KC's Living Nativities and Pageants

2016 Edition

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

Note: We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always verify dates, times, location and other information, especially with the possibility of weather impacts. Please submit corrections and additions to this guide to kristina@kcparent.com.

Journey to Judea
Dec. 1-4 at Countryside Baptist Church, 14150 W. 175th Street , Overland Park, KS. Journey to Judea is a dramatic, outdoor Christmas event for the entire family. Through a guided tour, experience the sights and sounds of God’s story up close and personal as groups literally walk through the story of the Bible. Over one hundred costumed actors and live animals bring the presentation to life. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved online in advance. For more information, go to www.journeytojudea.com

Journey to Bethlehem
Dec. 2 & 3 at Second Presbyterian Church, 318 East 55 Street, Kansas City, MO. Experience a live, walk-through drama of the first Christmas. Experience a Kansas City holiday tradition.

The Nativity
Dec. 2- 4 at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO. Admission charged. This celebrated annual spectacle comes alive again this December! Come see beautiful, seven-foot puppets gracefully move through the aisles of the historic cathedral with live musical and choral accompaniment. A cast of over forty puppeteers bring these larger-than-life Biblical characters to life. Read our review of The Nativity.
Child of Hope
Dec. 2-4 at The White Theatre (Jewish Community Center), 5801 W 115th St,, Overland Park, KS. Child of Hope is a professional production and collaboration between Storling Dance Theater and The Culture House. Enjoy a brand new production by Storling Dance Theater, also called Child of Hope, that presents the Nativity story as only Storling can tell it. Biblically accurate and sensitive to the historic nature of the coming of Jesus Christ, Storling and included dancers will tell the dramatic and moving true story of the anticipation and arrival of Jesus. Not a fairy tale, Child of Hope brings us closer to appreciation what was really going on in that manger so long ago.

Road to Bethlehem
Dec. 3& 4 from 6-8pm at South Summit Christian Church (1121 SW Hook Road, Lee’s Summit, MO). From the warmth of your car, your family will enjoy a drive thru setting, including live animals and the talents of the community to portray meaningful, key scenes of the Christmas Story. Accepting canned food donations for LS Social Services each evening. All are welcome and the event is free. Bring your friends and family and enjoy!

Christmas at Resurrection
Dec. 8-11 at Church of the Resurrection. Christmas at Resurrection is a Kansas City musical tradition that takes place at our Leawood campus! This must-see musical presentation features more than 300 actors, singers, dancers and instrumentalists in a celebration of Christmas and the depiction of the traditional Christmas story. Tickets are $22, $17 and $12. All seats are reserved.

Drive-thru Living Nativity - FREE!
Dec. 9-11 from 6-8pm at Lone Jack Baptist Church, 202 S. Bynum Road, Lone Jack, MO. The Christmas tradition continues with our 7th Annual Drive-Thru Living Nativity! Come celebrate the season with us as you join Mary and Joseph on each step of their journey to Bethlehem - all from the comfort of your own vehicle! During your 20 minute journey, you will meet Caesar Augustus, a company of heavenly host, the innkeeper with no vacancies, vendors on the streets of Bethlehem, as well as many live animals while you sip a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy freshly baked cookies. Best of all, it’s totally FREE (NO donations accepted).

Drive-thru Living Nativity
Dec. 10 from 5:30-7:30pm at First Baptist Church of Kansas City, 100 W. Red Bridge Rd., KC, MO. Drive through nativity with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus represented. Live animals are part of the tour. A CD is given to each family to play along the route.
Walk to the Manger
Dec 11 at Colonial Presbyterian (Overland Park, KS, and KCMO locations). On Sunday, December 11 we will tell the Christmas story through powerful music and drama on what we call “Walk to the Manger Sunday.” We’ll have two different story lines this year—one at each campus. Childcare will be available at all services for infants and toddlers. Quivira Campus Service Times: 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM, and 6:00 PM This year our opening story takes place on a military base, two weeks before Christmas. Soldiers are being deployed the next day, so the Base Church has planned a ‘show’ for the soldiers and their families since they will miss being with their families on December 25. That’s the basic theme which will lead into the Bethlehem scene, the ‘real story’. Wornall Campus Service Times: 9:00 and 11:00 AM. This musical reminds us Mary and Joseph were two very human, very faithful people who believed in miracles against all earthly odds in order to bring a Savior to this world, and reunite God’s people with the Father. The birth of Jesus reminds us of an incredible promise: Nothing is impossible with God.“Unto Us” celebrates the miracle of redeeming grace, and a Savior who is called Jesus, Immanuel, God With Us. You are invited to witness the “Miracle” with fresh eyes.

Journey to Bethlehem 
Dec. 11 from 4:30-8:30pm at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa, KS. Travel back in time with us as we take a journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Along the way we will discover the individual and powerful stories of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men. Throughout this journey, you will firsthand experience the good news as it is comes to life in front of your eyes and will have the opportunity to participate and respond as you experience the true meaning of what Christmas is all about.  Sign up online for tour group times. Coinciding with the journey we will have a marketplace open to sample authentic food and crafts. Please allow at least 30 minutes to walk through the marketplace experience. A hospitality room is also available to enjoy sit down refreshments and conversations. Both the marketplace and hospitality room will close at 8:30 pm.

Christmas In the Barn
Dec 24 at 2pm and 4:30pm at Johnson Farms (17701 Holmes Rd., Belton, MO). Come join Lord of Love Lutheran Church Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt at the 9th annual Christmas In the Barn service on Christmas Eve at the farm. The Johnson Farm community of friends will share two identical, full sensory celebrations of our Savior's birth this year: one will begin at 2:00 pm followed by a second at 4:30 pm. The heated barn has priority seating and parking available for those who need it  And although the barn is heated, please dress warmly & check the website for updates or cancelations due to inclement weather. Homemade sweets and hot beverages served and live music to set the mood. Come adore Him this early evening with us.  A free will donation will be taken for Lord of Love Lutheran Church's Wednesday Night Community Meal. 

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