Herriman living nativity to help kick off Christmas season
If you’re looking for a way to start off the holiday season, the Herriman Utah Rose Canyon LDS Stake is holding a Christmas Nativity Open House at 7079 West Rose Canyon Road on Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.
This is the first year the stake is doing this event. Stake President Russ Davey said stake members have worked hard to come up with attractions that will make it a family event for all ages. He hopes that people from around the community will not only visit the open house, but also contribute to it.
“We want to invite anyone in the community to donate a nativity set to be displayed during the event,” he said. “We’ve seen other groups put on events like this, and we wanted to do an event that featured several different attractions.”
The two-night event will include the nativity set exhibit, a living nativity, Christmas music put on by 10 wards in the Rose Canyon Stake, a children’s art display and a play written by local playwrght Kristin Housley called “In the Stable,” which will feature more than 100 youth.
This isn’t the first living nativity to be done in the valley, and stake members not only wanted to do that, but also expand it to provide something for everyone to be a part of. The event is centered on the life of Jesus Christ, and Davey said it’s a chance to start out the holiday in a spiritual way.
“This event will help people come closer to Christ during Christmas,” he said. “The purpose is to start the month of December focusing on the Savior’s life, and to allow people to feel a close spiritual feeling at the start of the Christmas season.”
More than 250 people in the Rose Canyon Stake will participate in the event. Davey estimates more than 1,000 people will attend each night of the event.
Ted and Shauna Nielsen are helping to coordinate the nativity display. Ted Nielsen is looking for hundreds of nativity sets to display during the open house. He said they are looking for sets of all kinds – family heirloom, foreign sets, even something your children play with.
During the event, extra security will be available to keep nativity sets safe during off hours. Hostesses will also be in every room to make sure the displays aren’t touched. A plaque will be provided at every nativity set to identify who it belongs to.
“We hope that this is a true community event with nativity sets from all over the community, not just in our stake,” he said.
The living nativity is going to be a big part of this event. The stake has lined up stable animals for the living nativity and members of the stake to play the roles of Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus and other characters. Davey said this will be interactive, and people will be able to pet the animals.
“We will have people dressed up in period costumes to lead people through the nativity display,” he said. “Everything at the event is centered on Jesus Christ – from the children’s art display, to the play, to the choir music during the event. This is our gift to our community.”
For more information about lending a nativity set, contact Ted Nielsen at 801-253-9933.