Holy City of the Wichitas Easter Passion Play

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Holy City of the Wichitas Easter Passion Play Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Lawton, OK 73502

Phone: 580-429-3361
Fax: 580-429-3361
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The annual Holy City of the Wichitas Easter Passion Play is a narrated dramatization of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This Easter passion play is the longest running of its kind in the United States.  Created in 1926, this passion play drama is held outdoors in the Holy City of the Wichitas near Lawton with the stunning Wichita Mountains serving as a backdrop.  Come to the Holy City of the Wichitas Easter Passion Play to witness the story of Jesus Christ portrayed in pantomime while readers broadcast the script on FM radio to crowds of visitors.  

The annual Holy City of the Wichitas Easter Passion Play is a narrated dramatization of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This Easter passion play is the longest running of its kind in the United States.  Created in 1926, this passion play drama is held outdoors in the Holy City of the Wichitas near Lawton with the stunning Wichita Mountains serving as a backdrop.  Come to the Holy City of the Wichitas Easter Passion Play to witness the story of Jesus Christ portrayed in pantomime while readers broadcast the script on FM radio to crowds of visitors.  

After its first year, the passion play expanded its cast, and the audience grew as well.  By 1931, the Easter passion play included 150 cast members and by 1934, the Holy City of the Wichitas welcomed over 40,000 visitors.  Located within southwest Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the Holy City sits on 66 acres that resembles Israel during biblical times.  The first buildings erected at the Holy City of the Wichitas, which include replicas of the walls to Jerusalem, Calvary's Mount, the Temple Court, rock shrines and more, were completed by the Federal Works Progress Administration.

In 1936, the Lord's Supper building and Herod's Court, as well as buildings including biblical murals and paintings, were created.  Attendance to the annual Easter passion play reached its peak in 1939 as 225,000 visitors filled the hall for the Easter performance.

Two performances will be held this year.  The first performance will be held on Palm Sunday Eve; Saturday, March 28, while the second performance will be held on Easter Sunday Eve; Saturday, April 4.  The passion play will begin at dusk at approximately 8:30pm and the pageant will last around three hours.  Come to the Holy City of the Wichitas Easter Passion Play to join thousands of visitors from across Oklahoma and the nation as a cast of thousands perform this much-anticipated passion play in a replica of the Holy Land.

In addition, the Holy City of the Wichitas includes a memorial for the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, a Veterans Walkway and the World Chapel.  A small museum located on-site offers visitors a glance at artifacts from early plays.  Attendance to the passion play is free; however, donations are appreciated.

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  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Accommodates Tour Groups

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): I-44

  • Projected Attendance: 5,000

Located approximately 22 miles NW of Lawton, or 10 miles W of I-44.

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