Kansas City’s Living Nativity Guide

2018 Edition

As you celebrate this holiday season, set aside time to remember the birth of Christ at a local living Nativity or pageant.

Journey to Judea

FREE Nov. 16-18, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Countryside Baptist Church, 14150 W. 175th St., Overland Park, KS.

Come listen to Moses, David, Isaiah and others foretell the coming of the King. See the busy innkeeper and the young pregnant couple who were denied residence by him. Watch the angels tell good news to shepherds. Witness the empty cross and the open tomb and hear the next chapter of the story.

The Nativity

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO, admission charged.

See beautiful, 7-foot-tall puppets gracefully move through the aisles of the historic cathedral with live musical and choral accompaniment. A cast of more than 40 puppeteers brings these larger-than-life biblical characters to life.  

Child of Hope

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1-2, Oak Park Mall Theater, Overland Park, KS, admission charged.

Experience the Gospel story of the birth of Jesus like you’ve never seen it.  Stunning music, costumes and design set the stage to bring us all to the child that changed the world forever. 

Journey to Bethlehem

FREE Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, Southminster Presbyterian Church of Prairie Village 6306 Roe Ave, Prairie Village, KS. Experience a walk-through pageant that tells the story of Christ’s birth. Bring your family to this free event which features seven scenes with live animals. experience the story of wonder and hope that is as relevant today as it was more than 2000 years ago. Journeys depart approximately every 20 minutes. Please go to the sanctuary where you can enjoy Christmas readings and music while you wait. The entire production is indoors.

Road to Bethlehem

FREE Dec. 1 & 2, from 6-8pm at South Summit Christian Church 1121 SW Hook Rd, Lee's Summit, MO.

From the warmth of your car, drive down the road to Bethlehem and enjoy live scenes that tell the Christmas story. Encounter shepherds and sheep, angels, Wise Men, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.

Connection Point Christmas

FREE Dec. 6-9, Connection Point Church 10500 East 350 Highway, Raytown, MO. We invite you to Connection Point Christmas, a FREE live music and drama event, to hear six unique yet relatable stories that intertwine to unfold the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection.


Dec. 7 at 7pm at Bell Cultural Events Center 2030 E College Way, Olathe, KS. Emmanuel is a dance concert that tells the Christmas story through the lens of fulfilled prophecy and anticipation of the future return of our king, Jesus! Act I showcases a collection of choral and dance pieces performed to your favorite classic and contemporary Christmas songs. Act II transitions into a dramatic retelling of the Christmas story through dance and spoken word. Don't miss this moving experience! Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Taxes and fees apply.

Road to Bethlehem

FREE Dec. 7-9, from 6-8pm at Red Bridge Baptist Church, 4901 E. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Road to Bethlehem is a captivating, walk-through experience, giving viewers a glimpse into the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of Christ was an event unlike any other in history, creating an eternally significant impact on people across time. Through dramatic narrative from the Bible, well-loved characters will draw listeners into the mystery, revealing the greatest story of all time. Tours will be approximately one-hour long and will consist of groups of up to fifteen people. All ages are welcome! Note: tours will consist of a moderate amount of standing and walking and will include a scene outdoors. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check-in. Walk-ins will be accommodated at the soonest open time slot.

Walk Through Bethlehem 

FREE Dec. 7-9 from 5-10pm, Church of the Open Door 4800 S. 20th St. Trafficway, Leavenworth, KS. Experience an immersive tour through a 1st century city of Bethlehem. Registration is in person beginning at 4pm each night. This Christmas, step back in history for our FREE live, interactive event, set in the village of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth. You'll be immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of an ancient city, eventually making your way to the same discovery the shepherds rushed to find—Jesus, the Savior, lying in a manger.

Drive-Through Living Nativity

FREE Dec. 8, 5:30-7:30, First Baptist Church of Kansas City, 100 W. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Drive through this Nativity with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus represented. Live animals are part of the tour. Each family receives a CD to play along the route.

An Extraordinary Night

FREE Dec. 9 at 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM, or 6:00 PM at Colonial Presbyterian Church - OPKS Campus (12501 W. 137th Street, Overland Park, KS). 

An Extraordinary Ordinary Night, is a creative production with a contemporary story woven into the timeless nativity story through music and song. The program culminates with children and adults alike walking to the manger; bringing gifts (toys, socks, hats, gloves, monetary donations) to be distributed to families who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Unto Us

FREE Dec. 9 at 9:00 and 11:00 AM at Colonial Presbyterian Church - KCMO Campus (9500 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO). 

An original nativity musical, Unto Us, reminds us that Mary and Joseph were two very human, very faithful people who believed in a miracle against all earthly odds in order to bring a Savior to this world.

Journey to Bethlehem

FREE Dec.9, from 4:00-7:30 p.m. at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa, KS. Travel along with Joseph and Mary as they journey from Nazareth, to Bethlehem and even begin their flight toward Egypt. This interactive story will come to life in front of your eyes as you experience the true meaning of what Christmas is all about and how God’s love is our refuge as we walk through the uncertain times of life.  When your tour is complete, children and adults can experience a Jerusalem marketplace filled with crafts to create and snacks to enjoy; all of which is free to our community. Please allow at least 30 minutes to participate in the marketplace at the end of your journey tour. The marketplace will close at 8:30 p.m. Register at 913.631.0215.

Christmas in the Barn

FREE Dec. 24 at 4:30pm, Johnson Farms, 17701 Holmes Rd., Belton, MO, freewill donation accepted.

Come to the 11th annual Christmas in the Barn and experience a full sensory celebration of our savior's birth with live animals and music. Pastor Jim Stewart of Calvary Chapel KC will officiate the service with both contemporary and traditional music will be shared. Homemade sweets and hot beverages will be served, and live music will set the mood. A freewill donation will benefit Lord of Love Lutheran Church's Wednesday night community meal.

For more holiday events, see our guide to Christmas in Kansas City.

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