A Faith-Based Way to Celebrate the Christmas Season: Live Nativity Displays in Champaign-Urbana
Celebrate the Christmas season by experiencing the Biblical story of Jesus’ birth firsthand.
Many Champaign-Urbana area churches will invite local families to bring their children to see a depiction of how the Bible describes the birth of Jesus through the use of live actors and animals.
Live nativity displays allow those who celebrate in Champaign-Urbana to share their faith with the community. When you visit a live nativity, you can expect to see individuals acting out different roles from the story of Jesus’ birth and typically there will be live animals there at the “manger” too. Many churches will welcome visitors in for hot chocolate, cookies, etc. to warm up during the event too.
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C-U churches produce several displays, and you can check the links below for more information, including locations, timing and details.
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Champaign-Urbana Area Live Nativity Events:
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lutheran Church of Mahomet
410 Andover Drive
The Lutheran Church of Mahomet will hold their Live Nativity this year on December 1, from 4:00-7:00 pm. Along with the outdoor live nativity will be fellowship activities inside the church including a dinner in the fellowship hall and live music.
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
701 E. Florida Ave.
This live nativity is held in front of the church at the corner of Florida and Anderson in Urbana. Join in celebrating Jesus' birth!
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
2101 S. Prospect
A community tradition in Champaign is the Nativity Walk at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. On the corner of Devonshire & Prospect Avenues you will see a live reminder of the true meaning of Christmas with their Live Nativity scene. In years' past, there have been live animals, including a camel and real people portraying Mary and Joseph. Afterwards, visit Fellowship Hall for free refreshments of coffee, hot cocoa, cider, cookies, and other desserts. You can also use this as a photo opportunity for your Christmas cards by taking a picture with one of their live nativity characters or inside their…read more…
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