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More than 8,000 guests are expected to rock in 2016 at the 14th annual Winterfest, Liberty University’s two-day, end-of-the-year extravaganza, set for Dec. 30-31 in the Vines Center. Christian music lovers of all ages will enjoy performances by NEEDTOBREATHE, Casting Crowns, for King & Country, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Matthew West at the largest Christian New Year’s party on the East Coast. Spiritually engaging speakers and entertainers will also take the stage.

While on campus, visitors seeking more adventure can try indoor rock climbing at the LaHaye Student Union, year-round skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, and ice skating in the newly renovated LaHaye Ice Center.


  • Dec. 30: NEEDTOBREATHE, who played at Liberty’s Block Party last year, will delight fans with its distinctive brand of passionate folk rock, along with performances from Matthew West, Rend Collective, and Colton Dixon. Comedian John Crist will elicit laughter before Liberty Senior Vice President for Spiritual Development David Nasser stirs hearts with a Gospel message.
  • Dec. 31: Burlap to Cashmere and Thousand Foot Krutch will open the New Year’s Eve lineup that includes an appearance by Christian illusionist Jim Munroe and a message from popular author and evangelist Clayton King. Casting Crowns and for King & Country will set the stage for the countdown to 2016, which will conclude with a shower of balloons.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and won’t close until after midnight both nights.

Artist Q & A sessions will be held in the LaHaye Event Space from 2:30-4 p.m. both days, giving fans the opportunity to interact with their favorite performers.


To purchase all-events or concert-only tickets, including an optional meal plan for Liberty’s nationally acclaimed dining hall, visit