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Star of Wonder, Star of Light

Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Celebrate the birth of Christ with a unique collection of over 250 nativities from more than 50 countries around the world and over 100 exhibitors of many faiths.

Gift to the community: free admission

The Exhibit

In our 32nd year, and as the longest-running annual community-driven nativity exhibit, we’re pleased to bring you over 250 nativities from more than 50 countries and over 100 exhibitors of many faiths.

On display this year are many special collections: Art in Bloom, Americana, Metal & Glass, Asia, Porcelains, Southwest & South America, and Community Children’s Art along with Artists, including sculptor Leroy Transfield, painter Linda Etherington and local artists.

In addition to nativities in artistic settings, the exhibit features hands‑on activities, a Children’s Room with crafts and costumes, daily marionette shows, and live holiday music.

Wonder anew with the wise men

We invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. We hope you may rejoice, as the wise men did, when they saw the star:

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him.”  Matthew 2: 10-11

The light that emanates from Him awakens hope, infuses with love, and softens anxious hearts to peace. This Christmas season, as you consider the Christ child, we pray that you might be more inclined to reach out with compassion to the weak, the sorrowful, and the misunderstood, and lift the loads of those whose burdens are heavy.

Events and Music

Each day at the Christmas Crèche Exhibit, we showcase seasonal live music from local performers and several fun marionette shows. Brighten up your Christmas season by taking advantage of one of the many opportunities to catch a live performance! See the schedule below.

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Saturday, Dec 7

1:00 & 2:00 pm Marionette Shows

4:30 pm Zion Choir · Denise Erskine, Director

5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 pm Marionette Shows

7:30 pm Around the World Carols and Singalong · James Welch, organ, with vocal and instrumental soloists

Sunday, Dec 8

1:00 & 2:00 pm Marionette Shows

4:30 pm Redwood Ringers Handbell Choir · Marilyn Hansen, Director

5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 pm Marionette Shows

7:30 pm Mayfield Singers · Erin McOmber, Mary Stewart Porter, Becca Warthen, Directors

Monday, Dec 9

5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 pm Marionette Shows

7:30 pm Gunn High School Chamber Singers · William Liberatore, Director 

Tuesday, Dec 10

5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 pm Marionette Shows

7:30 pm The Valparaiso Singers · Jonathan McPhie, Director

Wednesday, Dec 11

5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 pm Marionette Shows

7:30 pm Mountain View High School Madrigals · Jill Denny, Director

A Season for Light

Since a new star first appeared above Bethlehem, Christmas has been a season of light, reminding us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Together, we can celebrate His birth by making the world a brighter place. All we have to do is follow Him—His life, His example, and His teachings. In doing so, we can help #LIGHTtheWORLD.