Around the World
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1657 South Blaine Street Moscow, Idaho
Wednesday, December 7: 6:00-9:00p.m.
Thursday, December 8: 6:00–9:00p.m.
Friday, December 9: 6:00–9:00p.m.
Saturday, December 10: Noon–9:00p.m.
Sunday, December 11: Noon-9:00p.m.
Nativities Around the World is an interfaith community effort sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This free event includes displays of over 400 nativities from around the globe, live Christmas music, games and activities for children, and an opportunity to dress up in nativity costumes for a photo.
Enjoy a quiet sense of peace and calm from the moment you arrive. Ushers will greet you at the door and additional hosts are stationed throughout the building to answer any questions you might have.
Most people start their visit by going directly to the large room full of beautiful and unique nativity displays. If you have children with you – or if you’re a kid at heart – pick up an “I Spy” card and see if you can locate the various obscure and cleverly concealed elements pictured on the card. If you’re successful – or even if you’re not – take your completed “I Spy” card to the Children’s Room for a small prize.
After visiting the Children’s Room, view children’s artwork on your way to dressing up for a photo in the Stable Room. You may also want to visit the “Come Unto Christ” room, an unstaffed display with literature that portrays what Mormons believe.
Many people end their visit by spending a few quiet moments in the chapel, listening to live Christmas music.
Nativities Around the World is a go-at-your-own-pace event that brings a special spirit to the Christmas season and you are welcome to spend as much or as little time as you’d like. For the full experience at a leisurely pace, allocate 1-2 hours for your visit. Sunday is always the busiest day.
Several nursing homes in the area arrange field trips to visit Nativities Around the World during day time hours, when the event is not open to the public. If your group would like to be a part of these field trips, or would like to schedule your own VIP tour, please contact us at email@example.com.
Live music will be performed in half-hour increments by a wide variety of area musicians.
The music schedule has not been finalized at this time. We hope to have it posted Mid-November.
The Children’s Room is full of hands-on, quiet activities for active little ones. Help your child complete a simple craft, play games or color. Children of all ages are invited to touch, feel and hold the nativities in this room.
While dressing up like Mary and Joseph may not be everyone’s thing, it is a fun thing for many and you are invited to participate.
Costume assistants will help you choose your attire from a limited number of outfits in a variety of sizes. Your group photo can include whatever “group” you want it to – family, friends, just the kids, a single person, etc. The choice is yours.
The last photo session of each night is at 8:30 p.m.
To access your photo taken at the event, please visit www.nativity.moscowstake.org.
We can use your help.
Did you know that it takes well over 200 volunteers and hundreds of hours to organize this event? And that anyone in the community, from any congregation, church or no church at all is welcome to volunteer?
If you would like to donate your time and talents to help set up, decorate, bake rolls and cookies, sew, host, and/or a myriad of other tasks, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We begin set up on Monday, November 30, with the bulk of the work taking place Friday, December 4 - Tuesday, December 8.
If you are a member of a church choir, quartet or other group interested in performing reverent music at Nativities Around the World, please email email@example.com.
SHARE YOUR NATIVITY
You (and your friends!) are invited to share your nativity (or nativities!) with the community as part of this event. There are 3 simple steps in order to share –
1. Please register your nativity and tell us its story by clicking here.
2. Bring your nativity (or nativities) in a clearly labeled box (or boxes) to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1657 South Blaine Street, in Moscow, on Friday, December 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or on Saturday, December 5th from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 noon.
3. Come back to pick up your nativity on Sunday, December 13th at the close of the event, 9:00 p.m., or the following morning, Monday, Dec. 14th between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
When you arrive at the building, you will check in your nativity and then set it up yourself or with the help of a table captain. All tables will have decorative cloths; however, you are welcome to bring any accessories that you normally use to display your nativity.
Please note that if your nativity has lights or moving electrical parts, electricity will not be available. Please also note that candles or other open flames may not be lit inside the church. You may use battery operated flameless candles instead, if you wish.
Round the clock security will be provided to protect the nativity displays. A security team will be inside the church building 24/7 from check-in to check-out.
Nativity Drop Off
Friday, December 4: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Nativity Pick Up
Sunday, December 13, 9:00 p.m.
Monday, December 14: 7:00 a.m. - Noon
If you are unable to drop off and/or pick up your nativity during these times, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are welcome December 9 - 13
Nativities Around the World is run completely by volunteers. THANK YOU to our amazing 2015 Committee:
A special thank you to past event coordinators Peggy Applonie and Gail Schoenberg.