The 11th annual free presentations of the Live Nativity will staged in Watertown in early December to help get people in the mood for the Christmas season and to spread the true message of Christmas.
This year the presentations will again be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 301 Clark St., on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7.
Presentations are about 15 minutes in length and are presented every half hour from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, and from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will sign the presentations from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Live Nativity will tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, the focus of the Christmas season.
The annual Live Nativity presentations are coordinated and produced by the four Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod congregations in Watertown. They are St. Luke’s, St. John’s, St. Mark’s and Trinity.
The presentations will take place in the parking lot of St. Luke’s from a specially constructed manger scene. The church has plenty of free parking in its lot to accommodate the large number of people who attend each year.
Each of the Live Nativity presentations will include songs, narratives and actors dressed in bright costumes from the days of Christ’s birth. The costumes are sewn and maintained by members of the congregations.
One of the popular features of the presentations is a number of live animals at the site which will be available for close viewing by all who attend. Live animals on display will include a camel, a donkey, a cow, goats and other farm animals. Children are especially encouraged to see these animals before or after the presentations.
Following each presentation those attending are encouraged to enjoy some fellowship in the congregation’s adjacent school cafeteria.
Free homemade cookies and refreshments will be available throughout the scheduled hours both days.
Games, telling of Christmas stories and arts and crafts will be presented in two classrooms adjacent to the cafeteria and will be staffed by members of the congregations. These people will lead the discussions on games and stories from the year of Christ’s birth.
The committee in charge of the presentations, said, “This is a great opportunity to get families of all ages in the right frame of mind for the Christmas season. Last year was the largest attendance ever for the presentations with over 1,000 people there. We expect even more people will want to be there this year for the sharing of the Christmas story and to partake in some fellowship. People really do want to hear the Christmas story in this live format,” they said.