Florence Nativity Festival to open this Friday

Nov. 28, 2018 — Come away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and escape to an afternoon filled with the joy of the Christmas season.

The public is invited to the 13th annual Nativity Festival to be held in Florence on Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The event is held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at the corner of Munsel Lake Road and North Fork Road, 2705 Munsel Lake Road.

This is an event for the entire family and admission is free.

Attendees will see dozens of nativity scenes, crèches, tapestries and other art forms depicting the birth of Christ.

Most of the Nativity sets are on loan from local members of the community. These are cherished pieces that have become part of their family traditions.

Many have been collecting for years and are eager to share their personal and family Nativity scenes.

The festival has grown from a one-day event displaying 119 nativity scenes to a three-day festival with almost 400 crèches, tapestries and other art forms depicting the birth of Christ.

The Christmas crèche — also known as a Nativity or manger scene — is more than a decoration. For many, displaying a Christmas crèche is a way to focus on the real meaning of the holiday.

They can be made from many different materials and can vary from single piece displays to a whole entourage of shepherds, wise men, cattle and the Holy Family.

Crèches come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional figures handed down through generations, such as the three-legged dog or the camel with the chipped nose, to ethnic interpretations, from children's paper cutouts to expensive collectibles.

The festival is open to people of all faiths and beliefs.

Make this an annual tradition in your family. Homemade cookies, games and music make it even better. Children are welcome.

The following lineup of musical talent will perform, and the schedule is still being up-dated.


1 p.m. — Rebecca Phillips

2 p.m. — Lynette Blue on piano/organ


1 p.m. — Tina Wilkinson

2 p.m. — Nancy Klassen

3 p.m. — Mary Morganti


1 p.m. — Florence Ward Choir

3 p.m. — Rebecca Phillips

4 p.m. — Florence Primary Chorus

For more information about the Nativity Festival, visit the page on Facebook.

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