costs, call (434) 845-8800. The Drowsey Poet, 3700 Candlers Mountain Road, Lynchburg, Va.
“Imagine! A Live Christmas Tree” Guest artist Vickie Yohe. Singers, musicians, actors and dancers from all over the Washington Metropolitan area and beyond will share music and more celebrating Christ’s birth. All performances will be ASL interpreted. Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C., Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:30 p.m and 7:45 p.m. and Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Donations are $15. Contact the Church at 202-581-1500 or visit email@example.com.
“Christmas Celebration 2012.” The production features Mary Mary, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Marvin Sapp, Wess Morgan, KiKi Sheard and Tye Tribbett. The production will have 12 weekend performances. Dates and Times: Saturdays: December 1, 8 & 15 @ 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays: December 2, 9 & 16 @5 p.m. For ticket information, call 301-249-4252 and visit www.evangelchristmascelebration.com. Evangel Multi-Media & Arts Center, 13901 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20774
“A Christmas Celebration with Sandi Patty and Jason Crabb. The award-winning artists bring their holiday tour to Newport News, Va. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $47 / $37 / $32 / $27. Call (757) 594-7448 or visit www.fergusoncenter.cnu.edu. Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, Virginia 23606
“Soulful Sessions: A Winter Concert Series.” Robert E. Person and a few of his musical friends, artists and groups will share in concert each Wednesday in December. The concert series is sponsored by Theater Alliance and REP Music. Artist include Jimmy Russell and BOC, Phillip Carter and SOV, Lori Williams, Kendall King, Rob Mercer and more. Time 7:30 p.m. Admission $20. Call (202) 396-2125 or visit www.hstreetplayhouse.com. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
“Holiday Family Fun and Fish Fry.” Join Pastor Jerome Bell and First Lady Tonita Bell along with the MFCC Celebration Choir, Christian comedian E Boogie, and The Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band for a night of fun, fellowship and a fish fry. Admission is free. Time: 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Maryland Family Christian Center, 7813 Parston Drive, Forestville, Md. 20747
“Christmas Gospel Explosion. Special guest, comedian E-Boogie. Praise and worship by Angela Prince, Darius Wheeler and Tonae Burgess. Time: 4 p.m. Admission $10. For tickets, call 240-498-1470St. Stephens Baptist Church 5757, Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills, Md. 20748
“The Devereux United Methodist Church presents “The Annual Christmas Concert 2012.” Features the Devereaux Community Choir and Thomas Sligh and Family. Special guests are D.C.’s own Jimmy Russell and BOC and Theresa Pinkney. Time: 3 p.m. Donation $10. Call 215-221-5050 or Mrs. Kathleen Sligh at 215-228-1038. Devereux United Methodist Church, 2527 W Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19132
“A Very Special Christmas” Michael W. Smith with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Celebrate the holidays with 95.1 SHINE-FM at the Chick-fil-A Family Christmas Concert. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $33.50- $85. Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
Dec. 14 -15
“Christmas Gift! A Celebration of African-American Holiday Traditions through Music and Spoken Word.” Nolan Williams, Jr. and the Voices of Inspirations present new and time-honored Christmas music, from African-American spirituals and gospel to jazz and R&B. Features performances by R&B legend Shirley Murdock singer/songwriter John Stoddart. Dates and Times: Dec. 14 and 15 @ 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$35. For detailed ticket information, call 301-405-2787or visit www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/events. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland Stadium Drive, College Park, Md. 20742
“The 12 Gifts of Christmas.” Grammy award winners Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story are joined by Patsy Clairmont, Luci Swindoll, Marilyn Meberg and Mary Beth Chapman along with comedienne Anita Renfroe to present an event that brings the wonder of Christmas to life. The evening is hosted by Lisa Whelchel of TV’s Survivor: Philippines and The Facts of Life. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, Md. 21201
“A Christmas Worship Experience with Javon Inman & Friends.” Features Darnell Moore, CD Porter and Pastor Thomas Cunningham. Praise 104.1’s Sheila Stewart will serve as emcee. Time: 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited so reserve tickets at www.christmasworshipexperience.eventbrite.com/ True Believers Ministries Church, 110 West Hampton Ave., Capitol Heights, Md. 20743
“The Uncut Coming of Christ.” The play, written and directed by Joshua Jenkins and co-directed by Anthony Brown (Anthony Brown & group TherAPy) puts a modern-day spin on the story of Christ’s birth. It highlights the love and respect that Mary and Joseph had for one another while depicting the power of the Holy Spirit. Full of original scores, this year’s performance features Pastor Kim Burrell, Isaac Carree and Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper. Dates and Times Saturday, Dec. 15 @ noon and 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 16 @ 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Complimentary tickets are needed for the Saturday shows only. Doors open one hour before show time and one hour before each show there will be an interactive “Welcome to Bethlehem” experience in the great halls, where the sights and sounds will take you back in time! For more information, call 301-773-3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. First Baptist Church of Glenarden, 600 Watkins Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20774
“Jesus: Yesterday, Today and Forevermore.” Queens Chapel United Methodist Church Music and Arts Ministry Presents Its Annual Cantata featuring guest soloists Tynette Daniels, Robert E. Person and Dr. Darlene Ifill-Taylor. Time: 5 p.m. Admission is free, and a freewill offering will be taken. Queens Chapel United Methodist Church, 7410 Old Muirkirk Road, Beltsville, Md. 20705