Crossroads to stop popular Christmas show ‘Awaited' after this year

Posted at 4:38 PM, Oct 29, 2017

CINCINNATI -- A Christmas tradition for hundreds of thousands of Tri-Staters will soon be no more.

Crossroads church announced Sunday this will be the last year for their popular Christmas show, “Awaited.”

The show has run for over 10 years in Cincinnati. Last year, 110,000 people flocked to the Oakley and Mason locations to experience a unique rendition of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Church leaders said they’re cancelling the show because it uses a substantial amount of resources, and it can only be seen at two Cincinnati locations.

Senior Pastor Brian Tome said over $1.5 million will be spent on this year’s show alone.

“We need to put our limited resources toward a different Christmas experience that everyone who is part of Crossroads can participate in,” Crossroads said in a statement. “We want to put new energy into figuring out the right thing that reaches beyond just one city.”

Tome said the church will focus on producing a Christmas show that will reach more people.

“We recognize that there is something more potent that we want to create -- and we’re in the process of creating -- that’s going to be a benefit and blessing to people in our entire community of Crossroads and in the entire nation,” Tome said.