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Live Nativity interactive stroll at Christ United Methodist Church

By Staff | Dec 11, 2019

The public is invited to join Christ United Methodist Church this weekend for its seventh annual Live Nativity.

Admission is free.

“It’s our donation to the community for the holidays,” Live Nativity Coordinator Charlene Golden said.

The interactive walk through the Town of Bethlehem will entice all ages at Christ United Methodist Church, 1430 Homestead Road. N. from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14. The event is handicap and stroller accessible.

Golden said they started in 2012 because she could not get enough people to help with Bible Study vacation. Everyone loved the Live Nativity, which has expanded into two nights over the years.

“The guys build the walls using pallets,” she said, so attendees learn about the Christmas story. “As you come through the front gate you have to register for the census. Then you get some coins and pay some taxes. Then you go through the rest of the village.”

Attendees have the opportunity to visit the shepard, the stable, the Holy family, the market place, where they will have the opportunity to play games and win stuffed animals and baskets. The attendees will also have an opportunity to enjoy a snack at the Inn and make a craft item.

Golden said this year they are doing something different with the animals, which will be a surprise.

There are at least 60 people involved, youths included, in the Live Nativity, all in costume.

“The whole family is involved. It is for the kids, the older, and young at heart as well,” she said. “We have been averaging about 200 a year.”

Last year the Live Nativity was done right alongside Homestead Road, which attracted a lot of first timers.

“It’s relaxed. You can stay as long as you want. We just have a great time,” she said.