Kansas City’s Living Nativity Guide
As you celebrate this holiday season, set aside time to remember the birth of Christ at a local living Nativity or pageant. Find more living Nativity events here.
Journey to Judea
Dec. 1-3, Countryside Baptist Church, 14150 W. 175th St., Overland Park, KS, JourneyToJudea.com, FREE.
Every year Christmas comes and goes, but many people do not know the whole story behind the story. Some have heard that Christmas is about Jesus' birth in a town called Bethlehem in Judea, but few understand this was a major climax in human history. Come listen to Moses, David, Isaiah and others foretell the coming of the King. Come see the busy innkeeper and the young pregnant couple who were denied residence by him. Watch the angels tell good news to shepherds. Come witness the empty cross and the open tomb and hear the next chapter of the story.
Dec. 1-17, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO, MesnerPuppets.org, admission charged.
This celebrated annual spectacle comes alive again this December! Come 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, StorlingDance.org, admission charged.
Child of Hope is a professional production and collaboration between Storling Dance Theater and the Culture House. Child of Hope presents the Nativity story as only Storling can tell it. Biblically accurate and sensitive to the historic nature of the coming of Jesus Christ, this dramatic and moving true story of the anticipation and arrival of Jesus will touch your heart. Storling and included dancers will tell the story, not fairy tale, of the Child of Hope, bringing us closer to appreciation of what was really going on in that manger so long ago.
Drive-Through Living Nativity
Dec. 9, 5:30-7:30, First Baptist Church of Kansas City, 100 W. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO, FBCKCMO.net, FREE.
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.
Christmas in the Barn
Dec. 24, Johnson Farms, 17701 Holmes Rd., Belton, MO, JohnsonFarms.net, freewill donation.
Come to the 10th annual Christmas in the Barn and join Lord of Love Lutheran Church Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt for a full sensory celebration of our savior's birth. 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.