Mormon Church Holds Drive-Through Live Nativity

By Kristen Arute, Hingham Current Staff; December 14, 2020
Hingham Current file photos / Kristen Arute

It was a cold and rainy night, but that did not deter members of a Live Nativity from doing their part to create a compelling experience for visitors to the Mormon church. The event was held on Saturday night from 5:00-7:00 PM at 379 Gardner Street. A police detail was on hand to direct traffic as people eagerly waiting in their cars for the opportunity to enter the parking lot.

Once inside, people saw individuals dressed as Mary and Joseph walking with a small horse. Nearby was a pen with an alpaca. A guide greeted each guest and provided a slip of paper with a Q code on it that gave access to a narrated description of the four scenes.

After passing Mary and Joseph making their way to Bethlehem, attendees were directed to a scene of shepherds in the fields guarding their flocks. Perched on a tall ladder nearby was an angel lit by a spotlight. Live sheep stood with the shepherds, and there was also a screen that showed film footage of sheep grazing in a field. On cue, the shepherds stood in rapt amazement at the angel.

Next, in the back of the parking lot, was a depiction of the Wise Men on their way to meet the Christ child. They were accompanied by horses and members of their respective courts. Lastly was a manger scene complete with the Baby Jesus and a variety of farm animals. As cars exited the parking lot, church members thanked them for attending and presented them with a postcard that contained information and a holiday treat.

Kristen Arute can be reached at kristen@hinghamcurrent.com.