Frequently Asked Questions

How much is admission?

It’s 100% free. Seriously. There’s no charge for admission, or for the snacks, or fo the family photos, or for the children’s activities, or for the musical performances, or for anything else at the event. It really is free.

Can anyone attend?

Everyone is welcome! The event is free and it is our way of sharing with our community, friends, and neighbors during the holiday season.

When is the best time to attend?

Afternoons are best for viewing the nativity and artwork displays, since it’s less crowded. The evenings can get pretty crowded, but not so bad that it’s hard to get around.

If you’re primarily interested in the music at the event, many of the more popular musical performers and groups will be performing in the evenings.

Is there a dress code?

Even though the event is hosted at a church, you don’t need to wear your Sunday best. There’s no set dress code — we only ask that you dress “appropriately” as you would for any other family-friendly event.

May I take photos?

We ask that no photos or videos be taken inside the chapel, but photos in the gym (where the nativities are displayed) and everywhere else are welcome.

We also invite you to tag and upload your photos and videos on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, etc.) to help spread the word about the event.

Are there other Nativity events in the area?

Yes! Celebrate the Nativity is just one of the many Nativity events happening in the Puget Sound region this year as part of the Festival of the Nativities. We invite you to visit their website for more info.

What kind of musical performances will there be?

Music has always been a big part of this event. We have community choirs, individual soloists, duets, quartets, instrumental performances, and more. All of the musical numbers are focused on the Savior and Christmas.

Why do you host this event every year?

Celebrate The Nativity is a way for us to celebrate the birth of our Savior and to share that celebration as a service to the community — as well as reach out in a casual and friendly way. It’s also a way of reminding everyone that we are Christians and that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

How did this event start?

Over 10 years ago, some of our church members, who had participated in similar events from other parts of the country, suggested this event as a service and outreach opportunity to our community (previously, the event was called the Maple Valley Creche). Thirteen years later, we’re still going strong, and it’s consistently voted one of the “must see” holiday events in the Puget Sound region.

Can I get on a mailing list to be notified next year?

This is something we get asked every year. But instead of signing up for a mailing list, we invite you to “like ” our¬†Facebook page, and/or follow us on Twitter. Those are the easiest and most effective ways to be reminded about the event every year when the holidays roll around.

Didn’t see your question answered here? Please feel free to send us your question and we’ll do our best to answer it!