Glancing at the line wrapping around Freedom Hall, I shivered with the thought of standing outside for that long. The doors didn’t open until 5:00 p.m., but I could guess that people had been lining up since 3:00 p.m. for a good seat. If it had been any warmer on January 6th, you would have found me lining up to get front row seats at the largest Christian music concert in the world, Winter Jam.
After finding the end of the line, I was enlightened to discover that we would hopefully still be able to get seats near the stage. Thankfully, we only had to wait about 45 minutes in the cold for the doors to open. My brother and I played rock, paper, scissors to pass the time. When the doors opened, the line quickly shuffled forward. It wasn’t long after that we were safely, and warmly, inside.
The admission fee/ticket fee for Winter Jam is only $15 but sometimes you will see somebody come who can’t afford the price. Despite not having the full amount, Winter Jam will let them in anyways. The Jam team believes that anyone who wants to come worship with other believers should be allowed to come. After paying our admission, we all made a mad dash up the ramp to find seats close to the stage. Just to our luck, there was a whole empty row right next to the stage. They weren’t floor seats, but I enjoyed my experience better because I could see everything happening on stage.
During the first hour of Winter Jam is the Pre-Jam Party. This is where three up-and-coming artists/bands perform. The artists/bands this year were Westover, Mallory Hope, and Bremnes. All of them had really great songs, but my favorite artist was Hope. Her style was similar to some of my other favorite female singers.
After countless selfies and social media updates throughout the area, the lights dimmed. The crowd started cheering as the minute timer counted down; when it hit 10, the crowd started calling out the numbers. My heart started beating very fast from excitement. “Please welcome to the stage, Jordan Feliz,” said an overhead speaker. Hundreds of people in the crowd cheered and hollered. The lineup for Winter Jam this year started with Feliz, then NewSong, KB, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Skillet and special guests Nick Hall (speaker) and John Crist (comedian). Band after band performed. It was one of the best nights of my life. My favorite performances were definitely Jobe and when Crist came out to talk.
By the time Skillet came around, I had lost my voice and was getting a small headache. I walked around with a friend of mine and we bought ice-cream. It was a little pricey at $5, but the cone was bigger than my hand. We also stopped at all the booths and bought some merchandise. I bought a Kari Jobe pop-socket for $10 and a Building 429 poster for $5. Once the concert came to a close, I jumped in line to get pictures/autographs with John Crist and Building 429. The lines went very quickly; I was able to get autographs and pictures with both of them.
Overall, I would rate my experience at Winter Jam a 9/10. If you are looking for something to do, the tour will be coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse (IN) on February 10, to Ford Center (IN) on February 15, and to Rupp Arena (KY) on March 31.