13 REVERENT LIVE NATIVITY SCENE LOCATIONS EVERY CHRISTMAS NEEDS

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.

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FREE CHURCH-SPONSORED LIVE NATIVITY SCENES AROUND ATLANTA

HIGH POINT BAPTIST CHURCH

12025 Hwy. 36 Covington, GA 30014 | (770) 786-5985
When:
December 3-5, 2021 from 6:00-8:30 pm

Christmas Alive! is a touch-less 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, touch-less, drive-thru experience that takes you thru multiple scene with actors, live animals, and music.

ROSWELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075 | (770) 993-6218
When:
TBD

Note: Information has not yet been released for 2021. The following is from 2020.

Come celebrate the Advent season with a live nativity at Roswell United Methodist Church.

While driving through the main Sanctuary parking lot, you will hear the wonderful story of our Savior’s birth through the testimony of those who experienced it: Mary, Joseph, the angels, shepherds, Magi and animals too.

Attendees will stay in their car throughout the duration of this experience and are invited to bring canned goods to support North Fulton Community Charities.

MOUNTAIN VIEW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

2300 Jamerson Road, Marietta | 770-928-0050
Dates: Dec. 4-6, 2021, 7:00-9:00 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 samples of bread 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, GA 30308 | 404-874-8664
Date: TBD

Note: Information has not yet been released for 2021. The following is from 2020.

On 4th and Peachtree, you can experience Bethlehem Village and an annual Live Nativity at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

Come experience the town of Bethlehem 2000 years ago, told by current day witnesses, musicians, choirs. Witness the event that that changed our world forever.  See the Great Star above a humble manger keeping lowly animals,  a virgin, a God-fearing man and the baby, whose miracle of life began the greatest story of everyone’s lifetime.  Hear the songs of Angels and Feel the awe of shepherds, royal wiseman, Roman soldiers, tax-collectors, artisans and villagers, all as they recount the birth of a King.

Free Admission and parking along 4th Street.

SNELLVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

2428 Main St E, Snellville, GA 30078 | please call (770) 972-9360
Date: TBD

Note: Information has not yet been released for 2021. The following is from 2020.

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 you go, take part in an ancient marketplace where merchants peddle their wears (including live chickens), and storytellers pass down traditions. Try your hand at dipping candles, making dolls, or sample wears from local merchants.

Witness Mary and Joseph traveling by donkey, Roman soldiers, the no-vacancy signs on all the inns, shepherds, donkeys, sheep, goats, angels, Wisemen traveling by Camel (there is a live camel along with the other animals) and even a tax collector.

SARDIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

3725 Powers Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342
Date:
TBD

Note: Information has not yet been released for 2021. The following is from 2020.

This is a great, laid back production complete with camels, goats, and a furry bunny at Sardis United Methodist Church. There are straw seats in front of the stable and after the production, you can pet the animals then go into the beautiful church for homemade cookies and hot cider. 

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 , GA 30549 | (706) 387-0003
Date: December 10, 11, 12, and 15, 2021

Hope Crossings Church in Jefferson has live nativity shows that are perfect for families. Each evening has two identical shows at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and each show lasts about 20 minutes. This is an 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 the 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 Cir, Norcross, GA 30092 | (770) 441-2181
Dates: Dec. 10-12, 2021

After a year hiatus due to COVID-19, Simpsonwood United Methodist Church’s Annual “Walk Through Bethlehem” is returning to Simpsonwood Park.  Mark your calendar for your night under the stars –  complete with shops, camels, sheep, Roman soldiers, storytelling and the manger scene.

Since 1991, thousands of visitors from all over Georgia and beyond followed the luminary-lit streets of Simpsonwood Park to enter the Walk Through Bethlehem. Camels and Roman Guards greeted guests as they approached the little town of Bethlehem on their way to the manger, all constructed by church volunteers.  Thousands have visited, so make it a tradition in your family and pass the word.

SAINT MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH

2110 Brockett Rd, Tucker, Ga. | 770-938-4546
Date: TBD

Note: Information has not yet been released for 2021. The following is from 2020.

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 Dr,  Dallas, GA 30132 | (770) 443-0566
DATE: TBD

Note: Information has not yet been released for 2021. The following is from 2020.

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 19, 2021 – January 3, 2022

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: Nov. 27, 2021

A Live Nativity will be set up at the North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland so you can remember the “Reason for the Season.”

Spend time with family and friends being thankful for what God has given us and enjoy activities that will bring families and friends together!  There will be a Marshmallow Roast, Wool Jump and other Holiday activities that are FREE with admission to the farm!

BIBLICAL HISTORY MUSEUM


130 Gordon Commercial Dr., LaGrange, GA 30240 | (706) 885-0363
Dates: Nov. 16-Dec. 23, 2021

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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