One of the most special and unique experiences your family can have during the Christmas season is to visit a live nativity event. When I grew up in Duluth we would go to one in our neighborhood and it was always a popular and fun event. It’s exciting for kids to see the Christmas story played out with costumed characters and live animals.
There are several live nativity events at churches in the Twin Cities this weekend, December 19th – 21st, and all of them include an opportunity to come inside, warm up with refreshments and even enjoy some more family activities! Plus they’re all FREE! (though donations may be accepted)
Knollwood Christian Church
3639 Quebec Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN
Friday, December 19th &
Saturday, December 20th
6:00 – 8:00pm
Come experience the events surrounding that very first Christmas. For many years now, many families and individuals make visiting our Live Nativity a Christmas tradition. You’ll see many live animals and members of the church dressed up in costumes portraying the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. And afterwards you’re invited to come inside and enjoy some delicious treats. It all takes place on the lawn of the church on December 19th & 20th from 6-8pm. The event is free but we accept all donations to our local food shelf.
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
1965 East County Road E
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Saturday, December 20th
4:30 – 7:30pm
For the 22nd year, St. Stephen Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake is hosting a living nativity event. It’s family friendly, fun, and interactive and includes live animals. There is also an open house in the church with live music, refreshments, a kids area, and more!
Messiah United Methodist Church
17805 County Road 6
Plymouth, MN 55447
Sunday, December 21st
Messiah’s fourth annual Live Nativity Family Event has grown to become both an interactive and fun way for all to experience the true meaning of advent. The Live Nativity invites you to journey through the little town of Bethlehem, which hosts a full cast of characters from the beloved Bible story of Jesus’ birth including Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus, the three wise men, shepherds, kings, angels and others that were present that Christmas night. A collection of live animals will also be present for families to view including one of the wise men’s camels, sheep, donkeys and other animals from the stables.
After experiencing the Living Nativity, move indoors and warm up with seasonal refreshments including soup and holiday cookies. Have your photo taken with costumed Christmas Carolers, visit a life-size Gingerbread House, and see a twinkly Gingerbread Village! Then all are welcome into the Sanctuary at 7 p.m. for a special pre-Christmas candle-light worship service highlighting the Christmas story through carols and candles.