10 Reverent Live Nativity Scenes DFW 2017

Live Nativity Scenes deliver a true Christmas gift to the community, and there are still some in DFW to attend. This post lists 10 Reverent Live Nativity Scenes DFW 2017. In Italy, nativity scenes are also referred to as Nativity of Jesus in art. A Live Nativity creates a real-world experience and feeling that you have truly stepped through an artful picture into Bethlehem. Each live nativity will have their own details but many have living nativity pageants, a faultless Bethlehem marketplace, music, food, opportunity to dress up, hands-on crafts, ornament making and more.
Have you attended any of the Live Nativity Scenes DFW listed below or do you have one to add to this list?

1) Park Cities Baptist Church is having their Christmas Live, December 16 at 2:00 pm.
A giant free outdoor Christmas festival for the entire family, with interactive Nativity, rides, games and more.

My family at the Wilshire live nativity
Live Nativity Scenes DFW : My family at the Wilshire live nativity

2) Grace Bible (11306 Inwood Rd., Dallas, 75229) Journey into Christmas– Friday, December 8, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM and Saturday night, December 9 from 6-9 p.m. Experience the first Christmas in their walk-through nativity. Every ten minutes a tour guide will lead a group back 2,000 years into live scenes that tell the story of Christ’s birth. The tour runs about 40 minutes. Before or after the tour, visit Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in the manger scene with live camels. There will also be a petting zoo, photo booth, face painting, cookie decorating, and more! This event is free and open to the community.

3) Ascension Episcopal (8787 Greenville Ave. Dallas, 75243): Sunday, December 17, 5:00PM – 7:00PM : Celebrate the Christmas journey of Mary and Joseph. Guests will go along the Christmas journey with the holy couple, as well as other fully costumed participants and live animals. There will also be crafts, hot chocolate, and food trucks.Following the final tour of the evening, all are invited to go to the courtyard for a mini-posada, where Mary and Joseph will go from door to door, looking for a place that welcomes them and picking up other travelers along the way. Free event.

4) Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Flower Mound (1401 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound, 75028): Saturday, December 9, 2:00PM-6:00PM. Live nativity, hayride, Christmas Story acted out by costumed characters, petting zoo, hot cider and cookies. Free Event.

5) Walnut Hill United Methodist Church (10066 Marsh Lane, Dallas, 75229):Friday, December 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Kids Live Nativity: Children dress up in costumes to recreate the Christmas story on the lawn. Inside features Christmas games and an opportunity to visit with Santa!

6) First Frisco United Methodist Church (7659 Preston Road, Frisco): Night In Bethlehem! Sunday, December 17, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM.  Where: Sanctuary, Gathering Area, Kitchen, All MB. Hands-on fun for kids to experience life in Bethlehem all those years ago when Jesus was born. Night In Bethlehem!!

7) Creekwood UMC in Allen (261 Country Club Road, Allen,corner of Stacy and Country Club): Creekwood Live Nativity in the barn, Wednesday, December 6 and Thursday , December 7. Presentations on the hour and half hour, beginning at 6 p.m. The last presentation begins at 8 p.m. Bring a jar of peanut butter to support the efforts of the Assistance Center of Collin County and the Plano Santas.
This two-night production will feature live animals. During the 15-minute storytelling, actors portraying Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the three wise men act out the scene as it was on that same cold night in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. “We invite all in our community to this special event,” said senior pastor, David Lessner. “The nativity has become a family tradition for many and is a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the season. This year we’re adding several activities to enable families who wish to be able to spend a little more time together celebrating the season.”
After enjoying carolers, children’s crafts activities and complimentary hot chocolate, cookies and other refreshments, guests will be ushered into the barn where they’ll be taken back in time to the evening that Jesus was born. Before or after the nativity, families will be able to take part in an illuminating, magical, musical hayride complete with tasty treats. Hayrides will begin at 5:30 p.m. Activities are free to all in the community.
All families with special needs are invited to join us for a more intimate showing of the Live Nativity on Wednesday, December 6, 5:30 pm, in the barn

8) Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church, 8525 Audelia Rd., Dallas, will present “Love Comes Down“, a live outdoor Nativity Scene on Sunday, December 10th, at 6:00PM to 7:00PM. Silent actors will portray the Holy Family and shepherds, while animals such as sheep, goats, donkeys, and a cow enrich the scene. The church’s choir will sing Christmas hymns and carols. Complimentary parking is available across the street from the church on police station property. Following the 30 minutes production, guests are invited to the activity center for hot chocolate and cookies.

9) Bethlehem Revisited in Waxahachie (402 N. College Street, Waxahachie, 75165, behind Central Presbyterian Church): “Bethlehem Revisited” Dec 08 – Dec 10, 2017, Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This event was called #1 Holiday event in the Lone Star State by Fox 4 News. Behind Central Presbyterian Church. Free Admission. Donations welcome. Step back in time, over 2000 years ago, and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did on the night of Christ’s birth. On your journey to the site of the Nativity, you will meet innkeepers, merchants, craftsmen, tradesmen, clergy, and many other citizens as they portray daily life in the City of Bethlehem, complete with sheep, camels, and donkeys. You can also visit Herod’s Court and await the nightly parade of the three kings bringing their treasures to Bethlehem’s newest citizen.
Actually, it looks like Waxahachie has many family fun annual events such as the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Mini Grand Prix, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Gingerbread Trail Historic Home Tour & Arts/Crafts Show, Crape Myrtle Festival and more. I’m keeping my eye on Waxahachie!

10) University Park UMC Live Nativity (4024 Preston Rd) December 17, 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 7:30pm. Caroling, hot cocoa, meet and greet with the youth cast, and real animals in between shows. Free!

Prestonwood Baptist Church
Prestonwood Baptist Church

11) NOT a live nativity but this event looks amazing: Prestonwood Baptist Church(6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, Texas 75093) presents The Gift of Christmas, a spectacular multimedia presentation that is sure to be a favorite event this Christmas season. This year’s production includes new visually-stunning elements and favorite songs of the Christmas season. But the most important aspect has not changed—sharing the wonders of the Savior’s birth! The Gospel message comes to life through a breathtaking and powerful presentation that depicts the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. This year’s presentation includes:
• Elaborate, completely redesigned staging and lighting
• State-of-the-art, high-resolution video technology with a massive LED video wall
• A live, 50-piece orchestra and nearly 1,000-member cast and choir
• Brilliant musical scoring
• Flying angels, live animals, a living Nativity and more
When: Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 6, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 12, 11 a.m., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 13, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Tickets: $15–$28, available online. Premium seating is $80 and includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a Christmas buffet.

Are there Live Nativity Scenes in DFW that you can recommend?

In 2014, I attended my very first Live Nativity Scene in DFW, Dallas, at a nearby church and we attended the same one the following year. The following is my review of this live nativity to give others an idea of what to possibly expect at Live Nativity Scenes in DFW:

Live Nativity Scenes DFW
Live Nativity Scenes DFW : Children making fresh bread and then getting some to eat as they walk around

The Live Nativity Scene that we visited not only perfected the art of the crib but created a real-world experience filled with living nativity pageants and a faultless marketplace in Bethlehem, giving one the feeling that you truly stepped through an artful picture into a real world.

The whole community hall, prayer garden, and downstairs gallery were used for this marketplace. One could come and go during a three-hour window frame.
Honestly, this Nativity Scene was nothing like what I was expecting.

My family was truly transformed into the past directly into Bethlehem and the manger scene. I was shocked at how minutely decorated it was, down to the costumed volunteers acting this event would present and role play and how hands-on, interactive it was for all attending.

My mom and boys along with another family friend from Germany
My mom and boys along with another family friend from Germany

The marketplace had stalls run by shopkeepers, shepherds, innkeepers, craftsman, artisans, and musicians. Adults and children of all ages could enjoy making clay pots, playing different instruments, making and eating fresh bread, weaving, creating art with wood and shapes and so much more.

Beggar in need of coins
Beggar in need of coins

Upon entering, you received a bag filled with pretend coins and a passport that helps guide you along the route to take you through the market and get stamps upon completion of activities. You first had the option to go into a room where you could put clothing over your clothes to make you look and feel like you took a step back into the past into Bethlehem. A photographer took pictures of families. Next, we walked into a great hallway filled with food to taste and savor bringing the flavor and experience of food as it would have been prepared and served at that time.

Then we went into the marketplace of Bethlehem. We were told that tax collectors would sometimes come by, and we would need to pay them. However, as soon as we walked into the market, we came upon a poor family in need. My older son was afraid to give up his coins so quickly but one of my twins was quick to dive into his bag and give up a coin.

Two women beggars asking for coins for food
Live Nativity Scenes DFW : Two women beggars asking for coins for food

At one point, two women beggars came up to my twins and begged for coins for food. Both twin boys spent many minutes digging through their bags but had only one coin left to give. One of the twins felt bad and tried to give them his passport and then his fresh bread.
Soon after, some tax collectors came up demanding money or they would haul the twins off to jail. The women beggars paid their only coin, via twins, to the tax collector. This was all very enjoyable and sweet to observe such interactions with my boys and the actors/actresses, subtle moral lesson fodder for later discussion therein.

Enjoying a woman storyteller using hand puppets
Live Nativity Scenes DFW : Enjoying a woman storyteller using hand puppets

All three of my boys especially enjoyed a woman storyteller using a hand puppet, and after listening to the story of Jesus we walked over to the live manager. At the manager, many kids were giving some of their coins to the baby Jesus. All three of my boys did this, which is why they only had one coin left by the time the woman beggars and then tax collectors came along.

My son giving coins to baby Jesus
Live Nativity Scenes DFW : Children can also give their coins to baby Jesus

The manger scene was perfectly peaceful and quite a special focal point of the evening. Standing before such a reenactment, it is hard to imagine what the feel of the real manager would have been, the quiet and powerful intimacy of the great moment, wrapped in a humble and serene scene. For several years, I had held off on attending any Live Nativity Scenes, not sure how manageable or enjoyable they would be with three young boys in energetic tow. However, once we attended one, I saw how truly immersing and memorable experience a Live Nativity Scene provides for everyone!

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