As we prepare for cookie exchanges, holiday parties, and photos with Santa, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. My children love looking at our nativity scene at home, talking to me about Jesus and being excited for his birthday. These live nativity services are the perfect way to bring the miracle of Christmas to life. Some churches even have live animals as a part of their reenactment, or offer treats to their guests. This holiday season, take some time with your family to reflect on the meaning of Christmas at these churches with a live nativity.
Churches with a Live Nativity in the Chicago Suburbs
Nearly all of these events are free and open to the community.
Community Presbyterian Church (Lombard)
December 6, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm
This outdoor reenactment will feature live animals with music and hot beverages to warm your spirits.
Festival of Lights at Calvary Church (Naperville)
December 6 and 24, 2019 | times vary
To watch live nativity, join the celebration at their annual celebration, or attend masses on Christmas Eve.
Pilgrimage to the Manger at The Center (Palos Park)
December 7, 2019 | 5:30 pm
The night starts in the Lodge, where everyone puts on Judean head scarves to follow Mary and Joseph on their pilgrimage to the manger. Then, it’s across the bridge to the farm, where the shepherds with their sheep and the Magi on horseback will join the pilgrimage. Free-will donations are appreciated. Registration requested; call (708) 361-3650 to add your name.
Highpoint Church (Wheaton)
December 6 and 7, 2019 | 5:30 and 7:00 pm
Join for the outdoor petting zoo, live worship with performance & a hot cocoa bar.
Journey of Joy at Faith Christian Reformed Church (Tinley Park)
December 7 and 8, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, guided 40-minute tours begin every 10 minutes
Actors of all ages tell the real Christmas story in 9 different scenes throughout the church. The guided tours are handicap-accessible. Enjoy hot chocolate and homemade cookies while you wait!
Christmas Wonder Live Nativity (New Lenox)
December 8, 2019 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Experience this live nativity including live animals. Also, enjoy this family-friendly event including warm treats and face painting.
All Saints Lutheran Church (Palatine)
December 14, 2019 | 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm
This live nativity will bring the Christmas story to life. Warm refreshments inside between the two shows: stay after or come early and join with friends and neighbors.
Trinity Lutheran Church (Warrenville)
December 14, 2019 | 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm and December 15, 2019 | 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Trinity Lutheran’s annual live nativity includes hot chocolate and cookies served after each performance. The 6:00 pm service on December 15th will be performed in both English and Spanish.
Hinsdale Covenant Church
December 24, 2019 | 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 pm
Services that include live animals!
Our Lady of the Woods (Orland Park)
December 24, 2019 | 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and midnight
Live nativity showings three times on Christmas Eve. Enjoy the show and remember the true meaning of Christmas.