There is a reason for the season, and we have a list of Live Nativity Scenes around Georgia.
We love visiting Santa and seeing the Christmas lights, but several years ago, I decided we needed to do something that represented the real reason for Christmas. I set out to find a live nativity near me, but it wasn’t as easy as you might think. Now, we’ve found quite a few to share with you.
If you know of other places to see live nativities around Atlanta, please post a comment. All of these activities are held outside and free unless otherwise noted.
FREE CHURCH-SPONSORED LIVE NATIVITY SCENES AROUND ATLANTA
HIGH POINT BAPTIST CHURCH
12025 Highway 36 | Covington | (706) 786-5985
When: December 2-4, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Christmas Alive! is a touchless free drive-thru presentation of the Christmas Story from Bethlehem to the Cross at High Point Baptist Church in Covington.
Experience the Christmas account from the Bible with a free drive-thru experience with multiple scenes with actors, live animals, and music.
Plus, this event is Free!
ROSWELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
814 Mimosa Boulevard | Roswell | (770) 993-6218
When: Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.
Your little ones are invited to celebrate the Advent season with a live nativity at Roswell United Methodist Church.
Join RUMC Kids as they celebrate the birth of Jesus with live nativity, crafts, and FUN! Parents of children five and younger are requested to attend. First-Fifth grade children can attend with their Sunday School class or with their families.
Please bring a gift for Jesus – a new, unwrapped toy for the NFCC Toy Drive.
MOUNTAIN VIEW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
2300 Jamerson Road | Marietta | (770) 928-0050
Opening night is Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Each year since 1992, Mountain View UMC in Marietta, GA has presented this interactive event to the community.
You can walk through the streets of Bethlehem and haggle with the shopkeepers, sign the census and pay your taxes to Caesar Augustus’s tax collector. You can also sample the fine dried fruits, enjoy a tasty cup of hot apple cider, and try out the freshly made bread samples at the bakery.
At the end of your journey you will find God’s most precious gift. His newborn son will be wrapped in swaddling clothes and found in the stable on the edge of town.
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER
731 Peachtree St. | Atlanta | 404-874-8664
Date: December 11, 2022, 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
You can experience Bethlehem Village and an annual Live Nativity at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.
Excitement is building! Christmas is approaching. Redeemer’s Community Engagement Team will again present the story of Jesus’ birth to our Midtown community.
Redeemer members will tell this Great News event in their roles as artisans and other citizens of 1st-Century Bethlehem.
Live Nativity is a family-friendly, fun event. Admission is free, and so is parking.
SNELLVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
2428 Main Street East | Snellville | (770) 972-9360
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2022, 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Take a journey to Bethlehem accompanied by a family traveling to pay their taxes at Snellville United Methodist Church.
Along the way, they’ll tell you the story of Jesus’ birth as the Wise Men, Shepherds & other Biblical Characters bring the true story of Christmas to life!
Experience this free and family-friendly outdoor Live Nativity and hear how their stories unwrap the greatest gift of all. Take pictures with live animals, including a camel. Enjoy hot chocolate and festive fun!
SARDIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
3725 Powers Ferry Rd. | Atlanta | (404) 237-6060
Date: December 10, 2022 (Times have no been posted yet.)
This is a great, laid-back production complete with camels, goats, and a furry bunny at Sardis United Methodist Church.
The dramatic presentation of the story of Jesus’ birth features live animals and all the characters from the Christmas Story. The Sardis Live Nativity has become a tradition. They will also serve cookies & hot chocolate.
This event is FREE and fun for all ages! Donations are gratefully accepted but not expected.
A perfect way to celebrate the holiday season — you’ll be singing Christmas carols all the way home.
HOPE CROSSINGS CHURCH
2106 Old Pendergrass Rd | Jefferson | (706) 387-0003
Date: December 9, 10, 11, & 14, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Hope Crossings Church in Jefferson has live nativity shows perfect for families. Each evening has two identical shows at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., each lasting about 20 minutes. This outdoor live nativity program depicting the birth of Jesus suitable for all ages, so please dress appropriately and bring a blanket just in case.
Live animals such as sheep, llamas, and a donkey help their actors portray the events. Kids are welcome to pet the animals before and after each show with their guardian’s supervision.
Seating is available in the form of hay bales for an authentic experience! Feel free to bring blankets to cover the hay.
Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided at “The Inn.” Be sure to pick up your family’s keepsake ornament from this great community church on your way out.
SIMPSONWOOD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
4500 Jones Bridge Cirle | Norcross | (770) 441-2181
Dates: December 9, 10, and 11, 2022
Mark your Calendars for this great Christmas tradition at Simpsonwood Park. There is nothing quite like the village of Bethlehem – re-enacted as it was as a small village for Jesus’ birth.
Children will be mesmerized by the gold, frankincense, and Myrrh – particularly as it sparkles in flames. They will get up close with camels, sheep, donkeys, and cows as they imagine the grueling trip that Mary took on the back of a donkey.
They will hear stories around the campfire, see the money changers in action and investigate the King David Inn. There is a bakery, fur shop – and the favorite grape stompers.
Plan an outing with your extended family, and don’t forget to bring canned goods for the Neighborhood Cooperative ministry.
SAINT MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH
2110 Brockett Road | Tucker | (770) 938-4546
Date: No dates have been listed for 2022 yet.
Walk Through Bethlehem at Saint Mark Lutheran Church in Tucker is a one of a kind, stroll-through village and nativity scene, that recreates the atmosphere of Bethlehem as it might have been the night Jesus was born.
Visitors of all ages are inspired by hundreds of luminaries lighting the way to the entrance to the interactive village and live nativity. After the census taker registers visitors you can visit with our live camels. Roman guards allow visitors to pass through the gates to experience some 16 interactive shops lining the street.
Visitors find that the story teller, campfire and live animals add to the atmosphere of the village.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH
680 W. Memorial Drive | Dallas | (770) 443-0566
Date: December 2 and 3, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
About 45 minutes west of Atlanta, you’ll find St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, which features a living nativity re-enactment and town of Bethlehem with shops. You’ll find shops such as a basket weaving shop, bread shop, herb shop, a blacksmith who will be doing some demonstrations and a few other shops as well.
They have a children’s crafting corner where the kids can create holiday crafts. They also have a spot where children can meet and greet St. Nick!
The Red Apron Cafe is open for dinner, and the Christmas Craft Marketplace will be going on in conjunction with the event. They will have carolers singing classic holiday tunes, hot cocoa and marshmallow roasting available as well.
LIVE NATIVITY SCENES AROUND ATLANTA AS PART OF AN ATTRACTION
CALLAWAY GARDENS FANTASY IN LIGHTS
Callaway Gardens | Pine Mountain
Dates: November 18, 2022 through January 2, 2023
After viewing Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights, sit around Robin Lake Beach and enjoy Twas’ The Night before Christmas and The Nativity, light and sound shows. Although technically not a live nativity, it does entice passers-by to stop, reflect and enjoy.
LIVE NATIVITY AT NORTH GEORGIA ZOO
North Georgia Zoo | Cleveland
Dates: November 27, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
A Live Nativity will be set up at the North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland so you can remember the “Reason for the Season.”
As a way to say thanks and give back to the community, the Holiday Celebration and Live Nativity are FREE! If you wish to tour the zoo, please visit during regular park hours. Park Admission is required.
There will be Christmas Music, Hot Cocoa, and Marshmallows! Fun for the whole family!
BIBLICAL HISTORY MUSEUM
130 Gordon Commercial Drive | LaGrange | (706) 885-0363
Dates: November 1 through December 23, 2022
Join the Biblical History Museum in LaGrange for The Manger Tours (reservations required).
The Manger Tours focuses on Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, why Mary was turned away from the inn, and what the first nativity scene may have actually looked like.
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