Lubbock community Christmas event to begin Thursday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock community Christmas event to begin Thursday

Provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

For the 5th straight year, Lubbock families of all faiths will gather to start their Christmas celebration by attending and participating in a Lubbock community Christmas event Dec. 5 through 8. The celebration, themed "Take a Moment to Enjoy the True Meaning of Christmas-a Lubbock Family Tradition," includes a series of nativity exhibits, art exhibits, musical performances, children's activities, and special presentations, all designed to help Lubbock families celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

More than 3,000 people attended the 4 day open house last year, and event organizers expect even more this year as families share this tradition with neighbors and friends.

"This is a perfect opportunity to start the holiday season to help your family remember what the season is really about," Sterling Shumway, president of the Lubbock Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said. "This event is becoming a central part of the Christmas celebration for many Lubbock families, and it is a great way to express our collective faith in the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ!"

The Christmas event, which is free and open to the public, will be held daily from 1 to 9 p.m. starting Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the LDS meetinghouse located at 7014 Frankford Ave. in Lubbock. Visitors can drop in and browse the collection of hundreds of nativity sets from around the world, view Christmas-themed art from local and regional artists, and listen to musical performances by local musicians anytime during open hours. Children and their families can share their memories with others with a special photograph taken while dressed in traditional nativity costumes in a simulated Bethlehem stable in the children's nativity room. A live nativity featuring area youth will be held Thursday through Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Area choirs and other musical groups will perform Thursday through Saturday from 7-8 p. m., with a Christmas community sing-a-long on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. The event will conclude with a Christmas devotional featuring a broadcast by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Parking is free, nothing will be sold, and donations are not requested or accepted at any time during the event, so families can focus on the Christmas message. For more information, visit www.lubbocknativity.com or facebook.com/LubbockNativity.

Community members are invited to loan their nativities, sing in the Nativity Choir, and exhibit artwork based around the Birth of Christ. See the website for more information on how to do this.

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