If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to infuse some true Christmas spirit into the holiday whirlwind, there’s nothing like a Nativity event to do the trick. Outdoor scenes and indoor events take you through the Christmas story and that first night in Bethlehem. Here’s a round-up of churches hosting nativity events in the Des Moines area.
Valley United Methodist Church will host their 14th annual “No Room at the Inn” event. Kick off your Christmas season with an inspiring display of 400+ nativities in a beautiful candlelight setting. There will be a Children’s area and activities and free refreshments.
Where: Valley United Methodist Church; 4201 Ashworth Road; West Des Moines
When: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: FREE admission. Donations will be accepted to support Habitat for Humanity.
Come as a family to experience the sights and sounds of the night Jesus was born! Each session allows for families to feed and pet the animals, visit the shops in Bethlehem, and watch a mini drama of the nativity story. An adult must be present with children.
Where: Meredith Drive Reformed Church; 5128 Meredith Drive; Des Moines
When: Sunday, December 3, 2017; choose from one of three sessions at 1:00, 2:30 or 4:00 pm
The West Des Moines Christian Church will be celebrating the Christmas season with their 53rd annual live nativity and Christmas Children’s Musical. The entire family will enjoy this living nativity featuring costumed actors and live animals.
Where: 4501 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265
When: Saturday, December 9 – Live Nativity is 5:30 to 7:30 pm; the Children’s Musical is at 7:00 pm
The Live Nativity is also held on December 8 and 10, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
If you are looking for a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the birth of Jesus, this event is for you! ‘Back to Bethlehem’ is where you can visit the town of Bethlehem, along with a special visit to the stable the morning after Jesus’ birth. Many hands-on activities, live stable animals, and Bible time characters will make your morning visit come alive, in what will become a family Christmas tradition.
Where: Urban Heights Covenant Church; 7605 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322
When: Saturday, December 9, 2016 at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Usher in the Christmas season by visiting Fellowship Community Church in Norwalk. Their property will be covered in 60,000+ LED lights that are synchronized to Christmas music. They’ll also have a live nativity with real animals. The best part is you can enjoy everything from the warmth of your vehicle…AND free cookies & hot chocolate will be brought to you!
Where: Fellowship Community Church, 225 North Avenue, Norwalk, IA
When: Saturday & Sunday December 9 & 10, 2017 at 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Cost: FREE. Donations will be accepted and will be used to assist local needy families.
Bring your family along for this tour through Bethlehem as you visit the tax collector, hear the message with the shepherds, join Mary and Joseph on their journey, watch the three wisemen visit King Herod’s Palace, and take the trek to a live nativity. Then spend time making crafts, having snacks, and exploring the marketplace.
Where: Grimes United Methodist Church; 801 W 1st Street A; Grimes, IA 50111
When: Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Does your family have a Nativity tradition in Des Moines? Give it a shout out in the Comments below!