During the 17th century, families in Naples, Italy, opened their homes each December to share their beloved creches (nativity scenes) with their neighbors. Echoing this custom, the Redlands Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites the community to join a modern-day crèche festival where hundreds of nativities of all shapes, sizes and materials will be displayed.
The nativities are on loan from members of local congregations of the church from Redlands, Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone and Forest Falls, as well as from members of congregations that are a part of the Redlands Area Interfaith Council.
The 2019 Redlands Nativity, Music and Art Festival, “Unto Us a Child is Born,” is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 350 Wabash Ave., Redlands. The festival will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both days.
In addition to the nativity display, there will be musical entertainment each evening, including the Aztec Harmonies Choir to perform on Sunday evening. There will also be musical performances from the Redlands Youth Choir, the Redlands Stake Choir, and other musical solos and ensemble groups. A Community Christmas Sing Along is scheduled for 7:30 Saturday night, and on both evenings there is a Hallelujah Chorus sing along with the Virtual Tabernacle Choir at 8:05.
(Please feel free to bring your own music, but copies will be provided as needed.)
Children are encouraged to attend the Children’s Room with hands-on activities for those 12 years and under. Included are activities such as nativity crafts, cookie frosting and decorating, nativity dress up and photo booth, and a hands-on nativity play area.