Community Festival of Nativities kicks off this week

Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 3:58 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News) - Starting December 2nd, and through December 5th, locals will be able to visit the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and see hundreds of Nativity Scenes in the Community Festival of Nativities.

The festival is open to the public and is free to attend. They will also have live music from other church and school groups and a scavenger hunt for kids.

In 2019, the Festival displayed one thousand nativities and had almost six thousand visitors. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic last year, the festival was hosted virtually with over twelve thousand views from 28 states and 14 countries.

A Community Service award will be presented on opening night to a group or individual who improves the lives of those living in the Greater Peoria area.

One of this year’s special features is several nativities from the James and Emilia Govan Creche Collection, on loan from the Loyola University Museum of Art. Another special feature is the return of some of Diana Lage’s Fontanini Collection, which was displayed in its entirety at the 2019 Festival.

“t’s a pretty, pretty big display by the time we’re done. In addition to that, we have live musical performances, soloists, and groups from local churches and school groups.” Said Ruth Thompson, Assistant Director of Community Festival of Nativities.

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