For over 20 years the congregation of the First United Methodist Church has joined together to give a beautiful seasonal gift to the community by staging a re-creation of the Holy Night for three nights just before Christmas.

A scene from the 2008 re-creation at First United Methodist Church
Courtesy Photo

Under a redwood tree and adjacent to the church, a grassy area is transformed into a humble wooden stable, complete with a serene Mary, Joseph and tiny baby Jesus asleep in the manger. Three majestic kings stand by with their gifts to the Holy Child, attentive angels appear nearby, and lowly shepherds tend to their flocks. Camels, sheep, a donkey, and occasional chickens surround the manger taking the wonder of it all. It is a silent and beautiful scene to behold.

The community is invited to join in this inspiring and meaningful celebration – it’s free! The Living Nativity will be held for 3 nights: December 21, 22 and 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Warm cider and goodies will be served and free tours of the historic Sanctuary will also be available. The two-story Sanctuary built in 1927 Is decorated in seasonal finery with Christmas music softly playing to add to the “awe” factor.

The First United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Garden and Anapamu Streets, one block from the SB Courthouse. Parking is available behind the church with the parking entrance off Garden Street. For more information call 963-3579 or visit the website


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