What’s going on at this year’s Celebrate the Nativity event? Much more than just a large collection of Nativity sets! There are plenty of other activities to enjoy at this free annual event.
Nativity Sets on Display
Of course, what this event is known for is our massive display of over 600 unique Nativity sets from around the world, collected over decades by families in the area, and loaned to us by those families for this exhibit. If you’re never seen it before, then you won’t want to miss this year. And if you have seen it before, every near brings new additions — so be sure to come back and see what you missed!
In the center of our Nativity display is the Live Nativity, where proud parents from the community (and their newborns!) to take their turns portraying Mary, Joseph, and the newborn Jesus. It’s cute, of course… but it’s also a poignant reminder of the real “reason for the season.”
Live Musical Performances
Music has always been a big part of this event. This year, our performances will feature choirs from the community, individual soloists, duets, quartets, instrumental performances, and more. Click here for a schedule of who’s performing when.
We’ve expanded our artwork displays for this year’s event, featuring a wide and diverse collection of art reflecting events from the life of Jesus, including many original pieces from local artists.
Family Nativity Photos
Bring the whole family and get dressed up (costumes are provided) as Mary, Joseph, and shepherds around the manger. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own newborn handy — we’ll let you borrow a doll.
Free Children’s Activities
Always a favorite, we’ll have a number of crafts and kids activities for young ones (and those young at heart) to enjoy.
This is a great way to help keep kids’ attention focused on the nativity displays (while keeping their hands busy and not on the displays), but older kids and adults are also welcome to join in the hunt. We have varying degrees of difficulty from child to adult. Can you find them all this year?