Feature image is of the Critter Barn’s Live Nativity

The Christmas Story Comes to Life at These Area Events

Sure, you can set up a Nativity scene with figurines at home, but a live reenactment really makes the first Christmas tangible for your kids. Even as a mom, I can’t imagine trying to keep my baby sleeping in a barn full of farm animals! It brings the story to life for the whole family.

Use our roundup to find a live Nativity near you and introduce your kids to a special experience this holiday season.

Nativity at Jenison Bible Church

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Live Nativity Roundup for Grand Rapids – 2018

Recurring Nativities

Critter Barn’s Live Nativity

Critter Barn – 9275 Adams Street Zeeland 

Imagine what the first Christmas was like with shepherds, cows, sheep, and angels! We give children a hands-on experience that helps them imagine the first Christmas. You are invited to our Live Nativity to experience the telling of the story of Jesus’ birth.

Live Nativity runs December 6 – 29
Performances: Tue – Thur @ 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Fri & Sat @ 11:00 am – 7:30 pm (every 30 min)

Dec 20, 21, 22, 11:00 am – 7:30 pm (every 30 min)

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More Nativities Happening Around Grand Rapids

Saturday December 1, 2018

Journey to the Birthday of the King

Hope Church South Haven – 1365 Monroe Boulevard South Haven at  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Bring your family to the inaugural Journey to the Birthday of the King. A free walk-through living nativity brought to you by Hope Church of South Haven. Journey to the Birthday of the King

Friday December 7, 2018

Bethlehem Experience & Live Nativity

Jenison Bible Church – 6360 14th Avenue Hudsonville at  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jenison Bible Church presents the 6th Annual Bethlehem Experience (indoors) & Live Nativity (outdoors).  Friday, December 7 from 6-8pm and Saturday/Sunday, December 8-9 from 5-8pm.  Come kick off the Christmas |read more… Bethlehem Experience & Live Nativity

Living Nativity

Brookside Christian Reformed Church – 3600 Kalamazoo Avenue, S.E. Grand Rapids at  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Living Nativity Telling the Christmas Story with live Actors and animals. Come for a memorable family outdoor experience – dress warmly! • Signing for the deaf and hard of hearing |read more… Living Nativity

Saturday December 8, 2018

Bethlehem Experience & Live Nativity

Jenison Bible Church – 6360 14th Avenue Hudsonville at  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jenison Bible Church presents the 6th Annual Bethlehem Experience (indoors) & Live Nativity (outdoors).  Friday, December 7 from 6-8pm and Saturday/Sunday, December 8-9 from 5-8pm.  Come kick off the Christmas |read more… Bethlehem Experience & Live Nativity

Living Nativity

Brookside Christian Reformed Church – 3600 Kalamazoo Avenue, S.E. Grand Rapids at  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Living Nativity Telling the Christmas Story with live Actors and animals. Come for a memorable family outdoor experience – dress warmly! • Signing for the deaf and hard of hearing |read more… Living Nativity

Sunday December 9, 2018

Hillcrest CRC Live Nativity

Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church – 3617 Hillcrest Rd Hudsonville at  4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hillcrest CRC welcomes you this Christmas season to a Live Nativity on Sunday, December 9 with showings at 4:30 PM and 5:45 PM (showings last about 20 minutes). This free |read more… Hillcrest CRC Live Nativity

Bethlehem Experience & Live Nativity

Jenison Bible Church – 6360 14th Avenue Hudsonville at  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jenison Bible Church presents the 6th Annual Bethlehem Experience (indoors) & Live Nativity (outdoors).  Friday, December 7 from 6-8pm and Saturday/Sunday, December 8-9 from 5-8pm.  Come kick off the Christmas |read more… Bethlehem Experience & Live Nativity

Hillcrest CRC Live Nativity

Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church – 3617 Hillcrest Rd Hudsonville at  5:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Hillcrest CRC welcomes you this Christmas season to a Live Nativity on Sunday, December 9 with showings at 4:30 PM and 5:45 PM (showings last about 20 minutes). This free |read more… Hillcrest CRC Live Nativity

Living Nativity

Brookside Christian Reformed Church – 3600 Kalamazoo Avenue, S.E. Grand Rapids at  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Living Nativity Telling the Christmas Story with live Actors and animals. Come for a memorable family outdoor experience – dress warmly! • Signing for the deaf and hard of hearing |read more… Living Nativity

Friday December 14, 2018

Bethlehem Alive

Little Farms Chapel – 2518 Arthur Coopersville, MI at  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Little Farms Chapel presents another year of Bethlehem Alive. Follow the light to the indoor living nativity. Wander the streets of Bethlehem, watch villagers work, and hear the Angels sing. |read more… Bethlehem Alive

Live Nativity in Rockford

Speed Merchants Bike Shop – 106 E Bridge St Rockford at  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Gather at Rockford Baptist Church and carol your way to the Live Nativity in Rockford. The Nativity Scene will be located at Speed Merchants Bike Shop. Please see the schedule |read more… Live Nativity in Rockford

Saturday December 15, 2018

A MINI Nativity Experience: Let's Celebrate His Birth!

Fellinlove Farm – 6364 144th Ave Holland at  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

December 15, 16, 22, 23, 2018; 4:00-6:00 p.m. (each evening) $5 suggested donation per person to our 501(c)3. Come Celebrate the Birth of Jesus through a Live MINI Nativity Scene |read more… A MINI Nativity Experience: Let's Celebrate His Birth!

Bethlehem Alive

Little Farms Chapel – 2518 Arthur Coopersville, MI at  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Little Farms Chapel presents another year of Bethlehem Alive. Follow the light to the indoor living nativity. Wander the streets of Bethlehem, watch villagers work, and hear the Angels sing. |read more… Bethlehem Alive

Sunday December 16, 2018

A MINI Nativity Experience: Let's Celebrate His Birth!

Fellinlove Farm – 6364 144th Ave Holland at  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

December 15, 16, 22, 23, 2018; 4:00-6:00 p.m. (each evening) $5 suggested donation per person to our 501(c)3. Come Celebrate the Birth of Jesus through a Live MINI Nativity Scene |read more… A MINI Nativity Experience: Let's Celebrate His Birth!

Live Nativity at Knapp Street Reformed Church

Knapp Street Reformed Church – 4025 Knapp Street NE Grand Rapids at  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a live performance of the nativity story told through story and song.  This outdoor event will feature two performances - one at 6:00pm and the second at |read more… Live Nativity at Knapp Street Reformed Church

Friday December 21, 2018

The Living Nativity

Ballard Church of Christ – 1633 10 Mile Rd NW Sparta at  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ballard Church of Christ presents “The Living Nativity”. Come and capture the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season. Enjoy a live cast representation of the birth of Jesus Christ. |read more… The Living Nativity

Saturday December 22, 2018

A MINI Nativity Experience: Let's Celebrate His Birth!

Fellinlove Farm – 6364 144th Ave Holland at  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

December 15, 16, 22, 23, 2018; 4:00-6:00 p.m. (each evening) $5 suggested donation per person to our 501(c)3. Come Celebrate the Birth of Jesus through a Live MINI Nativity Scene |read more… A MINI Nativity Experience: Let's Celebrate His Birth!

Live Nativity

Algoma Baptist Church – 10515 Grange Ave. NE Rockford at  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Bring the family for a free live narrated retelling of the birth of Christ with live characters and animals. Sing Christmas carols. Pet the animals. Have some hot chocolate and |read more… Live Nativity

The Living Nativity

Ballard Church of Christ – 1633 10 Mile Rd NW Sparta at  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ballard Church of Christ presents “The Living Nativity”. Come and capture the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season. Enjoy a live cast representation of the birth of Jesus Christ. |read more… The Living Nativity

Sunday December 23, 2018

A MINI Nativity Experience: Let's Celebrate His Birth!

Fellinlove Farm – 6364 144th Ave Holland at  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

December 15, 16, 22, 23, 2018; 4:00-6:00 p.m. (each evening) $5 suggested donation per person to our 501(c)3. Come Celebrate the Birth of Jesus through a Live MINI Nativity Scene |read more… A MINI Nativity Experience: Let's Celebrate His Birth!

Live Nativity

Algoma Baptist Church – 10515 Grange Ave. NE Rockford at  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Bring the family for a free live narrated retelling of the birth of Christ with live characters and animals. Sing Christmas carols. Pet the animals. Have some hot chocolate and |read more… Live Nativity

The Living Nativity

Ballard Church of Christ – 1633 10 Mile Rd NW Sparta at  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ballard Church of Christ presents “The Living Nativity”. Come and capture the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season. Enjoy a live cast representation of the birth of Jesus Christ. |read more… The Living Nativity

Monday December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Live Nativity

Grand Rapids First – 2100 44th St SW Wyoming at  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Christmas Eve from 5:00-8:00 pm for a Live Nativity in front of the Worship Center entrance and enjoy over 40 animals. Bring your kids and your camera! |read more… Christmas Eve Live Nativity

Live Nativity

Algoma Baptist Church – 10515 Grange Ave. NE Rockford at  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Bring the family for a free live narrated retelling of the birth of Christ with live characters and animals. Sing Christmas carols. Pet the animals. Have some hot chocolate and |read more… Live Nativity

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