Disclaimer: I received free tickets to the Sea World Christmas event for review purposes. Regardless, all opinions are my own.
One of the shows at the Sea World Christmas event is called O’ Wondrous Night. This show is really good! What I loved most about this show was that they showed the real meaning of Christmas. I was chatting with the park president Terry Prather about my excitement about this particular show. He told me that Sea World is not ashamed to show the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Honestly, that alone makes me more of a Sea World fan.
Before the show there is a violinist who warms up the crowd by playing some familiar Christmas songs. She was very talented and was able to engage the crowd in singing along.
Then we got to see the show. The show opens up with just seeing the star. Then the singers surround the star as it lifts up. It is a very beautiful scene. After the star rises the entire choir comes out and starts singing the opening song. The way the nativity story is told is so cute. It is a puppet show and the donkey, dove, and sheep each tell the story of how they are responsible for the birth of Christ happening in the the manger. Actually they fight over who gets credit for Jesus being born in the stable. Between each scene a beautiful rendition of a different Christian Christmas song was sung. My favorites were Mary, Did you know? and Go tell it on the mountain.
First, the donkey tells everyone he is the reason Jesus was born in the manger because he helped them get there.
Second, the dove tells everyone she is the reason Jesus was born in the manger because she brought the barn keys to the inn keepers attention.
Third, the lamb tells everyone she is the reason Jesus was born in the manger because she kept Mary and the baby warm with her wool.
Finally, the camel comes in and tells everyone that no single person is responsible for the birth of Christ in the manger. He tells them that when you help others, you are keeping the Christmas spirit alive.
After the story there is a beautiful live nativity with goats, sheep, camels, donkeys, and doves. The doves are released out over the audience. It does get a little smelly near the end, but you have to remember you are in the “barn”.
It is a beautiful depiction of the Nativity story. I enjoyed it very much and almost expected a gospel presentation. I believe focusing on birth of Christ by a major amusement park is pretty brave. I think another thing that was nice was while there were elves and reindeer, I never saw a Santa. I may of just missed him though. Children can find Santa so many other places, it was nice to have a Santa free night.