The annual Living Nativity will again be at Community of Hope.

IF YOU GO
What
: Nativity Celebration
When: Dec. 14, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 45235 W. Honeycutt Ave.
How much: Free

Two holiday events that have become traditions for those celebrating the spiritual side of Christmas are combining again.

Community of Hope Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, neighbors on Honeycutt Avenue, will host nativities Dec. 14. Community of Hope has its annual Living Nativity, which runs two or three times per hour, while the LDS church has hundreds of nativity scenes on displays in a Creche Festival.

Both events are free.

“It’s come-and-go,” COH Pastor Rusty Akers said. “You’re not going to miss anything if you come at 7.”

Both locations will also have refreshments like cookies and hot chocolate.

Bishop Brian Hoffman said there will be “a nice variety” of nativity sets, which are from around the world and lighted with care. Last year, almost 400 were displayed.

“There are going to be depictions from the life of Jesus Christ and some special musical selections,” Hoffman said.

With the cast, choir and volunteers, the Living Nativity involves more than 60 people.

“We have live characters, we have live animals, and we just celebrate the first Christmas,” Akers said. “It’s a real special time.


This item appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

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